Nepalayatimes/Hopeful Initiation of International Tourists Arrival in Nepal
Kathmandu – The year 2019 has begun with a very encouraging growth trend in tourist arrivals to Nepal.
According to Nepal Tourism Board, 77,300 international visitors came by air and 14,493 came overland to Nepal in January. In aggregate, a total of 91,793 visitors came to the country, a cumulative increase of 25.4 percent over the same month last year.
Tourist arrivals from India in January increased by 20.6 percent in comparison to the same month in 2018 and reached 14,650. The overall arrivals from SAARC nations registered a strong growth of 11.6 percent over the same month last year with 17,432 total tourists.
Likewise, 13,688 Chinese tourists visited Nepal in the first month of 2019, which is 14 percent more than the figures in January 2018.
The number of visitors from Thailand, Japan, and South Korea also increased significantly by 69.8 percent, 38 percent and 8.4 percent, respectively in comparison to the figures of the corresponding month last year.
The number of Europeans visiting Nepal also surged with healthy growths from key European source markets.
Arrivals from the United Kingdom, Germany, and France were 4,130, 1,549 and 1,375, respectively with 27.2 percent, 19.7 percent, and 19.8 percent growth. The total European arrivals in January this year reached 11,966 with regional aggregated growth of 20 percent.
The total number of visitors from the US in January reached 7,028, an increase of 28.1 percent over the figures of January last year. The number of Australian visitors to Nepal also grew by 31.3 per cent to 3,527.
Deepak Raj Joshi, chief executive officer of NTB, mentioned that growth in international visitor arrivals in the very outset of 2019 was possible because Nepal has continuously spread a positive message internationally.
“This growth has encouraged us to work even harder to harness the strengths of both public and the private sector in the days to come,” he added.
Top five Country Arrivals
South Korea 6,584