Nepal targets 25 per cent boost in Indian arrivals with new airports

Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) formally launched its ‘Visit Nepal 2020’ campaign during their four-city road show tour in India while interacting with key outbound leisure and MICE travel professionals.

NTB is targeting a 25 per cent growth in arrivals from India. By 2020, Nepal plans to operate two new international airports in Pokhara and Lumbini, which will help boost tourism from India to Nepal and vice-versa. NTB is keen to nurture the growth of incentive travel and meetings from India, its largest source market, and is looking at increase in flights as well as entry points as the means to trigger exponential growth in visitor numbers.

Robin Regmi, officer – South Asia unit for Nepal’s Tourism Marketing and Promotion, said: “India is very close to us. It is a major market and we have seen a steady increase in Indian tourist arrivals since 2015. We are now back to normal and request the travel trade in India to help us regain our lost glory in terms of tourism.”

He added that the tourism board is now actively looking at organising big sporting and MICE events as well as festivals to draw in the numbers. Among them is the Nepal Tourism Investment Summit to be organised in January 2020.