KATHMANDU, Sept 2: Around 17 percent of the hotels in Nepal have completely shut down their businesses while more than 1 million people in the tourism business lost their jobs due to the impacts of COVID-19 pandemic.
Tourism entrepreneurs unveiled the fact during a meeting held with the Confederation of Nepalese Industries (CNI) on Wednesday. According to them, many countries have still kept Nepal in the negative list in view of the COVID-19 infections, which have adversely affected the inflow of tourists.
The entrepreneurs have urged the government to give momentum to the vaccination drive across the country to disseminate the message that Nepal is a safe destination in terms of COVID-19 for foreign visitors. Provision of collateral free loans and easy access for the refinance facilities to revive the pandemic-hit tourism businesses are among other demands put forth by the tourism entrepreneurs.