Tourist arrivals down 9% in April
May 05 , 2013
ourist arrivals via air in the month of April
dropped 8.9 percent to 54,119 in April compared to the figures of the same
period last year.
This is the third drop in arrivals in four months
The statistics released by the Immigration Office
at Tribhuvan International Airport arrivals from India nosedived by 25.3
percent in April. Arrivals from India – the largest tourism generating market
for Nepal – plunged 27.6 percent to 38,869 over the first four months of 2013.
Despite drop in number of tourists from India, arrivals
from China increased by 26.6 percent. However, arrivals from the South Asia
segment dropped 21.6 percent in April, compared to the same month of last year
due to drop in arrivals from India, Pakistan (-10.9 percent) and Sri Lanka (3
percent). Arrivals from Bangladesh grew 16.6 percent.
Arrivals from rest of the Asia recorded a growth
of 18.1 percent helped by rise in number of tourists from Malaysia (158.3
percent) and Thailand (15.3 percent). However, arrivals from Japan (-9.6
percent), South Korea (-5.8 percent) and Singapore (-4.5 percent) went down.
In European segment, arrivals from France, the Netherlands,
Poland, Switzerland and Sweden registered growths of 0.4 percent, 9.9 percent,
7.6 percent, 1.1 percent and 20.7 percent, respectively. But arrivals from the
UK, Germany, Italy, Norway, Spain and Russia declined during the review period.
from Australia, New Zealand and the US,
however, increased by 6.7 percent, 5.2
percent and 2.3 percent, respectively.