The pandemic of Corona virus [COVID – 19] has appeared from the beginning of the year 2020. Although it started from small city of China, it became a global threat to all society and economic market. Most of the countries have declaring lockdown in their respective countries to maintain social distance in order to escape from this disease. The Covid-19 pandemic has placed the tourism industry under massive financial spoil. In this time of uncertainty Airlines, Service industries and hotels are seeing direct effects of the pandemic. This effect has been seen in Nepalese Tourism sector as well.
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The Government of Nepal had decided to organize this year as “Visit Nepal 2020” followed by targeting 2 million international tourist arrivals in Nepal. However a global virus COVID-19 called corona virus became the main problem and it let to postpone the event. Not only the inbound tourism, [i.e foreigner visits our country] Outbound tourism [Nepalese visits another country from Nepal] both types of movement has been decreased to zero level. As Tourism entrepreneur, I feel that There is a lot of uncertainty as to when things will get back to normal. Flight connectivity, enactment of budgets and customer confidence are all vital factors in deciding what the future looks like. Tourism Sector is one of the very first industry to get affected and it may be the last to recover. Thus, if our government doesn’t step up to help and revive the travel industry, a number of companies will shut down resulting in huge unemployment. Even after things get better, we do not expect an overnight recovery, and in order to sustain that, it is necessary that the government must come up with needful package to support businesses and help their recovery.”
What we can currently do is to stay united, remain safe and stand strong because we are all in this together. “We need to utilize our energy towards innovative ideas, attend webinars and enhance our knowledge and skills. We should believe that problems, such as the current situation, are not the End. They are guidelines that will teach us, prepare us and make us stronger. So we need to stay positive and be ready with new ideas to bounce back. But right now, our priority has to be protecting everyone against Covid-19, and to care for each other.”