international tourist arrival in Nepal up by 24.77 per cent
Kathmandu, Jan. 7: The international tourist arrival in the country recorded phenomena growth in each month of 2018 and reached to 1,173,072 over the year. This is a cumulative increase of 24.77 per cent over the same period in 2017.
It was the first time that the country enjoyed the international tourist arrivals more than one million in a single year.
According to the records of the Department of Immigration a total of 969,287 international visitors came in the country by air and 203,785 came overland in 2018.
Tourist arrivals from India in 2018 increased by 25.1 per cent in comparison to the figures of 2017 and reached 200,438. Similarly, the arrivals from Sri Lanka have increased by 55.7 per cent in comparison to the last year.
The overall arrivals from SAARC countries registered a sturdy growth of 26.4 per cent over the same period last year with 301,963 total tourist arrivals.
Likewise 153,602 Chinese tourists visited Nepal in 2018, which is 46.8 per cnet more than the arrivals in 2017. Similarly, the visitors from Thailand, South Korea and Japan have also increased significantly by 36 per cent, 8.3 per cent and 8.9 per cent respectively in comparison to the figures of 2017.
The European arrivals have also surged with healthy growths from the key markets. Arrivals from the United Kingdom, Germany and France were 63,086, 36,833 and 31,653 respectively with 15.6, 23.1 and 21.1 per cent growth rates.
The total European arrivals in 2018 reached 243,284 with regional aggregated growth of 23.3 per cent.
Total number of the US visitors to Nepal in 2018 was 91,785, an increase of 16 per cent over the figures of last year. Likewise, the number of Australians visitors to Nepal in 2018 was 38,408, which is 15.1 per cent more thanin 2017.
"The remarkable growth in the eve of Visit Nepal Year 2020 has buoyed the spirit of travel trade sector. The last two months of 2018 have alone recorded 47 per cent increase in tourist arrivals as compared to same months in 2017,” saidRabindraAdhikari, Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation.
“This has prepared a sound and solid platform to achieve the target of Visit Nepal Year 2020, . The joint promotional and marketing efforts of public and private institutions have helped the tourism industry of Nepal achieve this remarkable figure and we will continue our efforts in increasing the numbers of quality tourist as well,” MinisterAdhikari said.
Deepak Raj Joshi, CEO of Nepal Tourism Board said that the consecutive growths of last three years have instilled high confidence in the tourism stakeholders.
“This unprecedented growth in the international visitor arrivals is possible only because of the synergy in our efforts and the spirit of partnership that we cherish since the very beginning.”