Published on : Friday, January 11, 2019
The Himalayan nation witnessed the number of tourists to rise nearly 25 percent as it welcomed a record of 1,173,072 visitors in last year, the country’s tourism authorities said Tuesday.
Nepal’s tourism minister, Rabindra Adhikari, called the new total “remarkable.”
2018 also witnessed a record of 807 climbers who reached the summit of Mount Everest, including 563 summits from Nepal.
Tourism is an important revenue earner for impoverished Nepal. The country is the home to eight of the world’s 14 peaks over 8,000 meters (26,000 feet).
Anxiety for the industry grew up after the shocking earthquake in 2015 that killed almost 9,000 people and shattered several heritage sites of the country.
The annual revenues of the industry dropped by almost a third that year, dealing an upsetting blow to the economy, however the sector has gradually recovered ever since.
Tourism contributed almost 7.8 percent to the GDP of Nepal in 2017, creating over a million jobs, according to the World Travel and Tourism Council.