TOURIST ARRIVALS DECLINE BY 43PC
Stung by negative travel advisories issued by
the major tourist generating countries, tourist arrivals via air recorded an
alarming decline of 43 percent in February 2005.
According to a data released by the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), a total of 14,001
tourists visited the country via during the period, down from 24,456 tourists
who traveled the country during the same month last year.
Country-wise arrival figure shows that the decline in arrivals of Indian
visitors is still sharper. The number of Indian tourists plummeted by 52
percent, according to the statistics. A total of 3,266 Indian Tourists visited
the country in February as compared to 6,777 tourists who entered the country
during the same last year.
Likewise, tourist arrivals from third countries too decreased by 39 percent to
land at 10,735 during the period.
NTB attributed the recent fall in tourist arrivals to negative news coverage on
Nepal carried out by the international media and stringent travel advisories
published by major tourist markets. “As a result of restrictive travel
advisories and negative publicity, visitors expressed reluctance to visit
Nepal,” the NTB states in its statement.
However, the number if Chinese tourist arrivals climbed by 52 percent during the
period, as the number increased to 538, from 355. “The Chinese New Year that
falls in February promoted more Chinese people to go abroad to celebrate the New
Year. This has resulted in a substantial rise in the number of Chinese visitors
coming in “Nepal,” states the NTB.
Country-wise tourist arrival data reveals that arrivals from all major markets
registered a double-digit decline during the month. The number of American
tourists went down by 30 percent during the period. Around 1,061 American
tourists visited the country during the period, as against 1,510 American
tourists who visited the country during the same month last year.
Likewise, tourist arrivals from the United Kingdom and Japan plummeted by 11
percent, with the number decreasing to 1,620 and 613 respectively. Arrivals from
Germany and France too slumped by 39 percent and 52 percent to 732 and 560
Source: The Kathmandu Post, March 9, 2005
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