Entrepreneurs in Pokhara have asked for more promotion of the Silver Triangle — Pokhara, Chitwan and Lumbini — package as many tourist destinations in Kathmandu have been damaged by the April-25 earthquake.
Organizing an event in Kathmandu, the Pokhara Toursim Recovery Council (PTRC) has requested all tourism entrepreneurs to promote the Silver Triangle in the domestic as well as international market for a speedy recovery of the tourism industry.
To revive the tourism industry in Pokhara in the aftermath of the earthquake, tourism entrepreneurs had announced heavy discounts on various tourist products and services. Discounts of 15 to 50 percent were announced at on hotels and lodges room rates, tourist bus tickets, trekking packages and adventure activities, among others, till September.
The Paschimanchal Hotel Association – Pokhara has offered 50 percent discounts on room rates at its member hotels, lodges and guest houses. Likewise, tourism entrepreneurs decided to offer 20 percent discounts at restaurants, 30 percent on trekking packages, 20 percent on tourist bus fare, 20 percent in bus reserve fee, and 20 percent on apparels and trekking gear.
Similarly, adventure sports operators have announced 15 percent discounts on paragliding and ultra-light flights, 50 percent on bungee jumps and zip flyer, and 20 percent discounts on trekking guide fee.
Tourism entrepreneurs have also donated Rs 500,000 collected by the Earthquake Victims Relief Collection Tourism Committee Pokhara to the Prime Minister Disaster Relief Fund on Monday.
Bharatraj Parajuli, chairman of Western Regional Hotel Association, Pokhara, said entrepreneurs had also requested hotel operators in Chitwan and Lumbini to offer up to 50 percent discounts so that the Silver Triangle can be promoted.
“As this is the season for Chinese and Indian tourists, we have to spread the message that Nepal is safe to visit and only a few areas are affected,” Ganesh Bahadur Bhattarai, coordinator of the committee, said. Indian tourists mostly visit Nepal during this time of the year to escape the scorching heat in India.