Tourism industry’s SOS
Kathmandu, September 18 :
Ten leading private sector tourism organisations have expressed serious concerns over increased extortions and politicisation of the sector, saying such atrocities will lead the industry towards disaster.
Issuing a joint press release today, 10 representative organisations including Hotel Association, Nepal (HAN), Nepal Association of Tour and Travel Agents (NATTA), Nepal Association of Tour Operators (NATO), Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA), Trekking Agents Association of Nepal (TAAN), stated that the industry is facing a severe crisis due to increased extortions, trade union activities and politicisation.
The press release signed by presidents of all these organisations also allege the government’s lackadaisical attitude towards giving any protection of the industry.
“Despite frequent requests and information, the government and concerned authorities are just paying lip service, which not only discourages the industry but also helps to prolong uncertainty,” adds the release.
They have also raised issues like unilateral fixation of salary and other benefits by the trade union and lock-out of office if the management refused unnecessary demands. “If such unwanted activities continue, the industry could may have to shut down anytime. This will not only have a serious and negative impact on the economy but also will leave a bad impression in the international arena,” says the release.
The other organisations that signed the statement also included Nepal Association of Rafting Agents (NARA), PATA Nepal Chapter, Nepal Freight Forwarders Association (NEFFA), Himalayan Rescue Association and Thamel Tourism Development Board.