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Come back time for Nepal

With tourism in Nepal having taken a body blow in the wake of the devastating earthquake in April, the country is making efforts to revitalise the footfalls for the ‘high season’ starting late September through promotions and ease of travel advisories by foreign countries.

Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) prepared a ‘plan for tourism recovery’ for the affected country and the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) would start promotional activities to get arrivals from countries such as Britain, the USA, Japan and Australia, apart from the European Union, for the high season.

Contributing about 12 per cent to the country’s GDP through direct and indirect employment, tourism is Nepal’s second-highest foreign exchange earner. No doubt, there is a loss of life and fallen homes in villages and children staying outside the school without proper food, water and sanitation will take years to rebuild. Given the facts the earthquake has only affected two per cent of the total tourist areas and remaining sites are all functioning as normal. The tourists can visit Nepal to see mountains, learn cultures and one can be part of this great rebuilding process.

With frequent visit s to trade shows in various destination, Nepal is all set to make its presence felt across the globe once again.Nepal is taking best possible efforts to re-establish and strengthen its tourism market. Nepal Airlines has again started flights to Mumbai and Bangalore, and also offering special packages.