KATHMANDU, Sept 25: Shreejana Rana, the president of the Hotel Association of Nepal (HAN), has said that the hotel industry should be made an industry of national priority through law.
Speaking at the half-yearly general assembly of HAN on Saturday, Rana reiterated that tourism and the hotel industry have a great contribution to the country's economy.
On the occasion, Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Jeevan Ram Shrestha released the coffee table book 'Nepal: A Journey from East to West' published by the HAN and said that the book will help the Tourism Decade announced by the Ministry. Minister Shrestha said that he will leave no stone unturned to provide support from the government to promote post-COVID tourism.
Binayak Shah, the first vice president of HAN, while giving brief information about the book, shed light on important topics such as destinations of the entire country, food, and Ayurveda.
Navin Manandhar, spokesperson for Kathmandu Metropolitan City, said that a huge tax waiver was provided for the conservation of the hotel industry during the COVID-19 pandemic and said that a 40% property tax waiver has been given for this fiscal year and another 10% property tax discount will be provided if the tax is paid within the time limit.
On the same day, while inaugurating the Nepal Hospitality Conclave 2022, which was organized in collaboration with Winstalk Asia, State Minister of the Prime Minister's Office Umesh Shrestha said that the Government of Nepal is positive about the suggestions presented by HAN from time to time and that homework is being done on how to advance the country's tourism industry.
Similarly, HAN President Rana said that since there are many problems in the tourism and hotel industry, the issues arising from the one-day conclave will be presented to the government.