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Tourist arrivals up 20% in first half of 2012
Post Date: 2012-07-12
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The number of foreign tourists arriving Nepal through aerial route increased by 19.2 percent to over the first six months of 2012, compared to arrival figures of the same period last year.
According to arrival figures disseminated by Immigration Office at Tribhuvan International Airport, a total of 294,019 tourists visited the country via air in the first half of 2012. Total arrivals in June increased by 16.2 percent to 42,238, compared to arrival figures of June, 2011.
Arrivals from Asia (other than South Asian countries) have witnessed a positive growth by 45 percent during the six months, while tourists' arrivals from China and India rose by 12.7 and 61 percent respectively. Likewise, arrivals from Pakistan soared by 35 percent whereas number of tourists from Bangladesh and Sri Lanka decreased by 3.7 and 14.7 percent respectively.
Similarly, an overall growth of 3.7 percent was observed from European countries during the period. Arrivals from European countries including the UK, France, the Netherlands, Belgium and Russia have increased, whereas number of arrivals from Germany, Spain and Italy is found to have declined.
Issuing a press statement, Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) has attributed the rise in tourist arrivals to wide publicity of tourism heritages of the country during Nepal Tourism Year 2011.

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