International tourist arrival up by 11.4 per cent

Kathmandu, May 16: A total of 98,650 international tourists visited Nepal in April 2018, an increment of 11.4 per cent to the arrival figures of April 2017.

According to the Department of Immigration, the arrival figures in the January-April period reached 386,030, an increase of 13 per cent over the same period in 2017.

The arrivals from India and Sri Lanka grew by 13.8 per cent and 26.4 per cent respectively in April 2018 in comparison to the figures of the same month in 2017.

Similarly, the overall arrivals from the SAARC countries registered a positive growth of 8.5 per cent as compared to the same month last year. However, the visitors from Bangladesh decreased by 26.5 per cent.

Arrivals from China continue to soar as in the previous months and grew by 45.9 per cent in April 2018 in comparison to the arrivals in the same month last year.

Arrivals from Asia (other than SAARC) have also recorded a positive growth of 28.1 per cent in April 2018.  Likewise, visitors from Malaysia and Thailand to Nepal increased by 17.8 per cent and 26.7 per cent.

As far as European source markets are concerned, overall positive growth of 5.1 per cent in April has been recorded as compared to the same month last year.

France gained 28.8 per cent increment, however, the arrivals from the UK and Germany slightly declined by 7.4 per cent and 12.2 per cent respectively.

Tourist arrivals from Australia and New Zealand have also increased by 2.5 per cent and 18.9 per cent respectively in April 2018 as compared to the figures of 2017.

Likewise, visitors from the USA and Canada have also grown by 7.9 per cent and 8.1 per cent respectively in April 2018.

The sustained growth in international arrivals to Nepal since 2016 was the result of concerted efforts of the Nepal Government, Nepal Tourism Board and the private sector in positioning Nepal in the international market as an attractive and safe destination, a press statement issued by the Nepal Tourism Board stated.

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