Thursday, 21st February, 2019

Over Five Lakh Jobs Supported By Tourism In Past Year

About 504,000 jobs were directly supported by travel and tourism sector Nepal in 2013. Out of the total employment in the country, the figure represents 3.2 percent and this is expected to rise by 6.4 percent in 2014, states the Travel and Tourism Economic Impact 2013 report published by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) on Wednesday.

Employment by hotels, travel agents, airlines and other passenger transportation services are the jobs supported by tourism. Also the activities of the restaurant and leisure industries directly supported by tourists.

Nepal is ranked 30th among 184 countries, in terms of absolute contribution in job creation by the travel and tourism sector. Among South Asian countries, India and Bangladesh ranked 2nd and 12th respectively.

In its annual report, the London-based council said 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.

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