Tourist arrivals rise 9.8 percent in 2012
January 02 , 2013
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.