Hoteliers present agenda to enhance hotel standards

Hoteliers present agenda to enhance hotel standards

Hotel Association Nepal (HAN) has prepared a 10-point agenda to enhance standardisation of hotels that would help provide good facilities to 2 million tourists by 2020. According to Tourism Vision 2020, the country will host 2 million and the hospitality industry should not only enhance its standards but should also upgrade itself, according to the association. The newly elected executive members of the association led BK Shrestha today said that they have drafted the 10-point agenda, which will be further discussed before finalising in the board meeting on Monday. The 10-point includes addressing current problems of hotels, amendment of existing rules and regulations related to tourism, and active tourism promotion. "We are focusing on providing more facilities and services at par with the international standard to tourists," said the association's newly elected president B K Shrestha, during the press meet here today. Existing hotels have to enhance their standards first, he said, adding that the association is preparing to set up a guest training centre so that it can fulfil the shortage of well-trained hospitality manpower. Nepal should promote itself in Asian countries rather than European countries as the European economy is still recovering from recession, Shrestha pointed out. The association is also planning to organise traning exchange programme in coordination with international hotel chains to help increase competitiveness of the local hospitality staff, Shrestha added. It will also help technology transfer," according to immediate past president of the association Shyam Sundal Lal Kakshapati.
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