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Tourist arrivals up 2.2% in Nov

December 04 , 2012

Tourist arrivals up 2.2% in Nov

 After a marginal drop in October, tourist arrivals to Nepal via air increased by 2.2 percent in November compared to figures of the same period last year.


Issuing a press statement, Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) said the bounce back in tourist arrivals clearly showed the rising travel demand toward the destination.


Tourist arrivals from the SAARC segment declined by 23 percent during the review month led by drop in the number of tourists from India (21.6 percent), Bangladesh (37.3 percent) and Sri Lanka (24 percent). However, Pakistan registered a positive growth of 12.8 percent.


Total arrivals from Asia (other than South Asia) grew by 20.9 percent. The number of tourists from China, one of the fastest growing tourist markets for Nepal, increased by 9.6 percent, compared to the figures in same period in 2011. Similarly, arrivals from Malaysia (151.4 percent), Thailand (97.6 percent), Singapore (31.3 percent) and Japan (12.5 percent) also increased during the review month. However, arrivals from South Korea went down by 12.2 percent.


European markets have registered overall growth of 3.1 percent helped by rise in number of tourists from UK (18.3 percent), Germany (14.7 percent), Italy (3.2 percent), the Netherlands (2 percent) and Russia (17.7 percent) respectively. Arrivals from France and Spain, however, declined by 7.1 percent and 22.6 percent respectively compared to the same month last year.


Arrivals from Australia, New Zealand and the United States of America increased by 29.5 percent, 30.50 percent and 12.6 percent respectively, whereas arrivals from Canada went down by 10.3 percent.


Total arrivals over the first 11 months of 2012 have increased by 10.4 percent compared to figures of the same period last year, according to the statement.