Gorakhbazaar, Sept 24: It is reported that unlicensed tourist guides are in the forefront of this profession in Manasalu tourism trekking route which annually draws as many as 5,000 tourists.
According to the Manasalu Conservation Area Project (MCAP), the unlicensed guides are found to have handled more than 100 groups of tourists here in every year.
“Last year alone over 100 groups of tourists were attended by unlicensed tourist guides”, said ACAP’s Tourist Security Checkpoint Chief Ram Chandra Adhikari.
He added, “It is not practical to return tourists coming here after five-day trekking. If not the trend of growing number of unlicensed guide into the tourism sector would go unchecked”.
Adhikari informed that reportedly there are some cases where unlicensed and inexperienced guides left tourists in lurch in the past. He said the Department of Immigration should pay due attention in regulating tourist guide licenses.
ACAP has been providing additional nature guide training to the guides attending tourists in Manasalu area.
The inhospitable and irresponsible behavior of unlicensed guides to tourists is creating trouble in trekking business in the region.