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  Nepal Tourism Board Press Release: Tourist Arrivals in January 2004 (by air only)


Figures released today by the Immigration Office, Department of Immigration, Tribhuvan International Airport, shows a growth of 40% in international visitors arriving to Nepal by air in January 2004. The total reached 22,552 visitors, a net addition of 6,499 in comparison to January 2003, where the Indian market grew by 19% and non-Indian by 51%.

The growth continues in arrival from major markets like Japan, USA, UK and quite significantly from China. Chinese market, which had been showing signs of progress throughout last year, showed a record growth of 147% last month. The chief reason attributed to the rise in Chinese arrivals was due to Chinese New Year in January when their outbound peaks up and the preceding marketing campaign done by Nepal Tourism Board along with RNAC and private sector last year. Nepal Tourism Board has been hosting series of familiarization trips and creating market linkages with Chinese travel trade.

In the meantime, a significant growth was also observed from Taiwan with 83% increase. The Japanese arrival also grew by 23% whereas USA and UK showed growth of 8% and 27% respectively. The other markets showing gains were Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Bangladesh as well as the European markets like France, Italy, Switzerland, Spain and Norway.

Mr. Tek Bahadur Dangi, CEO of Nepal Tourism Board says upcoming months sound even better as February is expected to mark another milestone in Indian visitors arrival since Nepal Tourism Board along with RNAC and Pashupati Area Development Trust have jointly launched Pashupatinath Darshan Package in India to attract more visitors for the forthcoming festival of Mahashivaratri on 18th of February 2004. The campaign to launch the package were organized recently in four prominent cities in India viz. Chennai, Banglore, Mumbai and New Delhi.

Provided a better air connectivity basically in India and China, there is no doubt that the tourist arrival numbers will rise even higher.

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