Tourists' security during CA polls a major concern for entrepreneurs


KATHMANDU, Nepal- Tourism entrepreneurs have requested the government to manage special provision for the smooth movements of tourists during the upcoming Constituent Assembly polls scheduled for November 19. They have also expressed serious concern especially over the tourists to provide services during the elections when vehicles movement is likely to off the road.

Stating that the number of arrival of tourists in Kathmandu has started to reduce due to ongoing election, tourists, they added that added that the government should assure the facilities and security to the tourists even in the election.

Ashok Pokharel, president of Nepal Association of Tour Operators (NATO) said that the government should manage particular provision on vehicles movements and other services related to tourist across the country to facilitate the movement of the tourists and provide reliable services to them during the polls.

Pokharel said the nationwide strikes called on by 33 fringe parties led by Maoist faction Mohan Baidhya have also created a kind of panic among the tourists.

He also demanded that the Ministry of Culture, Tourism, and Civil Aviation take initiatives to manage special security and operates tourist’s vehicles in an election day.

Manohar Rana, chief executive director of Yeti Travels, said they were worried on the announcement of strike by disgruntled groups who are waging anti poll activities. ‘If they called strike, the tourism sector would be badly affected’, Rana said adding that if the government did not address the problems faced by tourism sectors, the tourists who are in Nepal would spray negative message in their countries.


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