Tourism in Eastern Nepal suffers due to closed border checkpoints

30th Jan, 2018 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, Jan 30: The closing of the northern border entry points have been hampering Chinese tourists from coming to east Nepal, say tourism entrepreneurs.

“In 2016, more than 100 thousand Chinese tourists came to Nepal, of which only 24 thousand entered through the Kerung border crossing,” said tourism entrepreneur Sunil Bhusal, “if the border points at Kimanthanka of Sankhuwasabha and Olangcholunga of Taplejung had been opened as well, Nepal would be filled with tourists from China.”

Basudev Baral, who operates a travel agency, speaks on similar terms. He says that eastern Nepal is a long distance from the capital Kathmandu and the region has been mostly unvisited by Chinese tourists due to the border crossings between China and Nepal being closed.

Baral believes that if a small portion of the 130 million Chinese tourists that travel the world yearly could be brought into eastern Nepal through roadways, eastern Nepal’s tourism revenue could improve greatly. “Even the provinces that are not connected to China are attracting Chinese tourists; Province 1 even has two large-scale international border checkpoints,” he said.