After the success of Visit Nepal Year 1998 as well as Nepal Tourism Year 2011, the Tourism Board of Nepal introduced Visit Nepal 2020. The Campaign was announced in 2015 to be held in 2018 but was later postponed to 2020.
The mainstream media publicized Nepal as utterly devastated by the earthquake in 2015 and failed to show that Kathmandu could be better place to visit. The earthquake has greatly affected the inflow of tourists in 2016 .The Visit Nepal 2020 campaign was scheduled in 2018 to promote that Nepal was a safe place to travel and only 12 of 77 districts were affected by the earthquake. The crawling upgrading activity of Tribhuwan International Airport and delayed construction of Gautam Buddha International Airport in Lumbini and improper transportation infrastructure led the Tourism Board has led postpone the campaign to 2020.
The government of Nepal is working vigourously to ensure a successful tourism period till 2020. The Tourism Board set a target to reach 2 million tourist arrival in 2020. Currently, the country sees nearly one million tourist visitors yearly and expect to double this number promoting Visit Nepal Campaign aggressively. At the moment, the tourism board is running Visit Nepal Europe campaign supported by ambassadors and diplomats of Nepal in European countries.By 2020, the government plan to operate two new International Airport, Pokhara, and Lumbini and introduce new Airbus 330-200 to provide airline services to a large number of tourists. The government also plans to run Tribhuwan International Airport for additional 3 hours from regular 18 hours to ease availability of services to tourists.
The private hotel sector has planned to add 4000 new rooms in four and five-star category in Kathmandu, Chitwan, Pokhara and many more cities. Nepal Trek Adventure and Expedition have tons of packages which will help you to explore each and every corner of Nepal. On this auspicious occasion of “Visit Nepal 2020” Nepal has focused visitors to visit Nepal’s UNESCO world heritage sites:
- Kathmandu Durbar Square
- Bhaktapur Durbar Square
- Patan Durbar Square
- Chitwan National Park
- Sagarmatha National Park