China overtakes India to become largest tourist generating market for Nepal in October
Nepal saw a 10% surge in tourist footfalls in October compared to arrival figures of the same month last year.
According to data compiled and released by Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), altogether 143,870 foreign tourists entered Nepal in the review. Of the total arrivals, 123,267 visitors came via air, whereas 20,603 came overland.
With this, Nepal has welcomed 975,557 foreign tourists over the first 10 months of 2019. According to the board, 820,499 came via air.
China was the largest visitors generating market for Nepal in October with 15,037 visitors, followed by India (12,707). Chinese arrivals grew by 11.5% compared to October last year, number of tourists from India grew by 9.1%.
However, India continues to the largest tourist generating markets for Nepal, contributing 169,952 visitors over the first 10 months of 2019, followed by China (134,281).
Arrivals from Asian countries like Bangladesh, Thailand, South Korea and Japan also increased during the month.
The European arrivals also surged in the review month with 42,297 total arrivals. United Kingdom, Germany and France were the top three visitors generating market for Nepal in October with 8,672, 7,308, and 6,777, respectively, arrivals. Total European arrivals over first 10 of 2019 reached 199,003.
According to the data, Nepal welcomed 12,109 visitors from the US in October. With this, the total arrivals from US in the first 10 months of 2019 have reached 77,798 – a rise of 5% compared to arrival figures in the same period of 2018. Likewise, Nepal welcomed 5,625 visitors from Australia and 2,624 visitors and Canada in the review month.
Commenting on the arrivals pattern, Deepak Raj Joshi, CEO of Nepal Tourism Board, said that the growth in international tourist numbers was due to synergy between private sector, diplomatic missions, Nepalese diaspora, media and other stakeholders.