International tourist arrivals up by 2.5 pc
The visitor arrivals via air have increased by 2.5 percent to 44,571 in August, 2012 compared to the same month last year 2011.
According to the figures released by Immigration Office, Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), almost all regions have shown positive growth in the eighth months of 2012.
The arrivals from South Asian region have gained overall positive growth of 4.2 percent. Visitor arrivals from Bangladesh have gained positive growth with 72.3 percent along with Pakistan witnessing 17 percent. However, arrivals from India, has recorded negative growth of 1.2 percent with 14,307 visitors and Sri Lanka 15.7 percent compared to same months last year.
A robust growth of 21.7 percent has been observed in the arrivals from the South Asian region during the first eight months of 2012, in comparison to the same period last year.
Arrivals from Asia (other than South Asia region) have also recorded positive growth of 0.6 percent. Visitor arrivals from Japan, Malaysia, South Korea and Thailand have recorded positive growth of 10.1 percent, 15.5 percent, 18.3 percent and 2.4 percent respectively compared to the figures in August 2011. However, arrivals from China and Singapore have registered negative growths of 8.3 percent and 5 percent.
An overall positive growth of 6.1 percent has been observed from the European markets with arrivals from Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Russia and Sweden up by 26.3 percent, 104.5 percent, 21.6 percent, 0.7 percent, 61.6 percent, 20.3 percent, 104.9 percent, 22.6 percent and 143 percent respectively. However, the arrivals from Germany, Switzerland, Spain, and UK have declined by 33 percent, 2.6 percent, 15.6 percent, and 2.7 percent respectively compared to the same period last year.
Tourist arrivals from Australia have increased by 2.7 percent while New Zealand, USA and Canada have decreased by 9.8 percent, 1.9 percent, and 13 percent respectively.
In January-August period of 2012, international tourist arrivals to Nepal have risen by 16.3 percent to 377,043.
A total of 51,737 foreign tourists departed from TIA in August 2012. The number of Nepalis arrivals stood at 47,000 while 68,776 Nepalis departed from TIA in August 2012. Nepalnews.com