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Tourism industry creates 10,000 more jobs last FY: Ministry

Jul 18 2015 | 03:36 pm


KATHMANDU: Tourism industry created additional 10, 000 direct employment as of mid-January last fiscal 2014-15. 

tourismAccording to a progress report of the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, the tourism industry managed to create a total of 170,000 as of mid-January against 160,000 during the same period the previous fiscal 2013-14.  The target for the whole last fiscal year was to create 200,000 jobs.

However, recent earthquakes affected 48,023 employments in tourism sector, according to Post Disaster Need Assessment report.

Expenditure per tourist per day in Nepal stands at $46.4 as of mid-January 2015 in the last fiscal year, according to Economic Survey 2014-15.  It is higher compared to same period previous fiscal year 2013-14 when per tourist per day expenditure stood at $42.8. However, the target for the last fiscal year was to increase it to $50.

However, the stay of tourists in Nepal decreased. As of mid-January last fiscal, average stay of tourists in Nepal stood at 12.44 days against 12.57 days during the same period previous fiscal.  The target was to extend their stay in Nepal to 14 days for the last fiscal year. Total tourist arrivals as of January reached 790,118, a downturn from 797616 the previous year, particularly due to slowdown of Indian visitors. The contribution of tourism sector to the gross domestic product (GDP) increased to 2.6 percent as of mid-January against 2 percent during the same period the previous fiscal. The target for the last fiscal was however to increase it to 3.5 percent.



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