The visitor arrivals in the month of December 2013 by air have decreased by 4.9 percent compared to the same month in 2012.
According to the figure released by Immigration Office, Tribhuvan International Airport, a total of 42,601 international visitors arrived in the country in the last month last year which is less by 2,173 tourists over December 2012. In December 2012, a total of 44,774 tourists had entered Nepal by air.
However, the SAARC market has shown a positive growth by 1.6 percent with a total of 13,521 international visitors compared to the total arrival figures 13,302 the same month the previous year.
The increment in SAARC region is basically observed in Bangladesh by 40.3 percent and Sri Lanka by 49.4 percent as compared to the figures of 2012 of the same month.
Even though the Asia segment other than SAARC has shown a negative growth by 3.1 percent in total, but still some positive indicators of growth have been observed in Malaysia by 10 percent, Chinese Taipei by 3.2 percent and Thailand by 3.3 percent with a significant decrease on Chinese arrivals by 9.3 percent compared to the figures of December, 2012.
European segment has posted weaker arrival figures and have registered overall negative growth by 8.7 percent. Arrivals from Belgium, Italy, Norway, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, and Sweden, have posted positive growths by 56.0 percent, 2.6 percent, 38.2 percent, 15.4 percent, 17.3 percent, 0.4 percent, and 32.7 percent, respectively compared to the same month last year.
However arrivals from Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK have shown negative growths of 25.0 percent, 23.5 percent, 8.7 percent, 16.5 percent, 5.6 percent, and 25.1 percent respectively.
Whereas the Oceania and America regions have witnessed a negative growth of 16.3 percent and 6.1 percent respectively.
Nepal observed a sustained growth in international tourist arrivals since June 2009 but suffered a decline in the second half of 2013.
“Experts suggest that the decrease in arrivals in November might be due to the inconsistent airfare to and from Nepal to major gateways. Such decline reflects the volatile nature of international tourist’s movement which is easily affected by factors such as cost of traveling, travel season and many other internal and external issues.” according to the press release issued by Nepal Tourism Board.