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Published on : Thursday, November 7, 2013
Travel alert has been generated for the citizens traveling to or living in Nepal of several countries including the US, the UK, Australia and Canada during the upcoming Constituent Assembly (CA) election scheduled for November 19.
According to the UK government officials the political situation in Nepal is changeable. There are frequent bandhs (shutdowns), rallies and demonstrations, which can be violent and cause widespread disruption.
Almost all five-star hotels in Kathmandu have revised down their November occupancy forecasts as tourists have started canceling their planned trips to Nepal with the CA election approaching.
Tourism of Nepal will suffer badly in this peak season. November is the peak tourist season in Nepal when arrivals reach more than 83,000 monthly. The country welcomed 803,092 tourists in 2012 which directly contributed Rs 30 billion to the country’s foreign exchange reserves.
The Nepal Tourism Board(NTB) will adopt necessary measures to ensure adequate safety of the tourists. NTB said it would issue passes for tourist vehicles so that they can travel without hindrance. However, overland tourists will be affected on election day as all the border points will be sealed from the evening of Nov 18 to Nov 20.