Friday, December 5, 2008

Visitor Arrivals in November 2008 (by air only)

Visitor Arrivals in November 2008 (by air only) The figures released by Immigration Office, Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) reveal that arrival figures in the month of November 2008, compared to the same month last year, have increased by 6.6% to 36,851. The total number of visitors till November 2008 has reached 344,599, representing an increase of 4.3% in comparison to the same period last year.

The entire South Asian region has gained overall positive growth except for arrivals from India. Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan have registered growth by 81.3%, 59.1% and 29.5% respectively. India witnessed negative growth of 9.5% in the current month.

Similarly, other Asian countries: Thailand and Malaysia have maintained the upward trend with 45.7% and 34.5% of growth respectively. However, arrivals from Japan, South Korea, Singapore and China witnessed negative growth in the arrival figures by 2%, 15.5%, 14.3%, and 4.6% respectively.

UK, France, Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland and Sweden have also maintained the increasing trend in the arrival figures. Arrivals from the United States of America and Canada have also increased in November in comparison to the same month last year. However, Germany, Italy and Spain have registered negative growth.

The global recession in the advanced economies, which are also the major tourist generating markets, has not heavily affected the travel trade industry of Nepal.

A total of 51,498 foreign tourists departed from TIA in November 2008. The number of Nepalese arrivals stood at 38,288 while 48,462 Nepalese departed from TIA in November 2008.

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