KATHMANDU, Nepal–Foreign tourists purchase handicrafts goods at the premise of Patan Durbar Square, UNESCO’s world’s heritage in Lalitpur on Saturday, 22 March 2014. Nepal observed a sustained growth in international tourist arrivals in the latest months.
The London-based World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) on Wednesday said in its annual report that Nepal received 796,000 visitors in 2013 and generated US$ 0.42 billion (Rs 39.1 billion) in revenue, which is 21.1 percent of total exports.
The country is expected to attract 861,000 international tourist arrivals in 2014, and the income from tourists is expected to rise by 11.9 percent in the same year. According to council Nepal’s travel and tourism sector directly supported 504,000 jobs in 2013. Photo:NMF