Nepal Tourism: Looking good in the first quarter 2018

Nepal Tourism: Looking good in the first quarter 2018

According to the Nepal Department of Immigration, a total of 288,918 international tourists visited Nepal in the first three months (January, February and March) of 2018, with a healthy increment of 14.20%.

The arrivals from India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan recorded positive growths of 15.2 %, 35.3%, 3.6% and 20.5 % respectively in January 2018 in comparison to the figure of same month in 2017. Similarly, the overall arrivals from the SAARC countries registered a positive growth of 18.1% as compared last year. Although Indian and Sri Lankan arrivals decreased by 32.4% and 17.4%, with an overall decrease of 17.9% in February 2018, the region witnessed a positive growth of 7.8 % in March 2018. The increase was due to the robust growth of 39.1% in the Indian visitors to Nepal.

Visitor arrivals from China increased significantly by 23.6%, 62% and 29.6% in January, February and March 2018 respectively as compared to the arrivals in the same months last year. Arrivals from Asia (other than SAARC) have also recorded positive growths of 22.2 %, 13.2 % and 21.85% in January, February and March of 2018 compared to the same months last year. Likewise the visitors from Japan, South Korea and Thailand went up by 5.3%, 32.7 % and 24.9 % in January respectively. However, the number of visitors from Malaysia declined by 12.3%. In February 2018, the arrivals from South Korea and Thailand declined by 27.4% and 18.4 %. Similarly, Japan, Malaysia, South Korea, and Thailand all have recorded positive growths of 19.4%, 19.2%, 43% and 6.1% respectively, as compared to the figures of March 2017.

As far as European source markets are concerned, an overall positive growth of 17.2% in January, 16.4% in February and 35.9% in March were recorded as compared to the same months last year. However, the arrivals from the UK slightly decreased by 4.3% in January but the number increased by 11.1% and 21% in February and March in 2018.

Tourist arrivals from Australia and New Zealand have also increased by 0.8%, 8.2% and 15.5% respectively in January, February and March in 2018 as compared to the figures of 2017. Although tourist arrivals from USA and Canada have slightly decreased in January 2018, the upward trend resumed in February and March 2018.

Year 2017 witnessed an unprecedented growth in the visitors’ arrival and Nepal received almost a million visitors. The upward trend that took off in 2016 and its continuation in 2017 and 2018 disseminated a very positive message to the tourism sources markets abroad and entire tourism fraternity in Nepal.

VISITORS ARRIVALs BY NATIONALITY ( By land and air)

March

% Change

January

% Change

% Share ’18 Jan

% Share ’18 Feb

% Share 18 March

February

% Change

Country of Nationality

2017

2018

2017

2018

2017

2018

ASIA (SAARC)

Bangladesh

2,028

2,744

35.3%

3.7%

2,124

3,236

52.4%

3.6%

2,901

2,946

1.6%

2.4%

India

10,547

12,152

15.2%

16.5%

11,196

7,570

-32.4%

8.4%

12,729

14,411

13.2%

11.5%

Pakistan

322

388

20.5%

0.5%

348

377

8.3%

0.4%

373

519

39.1%

0.4%

Srilanka

329

341

3.6%

0.5%

7,069

5,841

-17.4%

6.5%

10,434

10,631

1.9%

8.5%

Sub-Total

13,226

15,625

18.1%

21.3%

20,737

17,024

-17.9%

18.9%

26,437

28,507

7.8%

22.8%

ASIA (OTHER)

