After an extended lockdown, paragliding has become the most popular tourist destination in Pokhara. The tourism sector, which has been stalled for about six months, is gradually reopening. Activities have also started in Pokhara, a major tourist destination of Nepal.
According to the Nepal Air Sports Association (NAA), there are currently 500 to 600 paragliders flying in the skies of Pokhara daily. A 50 percent discount has been provided to boost the sluggish tourism business.
Paragliding business strategy in Pokhara
Naka General Secretary Balram Acharya said that domestic tourists’ attraction is increasing now that the 50 percent discount has been given. He said that the right environment had been created for those who enjoy nature, and the management is also agile.
At present, a company is allowed to fly only twice a day. He said that the flight was allowed by adjusting the schedule. When everyone is allowed to fly simultaneously, there is a possibility of an accident due to take-up and landing problems, so a schedule has been set to manage it.
At present, there are 338 para-pilots in Pokhara who have received flight permission from the Nepal Air Sports Association. Out of 61 paragliding companies, only 11 companies have completed their flights after the lockdown. Paragliding is being conducted in Pokhara within the safety standards implemented by the government to avoid Covid 19.
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