A great time to visit Nepal
With a stable government and federal constitution and a GDP growth rate of 7%, Nepal is putting the problems of recent years behind it as it looks forward to 2020 and benefiting from the Visit Nepal 2020 campaign.
Nepal always has been one of the poorest countries in the world. And recent events, the huge earthquake back in 2015 which came on the back of years of political turmoil, were a major setback to both the general economy and the tourism industry. However when I talk to business leaders both in the tourism business and other sectors, there is a sense of hope and quietly expressed optimism. Approx. 1.2m people visited Nepal in 2018, a 25% increase over the previous year, and the country is making a swift recovery from then troubled times of 2015 when the dreadful earthquake resulted in a collapse of the tourist industry.Business leaders are expressing real optimism for the first time in many years
They used to say that a measure of prosperity in big cities was the number of huge cranes that were helping to build the skyscrapers, well, if the number of helicoptors flying around in the mountains of Nepal is a similar indicator then all is well!
New lodges are being built (such as the one shown above) to higher standards. Tourism entrepreneurs are starting to invest. And there is a confidence that the tourism industry is set for sustainable growth. 2019 will probably show another increase in tourist numbers.
All of this will mean that facilities will improve, infrastructure will become better and Nepal will be able to provide a more competitive international tourism experience. And most importantly it will mean greater prospects for those who work in, or rely upon, the tourism industry.
So, 2020 is a great time to consider visiting Nepal, whether it is to trek or climb or whether it is simply to enjoy the myriad of tourism possibilities both in Kathmandu and outside in the wider country.
Visit Nepal. It will change you forever.