Travel trade associations have condemned the attacks on tourist vehicles during the transportation shutdown called by the 33-pary alliance led by CPN-Maoist.
Hotel Association of Nepal (HAN), Nepal Association of Tour and Travel Agents (NATTA) and Nepal Association of Tour Operators (NATO) condemned the attacks issuing separate press statements. They have also asked the government to do the needful to control such anarchic activities.
According to them, an unidentified group vandalized a tourist bus heading to Kathmandu from Pokhara at Dumre of Tanahun. Two foreign tourists sustained minor injuries in the incident. They are currently receiving treatment.
Similarly, another group vandalized two tourist buses parked near Begnas Lake.
“Activities like these can hamper our tourism image in international markets. That is why we request the government to control such activities at the earliest,” a statement issued by HAN said.
NATTA said attack on tourists is condemnable. “The government should bring the guilty to book and control such activities,” NATTA said in its statement.
Likewise, NATO urged strike enforcers to fulfill their commitment of allowing free movement of tourists during the strike. It also said it is because of the banda called by the 33-party alliance that many countries have issues travel alerts for their citizens preparing to visit Nepal.
Travel trade associations have requested all concerned to not tarnish the image of the tourism industry which is gradually limping back with the end of decade-long insurgency in 2006.