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The Post-Disaster Needs Assessment report in June had urged the government to announce 2017 and 2018 as Visit Nepal Year to assure visitors that reconstruction and rehabilitation will be completed by then. The comprehensive report recently prepared by the National Planning Commission has said that initially there is a need to re-build and re-brand the image of tourism, after the earthquake.
The report also stated that the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) and the private sector have been spending a combined Rs2.20 billion annually on tourism marketing and promotion during normal times, the outlay has to be increased multiple fold to revive the market.
It is estimated that the overall impact to the Nepali tourism industry will be a reduction of about 40 percent over the next 12 months, and a 20 percent reduction in the following 12-24 months. Despite the overall estimated damage and losses, the tourism industry remains resilient and optimistic about executing a turnaround in the medium to the long term. The sector is poised to Build Back Better with concerted efforts from all the stakeholders and support from the government.
Here are a few facts about tourism in Nepal