57,298 tourist visits Sagarmatha National Park in F.Y 2075/76; collects revenue of Rs. 95 million
1st Aug, 2020 | Tourism Mail Crew
KATHMANDU,Aug 01: In the fiscal year 2075/76, around 57 thousand 298 people visited the Sagarmatha National Park, but in the fiscal year 2076/77, there were only 32 thousand 637 visitors. According to the park's statistics, 31,535 foreigners and 1,102 Nepalese visited the park last year, including 1,167 tourists from SAARC countries.
Cholendra Karki, First Vice-Chairman of TAAN, said that the high risk of corona virus in the early part of the year 2020 has had a big impact on the tourism sector. Entrepreneurs say that the number of tourists visiting the Everest region has decreased drastically due to the same reason. Meanwhile, Sagarmatha National Park has collected more than Rs. 95 million in the fiscal year 2076/77. In the last fiscal year, revenue of Rs. 95.76 million has been collected from foreign, domestic tourists and other activities visiting the park area. According to the park office, Rs. 94.243 million has been collected from forest royalty, Rs. 408,000 from other administrative service charges and Rs. 1,092,802 from forest area royalty.
According to Bhumiraj Upadhyaya, Chief of the office, Rs. 16,230 has been recovered. The park has been collecting revenue by setting up counters at Jorsalle in Khumbu Pasanglamu village municipality and Bhrikuti Mandap in Kathmandu. According to the office, Rs. 85.611 million has been collected from the Namche office and Rs. 11.49 million has been collected from the counter at Bhrikutimandap in Kathmandu. The park has been charging Rs 3,000 per tourist from foreign tourists and Rs 1,500 from SAARC nationals.