Tourist arrivals rebounded strongly last month – The Himalayan Times – Nepal’s No.1 English Daily Newspaper
KATHMANDU, MAY 2
International tourist arrivals to Nepal jumped 159.9 percent year-on-year to 58,348 last month, according to data released today by the Nepal Tourism Board.
The country had welcomed 22,450 tourists in the same month last year.
Similarly, 52,663 tourists left the country during the month under review.
A total of 22,477 Indian tourists entered Nepal last month, a 70.3% increase from the number of Indian nationals who visited Nepal in April 2021.
Likewise, the country received 1,537 tourists from Bangladesh, 204 from Pakistan, 244 from Sri Lanka and 86 from Bhutan.
Of the total number of international tourists who entered Nepal last month, 42.7 percent were from SAARC countries, according to the NTB.
Similarly, 27.94% of the total number of visitors in April came from European countries. Of these, 5,252 were from the UK, 2,097 from Germany and 1,922 from France. Likewise, tourists from Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Switzerland, Spain and Sweden also arrived. in Nepal during the month under review.
Similarly, 953 Russian nationals entered Nepal last month.
From Oceania, 2,726 were Australian nationals while 98 were from New Zealand. During the same period, 1,028 Canadian tourists and 7,982 American tourists came to Nepal.
Additionally, a total of 505 Thai nationals entered Nepal in April, an increase of 1,047.7 percent from last year.
From other Asian countries, 281 tourists came from China, 320 from Japan, 420 from Malaysia, 148 from Singapore, 385 from South Korea, 23 from Chinese Taipei and 48 from Myanmar.
Meanwhile, a total of 7,982 tourists visited Nepal in April from counties categorized as “others”.
Following the spread of COVID-19, only 14 international tourists visited Nepal in April 2020, a sharp drop from the 109,399 tourists who visited the country in April 2019.
Therefore, while encouraging, last month’s tourist arrivals data is still 46.66% lower than the pre-pandemic level, suggesting a gradual recovery in the tourism sector.
A total of 136,120 foreigners have visited Nepal so far this year, compared to 55,447 visitors in the first four months of 2021.
A version of this article appears in the May 03, 2022 printing of The Himalayan Times.