Government Sets the Target of Attracting 2.5 Million Tourists by 2025
The government has set a target of attracting more than 2.5 million foreign tourists to Nepal within the next five years. The Economic Survey 2076/77 presented by Finance Minister Yubaraj Khatiwada on Tuesday aims to bring 2.5 million tourists to Nepal by 2025 and create employment for 898,000 people in the region.
The Nepal Tourism Year has been postponed due to the pandemic of Covid-19. The goal is to increase the number of tourists with a long-term vision of developing Nepal as an attractive, scenic, and safe destination on the world map by conserving and promoting Nepal’s natural, cultural, biological, and man-made heritage. Due to its unique natural and rich cultural heritage, tourism is an area of comparative advantage in Nepal. Entrepreneurs say that it is essential to create a basis for bringing in international tourists by promoting domestic tourism to make the tourism sector, which has been badly affected by Covid-19, run smoothly.
In 2019, 1.191 million foreign tourists visited Nepal. Similarly, in 2018, 1.173 million tourists had come. In 2017, around one million foreign tourists visited Nepal. In the last 10 years, there was a slight decline in tourist arrivals in Nepal in FY 2072/73. Recently, the number of tourist arrivals has been increasing. The average stay per tourist in the period from January 2075 BS to January 2076 BS is 13 days.
In 2019, India accounted for 21.2 percent, China 14.2 percent, the United States 7.8 percent, the United Kingdom 5.1 percent, and Sri Lanka 4.7 percent of the total tourist arrivals. The number of tourists from these countries is about 53 percent of the total tourist arrivals.