(English) NATTA protests vandalism, intimidation

Officials of NATTA during a programme/filephoto. source:NATTA
Officials of NATTA during a programme/filephoto. source:NATTA

KATHMANDU, Nepal– Nepal Association of Tour and Travels Agents (NATA,western chapter) protest against the vandalism of jeeps carrying tourists on their way to a mountainous district Mustang.

Local transport entrepreneurs had vandalized five tourist jeeps, causing a loss of around Rs 5 lakh, at Ghansa along the Beni-Jomsom road section in Pokhara on Tuesday accusing the drivers of defying their direction.

Likewise, tourism entrepreneurs have also lashed out at the attack on vehicles ferrying tourists.

NATA stated that such kinds of irresponsible activities would only tarnish the country´s image at the international arena, thereby leading to a sharp fall in tourist arrivals.

It also called on the stake holders concerned and the government to stop such violent activities.

It is learnt that the jeeps did not get permission to ply on the section. There were 50 tourists in the jeeps and no one was wounded in the incident.

Earlier, chief district officers of Myagdi and Mustang and Pokhara Tourism entrepreneurs had nodded to allow tourists vehicles to ply the road without any hindrance.

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