KATHMANDU: The Hotel Association of Nepal (HAN), the umbrella body of hotel businesses, has requested that the government implement a comprehensive plan to rehabilitate tourism, which has been severely harmed by COVID-19.
Arguing that the tourism sector has been hit the worst by the pandemic, the upcoming budget should include programs to revitalize the hotel and tourism industries. The budget’s incentives for the hotel and tourism sectors should be quadrupled, according to HAN, who also demands that this industry be given top priority in policies and initiatives.
It recommended the COVID special tourism restoration fund and tourism facilitation fund, arguing that these industries have not only contributed significantly to the national economy and wealth, but also to the country’s international image.
In a press statement issued Thursday, HAN demanded tax concessions, banking facilitation, a reduction in electricity tariffs, an employee welfare plan, and a tourism promotion program in the 2019 budget.