As many as eight star hotels and deluxe hotels are coming up in different parts of the country.
According to officials at the Tourism Industry Division under the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA), eight star hotels and deluxe resorts filed application to conduct Initial Environmental Examination (IEE) and Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) over the first half of fiscal year 2013/14.
As per the existing rules, hotels with 50-100 beds must carry out IEE while those having more than 100 beds need to conduct EIA before starting construction works.
Hotel Nilgiri (three-star) in Jhapa, Hotel Galaxy (two-star) in Budhanilkantha, Sheraton Hotel (deluxe five-star) in Kesharmahal, Rara Hotel and Recreation Center (deluxe resort) in Mugu, Nepal Hospitality in Thamel, Star Hospitality in Baneshwar, Himalayan Shangri-la Village Resort in Dhulikhel, and a resort (deluxe resort) in Chitwan have applied at the division to conduct IEE and EIA.
“Both Nepal Hospitality and Star Hospitality are star-hotels but their grades have not been decided yet. Similarly, Himalayan Shangri-la Village Resort has sought permission to conduct IEE as it is adding more rooms,” said Him Lal Bhandari section officer at the division.
Officials say investment in hotels is increasing as investors are hopeful that tourism industry will flourish in the coming years with Nepal moving toward political stability.
Madhu Sudan Burlakoti, chief of the division, said the country is seeing fresh investment in star hotels after a gap of many years. “Development of tourism infrastructures, increase in movement of domestic tourists and positive political development might have encouraged investors to put their money in the hospitality sector,” he added.
Madhav Om Shrestha, executive director of Hotel Association of Nepal (HAN), said big investment is being made in tourist areas outside the capital city.Tourists, both local and foreign, have been facing difficulty while traveling outside the capital due to lack of good hotels. “Such situation will come to an end once these hotels start operation,” added Burlakoti.
source: republica, 15 Jan 2014