Foreigners visiting Nepal increased by 6.34%

Tourists in Hanumandhoka Durbar, Kathmandu.
Tourists taking snap of historical Hanumandhoka Durbar Square in Kathmandu. Photo: Nepal Mountain Focus

KATHMANDU, Nepal-The number of foreigners visiting Nepal in the month of August 2013, compared to the same month last year, have increased by 6.34.% to 47,397.

In aggregate, the South Asian segment has registered positive growth of 10.%. Arrivals from Bangladesh , Pakistan and Sri Lanka have increased by 83.14%, 36.92% and 59.64% respectively, the figures released by Immigration Office, Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) revealed.

India which constitutes the major market of Nepal, has recorded negative growth of 1.67 %. Arrivals from Asia (other than South Asia) have recorded positive growth of 21.92% in aggregate.

The visitor arrivals from China increased by 21.50% compared to the same month last year.

Similarly, the arrivals from Japan and Singapore and Malaysia have also increased by 34.54%, 51.66% and 73.89% respectively.

However,  Thailand saw decline of 8.53%. An overall negative  growth of 17.37% has been observed from the European markets.

Arrivals from markets such as the UK, Germany, France are  up by 2.22%,  10.38%,  and 2.45% respectively.

However, arrivals from Spain, Italy and the Netherlands  have declined by 9.53%, 50.56%, 3.95%  respectively compared to the same month last year.

Tourist arrivals from Australia, Canada and the USA have increased by 39.23%, 6.78% and 16.05% respectively. However, arrivals from New Zealand have decreased by 3.64%.

A total of 59,335 foreign tourists departed from TIA in August 2013. The number of Nepalese arrivals stood at 62,200 while 75,200 Nepalese departed from TIA in August 2013.

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