Published on : Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Travel agents have observed that earthquake disaster in Nepal has caused about 90 per cent cancellation of booking with tourist being diverted to other hill stations and locations that are not under the immediate earthquake threat.
Nepal being a cheaper destination had received a number of bookings especially after J&K floods. But the earthquakes in Nepal have propelled cancellation of bookings not just in Nepal but the northeastern zone of India that is ideal for visitation at this time of the year.
Tourists have turned to Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Ladakh. But there are many tourists who wish to avoid the Himalayas completely and have chosen to visit destinations like Bali, Thailand, Malaysia or are rushing to the South India.
Nepal’s tourism had somewhat suffered in the beginning of the last year but picked on in the last 12 months. Holiday bookings had received a 100 per cent growth as many Indians had discovered Nepal as their new holiday destination. Adventure travel had started attracting tourists from The U.S. and Europe. Average spending rose from Rs. 15,000 to Rs, 25,000 per person with average night spent from 3 to 5 days.
Travel agents have observed that tourists who booked packages to Kathmandu to update them with real-time information on the ground situation. Most of the airlines are offering zero cancellation or re-scheduling charges for up to a week to and from Kathmandu. There were flight cancellations yesterday but all flights are flying on a delayed schedule due to the runway shutdown in Kathmandu.
Customer safety is being hailed as the primary concern.