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Friday, 02 March, 2012, 15 : 30 PM [IST]

Nepal records over 42,000 international tourist arrivals by air in February 2012

Strong South Asian visitor arrivals, especially Indian visitors, pushed the overall international tourist arrivals by 13.7 per cent as compared to previous year to 42,716 by air in February 2012. The arrivals by air enjoyed a sustained positive growth in the international visitor arrivals, according to the Nepal Tourism Board.

According to the Immigration Office, Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) data, all the regions have shown a positive growth in the second month of the year. “India has recorded a positive growth of 28.8 per cent,” it added. However, arrivals from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan have declined by 12.4 per cent, 16 per cent and 23.8 per cent, respectively, as per a Himalayan Times report .

Arrivals from Asia (other than South Asia) also recorded positive growth of 4.3 per cent in aggregate. Visitor arrivals from Japan, Malaysia, South Korea and Thailand increased by 33.2 per cent, 19.8 per cent 31.5 per cent and 7.9 per cent, respectively. However, arrivals from China and Singapore declined by 23.1 per cent and 25.3 per cent, respectively in February 2012 as compared to February 2011.

An overall positive growth of 17.5 percent was seen from European markets with arrivals from UK, France, Germany, Italy Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Russia up by 9.8 per cent, 8.8 per cent, 3.0 per cent, 31.2 per cent, 87.9 percent, 42.4 per cent, 34.3 per cent, 35 per cent and 6.8 per cent, respectively.

Arrivals from Netherlands and Norway declined by 20.1 per cent and 6.7 per cent, respectively. Arrivals from Australia and USA increased by 18.5 per cent and 10.4 per cent, respectively, whereas arrivals from Canada and New Zealand saw negative growth of 5.2 per cent and 34.2 per cent, respectively. In January-February period of 2012, international tourist arrivals to Nepal have risen by 20.2 per cent to 84,747.

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