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Unlike earlier, tourists’ inflow decrease in Solu

Foreign tourists at Lukla of Solukhumbu. Photo: File photo
Foreign tourists at Lukla of Solukhumbu. Photo: File photo

KATHMANDU, Nepal – Unlike to other tourist seasons that see huge flow of foreigners in the Khumbu valley, this season their numbers and activities both slowed down. And tourism entrepreneurs say the election and rumours of any untoward incidents during the election time at the main tourist season is the reason behind that.

The number of tourists in the park this year was affected by the Constituent Assembly election in November, coinciding with the tourist season.

America, Australia, Canada and many other European countries had issued travel alerts for their citizens visiting Nepal during the period.

According to the Sagarmatha National Park office in Solukhumbu, there has been a decrease in the number of visitors to the Sagarmatha National Park in 2013.

During the year, 35201 tourists visited the park.

The number was recorded one thousand more to 36,212 in 2012.

As per the record maintained by the Park, revenue generated from the inflow of tourists to the Park in 2013 is Rs 105.63 million.

The Khumbu valley which is also the gateway to Mount Everest is the much loved tourist destination in the country.

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