Lonely Planet Writer

Tourism to Nepal plummets after April earthquakes

Phewa lake, Pokhara.
Phewa lake, Pokhara. Image by Jean-Marie Hullot / CC BY 2.0

Despite ongoing recovery efforts, tourism to Nepal has plummeted by as much as 95% in some areas, creating a new financial crisis on top of the humanitarian crisis created by April’s earthquakes. Even in areas unaffected by the disaster, such as Pokhara and the Annapurna range, bookings have collapsed, leaving local people who rely on tourism in a desperate position. Local agencies are going to unprecedented lengths to spread the message that Nepal is open for business, and pressure is growing to finally develop Pokhara as Nepal’s second international airport, giving travellers an alternative route into to the country, away from earthquake-hit areas in central Nepal. Read more: ttrweekly.com