PHOTO: More visitors are heading to Nepal this climbing season. (Photo courtesy Flickr/Gunther Hagleitner)
Tourism in Nepal has been struggling to make a comeback since the 2015 earthquake decimated major tourist attractions, but there are many positive signs that the country is making a comeback.
After making good progress in most of 2016, back in October, some officials began to worry that forward progress on tourism since the earthquake was stalled.
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“Accessible air connectivity, affordable air fares, construction of proper road network and electricity are the pre-requisites which are still major challenges to overcome for tourism development,” the Himalayan Times reported.
Now, new signs are showing that visitation numbers are beginning to grow once again.
March is the beginning of the busy climbing and trekking season in Nepal and the numbers are looking good. According to a report in the Kathmandu Post, tourism is surging on the Annapurna trek route. In fact, more than 2,000 foreign tourists traveled through the Annapurna circuit in the month of March.
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April is seeing a continuation of these numbers, with 100 tourists arriving daily since the beginning of April.
Overall, tourism numbers in Nepal for 2016 were greatly improved over 2015. According to the Himalayan Times, 554,747 visitors traveled to Nepal in 2015. In 2016, tourism increased to 729,550 visitors.