Tourist arrivals down 7 percent

tourists NepalThe number of foreign tourists visiting Nepal via air in November decreased by 7.01 percent compared to the figures of the same month last year.

According to the figures released by the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) Immigration Office, a total of 55,245 international visitors entered Nepal in November via air compared to 59,411 of same month last year.

Issuing a statement, Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) said despite posting steady growth after the end of insurgency tourist arrivals started declining since the second half of 2013.

Industry people say drop in arrivals in November is due to inconsistent air fare to Nepal from major gateways, travel advisories issued by different countries, and fears of insecurity before Constituent Assembly (CA) election held November 19. They, however, are hopeful that the tourism industry will post growth in the coming months as Nepal is heading toward political stability after the successful CA election.

“Such decline reflects the volatile nature of international tourist movement which is easily affected by factors such as cost of traveling, situation at the destination country, global economic trends and traveling spirit of international visitors,” NTB said in the statement.

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