Hotel Association Nepal (HAN) called an urgent meeting on Friday to draw attention of concerned bodies to a planned law that would 'further discourage consumption and marketing of alcohol'.
Amarman Shakya, president of HAN, responded positively to steps that the government was taking to promote safety and peace in the society. However, he said that the 'Executive Order to Regulate Production and Distribution of Liquors and Harmful Substances' that the government was planning to impose would deeply hurt the businesses that were heavily reliant on alcohol.
Shakya asked the government not to implement the order without taking into account its impact on both the economy and the stakeholders. The association also raised concerns about the impact that the new order would have on Visit Nepal Year 2020.
It was notified in the meeting that the association with support from stakeholders would present a memorandum to Kathmandu Metropolitan Office and concerned ministries to rethink the imposition of the order.