Number of tourists up 6% in Feb
March 07 , 2013
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
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.