POKHARA: A statistical report shows that 1,060,000 foreign tourists visited Nepal last year after the 2015 earthquake.
Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) CEO Deepak Raj Joshi revealed the statistics in an interactive program organized today by NTB Pokhara. According to Joshi, NTB is aiming to increase the number of foreign tourists visiting the country to two million. He said, “Although the earthquake damaged the national heritage in some districts, which has an impact on the overall improvement of the country’s tourism sector, the number of foreign tourists visiting Nepal has risen last year.”
Ganesh Bhattarai, a tourism entrepreneur, emphasized in his speech the need to develop a tourism based on the quality rather than the quantity of tourists visiting Nepal. He stressed the importance of creating an environment that attracts tourists who could invest and invest more in the country.
The number of foreign tourists who came to Nepal after the 2015 earthquake had fallen dramatically. According to official statistics from the Nepal Tourism Board, about 753,000 tourists visited Nepal in 2016. Only 539,000 tourists visited Nepal in 2015, compared to 790,000 tourists in 2014 and 736,000 in 2013.
On this occasion, a Member of Parliament, Rabindra Adhikari, said that the government would accelerate the construction of roads, the construction of airports and the development of water resources. He claimed that development in the region would gain momentum with the formation of a new government.
The Minister of the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Maheshwar Neupane, said the government intends to host two million foreign tourists by 2020. He said that the government promotes the policy for the reconstruction of physical and cultural infrastructure heritage.
Pokhara’s Western Regional Association of Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN), Deepak Adhikari, said: “The government is reluctant to support the development of the tourism sector, even though the sector is the basis for the country’s economic development.”