Tourists increasing in Pokhara

Gandaki, Apr. 9: The number of tourists has increased in the touristic capital city Pokhara these days.  As the eve of Nepali New Year is nearer, domestic and foreign tourists are thronging here.  With it, tourism business and other activities in Pokhara have started regaining momentum. Seeing the progress in tourists’ movement in the city, tourism entrepreneurs are found optimistic. 

Lakshman Subedi President of Pokhara Hotel Association said that the number of guests in hotels here has reached by 50 percent of late. “Friday-Saturday, the occupancy of the hotel reaches 60 per cent”, he said, “We expect it to reach 90 per cent during the New Year.”

The occupancy of hotels in Pokhara was limited to less than ten per cent in December to January, which is considered to be the ‘off season’ for tourism. President Subedi further expects that the number of tourists will increase as the ’19th Phewa New Year Festival’ is being organized at Lakeside targeting the New Year 2081 BS.

President Subedi said that a 30 per cent discount has been arranged for hotels during the festival. According to him, the hotel in Pokhara has the capacity to accommodate 40,000 tourists daily. “Currently, there are only 20,000 domestic and foreign tourists in Pokhara on a daily basis”, he said, “To fill more than 1,200 hotels here, 40,000 tourists should visit Pokhara every day.”

Basically, hotel entrepreneurs have expressed joy at the resurgence of tourism after a long back, though other entrepreneurs are waiting for good day soon. (RSS)

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