Ban on tourists to Upper Mustang lifted

 

The people of Upper Mustang have decided to withdraw their decision to prohibit the entry of tourists to the Upper Mustang after the government assured to address the demands raised by them. "The government has, albeit lately, addressed the demands raised by the people of Upper Mustang. Keeping in view the upcoming Nepal Tourism Year 2011 campaign, special requests by TAAN and negative impact that the decision could make in our tourism industry, we have decided to completely withdraw our decision of prohibiting the entry of tourists to the Upper Mustang from October 1," read a statement issued by the Upper Mustang Youth Society on Sunday.

The Society further said that they would like to assure tourism entrepreneurs and concerned stakeholders that "tourism activities in Upper Mustang will continue as usual without any hindrance."After the government failed to allocate 60 percent of total revenue collected from tourism activities in the Upper Mustang area for the development of the area and wellbeing of the local population as per the decision taken on July 13, 2006, Upper Mustang Youth Society decided to bar the entry of tourists to the area from coming October Following the series of meetings and initiative from stakeholders, especially TAAN, the Ministry of Finance on September 17 issued a letter, assuring the people of Upper Mustang that it would made budgetary allocations for the region in the coming days as per the government's decision made on July 13,

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