Nepal aims two million arrivals from across the world, especially India, by 2020

Published on : Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) has made an ambitious plan aiming to increase the number of Indian tourists visiting the Himalayan country by up to 30 per cent within a year.

 
As part of this plan, the NTB has launched “Visit Nepal Year 2020” campaign to achieve two million arrivals from across the world, especially India, by 2020.

 
“The tourist flow from India by air mounted to 2,00,438 in 2018, registering a 25 per cent growth over the number of visitors recorded in 2017,” said Rohini Prasad Khanal, Manager, Corporate Services Department of NTB.

 
Khanal said that Indians remain one of the top contributors of international tourists to Nepal. “Nepal received 1,173,072 international tourists excluding overland travellers in 2018, of which the top arrivals were from India, China, Sri Lanka, the US and the UK,” he said.

 
By 2020, Nepal plans to operate two new international airports — Pokhara and Lumbini — besides introducing around 100 unexplored destinations to the tourists.

 
The private hotel sector has planned to add 4000 rooms in the four and five-star categories in Kathmandu, Chitwan and Pokhara. A number of international hotel chains are expected to launch properties Nepal shortly.


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