Nepal Tourism Board Press Release July 1, 2011

22 July, 2011

Substantial growth in International tourist arrivals
The upward trend since January 2011 continues in the sixth month of the year 2011 showing clearly the rising travel demand towards Nepal. The figures released by Immigration Office, Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) reveal that visitor arrivals in the month of June 2011, compared to the same month last year, have increased by substantial growth of 37.9% to 37,226.

All regions have shown positive growth in the sixth month of 2011. In aggregate, the South Asian segment has registered a positive growth of 52.4%. India which constitutes the major market of Nepal, has recorded healthy growth of 59.3 %. Also, arrivals from Pakistan and Sri Lanka have increased by 23.1% and 46.5% respectively. However arrivals from Bangladesh have declined by 12.5%.

Arrivals from Asia (other than South Asia) have also recorded positive growth of 31.9% in aggregate. The visitor arrivals from China doubled with 105.4 % growth compared to the same month last year. Similarly, the arrivals from Japan, Malaysia, South Korea and Thailand have also increased by 18.9%, 6.3%, 35.9% and 2.9% respectively. However the arrivals from Singapore have declined by 54.9%.
An overall positive growth of 10.9% has been observed from the European markets with arrivals from major generating markets such as the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland and Russia up by 11.8%, 11.2%, 28.6%, 34.8%, 18.3%, 35.3%, and 47.3% respectively. However, the arrivals from the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and Poland have declined by 11.7%, 27.4%, 39.3% and 16.4% respectively compared to the same month last year.
Tourist arrivals from Australia and New Zealand have increased by 38.9% and 170.4% respectively. Also, the arrivals from USA saw positive growth of 24.3%. However arrivals from Canada decreased by 3.8%.
Between January to June 2011, international tourist arrivals to Nepal have risen by 25% to 245,363 in aggregate.
A total of 44,635 foreign tourists departed from TIA in June 2011. The number of Nepalese arrivals stood at 50,671 while 67,908 Nepalese departed from TIA in June 2011.