With tragic images of the effect of the ancient temples that make out the core of this country’s tourism industry suffered extensive damage. The quake destroyed nearly half of the UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kathmandu and triggered avalanches on Mount Everest, killing 19.
“It’s been devastating. Their tourism economy has obviously come to a halt,” said Rajiv Biswas, Asia-Pacific economist with IHS. “I don’t know when it would be realistic for tourists to again visit Nepal.” (Discouraging Tourism Destinations.