Monday, October 8, 2018

Tourist arrivals up by 33.8 per cent

The inflow of foreign tourists to Nepal has increased by 33.8 per cent to 91,820 international visitors in September. With this, the arrival figures from January to September has touched 772,798 – an accumulative increase of 20 per cent – over the same period in 2017, according to Nepal Tourism Board (NTB).
Tourist arrivals from India grew by 96 per cent in September compared to last September. Likewise, arrivals from Sri Lanka surged by 57.1 per cent. Likewise, the overall arrivals from SAARC countries registered a growth of 52.8 per cent over last September.
The board has attributed the growth to the hard work of tourism fraternity.
Similarly, Chinese arrivals continued to soar with an exponential growth of 55 per cent compared to last September. Arrivals from Asia – except than SAARC – have also recorded a growth of 42.6 per cent. Likewise the arrivals from Japan and South Korea also increased by 8.9 per cent and 9.2 per cent, respectively.
The board has also explained that European markets generated 66.3 per cent more visitors, whereas arrivals from Germany and France increased by 30.9 per cent and 19 per cent, respectively, this September.
But, Australia and New Zealand witnessed a decline of nine per cent and four per cent, respectively compared to the arrival figures of 2017. Similarly, the number of visitors from the US and Canada also decreased by nine per cent and two per cent, respectively, in September.
Top five countries
Country – Tourist arrivals
India – 16,345
China – 12,947
Sri Lanka – 8,807
USA – 6,519
Germany – 3,775
Source: NTB

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