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DoT to monitor tourism companies2017-01-03 09:18:42

Nepal government is all set to modify Trekking and Travel guideline. Including the condition of making register of trekking and tourism operatories such as Trek agency, travel companies, trekking guides and tour guides at the tourism department is compulsory. Each and every agency should be registered in office of Company register and department of Tourism Industry. Tourism department make ready of final draft of trekking and travel guideline. To approval from cabinet department soon will send file. Jaya Narayan Acharya mentioned that they have made ready to send the file to cabinet to approval.

Department of Tourism started monitoring after the received reports that some agencies operating travel activities without registration in government departments.  During their sample survey 10 percent companies have found illegal and without register in Department of Tourism. Once the file and purpose passes from cabinet entire agencies should register soon and end their business. Some agencies also have not renewed their license. Being of part of country’s business some companies have not paid tax so far.  The data says that 12,825 trekking guides, 2,201 trekking companies and 2,982 travel agencies have found register and legal operators.  Further up if illegal operators found they will be fined up to USD 1000.

Unhealthy competition in tourism sector has created bigger issues in the country. Most of the trekking company operates trips in cheaper price and they don’t pay tax and vat to the government. Department of Tourism strongly monitoring and raising these issues as they found some agencies is illegal. Just to do business most of the cheaper companies don’t pay good salary for trekking guides and porters. They cheat in services along the route and provide cheapest lodges and hotels along the route.

But, Adventure Discovery treks have been providing satisfactory services as we trust satisfactory services creates further marketing chances. Our main aim to make clients happy by providing great guides and services, as you are traveling in high altitude range so that we believe client need better meals and accommodations. Our guides and porters are register in Tourism departments and has entire training of tourism related services. 

Source: The Himalayan Times 

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