China

9,727

12,027

23.6%

16.4%

9,499

15,393

62.0%

17.0%

10,458

13,556

29.6%

10.8%

Japan

2,027

2,134

5.3%

2.9%

2,935

2,756

-6.1%

3.1%

3,586

4,281

19.4%

3.4%

Malaysia

1,121

983

-12.3%

1.3%

1,333

1,488

11.6%

1.6%

1,858

2,214

19.2%

1.8%

Singapore

358

361

0.8%

0.5%

444

440

-0.9%

0.5%

801

835

4.2%

0.7%

S. Korea

4,579

6,075

32.7%

8.3%

3,585

2,604

-27.4%

2.9%

2,810

4,018

43.0%

3.2%

Chinese Taipei

709

938

32.3%

1.3%

775

1,001

29.2%

1.1%

827

869

5.1%

0.7%

Thailand

3,981

4,972

24.9%

6.8%

8,388

6,841

-18.4%

7.6%

6,455

6,851

6.1%

5.5%

Sub-Total

22,502

27,490

22.2%

37.4%

26,959

30,523

13.2%

33.8%

26,795

32,624

21.8%

26.1%

EUROPE

Austria

132

194

47.0%

0.3%

286

262

-8.4%

0.3%

458

633

38.2%

0.5%

Belgium

1

290

28900.0%

0.4%

344

448

30.2%

0.5%

726

873

20.2%

0.7%

Czech Republic

64

65

1.6%

0.1%

104

178

71.2%

0.2%

278

508

82.7%

0.4%

Denmark

265

255

-3.8%

0.3%

382

430

12.6%

0.5%

649

879

35.4%

0.7%

France

942

1,148

21.9%

1.6%

1,566

1,834

17.1%

2.0%

2,697

3,257

20.8%

2.6%

Germany

1,014

1,294

27.6%

1.8%

2,243

2,611

16.4%

2.9%

4,192

6,119

46.0%

4.9%

Israel

156

0.2%

254

278

9.4%

0.3%

994

1,260

26.8%

1.0%

Italy

511

707

38.4%

1.0%

694

908

30.8%

1.0%

821

1,237

50.7%

1.0%

The Netherlands

577

589

2.1%

0.8%

1,100

1,188

8.0%

1.3%

1,498

1,650

10.1%

1.3%

Norway

223

193

-13.5%

0.3%

244

238

-2.5%

0.3%

356

691

94.1%

0.6%

Poland

306

357

16.7%

0.5%

461

505

9.5%

0.6%

580

753

29.8%

0.6%

Russia

378

459

21.4%

0.6%

611

667

9.2%

0.7%

1,115

1,389

24.6%

1.1%

Switzerland

333

0.5%

534

0.6%

887

0.7%

Spain

478

544

13.8%

0.7%

748

726

-2.9%

0.8%

913

1,624

77.9%

1.3%

Sweden

247

169

-31.6%

0.2%

289

284

-1.7%

0.3%

604

786

30.1%

0.6%

U.K.

3,395

3,248

-4.3%

4.4%

4,363

4,847

11.1%

5.4%

6,434

7,783

21.0%

6.2%

Sub-Total

8,533

10,001

17.2%

13.6%

13,689

15,938

16.4%

17.7%

22,315

30,329

35.9%

24.2%

OCEANIA

Australia

2,735

2,686

-1.8%

3.7%

2,386

2,537

6.3%

2.8%

3,141

3,605

14.8%

2.9%

New Zealand

269

342

27.1%

0.5%

258

325

26.0%

0.4%

441

534

21.1%

0.4%

Sub-Total

3,004

3,028

0.8%

4.1%

2,644

2,862

8.2%

3.2%

3,582

4,139

15.5%

3.3%

AMERICAS

0.0%

Canada

911

951

4.4%

1.3%

1,305

1,503

15.2%

1.7%

1,784

2,086

16.9%

1.7%

U.S.A.

5,626

5,485

-2.5%

7.5%

5,847

6,794

16.2%

7.5%

8,294

9,080

9.5%

7.3%

Sub-Total

6,537

6,436

-1.5%

8.8%

7,152

8,297

16.0%

9.2%

10,078

11,166

10.8%

8.9%

OTHERS

5,435

10,935

101.2%

14.9%

12,880

15,643

21.5%

17.3%

17,084

18,351

7.4%

14.7%

Total

62,632

73,515

17.4%

100.0%

84,061

90,287

7.4%

100.0%

106,291

125,116

17.7%

100.0%

Source: Immigration Department

Analyzed & Compiled by: Nepal Tourism Board

Infographics of Tourists’ Arrival


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