Wendy Wu Tours Managing Director Alan Alcock has confirmed the company currently have just one fully escorted group tour in Nepal at this time and the scheduled date of departure was today, Monday.
The company has been continually monitoring the group’s movements by telephone contact from the very moment the quake struck and all passengers have since been accommodated at the group hotel; a modern building designed to withstand earthquakes.
Mr Alcock advised that the airport opened for commercial traffic on Sunday and efforts were made to attempt to bring forward the group’s departure on flights to leave Sunday. However due to a backlog of passengers who were always scheduled to depart yesterday receiving priority, the first flights were already full.
He added, “As long as Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific operate flights as scheduled Monday, which they both intend to do, then the group will be leaving Nepal”. All passengers and ground operators with Wendy Wu Tours are safe and no one has been injured. We have ensured that our customers are receiving ample food and comfortable accommodation. As a precautionary measure, all customers have been directed to remain within the hotel parameters to ensure safety.”
Mr Alcock said that the safety of our customers is paramount and their safe return is their first priority. They will of course be speaking with their partners in Nepal today to better assess the situation for future travel. WWT expects that it may be some time before they can send groups there again, especially for tours going beyond Kathmandu. It is anticipated that several tours will more than likely be cancelled between now and the end of the year.
Mr Alcock expressed his sympathies to those most affected by this tragedy and on behalf of the entire WWT family, wishes to convey deepest condolences to the people of Nepal and Tibet.