Resilience in Visitor Arrivals

The month of May 2013 saw resilience in visitor arrivals after decline in  the month of March and April, 2013. The figures released by Immigration Office, Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) reveal that visitor arrivals in the month of May 2013, compared to the same month last year, have increased by 3.1% to 44,156. Arrivals from Asia (other than South Asia) have also recorded healthy growth of almost 48% in aggregate. There has been growth of 43.6% in visitor arrivals from China which is one of the fastest growing tourist markets for Nepal. Visitor arrivals from Japan, Malaysia, South Korea and Thailand have registered a positive growth of 5.6%, 142.7%, 40.9%,  and 47.1% respectively. However, visitor arrivals from Singapore have registered marginal negative growth of 3% only. The arrivals from South Asian region have recorded negative growth of 8.1% with Bangladesh (12.7%) and Sri Lanka (27.4%) registering positive growth. Visitor arrivals from India, which is the largest source market for Nepal witnessed a decline of 9.5%. Visitor arrivals from Pakistan have also declined by 21.2%. European markets registered negative growth of 3.3% with major destinations showing mixed reaction in terms of visitor arrivals. Arrivals from France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland and […]

Situation Update

On April 27, 2013, a heated argument took place between three Sherpas who were fixing the top for Mt. Everest and three European climbers Jonathan Griffith(UK), Ueli Steck(Switzerland) and Simone Moro(Italy) in the Camp II over  asking them not to move in alpine style up the Lhotse face before rope was being fixed. Before providing responsibility to Sherpas for fixing the rope, a meeting was held in the Everest Basecamp inviting  all expedition leaders and Sherpa Sirdars to discuss the rope fixing strategy for this season on Everest. It was agreed there that nobody would be climbing on the route before rope being fixed except the fixing team. It is reported that Simone Moro did not attend this meeting, and might not have been aware that this protocol is an unwritten rule on Everest.   As per the report received from an independent source, the 3 European climbers set out the morning of the 27th heading for the Lhotse face. As the fixing team was moving through a steeper section of the Lhotse face, the 3 European climbers met with the fixing team. The fixing team alerted the 3 climbers to not touch or cross the rope. With verbal abuse […]

Increase in Visitor Arrivals

The figures released by Immigration Office, Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) reveal that visitor arrivals in the month of Feb 2013, compared to the same month last year, have increased by 6% to 45,123. Arrivals from Asia (other than South Asia) have also recorded healthy growth of 46% in aggregate with mixed performance from the individual countries. There has been robust growth of 135% in visitor arrivals from China which is one of the fastest growing tourist markets for Nepal. Visitor arrivals from Malaysia and Singapore and have registered a positive growth of 288.1%, and 111.9% respectively. However, visitor arrivals from Japan, South Korea and Thailand have registered negative growth of 20.1%, 29.4%, and 0.3% respectively. The arrivals from South Asian region have recorded negative growth of 15.2% with Pakistan (44.3%) and Sri Lanka (35.3%) registering positive growth. Visitor arrivals from India, which is the largest source market for Nepal witnessed decline by 18.2%. Visitor arrivals from Bangladesh have declined by 5.3%. European markets registered negative growth of 5.5% with major destinations showing mixed reaction in terms of visitor arrivals. Arrivals from Germany and the Netherlands are up by 8.3% and 21% respectively while arrivals from UK, France, Italy, Switzerland and […]

Tourist Arrivals decline for the first time in last 3 and half years

The figures released by Immigration Office, Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) reveal that the tourist arrivals reached 35,330 with 15.9% of decline in January this year compared to the same month last year. Major source markets have recorded negative growths in tourist arrivals in the first month of 2013. In the SAARC region only Pakistan has recorded positive growth of 5.8%. India which constitutes the major market of Nepal, has recorded negative growth of 26.1%. Arrivals from Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have also registered negative growth by 62.6% and 42.6% respectively. Arrivals from Asia (other than South Asia) have also recorded negative growth of 16.4% in aggregate with mixed results. The visitor’s arrivals from China have decreased by 40.3%. However, the arrivals from Japan, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and South Korea have also increased by 16.8%, 10.3%, 4.3%, 42.6% and 11.2% respectively. An overall negative growth of 15 % has been observed from the European markets with arrivals from major generating markets such as Germany, France and the Netherlands down by 12.2%, 38.2%, and 29% respectively. However, the arrivals from the UK has increased by 6.6% compared to the same month last year. Tourist arrivals from Australia, New Zealand and USA have […]

New Year 2013 is greeted with Positive News !!!

