Hospitality Industry booming

“Atithi Devo Bhava,” which literally translates to guest is god, is a popular expression in Nepal. In a country like Nepal where tourism is the major source of income, the hospitality industry has been booming at large. The total number of tourists coming to Nepal has been increasing every year. In 2018, the international tourists coming to Nepal was recorded at about 1.1 million, which is a 24% increase over 2017 . Their purpose of visit also differs from trekking in the Himalayas to coming for a pilgrimage. As the hospitality industry mostly revolves around hotels, restaurants and some travel companies, Nepal is not lagging behind in the numbers of institutions providing hospitality service. But most top-class industries are distributed in Kathmandu, Pokhara and Chitwan only. Other highly potential destinations lack good hotels mainly due to the unavailability of road networks, proper infrastructure and transportation facilities. The government of Nepal is gradually working to provide equal opportunities to all the parts including the rural ones by properly maintaining and the upgrading the infrastructure.