Nepal Tourism: A 18.8% gain in visitor arrivals is good news

Nepal Tourism: A 18.8% gain in visitor arrivals is good news

The Nepal Tourism Board Management can relax and should actually be proud of their tireless work. A healthy growth of 18.8% has been observed in the international visitor arrivals to Nepal in August 2018. The forward momentum continues in the month of August 2018, with 87,679 international visitors. With this, the arrival figures in January–August period reached 680,996; an accumulative increase of 18.2% over the same period in 2017.

While tourist arrivals from India grew by 37.3 % this month in comparison to the figures of the same month in 2017 the arrivals from Sri Lanka surged by 74.5%. Similarly, the overall arrivals from SAARC countries registered a sturdy growth of 48.3% over the same month last year.

Visitors’ arrival from China has continued to soar with an exponential growth of 63.9% in comparison to the arrivals in the same month last year. Arrivals from Asia (other than SAARC) have also recorded a robust growth of 36.6 %. Likewise, the numbers of visitors from Japan and Malaysia have also increased by 3.7%and 34.9 % respectively.

European markets generated 21.3 % more visitors in August this year. Arrivals from the UK, Germany and France increased by 21.7%, 31.9% and 25.7% respectively. However, the arrivals from the Netherlands declined by 30%.

Australia and New Zealand have also witnessed growths of 39.8 % and 18.5% in August 2018 as compared to the arrival figures of 2017. Similarly,  the numbers of visitors from the USA and Canada have also grown by 15% each in August 2018.

While the neighboring countries remain the most dependable and strongest source markets for Nepal, the continuous trend is also attributed to NTB’s tenacious efforts to allure expanding traveling classes in India and China. Better positioning of Nepal’s tourism endowments has enhanced Nepal’s image and resulted in increased interest from the major source markets. Co-operation and partnership between the public and private sector also play a pivotal role which reflects perfectly in this growth.

Amidst the global hike in oil prices and the consequent increase in transport cost travelers trim down their length of stay and consumption of tourism services. Against continuing downward revisions in macroeconomic expectations, a straight eight-month growth in international tourist arrivals paves the way towards the goal of Visit Nepal Year 2020.


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VISITORS ARRIVALs BY NATIONALITY ( By land and air)
Country of Destination: NEPAL
Calendar Year: 2018 August
Country of Nationality August % Change % Share August 18
2017 2018
ASIA (SAARC)
Bangladesh 2251 2,311 2.7% 2.6%
India 14057 19,295 37.3% 22.0%
Pakistan 289 488 68.9% 0.6%
Srilanka 9674 16,878 74.5% 19.2%
Sub-Total 26271 38,972 48.3% 44.4%
ASIA (OTHER)
China 7349 12,048 63.9% 13.7%
Japan 1857 1,925 3.7% 2.2%
Malaysia 1069 1,442 34.9% 1.6%
Singapore 464 463 -0.2% 0.5%
S. Korea 2321 1,870 -19.4% 2.1%
Chinese Taipei 656 740 12.8% 0.8%
Thailand 477 905 89.7% 1.0%
Sub-Total 14193 19,393 36.6% 22.1%
EUROPE
Austria 182 203 11.5% 0.2%
Belgium 276 295 6.9% 0.3%
Czech Republic 127 119 -6.3% 0.1%
Denmark 160 175 9.4% 0.2%
France 1073 1,349 25.7% 1.5%
Germany 1192 1,572 31.9% 1.8%
Israel 290 264 -9.0% 0.3%
Italy 1634 2,193 34.2% 2.5%
The Netherlands 826 578 -30.0% 0.7%
Norway 75 100 33.3% 0.1%
Poland 183 204 11.5% 0.2%
Russia 252 334 32.5% 0.4%
Switzerland 322 0.4%
Spain 2938 3,505 19.3% 4.0%
Sweden 115 86 -25.2% 0.1%
U.K. 2973 3,619 21.7% 4.1%
Sub-Total 12296 14,918 21.3% 17.0%
OCEANIA
Australia 1007 1,408 39.8% 1.6%
New Zealand 162 192 18.5% 0.2%
Sub-Total 1169 1,600 36.9% 1.8%
AMERICAS
Canada 670 775 15.7% 0.9%
U.S.A. 4024 4,628 15.0% 5.3%
Sub-Total 4694 5,403 15.1% 6.2%
OTHERS 15155 7,393 -51.2% 8.4%
Total 73,778 87,679 18.8% 100.0%
Source: Nepal Immigration Department
Analyzed & Compiled by Nepal Tourism Board

Author: Juergen T Steinmetz

Juergen Thomas Steinmetz has continuously worked in the travel and tourism industry since he was a teenager in Germany (1979), beginning as a travel agent up through today as a publisher of eTurboNews (eTN), one of the world’s most influential and most-read travel and tourism publications. He is also Chairman of ICTP. His experiences include working and collaborating with various national tourism offices and non-governmental organizations, as well as private and non-profit organizations, and in planning, implementing, and quality control of a range of travel and tourism-related activities and programs, including tourism policies and legislation. His major strengths include a vast knowledge of travel and tourism from the point of view of a successful private enterprise owner, superb networking skills, strong leadership, excellent communication skills, strong team player, attention to detail, dutiful respect for compliance in all regulated environments, and advisory skills in both political and non-political arenas with respect to tourism programs, policies, and legislation. He has a thorough knowledge of current industry practices and trends and is a computer and Internet junkie.

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