The increase was more than 500 times, as it was done after a long time.
Earlier, Nepalese were charged Rs. 20, which has been increased to Rs. 100, for SAARC tourists, from Rs. 200 to Rs. 750, and for other tourists from Rs. 500 to Rs. 1,500.
The charge for those entering on elephants has been increased from Rs. 200 to Rs. 500 for Nepalese, SAARC tourists from Rs. 500- Rs. 1,500, and others from Rs. 1,000 to Rs. 2,500.
With the increase, less tourists will come and tourism business will be hard to sustain, said chairman of the Regional Hotel Association, Sauraha, Shankar Sainju.
The Ministry of Forests had increased this effective from June 18 after taking permission from the Finance Ministry.
The entrepreneurs have said this will affect the 80 hotels and more than 200 restaurants and shops and therefore they will protest with the minister to prime minister. They said they will not pay the new charges, adding there will be no alternative to shutting down hotels if demands are not fulfilled.
However, Chief Protection Officer of the Park, Jhamak Bahadur Karki said the increase was after 12 years and tourists have begun to pay the new fees. RSS
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