Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) conducted a destination presentation in New Delhi at The Park hotel recently. The event showcased the country’s many tourism offerings, as the Board targets a 25% growth in arrivals from India. Post the New Delhi event, NTB conducted the presentations in Ahmedabad at Courtyard by Marriott; in Mumbai at The St. Regis; and then moved on to Bengaluru at the Shangri-La hotel.The Nepalese delegation interacted with the travel trade from each of the cities. The Indian market continues to be one of the most important contributors of international visitors into Nepal and last year, the Board recorded 200,438 visitors from India.Commenting on the tourism connect between the two nations, SanJeet, Director, Buzz Travel Marketing India said, “Indian outbound to Nepal has been growing rapidly, owing to the fact that the destination caters to the demands of all age groups. This growth will surge in the coming years.” He also added that there has been a steady increase in FITs and small groups travelling to Nepal from India.Visit Nepal Year 2020The Government of Nepal is working rigorously to ensure a successful tourism period till 2020 and the Tourism Board has set a target of two million tourist arrivals by the end of next year. Currently, the country sees nearly one million visitors annually, which is expected to double as the Board continues promoting the ‘Visit Nepal Year 2020’ campaign aggressively.By 2020, the government plans to operate two new international airports – Pokhara and Lumbini – and introduce the Airbus 330-200 to provide airline services to the growing number of tourists. The government also plans to run Tribhuvan International Airport for an additional three hours from the regular 18, to ensure continued availability of service to both incoming and outgoing tourists.The private hotel sector, too, has planned to add 4,000 rooms in the four and five-star categories in Kathmandu, Chitwan and Pokhara. A number of international hotel chains, including Hilton and Marriott, are expected to operate properties in Nepal in the coming years.