MYAGDI, Dec 29: Hoteliers of Myagdi have demanded opening of tourist areas in Mustang district. COVID-19 pandemic and its risk of spreading led to the closure of all religious and tourist areas in Mustang since March. They have maintained that the areas have been closed despite the fact that they are resuming their business activities by following all safety measures.
Entrepreneurs have demanded to make the movement of tourists in Mustang easier in order to run the hotel business which has been closed for about nine months. Hotel Entrepreneurs’ Association, Myagdi has handed over a memorandum to the District Administration Office to make necessary coordination and requested all the stakeholders involved in Mustang to create an environment to launch fresh protest programs in order to exert pressure on the government to meet their demands.
Hoteliers handed over a memorandum to Chief District Officer Umakanta Adhikari demanding local administration to ensure coordination to reopen the closed tourist area due to COVID-19, said Tara Prasad Acharya, president of the association.
“Outsiders are barred from entering the district,” said Acharya. “We are also in trouble because Mustang is closed.” The two districts share borders and the tourism entrepreneurs have requested stakeholders to create an environment to make it easy for tourists to visit the area.
Most of the hotels under the Beni-Jomsom road section are heavily dependent on domestic and foreign tourists, who travel to Mustang.