The rafting business, which had been closed for two years, has resumed after the Holi festival. The business started in the area directly affected by the coronavirus pandemic after domestic tourists started thronging for rafting after Holi.
Nani Babu Thapa, former president of Nepal Association of Nada Rafting, said, “The business, which remained closed for two years, has resumed operations this week. There is hope that it will continue.”
According to him, domestic tourists have started rafting on the rivers including Bhotekoshi, Trishuli, Kaligandaki and Sunkoshi. More than 30 businessmen have fled the area soon after the closure of the business.
Thapa said, “We are collecting the details of how many businessmen have left. There are many who have closed their business.” He said the rafting business was in the doldrums as the government failed to come up with programmes to promote the business and increase the number of tourists. Now that the business is in operation, 300 people have started rafting daily. Thapa informed that all of them were domestic tourists.