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January 21, 2021

Multiple entry fees hamper tourists in Annapurna region

Jamuna Barsa Sharma

Annapurna Base camp
Annapurna Base camp (file photo)

Pokhara: Tourism entrepreneurs have expressed their disgruntlement against the entry fee for tourists taken at the Annapurna region. They complained that the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) has not made tourist-friendly entry fees for the Annapurna region.

The tourism operators associated with various trekking agencies demanded that the tourists going trekking in the Annapurna region should be given multiple entry permit after paying the entry fee once.

“We have told that entry fees should not be taken. However, fees are being taken from the tourists which gives a negative message,” said Basu Tripathi who is a former member of the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB).

Tripathi also divulged that since many-pronged routes have been created around the Annapurna region which has made the trekking route very short for the tourists which used to be longer trekking trail in the previous years.

Tourism operators also said when tourists move from one homestay to another the entry permit should effective for any number of homestays they visit. Gopi Bahadur Bhattarai who is president of Pokhara Tourism Council said that it is not appropriate to take multiple entry fees from the tourists in one tourist region.

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