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Research ProposalAnalyzing the effects of Earthquake of 2015 intourism industries of Nepal
Table of Contents1. Introduction.............................................................................................................................................31.1 Rationale of the Study.......................................................................................................................41.2 Research Aims...................................................................................................................................41.3 Research Objectives...........................................................................................................................41.4 Research Questions...........................................................................................................................51.5 Research Structure............................................................................................................................52. Literature Review....................................................................................................................................62.1 Introduction.......................................................................................................................................62.2 Importance of Tourism industry in economy of Nepal......................................................................62.3 Impact of Earthquake on Tourism of Nepal.......................................................................................62.4 Rebuilding techniques for recovery of travel and tourism business..................................................72.5 Measures for revival of travel and tourism business in Nepal...........................................................82.6 Conceptual Framework......................................................................................................................93. Methodology.........................................................................................................................................103.1 Type of Investigation.......................................................................................................................113.2 Data Collection Method...................................................................................................................113.3 Sampling Method............................................................................................................................123.4 Data Analysis Plan............................................................................................................................123.5 Accessibility Issues...........................................................................................................................133.6 Ethical Issues....................................................................................................................................133.7 Research Limitations........................................................................................................................133.8 Research Timeline............................................................................................................................13References.................................................................................................................................................16
1. IntroductionThe Nepal earthquake of 2015 had severe implications for the people living there and alsoforeign tourists who used to visit the place in droves. The Nepal earthquake is the most massiveof natural disasters in the history of modern times. The earth quake measure 8.5 on the Richterscale which signifies that the quake was a major one. The epicenter was near the small town ofPokhara but the damaging effects were most felt in the capital city of Kathmandu. The peoplewalking down Durbar square in the heart of the capital were caught unawares when the quakefirst struck. The earliest pictures caught on camera showed that parts of the streets had caved inand the Dahara tower in the heart of the city was reduced to a mass of rubble. Such was themagnitude of the quake that severe tremors were felt in north and eastern India which alsoreported loss of life and property. In the Indian state of Bihar 52 people lost their lives and inNepal the casualty crossed 8,000 within a few days after the quake. Several people wererendered homeless and had to spend night after night in the open in makeshift camps.The firstthought that struck the leaders in Nepal is the prospect of building up the Tourism industry of thecountry from scratch. This disaster influences economic impact on tourism sector. This isbecause visitors have canceled their bookings that has created significant financial impact onbusinesses related tourism in Nepal. Therefore, public authorities of Nepal to require to takeappropriate rebuilding measures for managing long term revival process of travel and tourism inparticular nation.Nepal is a famous tourist destination known all over the world for its pristine beauty of itshillside and a vibrant night life in its numerous casinos and discos. With the earth quake allthese sources of income for the country was wiped off within a matter of seconds. Besides thesethere are several ancient temples and places of worship in Nepal were severely affected. Theprime landmark of the city of Kathmandu –the Bhimsen tower collapsed in the massiveearthquake. Thus most of the tourist attractions were destroyed by the massive earthquake. Theholy temple of Pashupatinath was also partially damaged in the earth quake. This was a majortourist draw for Nepal from all over the world.Therefore, it can be stated that the tourismindustry of Nepal was badly affected by this natural disaster which reduced many ancientstructures to mass of rubble and destruction. Several tourists have canceled their bookings inhotels and leave the Nepal. This thing influences substantial loss to travel and tourism sector inNepal. Therefore, the present study will be carried for analyzing the impact of earthquake in
Nepal on travel and tourism business. In this process, the researcher is going to analysis impactof natural disaster on different businesses associated with the travel and tourism business. Inaddition to that this investigate will be carried out detail evaluation of different rebuildingmeasures along with different element that would play important role during the long termrevival of travel and tourism business. This research is going to examine various strategies whichare playing important for long term revival tourism industry of UK.1.1 Rationale of the StudyThere is need of this study since the earth quake was a major setback to the tourism industry ofNepal. The backbone of the industry of Nepal is the tourism industry. The tourism industrysupports many other allied industries in Nepal like the transportation and airline industry.Thetravel and tourism sector of Nepal is addressed as backbone of country. After the earth quake,there have been significant drop in the number of visitors addressed. Therefore, the present studywill analysis several factors associated with natural disaster that have created significant impacton travel and tourism business.Nepal is a good example of a country whose socio economicfabric has been devastated by the natural disaster. The country has to be rebuild its infrastructurefrom scratch before it could be known as a tourist hub once again and can flourish as top touristdestination of the world (Barros, & Alves,2004).The study is needed to be conducted tounderstand the impact of natural disasters on the prime source of income of a country. Thisinvestigation will determine various measures to rebuild travel and tourism related infrastructurewithin Nepal. This study will support public authorities and private companies associated withtravel and tourism business for developing appropriate strategies in order to forlong-term revivalof tourism and hospitality businesses.1.2 Research AimsThe present research is aimed at the analysis of the impact of 2015 earthquake on the tourismindustry of Nepal.1.3 Research ObjectivesFor managing various operations of research, investigator will consider below mentionedobjectives:To investigate the impact of disaster on tourism and hospitality industry
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