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Immediate and short-term plan emphasized to revive hotel business

Jun 01 2015 | 09:14 am

KATHMANDU: Though hotels in Kathmandu and Nagarkot are finding hard to run their day-to-day operations, hotels and resorts in Dhulikhel however are almost full with tourists as well as those coming to attend seminars and trainings.

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Hotels in the scenic Nagarkot are reeling under sudden slump in business.

Big resorts in Dhulikhel are full with guests including those heading to various districts to distribute relief support to the quake survivors and attending seminars, says Managing Director of Mirable Resort in Dhulikhel Bhola Thapa. There are 66 small and big resorts in Dhulikhel.

“Tourists have also been coming as they feel the hotels here are comparatively safer than those in Kathmandu and Nagarkot”, adds Thapa.

The quake also had no impact in touristic sites in Pokhara, Lumbini and Chitwan. But, with decrease in tourist arrivals after the devastating earthquake in the country, tourism entrepreneurs in Pokhara have announced a discount package for tourists to encourage them to visit the city.

However, some Star Hotels in the capital, whose business solely depends on tourists are even struggling to pay their staffs, following a downfall in tourist arrivals with the devastating earthquake.

Amir Pradhananga, Residential Manager of Grand Hotel Kathmandu, said although the arrival of some foreign teams in the country for rescue and relief missions just after the earthquake provided an opportunity to capital-based hotels to do some business, they (hotels) are now looking deserted with their departure.

This time is the peak season for welcoming tourists from mainly India and China. But the arrivals have drastically gone down with the fear of aftershocks.
The 2014 data shows that a total of 800,000 tourists had been in the country. They arrived via air and land routes.

Director General of Department of Tourism, Tulasi Prasad Gautam, said that business of capital-based five-star hotels has gone down by 70 per cent.

Gautam said, “The team comprising technicians of the Tourism Department and Department of Urban Development Building Construction, has been carrying out study regarding the damage to hotels and restaurants caused by the quake.

Team Coordinator, Engineer Koshnath Adhikari, said that a red-sticker has been pasted at New-Baneshwor based Everest Hotel saying it was unsafe to stay in it. Likewise, the team has pasted green-sticker at Hyaat Regency, Radisson, Annapurna, Malla and Sangrila hotels.

A yellow sticker has been pasted at the Hyatt Regency Casino Building as it received minor damages and could be operated following repair while Hotel Annapurna Casino Building has fallen apart leading the technicians to declare it unsafe and paste a red sticker over it.

The technicians’ team also suggested not to use the Heritage Block of Kathmandu Guest House among the five other buildings of the guest house. The Platinum Hotel and Grand Hotel in Tahachal are also safe to run. The Budget Hotel in Lazimpat however has been flattened in the quake.

Coordinator of the technicians team Adhikari said the team would not paste any sticker on the buildings that have collapsed completely while they have pasted red sticker in the building that have suffered severe damage. But some buildings with even red stickers could be operated after repair while some need to have new foundation, he said.

The team pasted yellow sticker at Airport Hotel as the wall in the second and third floor developed cracks while Hotel Manang is safe to run with a green sticker.

According to the Hotel Section at the Department of Tourism, there are around 4,000 hotels including small and big ones in the country where the hotel entrepreneurs have invested over Rs 100 billion, providing direct employment to around 300,000 people. RSS

Panipokhari

Kathmandu, Nepal

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