A delegation of Hotel Association Nepal (HAN) met Prime Minister Sushil Koirala on Tuesday and apprised the latter of the problems facing Nepali tourism industry.
On the occasion, HAN President Shyam Sundarlal Kakshapati requested Koirala to take necessary initiatives for implementation of suggestions, including the one to recognize tourism as a national priority industry, made by a high-level committee formed by the prime minister. Stating that hotels have been paying taxes prescribed by the government, the delegation drew the attention of the prime minister toward unlawful collection of taxes by local bodies going against the Local Governance Act.
Similarly, BK Shrestha, first vice president of HAN, requested the prime minister to take the initiative for appointing a CEO at Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) so as to give momentum to Nepal’s international marketing and promotional activities. He also requested Koirala to make Tourism Council headed by the prime minister active.
Similarly, immediate past president Prasiddha Bahadur Pandey urged the prime minister to ease rules and regulations for smooth operation of casinos.
Responding to the delegation, Koirala said he would do the needful for addressing genuine demands of tourism entrepreneurs.
Second vice president Binod Shankar Shrestha, general secretary Amar Man Shakya, treasurer Abhishek Shrestha and executive members M A Lari, Shrijana Rana and Dinesh Tuladhar as well as executive manager Prabesh Aryal and legal advisor Gandhi Pandit were also in the delegation.