Nepal’s economy is forecast to grow at the fastest pace in 20 years in 2017, with tourism arrivals also recovering, helping to attract foreign investment into its casino sector. Foreign investors are now moving back into the country and the casino sector. During the Nepal Investment Summit in March a total of $13.7 billion was pledged in foreign direct investment, with the bulk from China. About $10 million was earmarked for tourism and casinos are reopening.
Nepali authorities are in the process of assessing damage to the country’s all important tourism sector after the deadly earthquake that hit the country on April 25, though casino operators say they are already back in business and expect any impact on revenues to be temporary. The casinos may even benefit from the aid and investment flooding in from India to help reconstruction efforts.