The Nepali government has deferred the international tourism promotional activities planned as a part of Visit Nepal Year-2020 due to the novel coronavirus epidemic, a Nepali Cabinet minister has said.
It is a major setback for the Visit Nepal Year campaign under which the Himalayan country targeted to attract 2 million foreign tourists, almost double from foreign tourists arrivals in 2019. Nepal had received 1.19 million foreign tourists last year, according to the Department of Immigration.
In 2019, Nepal had attracted 254,150 Indian tourists and 169,543 Chinese tourists, according to the immigration office. However, after the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, most of the flights between China and Nepal have been suspended which will affect the inflow of Chinese tourists this year.
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