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21.4 percent more tourists visit Nepal,2011 - Jan 8, 2012

Though the country had launched a mega tourism campaign, Nepal Tourism Year (NTY) 2011with the target to receive one million tourists by the year 2011, the country received only 96,216 more visitors compared to 2010.
The number is 21.4 per cent more than the year before. According to the figures released by the Immigration Office, at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), this year 544,985 visitors arrived to Nepal through TIA. The number was 448,769 in 2010.
The year 2011 has concluded with positive notes both in terms of total visitor arrivals for the month of December and also for the whole year, a statement released by Nepal Tourism Board stated.
The figures released by the TIA reveal that visitor arrivals in the month of December 2011, compared to the same month last year, have increased by 20.4 per cent to 43,721.
In December 2011, arrivals from Asia (other than South Asia) have recorded positive growth of 31.5 per cent in aggregate with China (107.7 per cent), Japan (8.1 per cent) and South Korea (17.8 per cent).
However, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand have registered negative growth of 8.5 per cent, 11.9 per cent, and 20.7per cent respectively compared to the same month last year.
In the SAARC region, arrivals from India have grown by 26.1 per cent but arrivals from Pakistan Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have declined by 19.2 per cent, 29 per cent and 40.7 per cent respectively in December 2011.
In aggregate, the South Asian segment has registered a positive growth of 13.3per cent in the month of December and 30.1 per cent in the year 2011.
An overall positive growth of 21.7 per cent has been observed from the European markets in the month of December 2011 and 11.2 per cent in the year 2011.
Arrivals from the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Belgium and Spain increased by 12.3per cent, 23.5 per cent, 13.6 per cent, 22.1 per cent, 50.7 per cent and 74.4 per cent respectively.
However, the Netherlands, Austria and Poland have posted a negative growth of 4.2per cent, 45.7per cent and 20per cent respectively.
Tourist arrivals from Australia, New Zealand, Canada and USA have also registered remarkable growth of 9.5 per cent, 25.4 per cent, 22.5 per cent and 23.8 per cent respectively in December 2011 compared to 2010.
The total number of visitor arrivals by land till November 2011 is 174,612. With this the number of visitors visiting Nepal in 2011 has totaled 719,547 (The arrival by land for month of December 2011 is not included).
A total of 50,840 foreign tourists departed from TIA in December 2011. The number of Nepalese arrivals stood at 60,466 while 65,247 Nepalese departed from TIA in December 2011.
Meanwhile, the number of international tourists entering Nepal through the Kakarvitta entrance point decreased in 2011 as compared to the figures of 2010.
According to the Immigration Office, Kakarvitta, only 5,051 foreign tourists came to Nepal via this point, while altogether 5,637 tourists had come to the country through the same entrance.
In 2010, altogether 4,793 tourists had gone to India via the point against 4,276 in 2011.
 
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