NTB preparing profiles of 100 tourist destinations for VNY

Kathmandu, October 19

Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) is preparing the profiles of 100 tourist destinations introduced by the government for the Visit Nepal Year (VNY) 2020 campaign.

Under the guideline of the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA), the board is preparing promotional profiles of 100 tourist destinations.

Promotional profiles of 55 destinations have been completed so far, as per NTB. The promotional profiles of the remaining 45 destinations will be prepared and published by the end of the current fiscal year. “However, we plan to finish the preparations for the remaining destinations within three months,” informed Deepak Raj Joshi, chief executive officer of NTB.

The ministry has already handed over a total of Rs 500 million to all the local governments for the promotion and development of the selected tourist destinations in their respective areas. Each local government has received Rs five million. Meanwhile, NTB has also allocated a total of Rs 1.2 million to prepare the profile of the selected 100 tourist destinations to the respective local governments.

Aiming to attract tourists in new destinations and make them aware about other areas of the country, the government had selected 100 tourist destinations last year.

Meanwhile, the VNY campaign committee is also preparing major events for the year 2020. As per the VNY committee, it will organise nine major events starting from April next year. Among other events, ‘Kathmandu by night’ and ‘Janakpur by night’ programmes will be conducted throughout the year. Under these, several programmes and late night events will be organised in Kathmandu Valley and Janakpur.

Likewise, in April, the Mustang Trail Race will be organised, while in May the Everest Marathon will be conducted jointly with other stakeholders. The Otaku Jatra 2020 will be also be held in May, where artists, artisans, designers, gamers, YouTubers, musicians and dancers will come together in Nepal from across the world to celebrate VNY 2020.

Similarly, the VNY campaign committee will organise a five-day long Fifth Sustainable Summits Conference between June 1 and 5. Meanwhile, in September the Eight World Trails Conference will be conducted. In October, VNY will be cooperating with NTB and other organisations to organise Photo Kathmandu event where photographs of Nepal and Nepali lifestyle will be displayed in various places of Kathmandu Valley.

The Great Karnali Quest will be organised in November which will be the longest raft race in the world, while Kathmandu Triennial will be organised in December where Nepali arts will be showcased.