International tourist arrivals to Nepal have crossed the record one million mark.
According to Nepal Tourism Board, Nepal welcomed 1,001,930 visitors in the first 11 months of 2018 – a growth of 17 percent over the same period in 2017.
“Further, the figures do not include the number of overland international visitors to Nepal in October and November. Even if the overland arrival figures of last year are assumed constant, the overall growth in January-November period would be 23 percent,” NTB said in a statement issued on Thursday.
Tourist arrivals from India in October and November were 11,566 and 16,167, respectively. Total arrivals from the southern neighbor in January-November period were 260,124.
Likewise, total arrivals from Chinese over the first 11 months of 2018 reached 134,362. Arrivals from Thailand, Japan and South Korea have also increased significantly, statistics released by the NRB shows.
Flow of tourists from European countries has also grown significantly. Nepal received 9,022 and 7,394 visitors from the United Kingdom in October and November, while number of tourists from Germany in those two months was 7,150 and 4,393, respectively.
The total European arrivals in January-November period reached 224,206.
The number of visitors from Europe has also increased. Total arrivals from the US increased to 11,757 and 9,193 in October and November, respectively. Total arrivals from the US in January-November period were 82,870. Similarly, Nepal welcomed 33,528 visitors from Australia in the review period.
The steady growth in tourist arrivals bodes well for the country ahead of the Visit Nepal Year 2020 campaign. The government has set a target of receiving 2 million visitors during the year-long campaign.
Commenting on the growth, Deepak Raj Joshi, CEO of the NTB said that the image of Nepal as one of the most preferred tourist destinations has been reinforced and that this is well reflected in the extraordinary growth in the visitor arrivals to Nepal. “This also can be attributed to the concerted efforts of the government, Nepal Tourism Board, private sector travel trade and media towards promotion of overall tourism sector in the international tourism arena,” he noted.
Joshi further added that this is the moment to commemorate the milestone in the tourism history of Nepal as it also heralds the potential of tourism sector of Nepal which can be further realized through upcoming national tourism campaign of Visit Nepal Tourism Year 2020.
Download Jan-November total arrivals figure.