Lonely Planet Writer

Earthquake fears keeping tourists from safe parts of Nepal

Fears of earthquakes and landslides are keeping travellers away from safe parts of Nepal, according to reports.

Pokhara, Nepal.
Pokhara, Nepal. Image by Eliza Tyrrell / CC BY-SA 2.0

In the city of Pokhara, tourist bookings have plummeted by 95%, yet the city was almost untouched by the earthquake and the surrounding area is no more dangerous than it was before the disaster. The collapse in tourism risks creating a new humanitarian crisis, as millions of Nepalis who depended on tourism, either directly or indirectly, see their livelihoods destroyed. The economic cost of the disaster to Nepal has been estimated at US$623 million, but this does not account for the subsequent loss of income from the decline in visitor numbers. Read more: gulf-times.com