Nepal will reopen its Himalayan mountains including Mount Everest to climbers for the autumn season, officials said on Thursday, to boost the tourism-dependent economy despite rising coronavirus infections.
Suman Billa, director at World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), said India had issued safety and hygiene guidelines for reopening the sectors and the UNWTO has supported the Indian government by reviewing the guidelines in line with international best practices.
According to the survey, 54.8% travellers are willing to travel solo, 23.2% want to travel in a group and 21.9% want to travel as couples. Mountains are the most preferred travel destination for 70.1% of respondents followed by 23.9% for beaches and 5.2% for cities.
The company said it has also updated its search experience with additional filter options that deliver results tied to what research shows customers want at this time, including drive time or distance from their home, trip themes such as beach or nature, and cleanliness scores.
As estimated, with an average spending of around 250 USD a day per head, nearly 50,000 foreign tourists form the lion's share of the total rupee volume business of this region worth around Rs 6 crore a day during peak seasons. "Europe is the largest contributor to the head count of foreign tourists and business volume in this region," said a travel Consultant.
Thomas Cook has laid off about 1,000 people so far while travel portal Yatra, post the termination of its pending merger agreement with Ebix earlier this month, has laid off about 400 people besides putting 600 employees on leave without pay, people familiar with the developments said.
The resumption of intra-state bus travel will effectively end the long and anxious wait for thousands of travellers who were looking to travel during the past few months amidst the lockdown, said a press statement issued by the company.
Tourism is one of the hardest-hit sectors due to the Covid-19 pandemic across the globe. As countries, including India, went under a lock down to prevent the virus spreading, the tourism industry suffered a body blow. Its recovery is key for the economic revival as the sector is one of the major employment generators and has a multiplier effect on the economy.