Print Edition - 2015-06-12 | MONEY
Nagarkot hotels bounce back
Jun 11, 2015-
Hotels in Nagarkot have bounced back with guests starting to return after one and a half months in the doldrums since the earthquake.
The establishments had been forced to close after the disaster for lack of customers. It is now business as usual as foreigners and domestic travelers have started visiting the popular hill station on the Kathmandu valley rim.
More than 60 big hotels and 150 restaurants were affected by the terrible quake. Dipak Lamichhane, president of the Nagarkot-Naldum Tourism Development Committee, said that more than a dozen hotels had resumed full-fledged operation after minor repairs.
Properties like the Country Villa, Nagarkot Hillside, New Dragon, Eco Home, Sun Shine, Bhangeri Durbar, Roj Hill Farm and 15 others have resumed services since May 15. Other hotels too are undergoing repairs and are likely to come into operation soon. “The tourist flow is increasing gradually, and it has rejuvenated the hotels,” Lamichhane said.
Due to an increase in the number of Chinese tourists, Nagarkot used to witness good occupancy throughout the year.
During weekends, the hotels and restaurants at this vantage point used to be jam-packed with both domestic and foreign visitors. Besides, regular meetings and conferences used to keep the hotels busy.
“Business has been improving gradually. Tourist flow has swelled to 10-15 percent of previous levels,” said Ishwar Devkota, an accountant at the Hotel Country Villa.
According to him, foreigners working in Nepal and a few domestic visitors had started coming back to Nagarkot. “However, we are yet to receive foreign tourists,” he said, adding that there had been a gradual improvement in business.
Ram Prasad Adhikari of Samakhusi, who was on a visit to Nagarkot with his family and a foreign business partner David Vyanil, said he liked the hill station for its cool and peaceful environment.
According to Lamichhane, the earthquake has caused losses amounting to billions to Nagarkot-based entrepreneurs. Investors have spent Rs50 million to Rs200 million on each hotel in Nagarkot.
Nagarkot is a village located 32 km to the east of Kathmandu in Bhaktapur district. It has an elevation of 2,195 metres and is considered to be one of the most scenic spots in the district. The vantage point is known for sunrise views of the Himalaya including Everest and eight other peaks.
Published: 12-06-2015 07:52