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Travel Industry should stand in solidarity with Nepal in 2016 & beyond

Travel Industry should stand in solidarity with Nepal
The damage & death from the April 2015 Earthquake in Nepal dented the nerve of the global travel industry community. For travellers and travel professionals alike, Nepal has always ranked as one of the world’s ultimate bucket list destinations. Nepal is home to eight of the world’s fourteen highest mountains including Mt Everest, the world’s highest peak.

The country’s mixture of scenic majesty, rich history, cultural diversity and spirituality as the birthplace of Buddha and numerous sites sacred to Hinduism attracts holiday makers, pilgrims and adventurers. The news of 9,000 deaths including over 100 international tourists, damage to some of the country’s iconic historic sites and the temporary closure of Everest base camp due to an avalanche triggered by the quake spurred the global tourism industry to express its sympathy for Nepal through financial contributions from a wide range of tourism associations and individual tourism businesses. Over 40 governments committed themselves to assist Nepal with relief and rescue teams and wide range of material support.

As we commence 2016 Nepal is ready and extend its renowned hospitality to tourists. In a normal year, Nepal’s tourism industry employs almost half a million people. Many of these jobs and the livelihoods they provide for Nepalese families are under threat. Unfortunately, the perception created by extensive reportage of Nepal in the mainstream media has created a false impression that Nepal is too badly damaged for tourism, resulting is a severe slump in international arrivals since May 2015. Nepal certainly bears the scars of the earthquake but its hotels, guest houses and lodges are open. Its trekking routes including the Everest base camp route are open for visitors and Nepal’s many world heritage sites are open to be experienced and Nepal lives up to its promise as one of the world’s most inspiring destinations.

News adopted from http://www.etbtravelnews.com