Chitwan, November 29
Tourism entrepreneurs and other stakeholders in Chitwan have decided to launch the Visit Sauraha campaign in order to revive the tourism industry hit by the Covid-19 pandemic.
District Coordination Committee, Ratnanagar Municipality, Regional Hotel Association Sauracha chapter are jointly launching the campaign, giving a message that ‘Sauraha is safe’. The tourism entrepreneurs are all set to work in coordination for the campaign.
They will also reach all seven provinces and make people aware that Sauraha is safe.
The chairman of Regional Hotel Association’s Sauraha chapter, Dipak Bhattarai, says although they had planned to launch the campaign before the Dashain festival, it was delayed because of Covid-19. He informs that people from various cities across the country would be invited to visit Sauraha.
One of the major tourist hubs in the country, Sauraha has seen scant arrival of tourists in recent days. “We had expected that Sauraha would see tourists’ arrival during Dashain and Tihar, but in vain. We’re prepared to ensure safety to tourists by adhering to the health protocols. However, there are very few tourists here,” Bhattarai shares the plight.
The severe decline in tourism activities has resulted in joblessness and closure of businesses, according to him. In normal times, it is the peak season for tourism in Sauraha.
Hotels used to be packed, entrepreneurs busy on welcoming and guiding tourists in Chitwan National Park. But, now, the hoteliers have announced the discount of 25 to 30 per cent as Covid-19 package.