Published on : Wednesday, October 4, 2017
From October 1st 2017, the Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality under the Nepal civil government has started collecting the touri9st entry fee to revoke the trekker information management system card.
The tourism department of Nepal stated that the entry fee which is collected from 101 foreign tourists since October 1 at the rate of Rs 2000 from each tourist will help to manage the information management system.
The Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) and Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) had been charging Rs 2,000 from each foreign tourist through the TIMS card for 11 years now.
A meeting of the RM executive committee on July 9, 2017 had decided to ban the TIMS card system and itself raise tourist entry fee, citing the NTB and TAAN failed to carry out any tourism promotion works in the Khumbu region despite collecting the fee.
A TIMS card check post at Monjo has been removed on October 1, which is based on the decision of the team. A tourism entrepreneur Namgel Sherpa said the international tourists have been overcharged with this decision of the rural municipality executive committee.
He argued that an international traveller had to pay total Rs 5,399 in the past whereas now he/she has to pay Rs 7,399 after the imposition of the tourist entry fee by the rural municipality.
The tourism industrialists and the hospitality managers said that this charge on the international tourists will slow down the tourism opportunities in Khumbu Valley, which is known as the Nepalese side of Mountain Everest.
TAAN General Secretary Karna Lama said this immature decision of the rural municipality would ultimately have unenthusiastic consequences to the rural municipality itself. He called for immediate correction of the decision.
The Chairman of the RM Ngim Dorji Sherpa commented that they are determined the tourist entry fee in exercise of their constitutional right.