Print Edition - 2014-06-21 | MONEY
Arrivals swell 21pc in April-May to 119,000
Jun 20, 2014-
Nepal received 119,123 tourists in April-May this year, up 21.21 percent compared to the same period last year.
According to the statistics of the Immigration Office Tribhuvan International Airport, 68,018 international visitors arrived in Nepal in the month of April, recording an increment of 25.68 percent year on year.
Arrivals from the South Asian region have shown an overall growth of 10.39 percent. Visitors from Bangladesh were up 40.43 percent while arrivals from Sri Lanka and India recorded growths of 40 percent and 6.65 percent respectively. However, Pakistan recorded a negative growth of -4.06 percent.
Meanwhile, arrivals from Asia (other than South Asia) have also recorded a growth of 30.71 percent. Visitors from China and Malaysia recorded growths of 45.5 percent and 35.12 percent respectively compared to the figures in April 2013.
Likewise, arrivals from South Korea, Japan, Singapore and Chinese Taipei have registered growths of 24.43 percent, 21.39 percent, 14.25 percent and 8.42 percent respectively. However, Thailand has registered a negative growth of -1.17 percent.
With regard to Europe, it registered an overall positive growth of 30.22 percent compared to the same month last year with total visitor arrivals of 21,520. Arrivals from the UK, Belgium, Germany, France, Spain, the Netherlands, Norway and Switzerland posted positive growths of 32.57 percent, 54.78 percent, 43.53 percent, 4.37 percent, 111.26 percent, 27.80 percent, 104.37 percent and 36.75 percent respectively.
Tourist arrivals from the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand increased 24.50 percent, 24.20 percent, 35.43 percent and 13.74 percent respectively.
Meanwhile, tourist arrivals in May amounted to 51,105, up 15.74 percent year on year. Arrivals from India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan recorded growths of 2.68 percent, 32.24 percent, 5.19 percent and 59.75 percent respectively. The Saarc region registered a growth of 5.58 percent compared to last year’s figures.
Arrivals from Asia (other than South Asia) also recorded a growth of 18.91 percent. Visitor arrivals from China, Singapore, South Korea, Chinese Taipei and Thailand recorded growths of 36.45 percent, 25.06 percent, 25.06 percent, 7.28 percent and 17.207 percent respectively compared to the figures in May 2013. However, Japan and Malaysia registered negative growths.
Meanwhile, the European segment registered an overall positive growth of 8.30 percent compared to the same month last year. Arrivals from the UK, Austria, France, Spain, the Netherlands, Norway and Switzerland posted growths of 7.97 percent, 51.22 percent, 10.13 percent, 83.02 percent, 4.38 percent, 10.78 percent and 14.38 percent respectively.
Similarly, tourist arrivals from the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand increased 13.97 percent, 4.11 percent, 12.45 percent and 21.03 percent respectively.
Published: 21-06-2014 09:16