Nepal completed the ‘1 million milestone’ of annual tourist count for the first time in history. A special program was organized on Sunday in Pokhara, to celebrate the milestone.
A get together program was organized by Pokhara Tourism Board and Office of Nepal Tourism Board, Gandaki Province by cutting cake to celebrate 1 million tourist count in first 11 months of the current year. The get together was attended by tourism entrepreneurs, bussinessmen, industrialists, concerned individuals and journalists.
Cutting the cake in the event, Bikas Lamsal, Minister of Industry, Tourism, Forest and Environment for Gandaki Province, said that the statistics gave positive vibes to entire tourism industry of the nation. Stressing on the need of quality tourists than mere numbers, Lamsal cited that the tourism sector still faces a huge infrastructural dearth.
Lamsal also claimed that the current statistics will be doubled by year 2022 by bringing in 2 million tourists to Nepal. He said that the average daily expense of tourists visiting Nepal is still just 53 USD, therefore efforts should be made to increase the average to around 200-300 USD. Lamsal urged that the physical infrastructural development to hold atleast 200 thousands tourists in Pokhara should be done within next three years.
Chiranjivi Pokhrel, President of Pokhara Tourism Council, expressed his happiness for achievement of a milestone that was dreamt since 1998, and said that it will have a positive impact on tourism in Nepal.
Surya Thapaliya, Director of Nepal Tourism Board Gandaki Province Office, informed that about 40 percent of the tourists arriving in Nepal visited Pokhara. However no formal statistics of tourist arrivals in Pokhara are kept properly.
According to data from the Nepal Tourism Board, 1001930 tourists have visited Nepal since 1st January of 2018 to November.