The visitor arrivals data released by Immigration Office, Tribhuvan International Airport shows that the total number of visitors in November has reached to 34580, up by 17.6 percent compared to the same month last year. The major tourist generating non-Asian markets have shown very encouraging growth. The major European markets have recorded average growth of 46 percent in this month. The arrivals from the UK (56.9%), Germany (42%), France (50.8%), Spain (27.9%), the Netherlands (48.4%) and Switzerland (69.2%) clearly show a growing consumer confidence for traveling to Nepal and this sheds a very positive hope for the Nepalese travel trade. The USA, Canadian and Australian markets also equally present a positive hope for further investments in these markets.
The Asian non-Indian markets on the average have also registered a considerable growth. The visitor arrivals from China (85.7%), Malaysia (99%) and Singapore (73.7 %) record robust growths. India and Japanese markets have performed negatively this month. The total arrivals till November this year cast a very strong testimony to the successful regaining and rebuilding of the tourism image of Nepal in the international markets. The total arrivals till November have recorded a growth of 28.6 percent, up by 73401. Not a single country taken into record has registered a negative growth in the total arrivals of last eleven months compared to the same period last year. Korean, Chinese, Australian, American and most of the European markets have performed very strongly regarding their share and growth in the total arrivals.
The start of Korean Airlines and China Southern Airlines from last year, resumption of flight by the subsidiary airlines of Singapore Airlines- SilkAir, and starting of flight from the Gulf- Ethiad this year, speaks volumes about the creation of conducive environment for further investments in this sector. Moreover, NTB believes that the resumption of Dragon Air helps increase the arrivals from Chinese Hong Kong and other markets well connected thereto.