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Tourist arrivals rise 9.8 percent in 2012

January 02 , 2013

Tourist arrivals rise 9.8 percent in 2012

Tourist arrivals to Nepal via air in 2012 increased by 9.8 percent, compared to arrivals figures of 2011. The year 2011, which was observed as Nepal Tourism Year (NTY), had posted 21.4 percent growth in the number of tourists.

According to statistics disseminated by Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), the country welcomed 598,204 foreign tourists in 2012. Arrivals from South Asia, which had posted healthy growth last year, grew by only 10.4 percent in 2012.

Tourist arrivals were growing at a healthy rate until May. But arrivals started suffering with the dissolution of Constituent Assembly (CA)) in May. Though things improved a bit in November, the month posted meager growth of 2.2 percent.

The statistics shows total arrivals from Asia, other than South Asia, grew by 15.1 percent during the year. The number of Chinese tourists posted the highest growth rate of 17.6 percent. More than 53,000 Chinese tourists visited the country in 2012.

The European market saw nominal growth of 4.5 percent compared to last year. Nepal welcomed around 161,000 European tourists in 2012, according to the statistics.

Likewise, tourist arrivals from Australia, New Zealand, Canada and USA grew by 24 percent, 20.3 percent, 7.5 percent and 4.9 percent, respectively.