Tourist arrival in Nepal decreases by 80.8 percent
3rd Jan, 2021 | Tourism Mail Crew
KATHMANDU, Jan 03: In 2020, 230,085 foreign tourists have visited Nepal. According to the statcistics provided by the Department of Immigration to the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), 183,130 tourists have come to Nepal from Tribhuvan International Airport by air and 46,955 by land.
The global Covid-19 pandemic has reduced tourist arrivals by 80.8 percent compared to the previous year. In 2019, 1.197 million tourists visited Nepal. Similarly, in 2017, 1.172 million tourists came to Nepal.
Due to the ban on regular international flights for about six months, the number of foreign tourists has decreased. After the lockdown, international flights were resumed on September 3 and domestic flights on September 20.
According to the board, 25,320 tourists have come to Nepal from India. 9 thousand 808 tourists from China, 9 thousand 682 tourists from USA, 9 thousand 518 tourists from Thailand and 9 thousand 400 tourists from Myanmar have visited Nepal.
Mani Lamichhane, Director of the NTB, said that tourist arrivals have declined due to the pandemic. The highest number of tourists visiting Nepal is from India.The highest number of tourists arriving at Nepal from India is 17.5 percent. While from Myanmar is 9.1 percent, Thailand is 9 percent, China is 8.4 percent, the United States is 7.7 percent and Sri Lanka is 5.8 percent.
The government had set a target of attracting 2 million tourists during the period by celebrating 2020 as the Nepal Tourism Year. The Corona pandemic forced the visit year to be postponed.
Nepal's top 10 tourist source countries are India, China, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Thailand, USA, UK, Japan and Germany. Last year's list included Australia, South Korea and France.