Indian visitors to Nepal up by 50 per cent in November

Nepal registered a whopping 50 percent arrival of Indian tourists in the month of November this year as compared to the corresponding month of the previous year.

Last Updated: Dec 04, 2010, 16:08 PM IST

Kathmandu: With improved law and order
situation in the country, Nepal registered a whopping 50
percent arrival of Indian tourists in the month of November
this year as compared to the corresponding month of the
previous year.

According to Nepal Tourism Board, altogether 48,331
foreign visitors, including 8,752 Indians, arrived?in Nepal in
November 2010, registering a total growth of 21. 5 per cent.
The number of Indian tourists grew from 5,724 in November
last year by 52.9 per cent.

The total number of tourist arrivals by air from January
2010 to November 2010 reached 412,446 registering a growth of
19.11 per cent.

The number of Indian visitors during the period reached
94,407, registering a growth of 20.6 per cent.

Nepal witnessed less strikes, shut downs and unrests this
year as compared to last year, which has shown positive impact
on the tourism industry.

The country`s political parties have vowed not to launch
any strike and bandh for the successful launching of the Nepal
Tourism Year.

The tourist arrival to Nepal witnessed a steady growth
throughout this year which is encouraging for the country, as
it gears up for launching Nepal Tourism Year in 2011 with the
aim to bring in one million tourists, just double than last
year`s number.

The arrivals from South Asian region have gained overall
positive growth of 55.5 per cent with Bangladesh (80.7 per
cent), Pakistan (6.6 per cent) and Sri Lanka (44.2 per cent)
registering positive growth.

A robust growth of 24.5 per cent has been observed in the
arrivals from the South Asian region during the eleven months
of 2010, in comparison to the same period last year.

Visitor arrivals from Japan (14.5 per cent), Malaysia
(16.4 per cent), and South Korea (44.9 per cent) and Thailand
(154.3 per cent) have registered positive growths in November.

However, tourists from China and Singapore have
registered negative growths of 3.8 per cent and 5.5 per cent
respectively.

Regarding the long-haul markets, Europe registered
overall positive growth of 8.6 per cent with major source
markets showing positive trend in terms of visitor arrivals.

Arrivals from France, Germany, Sweden and UK up by 8.3
per cent, 25.7 per cent, 13.4 per cent, and 4.9 per cent
respectively.

A growth of 15.3 per cent has been observed in the
arrivals from the European region during the eleven months of
2010, in comparison to the same period last year.

Similarly, US and Canada have registered positive growth
of 39.2 per cent and 31.5 per cent respectively.

PTI