“Nepal, Gateway to the Himalaya” remains the main theme of “Himalayan Travel Mart 2018” -the biggest Nepal  tourism gala event that promotes to promote tourism of this Himalayan country.

This an initiative by Nepal tourism board kicked off on 1st of June that is attended by nearly 250 representatives from 37 countries including Nepal

In the first phase of the mart, Nepali Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Gyawali inaugurated the Himalayan Travel Mart Conference organized with a focus on “Sustainable Road to Five Million Visitors.”

The Himalayan country is set to organize the year 2020 as Visit Nepal Year where it aims to welcome two million foreign tourists. In 2017, Nepal welcomed 940,218 foreign tourists, mostly from India and China.

“Nepal has prioritized tourism for development and economic growth. As we have entered to the new phase of stability and development, we are committed to bring two million tourists in two years,” Gyawali said in his speech.

 

Visit Nepal Year 2020 will be the third national-level initiative to promote Nepal’s tourism sector since the country first celebrated Visit Nepal Year in 1998 followed by the Nepal Tourism Year in 2011.

Besides the conference, Himalayan Travel Mart has also featured International Travel Bloggers & Media Conference in the second phase and Buyers & Sellers Meet in the third phase.