The tourism associations have recommended the government to incorporate provisions for promoting sustainable tourism and generating more jobs in the sector through the new Tourism Act.
As the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) has prepared a draft of the new Tourism Act, it had sought suggestions from the stakeholders. The new act will replace the existing 42-year-old tourism act.
On June 11, tourism associations — Nepal Association of Tour and Travel Agents (NATTA), Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN), Nepal Mountaineering Association, Hotel Association Nepal, Tourist Bus Association of Nepal and other associations — had jointly submitted recommendations to Hon’ble Tourism Minister Mr. Yogesh Bhattarai and Tourism Secretary Mr. Kedar Bahadur Adhikari.
Meanwhile, the stakeholders have also requested the government to make it mandatory for tourists to hire a guide on a trip or a trek. They have also requested the government to give more space to tourist vehicle operators and bring precise rules for them too. The private sector also wants one member to represent the sector in the executive committee of the Nepal Tourism Board.