Encouraged by the 2018 tourist arrivals, Nepal tourism began its 2019 journey on a positive note and is hoping to see much bigger results at the end of the year.
The country has already started witnessing interesting numbers in its tourism activity, right from the very first month of the year.
Nepal reported a decent rise in tourist arrivals in the first quarter of 2019, 15.3 percent rise over the previous year.
As per the latest reports, the country has received a total of 445,109 international tourists during the first four months of the year from January-April 2019.
According to the Immigration Department, a total of 362,480 international visitors by air while 82, 269 visited by land.
Overall, the first months of the 2019 showed a positive trend for Nepal’s tourism numbers!
Nepal registered another new high in its tourist arrivals numbers. According to the Department of Immigration, the country saw around 124,421 foreign tourist arrivals in February 2019, showing a 35 year-on-year rise.
As per the statistics, a total of 97,694 international visitors entered the country by air and the remaining 26,727 have come in via border points.
Foreign tourist arrivals in February 2019 have also surpassed January 2019 numbers, which stood at
91,793 (7,300 by air and 14,493 by land).
“Overall arrivals from SAARC countries registered a sturdy growth of 85 percent over the same month last year with 31,831 total tourist arrivals,” Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) said in a statement.
China topped the list with 16,205 tourist arrivals in February 2019. According to the department, the number of arrivals from Thailand, Japan and South Korea in February 2019 have increased by 109 percent, 20 percent and 47.2 percent, respectively, year-on-year.
Meanwhile, arrivals from UK, Germany and France saw 8.7 percent, 27.9 percent and 7.6 percent, respectively, making up to 17,789 arrivals from European region in February 2019.
Arrivals from US registered 5 percent Y-o-Y growth, while Australia has shown 17.4 percent growth.
“The target of welcoming 2 million tourists by 2020 looks realistic,” said Deepak Raj Joshi, CEO of NTB.
Indicating a sustained visitor confidence, the Himalayan nation has reportedly witnessed 91,793 tourist arrivals in January 2019, 77,300 foreign tourist arrivals by air and 14,493 by land.
According to Nepal Department of immigration, these numbers show a cumulative rise of 25.4% Nepal’s tourist arrivals in the new year, compared to January 2018.
SAARC region, as a whole, contributed to a 11.6 percent rise so far accounting to a total of 17,432 total tourists.
Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) is elated at this positive start!
“We appreciate the support from media and all tourism stakeholders for the sustained growth that has well continued in 2019. This growth has encouraged us to work even harder to harness the strengths of both public and private sector in the days to come,” NTB CEO Deepak Raj Joshi said in a statement.
“The landscape has now changed as growing number of Chinese and Indian visitors coming to Nepal in the winter. There is no off-season now,” says Kalyan Raj Sharma, Managing Director of a trekking agency ‘Adventure Outdoor’.
It is noteworthy the country has already been executing different programs in a move to attract more tourists this year. Buddhist Circuit Tour 2019, Asian Rural Tourism Festival 2019 are ones in that direction towards drawing more tourists in line with the Visit Nepal Year 2020 Campaign.
Hope the spirit would continue and get more tourist arrivals to the nation in the months to come throughout 2019.