Impact of Covid-19 on Nepal Tourism Industry
Due to the global pandemic, Covid-19, Nepal’s tourism industry has been badly suffered. Nepal is home to the highest mountains in the world, scenic landscape and natural beauty, diverse culture and tradition, and exotic wildlife. The tourism industry has been contributing around 8% of the country’s GDP and providing jobs to millions of people. Each year, millions of people visit Nepal for vacation, trekking, mountaineering, and adventures.
But due to the Impact of Covid-19 on Nepal Tourism, only 230,000 tourists visited Nepal in 2020, which was worse than the days of the Nepal Earthquake and 10 years-long conflict. It has affected thousands of people whose livelihood depends on the tourism sector. Especially, tourism, hospitality, aviation, and travel agencies. Many of them are unemployed and have lost their primary source of income. Almost 15000 travel guides in Nepal have to lose their job.
Currently, the country is facing the second wave of Covid-19 which is raising a big question mark about the future of the tourism industry in Nepal. As per the Ministry of Culture, Tourism, and Civil Aviation, Nepal’s tourism industry is facing a $330 million loss due to lockdown and restrictions. People from the tourism sector have been requesting the government to come up with plans and a new tourism model to sustain the tourism industry in this pandemic. Such as promoting domestic tourism and strategies to make it successful.