Saturday, April 13, 2019

VNY 2020 soft launch in Pokhara

The government organised a soft launch of Visit Nepal Year (VNY) 2020 campaign today in Pokhara – from the Komagane Park on the bank of the Phewa lake – coinciding with Nepali New Year’s Eve.
A meeting of the main organising committee of the VNY 2020 held on April 10 had taken a decision to organise the soft launch of the campaign today in Pokhara, where chief minister of Gandaki province Prithivi Subba Gurung did soft launch of the campaign.
Addressing the programme, chief minister Gurung underscored the need of building the physical infrastructures for promoting tourism. "Tourism should be linked with production," he said, adding that the Gandaki province has declared Year 2019 as the Internal Tourist Visit Year and the Year 2020 as the 'Year for Visit by Tourists from Neighbouring Countries', to support the Visit Nepal Year 2020.
Likewise, tourism secretary Mohan Krishna Sapkota said that the Gautam Buddha International Airport would be brought into operation by June 15 this year, that construction of the Pokhara International Airport would be completed ahead of the deadline and that works on building the Nijgadh Airport were in progress.
On the occasion, campaign coordinator Suraj Vaidya, chief executive of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) Deepak Raj Joshi, representatives from the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, along with tourism entrepreneurs and stakeholders were present.
The government has already organised Visit Nepal Year twice – in in 1998 and 2011 – targeting to bring 500,000 tourists and one million tourists, respectively. But the targets could not be met in both the years. Nepal had welcomed a total of 463,684 visitors in 1998 and 736,215 tourists via air route and land route in 2011.

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