The government of Nepal has issued a directive tackling the rampant tourist rescue fraud in the Himalayan nation, which industry figures say has caused at least one tourist death and millions of dollars in losses for insurers.
Nepal’s Ministry of Culture, Tourism, and Civil Aviation created a special committee which oversees all helicopter rescues and medical treatment of tourists in the country. The directive requires all helicopter companies, trek operators, and hospitals to submit their invoices within 10 days to the Tourist Search and Rescue Committee, which will share it with the Tourist Police and Department of Tourism.
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