Established in the year 1966 with eight member hotels, Hotel Association Nepal (HAN) has come a long way. Since its inception HAN has been able to make its presence felt by making an impact on the governmental policy formulation and the setting up of regulations regarding the hotel and tourism industry.
Within the first ten years of its inception, HAN was able to project itself as a leader in the governmental decision-making process pertaining to tourism of Nepal. The government formulated and implemented tourism policies only after taking consultations with HAN. Back then the hotel industry was one of the few successful industries in the country.
1970s and the early 80s were prolific period for tourism. It was in this period many categories of star rated hotels were established not only within the confines of Kathmandu but also outside the valley such as Pokhara and Chitwan. The boom of hotel industry in this era also contributed in the growth of other segments of the tourism industry. Travel and trekking agents became more professional and their market size grew in leaps and bounds.
The 1980s ushered in the concept of a borderless world; trade and commerce began to take place from one corner of the world to the other. The tourism industry also began to reap the benefits from this. The hotel business grew but along with the growth it faced numerous problems such as need for international standard service, national and international networking, and labor issues. Expertise, knowledge and education became very essential for the proper growth of the hotel business. HAN has played a very important role in resolving these issues by creating national and international networks and raising concerted voice to the governmental level to address the problems faced by the hotel industry.
Till date HAN has dedicatedly made efforts to resolve issues regarding the hotel business in the country owing to the fact that this industry contributes significantly to the country's economy. HAN's success lies in the cooperation received from its members.