Mr. Ram Sharan Thapaliya- Vice Chairman Thamel Tourism Development Committee
Mr. Ram Sharan Thapaliya, Vice Chairman of Thamel Tourism Development Committee admitted that Thamel lacked sufficient A class accommodation during the hyper tourist season in Nepal during an interview with Explore Himalaya.
He says, “Thamel is a place in Nepal where more than 80% of total visitors to Kathmandu prefer to accommodate but due to the lack of adequate number of tourist class hotels in Thamel, they are bound to settle in the hotels at the other areas of the city. Though very few tourists prefer the hotels at the other areas within the city over the hotels at Thamel, but many prefer to enjoy their nights at Thamel”.
He admits, “Most of the visitors in Kathmandu stay average of 10 days in Thamel and during the spring and autumn of the year every room of the hotels in Thamel is fully occupied as the tourist arrivals during these times are maximum. It is very obvious that the requirement of more tourist class hotels in Thamel has been a necessity”.
Thamel describes the perfect place in Kathmandu to retreat, recreate and chill having just fun within the area of 1sq. km. Within this small hotspot 500 hotels including star hotels, tourist class hotels and normal guest houses fit in. There are more than 450 restaurants and bars offering the visitors with different cuisines of food, varieties of flavors of music and diverse cultural shows. Hundreds of souvenir shops and stalls, mountaineering outlets and cultural galleries justify Thamel with one solid good reason and making Thamel able to attract massive number of visitors. Thamel is a cosmopolitan address within the cultural city Kathmandu accommodating people from more 100 nations every moment.
Thamel, a popular tourist hub in Kathmandu, is all set to become the first Wi-Fi internet zone in Nepal. Mercantile Communications Pvt. Ltd. signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Thamel Tourism Development Council (TTDC) on April 8, 2011 to this effect. As per the agreement, Mercantile will make technical and financial investment for the development of Wi-Fi facility. This agreement will help develop Thamel into Wi-Fi destination, providing easy and quality internet service to tourists and entrepreneurs.
On the occasion of World Tourism Day (27th September) the Minister for Tourism & Civil Aviation Sarat Singh Bhandari unveiled three new trekking routes.The trails leading to Panchpokhari-Bhairav Kunda in Sindhpalchowk, Dhorpatan in Baglung and Galeshwar of Myagdi – have been introduced with the objective of increasing number of tourists during Nepal Tourism Year 2011 campaign.
This year’s international World Tourism Day was celebrated by tourism entrepreneurs all over Nepal with the theme of ‘Tourism & Biodiversity’. Discounts on food and accommodation were given out at different outlets to tourists.In Thamel, the tourist hub of Kathmandu, a street carnival was organized by the Thamel Tourism development Council to mark the day.