The figures released by Immigration Office, Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) reveal that visitor arrivals in the month of April 2012 have increased by 14.3% to 59,415 compared to the same month last year,
The arrivals from South Asian region have shown positive growth of 35.4% with mixed performance. The arrivals from India and Pakistan were up by 44.5% and 14.8% respectively while arrivals from Bangladesh and Sri-Lanka declined by 12.9% and 41.2% respectively. However, a sustained growth of 36.8% has been observed in the arrivals from the South Asian region during the first 4 months of 2012, in comparison to the same period last year.
Asia ( other than South Asian region) saw overall rise of 16.7% in April 2012. Except for Thailand ( -14.7%) almost all the markets have shown positive trend with China ( 42.9%), Malaysia (16.8%), Singapore (5.7%) and Japan (13.1%) compared to the same month last year. Between Jan-Apr 2012, the arrivals from Asia rose by 21.1% compared to the same period last year.
As far as long haul markets are concerned, Europe registered overall positive growth of 3.2% compared to the same month last year with total visitor arrivals of 19,286 . Arrivals from Denmark, Germany, Italy, Russia and Sweden were up by 4.9%, 5.5%,115.8%,83.1% and 4.7% respectively. The Netherlands, France, U.K were some of the major markets to register negative growths in April 2012.
The figures show increasing trend in the visitor arrivals from Australia ( 4.7%) whereas the arrivals from New Zealand dropped by 9.5%. However, the United States of America and Canada, both the markets have registered positive growth of 9.8% and 39.1% respectively.
Overall in January – April period, India grew at an average of 43.9% , China (38.3 %), Germany (40.3 %), France (8.4%),UK (4.0%) and USA (10.7%).
The visitor arrivals totaled 207,961 between January and April, up by 23.1%,compared to the same period last year. Nepal received a total of 39,003 more tourists in January – April period in 2012 in comparison to the same period last year.
A total of 67,810 foreign tourists departed from TIA in April 2012.The number of Nepalese arrivals stood at 58,483 while 72,726 Nepalese departed from TIA in April 2012.
Source: Nepal Tourisum Board