Visitor arrivals in the month of November 2013 via air have decreased by 7.01 percent, compared to the same month last year.
According to the figure released by the Immigration Office, Tribhuvan International Airport, a total of 55,245 international visitors arrived in Nepal in the month of November, which is less by 4,166 tourists against the figure in November 2012. A total of 59,411 tourists visited Nepal in the same month last year.
Nepal observed a sustained growth in international tourist arrivals since June 2009 but suffered a decline in the second half of 2013, said Nepal Tourism Board in a press statement.
“Experts suggest that the decrease in arrivals in November might be due to the inconsistent air fare to and from Nepal to major gateways and coinciding with the Constituent Assembly election in Nepal on the 19th of November 2013.”
Such decline reflects the volatile nature of international tourist’s movement which is easily affected by factors such as cost of traveling, the situation at the destination country, the global economic trends and traveling spirit of international visitors.
Although, the IMF has estimated that the global economic growth is in low gear, the international tourist arrivals have shown increases of 5 percent in the first eight months compared to the same period of 2012, according to UNWTO.
The Asia and the Pacific region recorded 6 percent more arrivals, which is largely due to the high growth of the South-East Asia region (+12 percent).
In November 2013, the number of Nepalis arrivals from Tribhuwan International Airport declined by 27 percent compared to the same month last year.
A total of 52,970 Nepalis arrived in Nepal in November 2013, whereas this figure was 72,735 in November 2012.
It is expected that the forthcoming year in tourism is going to improve as Nepal is heading towards stability.