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Number of tourists up 6% in Feb

March 07 , 2013

Number of tourists up 6% in Feb

Tourist arrivals to Nepal via air increased by 6 percent in February compared to arrival figures of the same month last year.

According to figures released by Immigration Office at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), a total of 45,123 foreign tourists entered the country through aerial route. Arrivals from Asia (other than South Asia) recorded healthy growth of 46 percent, thanks to robust growth in arrivals from China (135 percent), Malaysia (288.1 percent) and Singapore (111.9 percent), respectively. However, arrivals from Japan, South Korea and Thailand have registered negative growth of 20.1 percent, 29.4 percent, and 0.3 percent respectively.

Arrivals from South Asia region declined by 15.2 percent despite growth in arrivals from Pakistan (44.3 percent) and Sri Lanka (35.3 percent). However, arrivals from India, which is the largest source market for Nepal, witnessed a drop of 18.2 percent. Visitor arrivals from Bangladesh also declined by 5.3 percent.

European markets registered negative growth of 5.5 percent with major destinations showing mixed reaction in terms of visitor arrivals. Arrivals from Germany and the Netherlands were up by 8.3 percent and 21  percent, respectively while arrivals from UK, France, Italy, Switzerland and Russia declined b 6 percent, 13.7 percent, 31.8 percent, 8.7 percent and 8 percent respectively.

Similarly, tourist arrivals from USA (11.2 percent), Canada (42.2 percent) and New Zealand (44.8 percent) increased during the period. However, arrivals from Australia went down by 5.5 percent.