Chinese tourists arrivals in Nepal in 8 months match their arrivals in entire last year

21st Sep, 2018 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, Sept. 21: The number of Chinese tourists visiting Nepal in the first eight months of 2018 reached close to the total arrivals of Chinese visitors in entire 2017, Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) revealed on Wednesday.

Nepal welcomed a total of 102,520 Chinese tourists from January to August this year as their number grew by 45 percent against the same period last year.

The Himalayan country had received a total of 104,664 visitors to Nepal in entire 12 months of 2017, according to the NTB, the main tourism promotional body of Nepal.

Even in the rainy season of July and August, the arrival of Chinese tourists, particularly from the Chinese mainland, surged.

According to the NTB, the visitors from the Chinese mainland jumped by 125.4 percent to 13,123 in July 2018 against the same month in 2017.

In August 2018, their number grew by 63.9 percent to 12,048 against the same month in 2017.

Additionally, a few hundred visitors from China's Taiwan visited Nepal in July and August.

Travel agencies involved in bringing Chinese tourists to Nepal say that there is no longer "off-season" in the tourism sector in Nepal after Chinese visitors to Nepal grew by leaps and bounds in recent years.

 "My company has been managing Chinese tourists every day even in this rainy season," Kishore Raj Pandey, chairman of Sathi Travel Agency, the first travel agency to bring Chinese tourists in Nepal. "In the initial years since China declared Nepal outbound destination for Chinese tourists in early 2000s, Chinese visitors used to come to Nepal only during the few Chinese festivals."

Besides Chinese visitors, the Himalayan country witnessed overall growth in foreign tourist visitors during the first eight months of 2018 compared to same period in 2017. Foreign tourist visitors grew by 18.2 percent to 680,996 as of August this year compared to same period last year.