KATHMANDU, Nepal- European markets have posted weaker arrivals figures as the number of tourist visiting Nepal through air route record negative growth in the month of April 2013.
The figures released by Immigration Office, Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), reveal that visitor arrivals in the month of April, compared to the same month last year, have decreased by 8.9% to 54119.
European markets have posted weaker arrivals figures and have registered overall negative growth by 14.3%.
Visitor arrivals from France, the Netherlands, Poland, Switzerland and Sweden have registered positive growth of 0.4%, 9.9%, 7.6%, 1.1%, and 20.7% respectively.
However, arrivals from the UK, Germany, Italy, Norway, Spain and Russia have declined by 14.8%, 23.1%, 49.2%, 22.8%, 29.5% and 8%, respectively compared to the same month last year.
The SAARC segment shows a 21.6% decline compared to the same month last year. Indian market considered as a major market, showed a decline of 25.3%. Similarly, arrivals from Pakistan and Sri Lanka have witnessed negative growth of 10.9% and 3%, respectively. Only Bangladesh has registered a positive growth of 16.6%.
However, arrivals from Asia (other than South Asia) have recorded positive growth of 18.1% in aggregate. Visitor arrivals from China, one of the fastest growing tourist markets for Nepal, have recorded the growth of 26.6%, compared to the figures in same period. Similarly, Malaysia (158.3%) and Thailand (15.3%) have maintained the upward trend. However, arrivals from Japan (9.6%), South Korea (5.8%), and Singapore (4.5%) have witnessed negative growth.
Likewise, arrivals from Australia, New Zealand and USA also posted positive growth of 6.7%, 5.2% and 2.3% respectively. Canada showed decrease in arrival figure by 35%.
Aggregate visitor arrivals decreased by 5.3% % to 197,014 for the period between Jan-April 2013 compared to the same month last year.
A total of 66,107 foreign tourists departed from TIA in April 2013. The number of Nepalese arrivals stood at 62,488 while the number of departure stand at 75,323 in the month of April 2013.