As many as 600 hotel entrepreneurs, employees and locals have so far received vaccines against coronavirus infection in Nagarkot – a popular tourism city in the suburb of Kathmandu. Hotel entrepreneurs said they are feeling secured after receiving double doses of vaccines. The vaccination drive became effective in Nagarkot due to well coordination of District Health Office, Kavre and Nagarkot-Naldum Tourism Development Committee. “We feel a sigh of relief after being inoculated. The coronavirus infection rate was also decreasing. With this, we are hopeful of gradual recovery of pandemic-battered tourism enterprises”, said committee secretary and Mount Everest Hotel’s operator, Pradeep Jung Adhikari.
The successful vaccination drive here has imparted a message that Nagarkot was ‘safe’ with the administration of vaccination service to all hotel operators, grocery and vegetable entrepreneurs. Gokul Lamichhane, operator of Maryland Hotel, said inflow of domestic tourists is increasing lately at hotels that have been operational adopting health safety protocol. “Arrival of tourists on Friday and holidays is on the rise. Some residential training programme are also taking place. We are optimistic to welcome more external tourists with the decline in the infection rate of coronavirus”, he added.