Tourism entrepreneurs criticize local levy fee in Everest trekking

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Kathmandu, Sept 18, 2017 – Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) has been drawn attention at the decision of Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality to levy fee of Rs 2,000 (US$ 20) per person on foreigners every time they enter its boundaries; Everest region trekking. Issuing a public notice, the rural municipality said that the meeting of its executive council held on July 19, 2017 took the decision.

Nepal Government has already been collecting per person Rs 3,390 (US$ 34) entrance fee for Sagarmatha National Park. Additional local units levy charge will relay negative message about Nepal on beginning of the tourist season.

TAAN President Chandra Prasad Rijal said “The government has given lot of power to the local units. It, however, failed to impose limitations regarding imposition of taxes”.

According to Schedule 8 of the Constitution of Nepal, 2015, local units can collect local tax which includes property tax, house rent tax, fee on registration of houses and land, vehicle tax, service fee, tourism fee, advertisement tax, business tax, land tax, fines and entertainment tax. But the government has not clearly defined the provisions related to imposition of taxes by local units. Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality has decided without any discussion to entrepreneurs, concerned government agencies and organization.

Sagarmatha National Park locates in Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality according to federal government system.



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