Nepal yet again continued to witness the growth of tourist arrival on June 2018. According to the statistics released by the Department of Immigration, a total of 65,159 international tourists visited Nepal in June. The figure shows a growth of 16.4 percent compared to the arrival figures of June 2017. With this, the arrival figures in the first half of the year reached 520,014, which is an increase of 13 percent over the same period in 2017.
According to the figures, the arrivals from India increased by 18.8 percent and the SAARC region registered a positive growth of 28.1 percent in the same month last year.
Visitor arrivals from China continued to soar with an increment of 34.1 percent. Arrivals from Asia (other than SAARC) have also recorded a positive growth of 23.6 percent. Likewise, the visitors from Thailand and Malaysia to Nepal increased by 206.7 percent and 31.2 percent respectively. However, the arrivals from South Korea decreased by 31.4percent in comparison with the arrivals from the same month, last year.
The European market has also witnessed an overall growth of 9.6 percent in June as compared to the same months last year. Arrivals from Germany and Spain was recorded 27.5 percent and 22.7 percent of increment respectively. However, the arrivals from France declined by 13.6 percent.
Tourist arrivals from Australia and New Zealand have also increased by 5.7 percent and 1.5 percent respectively in June 2018 as compared to the figures of 2017. Likewise, visitors from the USA and Canada have also grown by 15.3 percent and 20.7 percent respectively in June 2018.
The sustained growth in international arrivals to Nepal in first half of 2018 inferred that the concerted efforts of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) together with Government of Nepal and the private sector in positioning Nepal in the international markets as an attractive and top-notch destination amongst international visitors and travel trade are well reflected from the increasing trend of visitor arrivals, states a press release of NTB.