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Nepal Government Prepares Action Plan for Recovery of Tourism Industry

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Langtang village-Before earthquackeIn Nepal the tourism industry is a major contributor in economy of the country. On April 27, 2014, the devastating earthquake 7.8 magnitude deaths 8617 Injured people 22000. Nepal attracts nearly 1 million foreigners each year who flock to the country’s World Heritage sites, UNESCO monuments, countless Buddhist and Hindu temples and majestic mountains.

The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) has prepared Tourism Recovery Action Plan to bring the tourism industry back on track at the earliest.

The ministry submitted the action plan for approval to Prime Minister Sushil Koirala on Wednesday. The action plan includes immediate, mid-term and long term reconstruction, relief and package program for the recovery of tourism industry.

Suresh Man Shrestha, secretary of MoCTCA, said that the action plan has been prepared to rebuild and rehabilitate cultural heritage sites, tourist areas and trekking trails damaged by the earthquake of April 25 and subsequent aftershocks. He said the government has plans for effective promotion of tourism products, which have not been affected by the earthquake, in the international market.

Annapurna Trekking- safe to TrekAs per the recovery plan, the tourism ministry plans to rehabilitate around a dozen trekking trails. According to ministry officials, rehabilitation of Dhunche-Gosaikunda-Helambu, Syafrubesi-Langtang-Kyanjin, Larke Pass-Chekampar, Tsum Valley, Kalinchowk-Bigu Gumba-Charikot, Gaurishankar and Lamabagar, Jiri-Khumbu, Annapurna Circuit, Dhaulagiri and Dhorpatan trails are in priority.

Also we will petition to adventurer tourist in the Himalayan, Langtang, Manaslu and Ghorkha Region are known to be the worst affected region and it may take several months for the treks to operate. Despite the Avalanche in the Everest, the Everest trails is safe to trek with fewer impact of the earthquake.

The famous Annapurna region has been untouched by the earthquake therefore you can consider planning your trip to the beautiful Pokhara city and even start trekking the Annapurna trails while enjoying the stunning views and breathtaking mountain ranges. Most regions are still safe to trek including the Mustang and Dolpa trails, therefore you can consider trekking in these regions in coming days and enjoy your trekking holidays.

Nepal tourism contributes 10% of GDP and provides jobs to many people of Nepal, who are fully depended on the regular inflow of the tourist. The only way you can support Nepal is to go on vacation and spend your much needed money, which will help sustain many lives of those affected by the devastating earthquake

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