Nepal aims at two million tourists by 2020

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

As part of it, the NTB has launched 'Visit Nepal Year 2020' campaign to achieve two million arrivals from across the world, especially India, by 2020, a senior NTB official said on Saturday.

"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.

"Nepal received 1,173,072 international tourists excluding overland travellers in 2018, of which the top arrivals were from India, China, Sri Lanka, the U.S and the U.K," he said.

The official said that by 2020, Nepal plans to operate two new international airports -- Pokhara and Lumbini -- besides taking steps to introduce around 100 unexplored destinations to the tourists.