- Raj Kumar Prajuli
Kavrepalanchok: Prahlad Pyakurel, the manager of Hotel Sarathi in Dhulikhel, is confident that the hotel business will resume now as the corona infection rate has been declining since the second week of August.
Since then, the hotel has been bustling with activity on Fridays and Saturdays, and towards the end of this month, daily domestic tourists have also started arriving.
Enquiry and ‘booking’ for some events have boosted Pyakurel’s enthusiasm. The projected corona third wave may not come, but as corona infection rates continue to decline, hotel tourism in Dhulikhel appears to be on the rise.
“Now there is hope that the business will change. Concerns about the third wave of Corona are the same, but now it is felt that hotel-tourism is becoming easier,” Pyakurel said. Premkantha Makju Shrestha, president of the Regional Hotel Association (HAN), said that the hotels, which were struggling to revive due to the risk of corona, should not be closed down.
Hotel-tourism in Dhulikhel was greatly affected by the second wave of Corona. There are about 60 hotels in Dhulikhel, big and small, with a capacity of one thousand beds. The hotel-tourism of Dhulikhel in the district alone has an investment of around Rs. 50 billion.
More than 3,000 people have found direct employment here. Tourist place Dhulikhel is located at a distance of 30 kilometers from the federal capital Kathmandu. As Dhulikhel is the nearest tourist destination from the capital, apart from internal and external tourists, there are residential programs of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur.
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