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Tourist arrivals down 7.3% in Oct

November 04 , 2012

Tourist arrivals down 7.3% in Oct

Tourist arrivals to Nepal via air in October dropped by 7.3 percent – the first drop since June 2009 – compared to same period last year.

According to Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), 67,901 foreign tourists entered the country via aerial route during the review month.

Arrivals from the SAARC segment dropped by 28.5 percent, thanks to drop in the number of tourists from India by 30.1 percent. Similarly, arrivals from Bangladesh and Pakistan also witnessed negative growth of 18.3 percent and 45.6 percent, respectively. However, number of tourists from Sri Lanka increased by 48 percent.

Total arrivals from Asia (other than SAARC countries), however, recorded positive growth of 4.9 percent. Number of tourists from China, one of the fastest growing tourist markets for Nepal, grew by a meager 0.7 percent, compared to the figures recorded in October, 2011. Though arrivals from Malaysia (83.6 percent), number of tourists from Japan (12 percent), South Korea (16.4 percent), Singapore (6.2 percent) and Thailand (16.6 percent) declined.

Arrivals from Europe registered overall negative growth by 17.5 percent during the review month, thanks to drop in the number of tourists from the UK (9.3 percent), France (5.3 percent), Germany (19.2 percent), Italy (23.2 percent), Spain (27.6 percent), Switzerland (22.5 percent) and Russia (18.5 percent) compared to the same month last year.

However, arrivals from Australia, New Zealand, Canada and US registered positive growth of 17.4 percent, 50 percent, 0.5 percent and 22.3 percent respectively.

Total arrivals over the first 10 months of 2012 grew by 11.5 percent to figures of the same period last year.