Tourists spending decreases in Nepal

0 Comments 13 Sep 2017 ADV

So far Nepal welcomes around half million tourists in the country in first half of 2017 which is big raises compared to past years. In 2016 first half of the year visitor’s arrivals stopped at 359,672 whereas the number was 238,591 for same time of 2015.

However tourist arrivals raises but their spending has gone down as the government data shows that compared to last year’s tourists they stopped spend more money. Fiscal year of 2015/16 they used to spend USD 68 a day and they just spending USD 52 this year in average as the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation data shows.

Data prepared by ministry in 2016, Nepal has never remarkable expenditure from the visitors ever since 2000. Around the years of 2000 tourists spend over USD 72 a day in average. Even the tourist’s arrivals go up the spending matters more. Recent year’s tourism industry suffered in the nation. However the number of hotels and resorts increased well.

However the tourism entrepreneurs are not positive about it. Mr Vinayak Shah who is also spokes person of Hotel Association of Nepal (HAN) informed that the Nepali tourism field witnessing over supply and less demand these days. He also added that due to increases of Hotel and resorts the competition in tourism sector has gone up and rooms are sold in lesser price. Every tourist prefers good services with minimum costs. The Hotel rates have been decreasing these days.

Unhealthy competition in hotel sector played important role to decrease tourist’s spending in Nepal. Despite that, Travel agencies and tour operators offering tour packages in minimum cost which also played vital role to reduce tourist’s expenses.

They focused just to increased tourists instead of increasing profit by discounting their services charges. Few years back tourists used to pay USD 1500 for Everest package but for same package travel agencies are setting on around USD 1000. This surely harmful in tourism revenue, government should bring suitable policies for hotels and travel companies to increase their spending.

Source: My Republica News

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