Discussion on Impact of COVID-19 on Tourism
October 9, 2020

An interaction program on the impact of the Corona (COVID-19) virus on Nepal's tourism sector and the strategy to be adopted in the coming days for the revival of the tourism sector with  Honorable Minister for Culture,  Tourism, & Civil Aviation, Mr . Yogesh Bhattrai was organized by Tourism Umbrella Organization on 4 September 2020. The program was hosted online on ZOOM where several members of different Tourism Agencies were present. The program was moderated by General Secretary of Nepal Mountaineering Association, Mr Kul Bahadur Gurung. 

Participants in the program were:

  •  President of  Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) Mr. Santa Bir Lama
  • General Secretary of  Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA )Mr. Kul Bahadur Gurung
  • Honorable Minister of Tourism Mr.Yogesh Bhattarai
  • Marketing director of Nepal Tourism Board  Mr. Laxman Gautam
  • President of NATA  Mr. Achyut Guragain
  • President of TAAN Mr. Khum  Bahadur Subedi
  • President of HAAN Ms. Shreejana Rana
  • President of NARA Ganga Nepal
  • President of SOTTO Madhu Sudhan
  • President of NATOS  Mr. Ashok  Pokharel
  • President of NEFA Mr. Prakash Singh Karki
  • President of Expedition of Proprietor Association Mr.  Dambar Parajuli
  • President of Nepal Tourism Transportation Entrepreneurs Association Mr. Ram Hari 
  •  President of Climate Alliance of Himalayan Communities Mr. Ang Tshering Sherpa
  • President of  Himalayan Rescue Association  Mr. Narendra Bhatta
  • President of  VTOF Nepal Mr. Dhurba Singh Parajuli
  • President of Tourist Bus Association Mr. Iswor Sharma
  • Vice President of Airlines Operator Association of Nepal Mr. Rupesh
  • President of  Nepal Media Council Mr. Hari Bahadur Karki
  • President of  Association for Tourism Mr. Ram Sharan Thapaliya
  • President of Nepal Youth Association Mr. Mohan Lamsal
  • President of Nepal Cannoning Association Mr. Rajendra Lama
  • President of Kailash Yatra Sangh Mr. Narayan Pokharel
  • President of Gurung Tourism Entrepreneurs Association Mr. Ambir Gurung
  • President of Sherpa Tourism Entrepreneurs Association Mr. Sonam Gyalen Sherpa
  • President of Nepal Tourism Magar Committee Mr. Jeewan Thapa Magar
  • Tamang Tourism Entrepreneurs Association , Rimthim's representative Mr. Karna Lama
  • Vice President of  Thamel Tourism Council Mr. Bhabi Sharma
  • President of Ganesh Himal Tourism Development Committee Mr. Tej Bahadur Gurung
  • President of Rasuwa Nuwakot Tourism Society Mr. Balram Neupane
  • President of Tanahun Tourism Development Council's president Mr. Gupta Yadav
  • General Secretary of NMGA Mr. Tul Singh Gurung
  • Nepal Mountaineering Instructor Association's president  Lakpa Sherpa
  • President of Everest Summiteers  Association Ms. Maya Sherpa
  • President of Trekking Equipment Sub Association Mr. Punya including the general members of NMA        

The main issues and agendas raised on the program were:

  1. Re-open tourism sector
  2. International and domestic schedule flight
  3. Monetary Policy
  4. Company renewal issues
  5. House rent, electricity and internet discount issues during pandemic
  6. Mountain Cleaning Campaign - 2020 and repair and rebuild Infrastructures
  7. Mt. Cho-Oyu expedition route explore from Nepal side
  8. Tourism Workers Financial Relief Package
  9. Unclimbed Trekking Peaks
  10. Tourist vehicle issues
  11. Tourist bus terminal and act issues
  12. NTB board members represent from tourism Association
  13. Create a tourism Welfare fund from Royalty (10% every fiscal year)
  14. Exports issues
  15. NEFFA (Nepal Freight Forwarders Association) - representation in the airport management, airlines cargo Management (domestic and International)
  16. Restaurants and Bars must open using proper protocols
  17. Most the Hotel and restaurant not getting loan from bank due to lease issues.

Honorable Minister Mr. Yogesh Bhattarai addressed all the issues positively and further he added that the government is committed to work towards the agendas presented by Tourism Umbrella Organizations.

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