Alliance Against Bandhas


May 29, 2011, 5:45 p.m. Published in Magazine Issue: Vol.: 04 No.-23 May 27 -2011 (Jestha 13,2068)

Tourism entrepreneurs and various civic organisations asked the government and all those calling for bandhas-enforced general shutdown-to not use bandhas to ask for their demands.

“Though we have urged political parties and other groups to avoid strike and bandhs during Nepal Tourism Year 2011, the trend of calling bandh has started since last two weeks,” said member of Nepal Tourism Year 2011 working committee Dhurba Narayan Shrestha.

Nineteen different parties had, earlier committed in written to avoid any strikes and bandha program during the tourism year.

The Alliance will arrange different programme to protest against bandha and pressure government to ensure peace and security," Shrestha said.

Tourist arrivals during April has increased by 34 per cent but it could drop in coming days, if the situation continues, he said.

“During this season, majorly of the Indian tourists visit Nepal,” he said, adding that Nepal Tourism Year 2011 has targeted to attract three lakh Indian tourists.

Nepal’s major tourist markets are India and China that registered overwhelming growth in the recent months. “Currently, we have a number of Indian airlines which has made Nepal must easy travel destination for the Indian tourist,” he said.

Jet Airlines, Kingfisher, Nepal Airlines Corporation, Indian Airlines, Spice Jet are the major flights from on Kathmandu-New Delhi route.
By this month end, we will also have Deccan Air added on the route, informed Shrestha. 

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