Not only Nepal tourism, but the global tourism industry is also highly affected because of coronavirus pandemic. Most of the international, as well as national flights, have stopped as countries close their borders and imposed lockdown. Recently a number of jobs are at risk due to this pandemic. However, countries with falling infection rates are now plumbing to ease some of those restrictions, it’s in the hope of encouraging travelers and their cash to venture abroad again.
In the context of Nepal, currently, our country is not able to ease any of the restrictions but, as soon as the situation becomes normal the country will be overwhelmed to welcome travelers all over the world. It is unusually quiet in Nepal, the popular tourist destinations of Nepal are normally filled full of the tourist admiring the breathtaking scenery and exotic of Nepal but the pandemic has emptied the tourist spots. All the facilities and services except the basics are shut down till the situation becomes normal. The tourism sector employes the number of people in Nepal but since March visitors from outside Nepal have been barred. Even Nepalese are restricted to go to any place without any reasonable purpose. Due to this reason hotels, travel companies and many other sectors are getting highly affected. The travel sector, being one of the largest industry has been contributing 8% of Nepal’s economy. The decline in the economy of the Travel industry in Nepal directly results in a decline in the economy of the nation as well.
Nepal was preparing itself for the campaign ‘ Visit Nepal 2020’ with the aim to welcome and serve more than two million tourists from all over the world but that too has been called off. The campaign had raised expectations that the year 2020 would be a lucrative year for business. It was expected that there would be enough employment opportunities for everybody but the COVID-19 pandemic has shattered the hospitality and tourism-related business sector. In order to protect the citizens from infection, the lockdown was declared. No doubt the business will suffer but who will be responsible if the virus spreads on every corner of the country. Taking all this into consideration the government of Nepal has declared lockdown. The mountain is not moving anywhere. People can come and climb next year. However, those who are making their living along the major trekking routes such as guides, porters, and the hotel owners- the decision has come as a devasting blow. Even the streets of Thamel lined with the cafe, trekking shops, and so on are closed. With so many businesses dependent on tourism, the knock-on effect is tremendous. The pandemic has turned everything upside down.
How Nepal is controlling the spread of infections?
In spite of facing lots of problems due to this pandemic, the government is gaining success in controlling the spread of pandemic by implementing the lockdown. Nepal’s capacity to deal with this crisis is very low, hence lockdown is the only way to protect Nepalese citizens from this pandemic. Till now there are less than 10,000 COVID-19 cases in Nepal. Among them 23 people are dead and around 2000 people are recovered. Most of the infected people have arrived from the other countries who were there in other countries doing their job to earn money. The case of local transmission is rare in Nepal. As the infected people are already there in quarantine so the infection rate is under control in Nepal.
Is it wise to visit Nepal in the upcoming days?
The government of Nepal has wisely utilized this lockdown period in the construction and renovation of various developmental infrastructures which will ensure the ease of travel in the upcoming days. When you arrive Kathmandu in future days even here you will get to see various improvements. Not only the government, but nature itself is also getting more beautiful and fresh these days.
With humans all over the world trapped indoors in an effort to halt the spread of the coronavirus, we can experience the pollution-free environment. The satellites orbiting the earth have documented a noticeable drop in air pollution. The water flowing in the river is getting more clear. Even fish are visible. The wildlife is finally returning to their natural habitat. The Himalayas are visible from the towns for instance: in recent days you can have the astounding view of Everest from Kathmandu. Just imagine how blissful is it to see the view of Everest from the capital city of Nepal which is full of culture.
Undoubtedly, with everyone in lockdown nature is getting a chance to heal. The pleasure of visiting the popular city of Nepal Kathmandu and Pokhara is outstanding. Further, joining the Everest Base Camp Trek, Annapurna Base Camp Trek, and other trekking to Nepal in the upcoming days will be more adventurous and exciting. You will get to relish the rejuvenating beauty of nature. Moreover, even local people are giving more preference towards health and sanitation which makes trekking in any part of Nepal healthier.
Apart from these all, your travel to Nepal in the upcoming days will also help to improve the living standard of the people who are totally dependent on the tourism sector of Nepal such as guides, porter guides, and so on whose income is highly devasted due to this critical situation.