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