Nepal declares several measures to revive tourism

 Tuesday, July 26, 2022 


The Nepal government has declared a slew of measures to recover the tourism industry impacted badly by the COVID-19 pandemic. It includes a plan to announce the years between 2023 and 2033 as Visit Nepal Decade.

Jeevan Ram Shrestha, the minister of culture, tourism and civil aviation in Nepal launched the Tourism Rehabilitation Action Plan. He said that the Nepal government is breaking the practice of declaring a particular year as ‘Visit Nepal Year’for runninga constantdrive to support tourism, which is a foremost foreign exchange earner and job generator for Nepal.

The action plan says that the Visit Nepal Decade is projected to come out in the next three months.

The Nepal government is considering attracting 1 million tourists fom abroad in the 2022-23 fiscal years which started in mid-July. Hom Prasad Luitel, the joint secretary at the tourism ministry said that they have not yet set any objective for the proposed Visit Nepal Decade. Further homework needs to be done along with consultations with the stakeholders, said Luitel.

In the year 2019, Nepal witnessed 1.19 million foreign visitors and wanted to attract 2 million in 2020 when the campaign Visit Nepal 2020 was launched. However, COVID-19 forced the government to cancel the campaign. With the persisting pandemic situation, the tourism sector performedmuch less than the expected standards in 2020 and 2021.

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