Tourist arrivals jumped 13% in three months of 2018


13th Apr, 2018 | Tourism Mail Crew


KATHMANDU, Apr 13: The number of tourists visiting Nepal has jumped 13.38 percent to 286,837 in the first three months of 2018, according to the Immigration Department.

China has overtaken India as the top source country for tourists to Nepal. The number of Chinese tourists have gone up by 38.04% in the first three months of this year. The number of Indian tourists visiting Nepal has dropped by 0.98 percent to 34,133 individuals during the same period. Indians arriving Nepal via land route are not counted as tourists.

Krishna Sapkota, an official at the Immigration Department, said that a total of 40,976 Chinese tourists visited Nepal from January to March of 2018. Travel trade entrepreneurs said Chinese tourists were also the biggest spenders.

 

Nepal had announced free visas for Chinese tourists in December 2015, in an attempt to revive lowering numbers of tourist arrivals, which was caused by the earthquake of 2015.