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Impact of COVID-19 on Tourism in Nepal

Nepal is a beautiful country nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas. It is a small country with tremendous topographical variances, resulting in a mash-up of unique ethnic groupings and cultural diversity, all of which attract the outside world. It is home to uncommon animals and is well-known for trekking locations including the Annapurna and Everest treks. Nepal has become a tourist destination as a result of these attractions. However, Covid-19 has had a significant impact on the tourism industry. 

There have been severe economic crises as a result of Covid-19, both nationally and individually, resulting in a decrease in foreign currency and financial difficulties.   Loans and their interest rates appear to be on the rise, posing a new concern. It has impacted both small and large local vendors, as well as local handicrafts. ‘No tourists/tourism implies no economy’ in Nepal. Unemployment has risen, and many people have lost their jobs, particularly in Nepal’s once-thriving tourism industry.  Those who were involved in travel tourism, local guides, trekkers, mountaineering, hotel, and even home-stays have been forced to change their minds to choose a different profession owing to Covid-19. Travel and trekking companies are on the point of closing down. There has also been a pause in new destination exploration. The government, as well as other stakeholders in the tourism industry, are suffering. The tourism industry as a whole has entirely collapsed.

Covid-19 has had a significant influence on Nepal’s tourism sector, causing a national economic collapse as well as individual economic crises.

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