The visitor arrivals via air have increased by 7.2 percent to 49,075 in September, 2012 compared to the same month last year.
According to the figure released by Immigration Office, Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), all regions have shown positive growth in this month of 2012.
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The arrivals from South Asian region, have gained overall positive growth of 2.4 percent. India which constitutes the major market of Nepal, has recorded robust growth of 13.1 percent. Visitor arrivals from Sri Lanka have gained positive growth with 28.5 percent. However, visitor arrivals from Bangladesh and Pakistan have shown negative growth. India, which is the largest source market for Nepal, has been increasing since the very beginning of 2010.
A robust growth of 19.7 percent has been observed in the arrivals from the South Asian region during the first nine months of 2012, in comparison to the same period last year.
Arrivals from Asia (other than South Asia) have also recorded positive growth of 19.3 percent in aggregate. Visitor arrivals from China, one of the fastest growing tourist markets for Nepal, have sustained the remarkable growth of 17.1 percent, compared to the figures in same period.
Similarly, other Asian countries maintained the upward trend of previous months with Malaysia 136.6 percent, South Korea 26 percent and Singapore 2.9 percent. However, arrivals from Japan and Thailand have witnessed negative growth.
An overall positive growth of 2.6 percent has been observed from the European markets with arrivals from France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Russia up by 8.8 percent, 23.4 percent, 2.5 percent, and 3.3 percent respectively. However, the arrivals from Spain, Switzerland and Italy have declined by 7.8 percent, 7.6 percent and 30 percent respectively compared to the same month last year.
Tourist arrivals from Australia, New Zealand and USA have increased by 39.8 percent, 4.2 percent, and 3.8 percent respectively.
In January-September period of 2012, international tourist arrivals to Nepal have risen by 15.2 percent to 426,118.
“The upward trend of tourist arrivals has been witnessed since the beginning of this year, January 2012 and continued even in the nine month of the year. Nepal had also enjoyed a sustained growth of tourists since June 2009.” according to Nepal Tourism Board (NTB).
A total of 43,689 foreign tourists departed from TIA in September 2012. The number of Nepalese arrivals stood at 61,369 while 65615 Nepalese departed from TIA in September 2012.