Nepal Tour Operators Inviting Visitors Back to Kathmandu Valley
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Nepal was devastated by an earthquake that tore through the country on April 25, but tourism operators in the area are reporting that the nation is once again open for business and should be an option for all international travelers, despite CDC warnings to the contrary.
According to the Nepal Association of Tour Operators, there is no denying the impact the natural disaster had on the country, its people and the historical structures, but the Kathmandu Valley is still a destination travelers should consider when booking a trip.
The Nepal Association of Tour Operators is reporting that the majority of popular tourist areas escaped the brunt of the damage, and most hotels and restaurants have returned to operating condition.
As for the airports, Tribhuvan International Airport is operating around the clock, and a large number of roads are already back to fully functional. There is still devastation in certain parts of Nepal, but the nation continues to fight hard for a return to normalcy.
In Kathmandu's tourist district, international visitors are already returning.
Nepal Association of Tour Operators president, Ashok Pokharel, released a statement about the current state of the country and how the locals are already on the road to recovery:
We have been taking a few days to mourn and do what we can to assist our fellow citizens. This has truly been a dark moment. But in the cold light of day, Nepal and its capital city, Kathmandu, are intact. The people of Nepal are born with a will to overcome adversity.
The destroyed monuments and cultural sites around the Kathmandu Valley and elsewhere need to be rebuilt, and this will provide employment and create a resurgence in traditional building methods. Therefore, we encourage travelers to come back to Nepal when a suitable time has lapsed for the injured to the treated, the mourning to be completed and the debris to be cleared.
Pokharel and the rest of the organization are pushing hard for the government to focus more attention on the return of the tourism industry because foreign travelers visiting the nation are one of the biggest sources of income.
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