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With 3,26,528 air travellers arriving in Nepal from January to April this year—roughly 28 percent of them were Indian—the country’s tourism industry is bouncing back quickly from the Covid era. “Tourist arrivals in the country have increased dramatically in the recent period, which is very positive and encouraging,” said Nandini Lahe-Thapa, senior director of PR and Publicity at the Nepal Tourism Board. The Himalayan nation is expecting about the same number of tourists that it received in 2020, according to the tourism board’s projections. “We are not focusing on the traditional destinations any longer,” she said, naming Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan, and Lumbini as examples. As for the country’s other regions, “five-star properties are coming up in eastern and western Nepal as well.” There are new hotels being built, Thapa noted, as well as new tourist attractions and cable car services. “We are very positive and hopeful about the prospects of the country’s tourism industry in the post-Covid era,” added Thapa. By air, we had attracted at least 1.2 million visitors in 2020 (the pre-Covid era), and we anticipate at least the same number by year’s end. The Indian market has been thriving since the outbreak. “There are a lot of Indians taking vacations in Nepal,” she remarked. “You can see a lot of Indian number plate vehicles carrying tourists wherever you go, like Pokhara, Manakamana, or border areas,” Thapa remarked. The Nepal Tourism Board reports that in April a total of 98,773 tourists arrived in the country via aeroplane. Of these, 31,437 came from India. There were 61,589 air travellers to Nepal in 2022. The number of visitors in April was up 60% from the same month in 2017. In April of this year, there were 31,437 arrivals from India, a 39.9 percent increase from the previous year. Only 22,476 Indians took a flight to Nepal in April of previous year.

SOURCE :- https://newstodaynet.com/2023/05/10/nepal-sees-tourism-recovering-fast-after-covid/


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