Unkind aftershock

MARISA CANNON

“The worst victim of the earthquakes has been our economy, which remains shattered. Although our airports, infrastructure and hotels were not destroyed, Nepal has seen a drastic decline in arrivals. Tourism to our country has yet to recover from its sickened status.”

These were the words of DB Limbu, president of the Nepal Association of Tour and Travel Agents, at the 20th NATTA Convention held in September in Kathmandu. While official figures for 2015 have yet to be announced, the earthquake on April 25 of 7.8 magnitude, and a major aftershock on May 12 measuring 7.3, have cost the country an estimated US$600 million in tourist revenue.

Home to the world’s highest peak and a scope of famous mountain ranges, Nepal sits on the border of two enormous tectonic plates, and is no stranger to natural disasters. A recent tide of floods, avalanches and earthquakes has kept Nepal bobbing…

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