Kathmandu, Dec 4: Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Yogesh Kumar Bhattarai has urged ambassadors of 31 countries to Nepal and heads of five development partners to help make the Visit Nepal Year 2020 successful. He made this request by inviting them to a meeting at the Ministry today.
Stating that the foreign ambassadors have an important role in making the VNY 2020 successful, he urged them to spread out the message about the mega campaign and help bring their nationals to Nepal.
On the occasion, he also shared that the Tourism ministers of the countries concerned had been invited to the inaugural ceremony of VNY 2020. Tourism Minister Bhattarai on the occasion shared that of the 891 heritage damaged in the earthquake 387 were re-built while the remaining are under reconstruction. The reconstruction will be completed in two years.
Gautam Buddha International Airport in Bhairahawa shall come into operation from 2020 and the Pokhara International Airport from 2021. Minister Bhattarai said that the government is working to address the concerns of the European Union over aviation safety of Nepal and to meet international aviation safety standards.
Speaking at the event, Chinese Ambassador to Nepal Hou Yanqi expressed the commitment to provide all possible support to make VNY 2020 a success.
US Ambassador to Nepal Randy Berry pledged to send publicity materials related to VNY 2020 to the USA and support the campaign.
Australian Ambassador Peter Budd, German Ambassador Roland Schiffer, Japanese Ambassador Masamichi Saigo, UN Resident Coordinator Valerie Julliand, EU Head of Delegation Veronica Cody and others pledged to provide every possible support in making the VNY 2020 successful.