Entrepreneurs want govt to continue tourism activities even amid Omicron threats

File: Phewa lake, Pokhara, Nepal's tourism capital
File: Phewa lake, Pokhara, Nepal’s tourism capital. It takes some six hours to travel from Kathmandu to Pokhara via road.

Kathmandu, January 12

Tourism entrepreneurs in Nepal have demanded that the government continue tourism activities in the country even amid increased threats of the spread of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.

As the government has gradually begun implementing restrictions to control the spread, tourism industrialists say the government should make sure their sector is smooth.

In a recent meeting with the Nepal Tourism Board, the entrepreneurs warned the government against any restriction on the sector as it would cripple the national economy.

Achyut Guragain, the president of the Nepal Association of Tour and Travel Agents, says there is no alternative to continuing travel activities by following set health protocols and arranging booster doses against the infection.

Likewise, entrepreneur Dambar Parajuli says the government should not give trouble to foreign tourists once they arrive in Nepal.

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