Kathmandu: Nepal plans to organise tourism marts in three major cities of the country next year to attract Indian visitors to help the nation's ailing tourism industry.
The tourism marts will be organised in capital city Kathmandu, popular tourist destination Pokhara and Lumbini, birth place of Lord Buddha, in 2013 to promote Indian tourism in the country, Tourism Secretary Yagna Gautam said during a programme organised in the capital to mark 14th anniversary of Nepal Tourism Board.
Nepal had a major setback in the tourist arrivals last month, which saw the number of tourists coming by air to the country down by 7.3 per cent with Indian tourist arrivals registering a 30 per cent decline.
The number of Indian visitors has declined from last October's 9,727 to 6,798 in October this year.
The number of Indian tourists decreased mainly due to the anti-India campaign launched by CPN-Maoist, breakaway faction of the Maoist party led by hardline leader Mohan Vaidya.
The party had launched a month-long campaign to restrict entry of Indian number plate vehicles and screening of Hindi films in Nepalese cinema halls in September.
Nepalese Tourism Ministry has already initiated discussions with the officials of Indian Embassy in Kathmandu for organising the tourism marts, secretary Gautam told PTI, adding necessary preparations will soon be made to organise the event.