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Leaders say preparation for Visit Nepal 2020 over, general public barely see the difference

As the rest of the world celebrates the commencement of a new decade with 2020 just around the corner, Nepalis meanwhile will mark the beginning of Visit Nepal 2020.

Visit Nepal 2020 campaign targets to welcome as many as two million foreign visitors to the country.

Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation yesterday said that government agencies are prepared to host a grand inaugural ceremony of Visit Nepal 2020 on Thursday.

Similarly, Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Yogesh Bhattarai urged all and sundry to celebrate the opening ceremony of the much-awaited Visit Nepal 2020 in a grand manner.

Moreover, all government agencies across the country have been asked to create a display of lights in their respective offices to mark the occasion.

“Visit Nepal 2020 aims to spread positive developments taking place in Nepal to ensure peace, prosperity, sustainability and good governance,” Minister Bhattarai said.

The government is organizing a grand opening ceremony of Visit Nepal 2020 at Dasrath Stadium in Kathmandu on January 1, 2020. President Bidya Devi Bhandari is scheduled to inaugurate the event whereas Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli will deliver a special address.

The Ministry of Tourism is preparing to spend over Rs 53 million for the inauguration ceremony.

While the top leaders hold ceremonies and press conferences to announce their preparations to make Visit Nepal 2020 a grand success, their talks don’t seem to materialize into infrastructural development.

Most visible campaigning for Visit Nepal 2020 is being carried out by social media users and non-resident Nepalis. Usually Visit Nepal enthusiasts are non-governmental individuals or institutions.

Meanwhile, the health desk at the Tribhuvan International Airport, the only international airport in the country, is without staff ahead of the campaign.

Screening of unknown diseases on incoming passengers has come to a halt for the last several months, as all staff working at the airport’s health desk have been transferred elsewhere as part of the government’s staff adjustment process.

The government’s tepid preparations and apathy to improve road conditions along with the lack of proper public restrooms, drinking water facilities, dependable transport service and good hotels could affect the year-long tourism promotional campaign.

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