Hotels in Pokhara have reported massive withdrawals in room bookings. Most of these hotels had received 100 percent bookings for November and December.
According to hoteliers, many tourists have postponed their Nepal visit due to increasing political activities in the country ahead of the upcoming Constituent Assembly (CA) election.
CA election has been scheduled for November 19.
Hotel Barahi, which had received 100 percent booking for November, witnessed booking cancellation by around 40 percent, according to Nagarik daily. Hotel Barahi has 85 rooms. Hoteliers say foreign tourists have started withdrawing their bookings mainly due to sporadic violence in different parts of the country ahead of the election. Also the rumors of general shutdown during the election have also taken toll on hotel bookings. According to hoteliers, cancellations have come mostly from group trekkers.
Pokhara is starting or ending points for many popular trekking routes in the Annapurna Region. Hotel Pokhara Grande has also witnessed booking cancellation. Around 15 percent of booking at the five-star hotel has already been cancelled.
Similarly, around 15 percent of rooms at Shangri-la Village Resort are empty. The hotel resort had also reported cent percent booking for the season.
Pokhara is the second most popular tourist destination in the country after Kathmandu. The city is famous for beautiful lakes and stunning views of mountain peaks in the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges.