KATHMANDU: The Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) has said it is expecting a 25 percent growth in the number of Indian tourists visiting the country by air in 2019.

In 2018, around 200,000 tourists from India visited Nepal by air. Nepal does not have a system to count the number of tourists coming by road from India.

NTB launched ‘Visit Nepal Year 2020’ campaign in New Delhi on Wednesday to achieve 2 million arrivals from across the world by 2020.

In 2018, Nepal received roughly 200,000 visitors from India via air transport. NTB currently does not have a system to count the number of Indians visiting Nepal by road, Nepal Tourism CEO Deepak Raj Joshi said.

This year, NTB is looking forward to a growth of 25 per cent in the number of visitors from India coming by air, he added.

The campaign is Nepal’s commitment to improving its competitiveness through investment, innovation, infrastructure development, regulatory reform and new product offerings with an objective of developing tourism industry.

In 2018, Nepal received 1.17 million international tourists excluding overland travellers. The top arrivals were from India, China, Sri Lanka, the US and the UK.