Global recession spells trouble for Nepal tourism industry

March 23rd, 2009 - 5:49 pm ICT by ANI  

By Pawan Kumar Shah
Lumbini (Nepal), Mar 23 (ANI): The global recession, cancellation of certain international flights and political instability including the on-going stir by the Madeshis has affected the tourist inflow in Nepal.
Officials of Nepal Tourism have reported that the suspension of flights from Thailand has gravely affected the tourism industry in Lumbini, the birth place of Buddha. And evident are barren streets of market places and least occupancy in hotels.
The Communist Party of Nepal-Maoists (CPN-M), which succeeded the 240-year-old monarchy in Nepal, is yet to stabilise the socio-politico-economy structure of the country.
“Because of global economic crisis, we have not been able to achieve our goals,” said Hari Rai, Information In-charge, Tourism Department, Lumbini.
Nepal’’s famed natural beauty used to attract lot of foreign tourists, mainly from the European and Far Eastern nations.
“I think it would be sad as political instability in Nepal would make it difficult for foreigners to come to Nepal,” said Edwin Kelly, a foreign tourist.
Around 7,250 tourists visited Lumbini in January 2008 and this number has slid down to 4,485 in January 2009, marking a 40 percent decline.
Revival of tourism is crucial to revive the country’’s instable economy, as it is a major source of foreign currency earnings and employment. (ANI)

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