The tourism industry of Nepal asks to open the country to foreigners from August 1

The tourism Board of Nepal asked the government to open the country to foreigners from August 1, reports the Kathmandu Post.

In the spring of the tourism industry of Nepal has lost billions of rupees in revenues, and tens of thousands of employees lost their jobs. Representatives of the travel industry fear that autumn will bring disappointment.

From September to November the country comes to a third of all foreign visitors, from a total of 1.2 million visiting Nepal. In addition to Hiking in Everest base camp, foreigners are traveling across the country, giving employment to nearly half a million Nepalis, mostly as guides for trekking and mountaineering.

Khum Bahadur Subedi, President of the Association of trekking agencies of Nepal, noted that it's the middle of July, and the government has still not decided on the opening of the country.

According to him, it is necessary to declare that Nepal will be available for travel, then travelers start to book tours in the fall.

According to Subedi, at least 350 thousand people employed in trekking, mountaineering, hotel and restaurant business, was unemployed this year due to the impact Covid-19 on the tourism sector.

If this fall the country will be able to attract at least 20 per cent of foreigners from those that attended it last year, it will allow the industry to survive until the following spring. Employees of companies say that, despite the pandemic and the continuing restrictions on international travel, tourists still ask about booking.

He offered to let tourists into the country if you have a negative test result for coronavirus, that would obviate the need for quarantine.