According to Hotel Association of Nepal (HAN) business in the hotel industry has grown by nearly 15% in the current fiscal year as compared to previous years.The hotel industry is considered to have the highest local private sector investment in Nepal with a recorded investment of around Rs 100 billion.HAN has under its umbrella, 8 five-star, 3 four-star, 12 three-star, 22 two-star and 18 one-star hotels and 165 non-star, four allied and 33 resorts . There are 307 hotels including 42 outside the valley which have 22,661 rooms with 34,958 beds in the country.
An international trade group, Implementing Expert Group (IEG) is planning to launch two four-star hotels -Airport Hotel and Red Rose Apartment Hotel – in Kathmandu with an investment of more than Rs 1 billion, prior to Nepal Tourism Year 2011.These establishments will focus on up-market clientele without compromising on quality. Airport Hotel will have 55 rooms in five floors, while Red Rose will have 11 apartment and 30 rooms. The group is set to soft launch the hotels in December and aggressively market and promote them in the first few months of 2011.
Demanding the government to ease taxes in the tourism sector, Hotel Association of Nepal (HAN) has suggested a cut of upto 3 per cent on value-added tax (VAT) on agricultural products in the upcoming budget.The association has asked the government to give tourism entrepreneurs a 100 per cent tax rebate for purchasing vehicles for their businesses.HAN has also demanded the government to support the purchase of five new aircraft by Nepal Airlines Corporation and to upgrade Tribhuvan International Airport.For the promotion of Nepal Tourism Year 2011 in the international market, the associaion believes that the government should provide free visa to tourists .