Nepal remains a safe destination for tourists after the recent earthquake. Tourism Stakeholders urge the public to understand the epicenter of the quake was far away from regular tourist hotspots in the country, and no visitors were hurt or noticed the quake, most only found out about it in the news.
The People of Nepal are welcoming visitors with open arms.
The World Tourism Network Nepal Chapter met in Kathmandu to find a way to communicate the facts to visitors. WTN met with stakeholders of the Together for Tourism (TFT) Alliance in Nepal.
WTN Nepal Chairman Pankaj Pradhanang explains in a press statement issued by the World Tourism Network Nepal chapter.
We are saddened to report that the earthquake’s epicenter was in the vicinity of Jajarkot, resulting in significant loss of life and injuries. Our hearts go out to the people affected by this tragedy, and our thoughts are with the families who have lost loved ones.
Regrettably, media reports indicate that around 150 lives have been lost, and an equal number of people have been injured in Jajarkot and the neighboring district of West Rukum. Rescue and relief efforts are in full swing to aid those in the affected areas.
In the areas popular with tourists such as Kathmandu, Pokhara, and Chitwan, there have been no reports of injuries or damages.
We are relieved to confirm the safety of WTN members’ guests and teams. Moreover, no international travelers or foreigners have been reported among the injured or deceased.
It is worth mentioning that despite the tremendous tourism potential in far western Nepal, very few tourists typically venture into this region.
We remain in solidarity with the local communities in the affected areas, working closely with local tourism associations and authorities to extend support and relief to the victims.
Together for Tourism (TFT) is an initiative by many stakeholders in the Nepal Travel and Tourism Industry, such as:
- World Tourism Network Nepal Chapter
- Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA)
- The Hotel Association of Nepal
- Nepal Association of Tour & Travel Agents (NATTA)
- Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN)
- Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA)
- Nepal Association of Rafting Agencies (NARA)
- Airlines Operators Association of Nepal (AOAN)
- Nepal Tourist Vehicle Association
- Tourist Bus Association of Nepal