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Nepal welcomes record number of tourists in 2018

KATHMANDU: Tourist arrivals in Nepal topped one million for the first time in 2018 – boosted by increased visitors from India, China, the US, Sri Lanka and the UK.

The Himalayan nation saw the number of tourists jump nearly 25 per cent as it welcomed a record high of 1,173,072 visitors in 2018, the country’s tourism authorities said on Tuesday (Jan 9).

Rabindra Adhikari, Nepal’s tourism minister, called the new total “remarkable”.

Last year also saw a record 807 climbers reach the summit of Mount Everest, including 563 summits from Nepal.

Tourism is a major revenue earner for impoverished Nepal, home to eight of the world’s 14 peaks over 8,000 metres.

Fears for the industry rose after a devastating earthquake in 2015 that killed nearly 9,000 people and destroyed many of the country’s heritage sites.

The industry’s annual revenues fell by almost a third that year, dealing a devastating blow to the economy, but the sector has since gradually recovered.

Tourism contributed 7.8 per cent to Nepal’s GDP in 2017, creating over a million jobs, according to the World Travel and Tourism Council. (AFP)

(Nepal saw the number of tourists jump nearly 25 per cent as it welcomed a record high of more than one million visitors in 2018. Photo: AFP-Prakash Mathema)

Published Date: Thursday, January 10th, 2019 | 10:37 PM

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