The 43rd Annual General Meeting (AGM)

March 2014

HAN gets new executive committee

 of the Hotel Association Nepal (HAN) held on 28 March elected 21-member executive committee under the leadership of BK Shrestha for the tenure of next two years. Amar Man Shakya and Shreejana Rana have been elected the first and second vice president respectively for the umbrella organization of Nepal’s hoteliers.

Similarly, Binayak Shah and Ghanendra Bahadur Shrestha have been elected the new general secretary and treasurer respectively. Members of the new executive committee are immediate past president Shyam Sundar Lal Kakshapati, MA Lari, Dinesh Bista, Prabin Bahadur Panday, Binod Shanker Shrestha, Dinesh Tuladhar, Vishal Kumar, Sunil Sakya, Abhishek Shrestha, Rakesh Das Shrestha, Ram Kumar Puri, Dorge Lama Gurung, Laxman Aryal, Biplab Poudel, Ghanashyam Shrestha and Rajan Shrestha.

Meanwhile, the AGM was inaugurated by Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Bhim Acharya. Inagurating the inaugural session of the AGM, Minister Acharya said that the tourism is the back-bone of Nepali economy and the sector holds higher potential to create employment and to increase foreign exchange earnings.

Addressing the inaugural session, Industry Minister, Karna Bahadur Thapa stressed that the hotel sector should be treated as industries from government. He argued that the concerned government agencies and tourism entrepreneurs should foster the sector to ensure further potentials.

Delivering his keynote speech on ‘Tourism as a National Priority Industry’ Chief Secretary Lila Mani Poudel stressed on the need of initiatives to be taken from the government in a bid to promote the tourism industry.

Secretary of the Ministry of Culture, Tourism & Civil Aviation Sushil Ghimire extended his best wishes for the success of HAN and highlighted the role of tourism in general and hotel industry in particular in the development of national economy.

From the chair outgoing President Shyam S.L. Kakshapati thanked all concerned for their support in realizing the vision and mission of HAN. He pledged his commitment to make HAN a dynamic organization.

B.K. Shrestha, President elect had delivered vote of thanks on the occasion. During the business session the house unanimously passed the President's, Secretary General's & Treasurer's report and HAN's balance sheet for 2069/070. Large number of HAN members and distinguished guests have attended the ceremony and HAN hosted a grand party in honor of the distinguished guests.

PHAP Launches 'Chaliye Pokhara' campagin

In a bid to attract more Indain tourists, Pashimanchal Hotel Association Pokhara (PHAP) has launched "Chaliye Pokhara" – a promotional campaign . As psrt of campaign, tourism entrepreneurs of Pokhara will visit Indain tourism entrepreneurs in northern Indian cities, including Gorakhpur, Lucknow and Kanpur . Moreover, tourism entrepreneurs are offering up to 30 percent discount on accomodation and 10 percent discount on foods for Indain tourists till September 2013.

Mustang attracting hordes of tourists

The upper and lower Mustang, a rugged mysterious arid and haunting wilderness region, is attracting a huge number of foreign visitors although the current season is considered lean for tourism in the country. Every day, hundreds of visitors flock to the place hidden behind Dhaulagiri and Annapurna, to view the culturally rich rugged mysterious landscape with wind eroded hills and cliffs. Hotels in Jomsom, Muktinath and Kaagbeni and Lomangthan in Upper Mustang are crowded by visitors a majority from India.

National parks entry fee hike riles

The government has been increased the entry fee of national parks and wildlife reserve aress . Tourism entrepreneurs have criticized the government for raising entry and other fees at national parks and wildlife reserves citing such increments directly hamper tourism-related businesses. They have also warned of launching protests if the government does not roll back the decision.

Tourist length of stay reaches 13 days

The average length of stay of tourists in Nepal increased to a seven-year high of 13.1 days in 2011. According to the Tourism Ministry, visitors coming for trekking and mountaineering in 2011 increased 11.7 percent against a decline of 47.2 percent in 2010. Nepal recorded the highest ever length of stay of 13.51 days in 2004.