September 20: The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation has decided to take adequate measures to contain the outbreak of dengue after mounting concerns of tourists over the contagious virus.
The move is aimed to allay the fears of tourists, who are panicked by the outbreak. The ministry will be working hand-in-hand with the Civil Aviation Authority, local hotels and restaurants and other stake holders in fogging the areas infested with the mosquitoes carrying the dengue virus.
“There is no need for tourists to panic as the authorities have asked all stakeholders in the tourism industry to take preventive measures,” said the Chief Executive Officer of Nepal Tourism Board, Deepak Raj Joshi, while addressing a press conference in the capital on Wednesday.
He informed that the Tourism Board has been sending health workers to test for the virus in public spaces, contact hoteliers, secure public spaces and swimming pools and will not leave any stone unturned to assure the safety of tourists.
The NTB chief’s remarks come in the wake of the US government issuing a travel advisory, cautioning its citizens not to travel to Nepal unless it is urgent due to the outbreak of dengue fever.
Similarly, there have been reports that a few foreign tourists have canceled their hotel bookings in Pokhara due to the threat of dengue.