Visitor arrivals up by 6 percent in August
The tourist arrivals via air in the month of August 2013 increased by 6.34 percent to 47,397 compared to the same month last year.
According to the figures released by Immigration Office, Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), the visitors from the South Asia registered positive growth of 10 percent.
Arrivals from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka have increased by 83.14 percent, 36.92 percent and 59.64 percent respectively. However, the visitors from India which constitutes the major market of Nepal, has recorded negative growth of 1.67 percent.
Similarly, arrivals from Asia (other than South Asia) have recorded positive growth of 21.92 percent in aggregate. The visitor arrivals from China increased by 21.50 percent compared to the same month last year.
Similarly, the arrivals from Japan and Singapore and Malaysia have also increased by 34.54 percent, 51.66 percent and 73.89 percent respectively. However, Thailand saw decline of 8.53 percent.
An overall negative growth of 17.37 percent has been observed from the European markets.
Arrivals from markets such as the UK, Germany, and France are up by 2.22 percent, 10.38 percent and 2.45 percent respectively. However, arrivals from Spain, Italy and the Netherlands have declined by 9.53 percent, 50.56 percent and 3.95 percent respectively compared to the same month last year.
Likewise, tourist arrivals from Australia, Canada and the USA have increased by 39.23 percent, 6.78 percent and 16.05 percent respectively. However, arrivals from New Zealand have decreased by 3.64 percent.
A total of 59,335 foreign tourists departed from TIA in August 2013. The number of Nepalis arrivals stood at 62,200 while 75,200 Nepalis departed from TIA in August 2013. nepalnews.com