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Nepal Welcomes Record Number of Tourists in 2018

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 U.S., Sri Lanka and the U.K.

The Himalayan nation saw the number of tourists jump nearly 25 percent as it welcomed a record high of 1,173,072 visitors in 2018, the country's tourism authorities said Tuesday.

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 meters (26,000 feet).

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.

 

Aliqismet BADALOV,
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10 2019 10:31 -

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