The announcement is as part of the government’s efforts of bringing tourism, which was hit by the devastating earthquakes of 2015 and Indian blockade, back on track. The country is already observing Nepali Year 2073 BS as ‘Ghumphir Barsha’ to promote domestic tourism.
The government had observed Nepal Tourism Year 2011 with much fanfare. However, the yearlong tourism promotional campaign failed to meet the target of welcoming one million tourists. The announcement, however, is expected to rejuvenate the tourism sector hit by the earthquakes and the blockade.
Apart from observing the year 2018 as Visit Nepal Year, the Policies and Programs for 2016/17 unveiled by the government on Sunday has plans and programs to upgrade existing tourist destinations, identifying new destinations, developing infrastructure in new areas, and promoting and marketing tourism products and services effectively in the international market.
The government has also said that it will implement a 10-year National Strategic Tourism Plan. In line with federal structure of the country, the government has announced to identify and develop at least one prime location as the center point in every federal states to develop as tourist destination.
Similarly, the government also plans to bring trekking and mountaineering permit system into one-window system. Tourism entrepreneurs have long been demanding that the tourism ministry introduce one-window system for better service delivery. Likewise, the government plans to set up integrated rescue centers in Everest and Annapurna regions to ensure trekkers on safety.
The government has also pledged to strictly implement air safety standards as per the international standard.