Kathmandu, Nepal-The numbers of foreigners visiting Nepal in the month of July 2013, compared to the same month last year, have increased by 0.28% to 38,560.
According to the figure released by Immigration Office, Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), the arrivals from South Asian region have shown mixed performance. The arrivals from Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have increased by 32.26% and 61.68% respectively whereas India and Pakistan markets declined by 15.74% and 57.76% respectively.
Visitor arrivals from Asia (other than South Asia region) have recorded positive growth of 14.36% with China (17.91%), and Malaysia (77.10%), South Korea (0.90%) and Thailand (87.21%) showing positive growth. However, arrivals from Singapore and Japan have registered negative growths of 2.16% and 12.19% respectively.
From long-haul markets, Europe registered an overall positive growth of 6.59% . Arrivals from Italy, Belgium, the UK, the Netherlands, and Russia have recorded positive growth of 54.35%, 22.32%, 3.45%, 27.32% and 62.62% respectively. Arrivals from Denmark, Germany, France, Norway, Spain and Switzerland were down by 0.87%, 6.79%, 7.70%, 53.33%, 14.97% and 30.92% respectively.
Likewise, arrivals from Canada and the United States of America also showed positive growth of 107.10% and 5.10% respectively. Australia posted positive growth of 32.58% while New Zealand showed decrease in arrival figure by 7.63%.
Aggregate visitor arrivals decreased by 3.5% to 320,989 for the period between Jan-July 2013 compared to the same month last year.
A total of 43,063 foreign tourists departed from TIA in July 2013. The number of Nepalese arrivals stood at 67,422 while 89,159 Nepalese departed from TIA in July 2013.