Nepal for all seasons
April 03 , 2013
Statistics compiled by Immigration Office at Tribhuvan International Airport and disseminated by Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) showed total arrivals during the month reached 64,442 down from 63,779 recorded in March 2012. Arrivals from India, the largest tourism market for Nepal, went down by 37.3 percent to 10,183. This is the fourth straight month that arrivals from India have declined. Similarly, arrivals from Bangladesh (-5.5 percent), Sri Lanka (-28.9 percent) and Pakistan (-24.1 percent) also went down.
Arrivals from Asia — other than SAARC region — registered positive growth of 20.4 percent with healthy growth in the number of tourists from China (35.7 percent), Japan (6.9 percent), Malaysia (122.3 percent) and Singapore (3 percent). However, tourist arrivals from South Korea declined by 22.8 percent.
According to NTB, tourist arrivals from Europe also showed overall positive growth of 1.2 percent with arrivals from the United Kingdom, France and the Netherlands increasing by 21 percent, 18.6 percent, and 8.3 percent, respectively. However, arrivals from Germany (-12.9 percent), Switzerland (-48.8 percent) and Spain (-30.1 percent) went down during the month.
“Arrivals from Australia, New Zealand, Canada and US rose by 66.6 percent, 26.4 percent, 25.5 percent and 17 per cent, respectively,” NTB said in a statement.
Total arrivals over the first three months of 2013 declined by -3.8 percent to 142,895 compared to 148,546 recorded in the same period of 2012.