The total number of tourist arrivals by air in aggregate (Jan-Dec, 2012), compared to same period in 2011, have increased by almost 10% to 598,204.  The total tourist arrivals in 2012 were 598,204 that were 53,219 more visitors in same period (Jan-Dec) of 2011. In the context of Nepal, the year 2012 has concluded with positive notes both in terms of total visitor arrivals for the month of December and also for the whole year. The figures released by Immigration Office, Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) reveal that visitor arrivals in the month of December 2012, compared to the same month last year, have increased by 2.4% to 44,774. Arrivals from Asia (other than South Asia) segment have registered a positive growth of 15.1% in the year 2012. In December 2012, arrivals from this segment has recorded positive growth of 10.3% in aggregate with Malaysia (141.5%), Japan (11.8%), Singapore (12.1%), and Thailand ( 25.9%). However, China and South Korea have registered negative growth of 3.1% and 1.6%, respectively, compared to the same month last year. The South Asian segment has also registered a positive growth of 10.4% in the year 2012. The arrivals from Pakistan and Sri Lanka have grown by […]

Guerrilla tourist trail launched

Former Prime Minister and Chairman of UCPN(Maoist) Pusupa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ launched a new tourist trekking trail, giving visitors the chance to retrace the guerrillas’ footsteps on October 2.   The Guerrilla Trek, a two-week to four-week hike depending on the itinerary  which stretches across central and western Nepal, is designed to draw in more foreigners as the Himalayan nation seeks to rebuild an economy devastated by the 1996-2006 “People’s War”.   “I hope this will be a new chapter in Nepal’s tourism. Many countries that have emerged from war have tried to capitalise on the memory of war,” Maoist chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal said.   “A huge political change occurred in Nepal but we cannot sustain it unless there is an economic transformation. I hope the Guerrilla Trek will play an important role.”   He said Guerrilla Trek has the potential of becoming a “war tourism product” like in Vietnam, Russia, and China. “As war tourism has been promoted worldwide for economic benefit, Nepal’s Guerrilla Trek also holds the potential to grab the world’s attention.”   The trek passes through Nepal’s lush valleys that stand in the shadow of mountains including Dhaulagiri and through dramatic waterfalls, lakes and the […]

Growth in International tourist arrivals continues

The upward trend which is already seen in January 2012 continues in the eight months of the year 2012 showing clearly the rising travel demand towards the destination. Nepal has enjoyed a sustained positive growth in the international visitor arrivals since June 2009. The figures released by Immigration Office, Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) reveal that visitor arrivals in the month of August 2012, compared to the same month last year, have increased by 2.5% to 44,571. Almost all regions have shown positive growth in the eighth month of 2012. The arrivals from South Asian region, have gained overall positive growth of 4.2%. Visitor arrivals from Bangladesh have gained positive growth with 72.3% along with Pakistan (17%). However, arrivals from India, has recorded negative growth of 1.2 % with 14,307 visitors along with Sri Lanka (15.7%) compared to same month last year. A robust growth of 21.7% has been observed in the arrivals from the South Asian region during the first eight months of 2012, in comparison to the same period last year. Arrivals from Asia (other than South Asia region) have also recorded positive growth of 0.6%. Visitor arrivals from Japan, Malaysia, South Korea and Thailand have recorded positive growth […]

Situation Update

As the May 28th deadline for promulgating the new Nepali constitution nears, the political situation here is expected to remain fluid. However, it has been our experience during past political disturbances that the movement of tourists, all over Nepal, has never been adversely hampered, barring some inconsequential delays and minor inconveniences. The Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) along with all tourism related associations continue to monitor the situation here on the ground. The NTB is continually in touch with the Home Administration and will keep you informed of any changes that may arise. Tourists are advised to exercise common safety precautions as they would do in any other situation in any other destination. Any tourist in need of assistance may contact their local tour operator or the Tourist Police Cell located within the Tourist Services Centre at phone number +977 1 4247041 or the Nepal Tourism Board at +977 1 4225709