Print Edition - 2014-05-04 | MONEY
Private sector protest gets more support
- Irregularities at nepal tourism board
May 3, 2014-
Tourism entrepreneurs from Western and Far-western Development Regions have expressed their solidarity with the ongoing protest launched by the private sector against financial irregularities at the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB).
“We have decided to support the movement launched by 20 travel trade associations against NTB, which has been misusing the tax money,” said Maya Prakash Bhatta, president of Nepal Association of Tour and Travel Agents (NATTA), Far-western chapter. “Due to narrow mindset of NTB’s officiating CEO Subash Nirola, the Far-west has been deprived of inclusive tourism development plan,” said Gopal Hamal, a central member of the Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry.
Although late, the voice raised by the private sector against irresponsible acts of NTB is welcomed, said Krishna Bahadur Mahara, chairman of Tourism Development Society.
The tourism entrepreneurs have demanded the NTB not be centralised, and a regional tourism office be established in the far-west immediately.
They have also demanded initiation of tourism promotion activities by studying and exploring potential tourism areas in the region and launch investigation into financial irregularities at the tourism promotional body.
A group of entrepreneurs are scheduled to arrive in Kathmandu to support the protest launched by the private sector.
Tourism entrepreneurs of the western region have also expressed their solidarity with the protest and asked for immediate investigation over the alleged financial irregularities.
On Friday, NTB employees appealed to its board chairman to immediately resolve the ongoing issues as the indefinite protest launched by the private sector has started to affect day-to-day activities.
Published: 04-05-2014 11:16