New strain of corona virus in UK raises concern over revival of tourism industry

10th Jan, 2021 | Tourism Mail Crew

POKHARA, Jan 10: UK is one of the main sources of Nepal's foreign tourists. In 2019, more than 61,000 British visitors entered Nepal. Even among the 230,000 foreigners who entered Nepal in 2020, the number of British visitors was only 11,762 (5.1 percent).

The source of so many visitors to Nepal is that the UK is being attacked by a new strain of corona virus. Corona's new strain of the virus is now spreading rapidly in various countries, including the United Kingdom, which has caused concern in tourism. The tourism sector, which has been without foreign visitors for almost a year due to the corona virus infection, was expected to improve by then. But the businessman's expectations have been dashed by the new virus in the UK and its rapid spread.

In 2015, 20 thousand 446 British guests entered Nepal. Although the number of arrivals was low that year due to the earthquake, it had increased to 46,295 in 2016. In 2017, the number of British visitors to Nepal was 51,000. That number had risen to 63,466 in 2018.

Tourism professionals are also more afraid of the new virus. The businessman is worried that the rapid expansion of the Corona in a new format will hinder the movement of tourists. ‘As the old Corona infection began to disappear, the tourist walk was expected to begin. But now, with the rapid transition of the new form of corona to European countries, it is certain that tourism will be further affected, 'says Ganesh Bahadur Bhattarai, a senior tourism entrepreneur from Pokhara.

‘Nepal will not get any guests until the international tourist tour starts. We were hopeful of some positive results so far, "said Bhattarai." Now we are worried about how to do business. Until now, the entrepreneurs had thought that the business would return to its previous state. But now there are signs that the challenge will increase. '

Central member of the Hotel Association Nepal, Bharatraj Parajuli also says that there are indications that more difficult days will come in tourism. "It simply came to our notice then. However, the new outbreak in the UK has caused widespread concern, Parajuli said. Parajuli said that the current transition has brought back the current panic even though the tourism sector has shown some signs of hope as Nepal have resumed international flights by removing the long-standing deadlock. ‘Foreign visitors to Nepal are expected to be pushed back even further.
International flights have been halted, "said Parajuli, a Former President of the Western Hotel Association." We have seen signs of a difficult day in tourism.

He said it was not certain how long the loss-making business caused by Corona would continue.