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.
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.