Tourist arrivals to Nepal posted a remarkable growth of 73.5 percent year-on-year to 73,285 visitors in July.
According to data released by Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), the healthy growth in the seventh month of 2018 took growth in overall tourist arrivals in the seven-month period to 18 percent. Nepal welcomed 593,299 foreign tourists between January and July, 2018.
The increased tourist footfalls in July were contributed by a strong growth of 80.4 percent year-on-year from India – the largest tourist generating market for the country. Similarly, overall arrivals from SAARC countries registered a growth of 66.1 percent in July compared to the same month of last year, despite a 9 percent drop in arrivals from Bangladesh.
Likewise, arrivals from China recorded an exponential growth of 125.4 percent compared to figures of the same month last year. Total arrivals from Asia (other than SAARC region) were also up 86.2 percent, contributed by healthy growth in arrivals from Japan (36 percent) and South Korea (21.9 percent).
Arrivals from Europe also increase by a whopping 54.1 percent in July helped by strong growth from the UK (68.9 percent), Germany (53.9 percent) and Spain (41.2 percent). However, arrivals from Austria were down 72.6 percent.
Australia and New Zealand also logged tremendous growths of 113.9 percent and 75.2 percent, respectively. Arrivals from the US and Canada were also up 79.6 percent and 73.3 percent year-on-year in July.
Commenting on the healthy rise in tourist arrivals, Deepak Raj Joshi, CEO of NTB, said in addition to the neighboring markets, the Asia Pacific region has seen rapid economic development and dynamic changes in recent time. “The positive growth in visitor arrivals from all major markets are highly encouraging and undoubtedly present significant opportunities to travel trade sector and to the entire country,” he said, adding: “The government’s priority in infrastructure development and announcement of Visit Nepal Year 2020 (VNY 2020) is well-received by the national as well as international travel trade.”
The government has decided to celebrate the year 2020 as ‘Visit Nepal Year 2020’ to bring more foreign tourists to the country.