Growth in International tourist arrivals continues
The upward trend which is already seen in January 2012 continues in the eight months of the year 2012 showing clearly the rising travel demand towards the destination. Nepal has enjoyed a sustained positive growth in the international visitor arrivals since June 2009.
The figures released by Immigration Office, Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) reveal that visitor arrivals in the month of August 2012, compared to the same month last year, have increased by 2.5% to 44,571.
Almost all regions have shown positive growth in the eighth month of 2012. The arrivals from South Asian region, have gained overall positive growth of 4.2%. Visitor arrivals from Bangladesh have gained positive growth with 72.3% along with Pakistan (17%). However, arrivals from India, has recorded negative growth of 1.2 % with 14,307 visitors along with Sri Lanka (15.7%) compared to same month last year. A robust growth of 21.7% has been observed in the arrivals from the South Asian region during the first eight months of 2012, in comparison to the same period last year.
Arrivals from Asia (other than South Asia region) have also recorded positive growth of 0.6%. Visitor arrivals from Japan, Malaysia, South Korea and Thailand have recorded positive growth of 10.1%, 15.5%, 18.3% and 2.4% respectively compared to the figures in August 2011. However arrivals from China and Singapore have registered negative growths of 8.3% and 5%.
An overall positive growth of 6.1% has been observed from the European markets with arrivals from Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Russia and Sweden up by 26.3%, 104.5%, 21.6%, 0.7%, 61.6%, 20.3%, 104.9%, 22.6% and 143% respectively. However, the arrivals from Germany, Switzerland, Spain, and UK have declined by 33%, 2.6%, 15.6%, and 2.7% % respectively compared to the same month last year.
Tourist arrivals from Australia have increased by 2.7% while New Zealand, USA and Canada have decreased by 9.8%, 1.9%, and 13% respectively.
In January-August period of 2012, international tourist arrivals to Nepal have risen by 16.3 % to 377,043.
A total of 51,737 foreign tourists departed from TIA in August 2012. The number of Nepalese arrivals stood at 47,000 while 68,776 Nepalese departed from TIA in August 2012.