• India, China top tourism source markets, Tourist arrivals up in Nepal 2016

    Ramesh Tiwari
    January 12, 2017
    India, China top tourism source markets, Tourist arrivals up in Nepal 2016

    Travel BizNews Report —-

    Kathmandu: A total of 729,550 foreign tourists visited Nepal in 2016, nearly 40 percent more than the tourist arrivals in 2015. The arrivals figure does not include tourists entering from Rasuwagadhi in Nepal-China border and Indian tourists entering from different check points of Nepal -India border.

    Nepal welcomed 790,118 foreign tourists in 2014 and 538,970 tourists in 2015. The tourist arrival in Nepal in 2014 was 585,981 tourists by air and 204,137 via land routes. A total of 405,995 tourists visited Nepal by air and 132,975 via land routes in 2015.

    The tourist arrival decreased in 2015 due to devastating earthquake of April 25 , 2015 and  four and half month long Indian blockade against Nepal.

    Two neighboring countries India and China are the two major tourism source markets for Nepal since the last few years.

    According to the Department of Immigration, a total of 118,249 Indian tourists visited Nepal via air route in 2016, whereas 104, 005 Chinese tourists visited Nepal last year.  The Chinese tourist arrival includes 80,553 via air route and 23,452 from land route of Rasuwa check point in Nepal – China border.

    The top 10 countries in terms of tourist arrivals in Nepal in 2016 are India, China, Sri Lanka, United States, UK, Thailand, Myanmar, Australia, South Korea and Germany.

    The tourist arrivals by air was 40,260 in January , 58,871 in February , 74,494 in March, 58,262 in April , 44,728 in May , 36,897 in June , 46,160 in July , 64,386 in August , 72,720 in September , 87,326 in October , 71.040 in November and 74,406 in December of last year.

    The four months from September to December are considered peak season in terms of tourist arrivals in Nepal.

    As Nepal‘s tourism is recovering this year, the tourist arrival is expected to increase in 2017.

    Tourist arrival – 2016

    India – 118,249,

    China – 104,005

    Sri Lanka – 57,521

    USA – 53645

    UK – 46,295

    Thailand – 26,722

    Myanmar – 25,769

    Australia – 25,507

    South Korea – 25,171

    Germany – 23,812

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      2017 in review -Top stories

      January 1 : New year nightclub attack leaves 39 dead in Istanbul
      January 20 : Republican billionaire Donald Trump sworn in as 45th US president
      January 23 : Syria peace talks begin in Kazakh capital Astana
      March 29 :United Kingdom officially launches the Brexit process
      April 4 :Syria launches chemical attack killing 90 people
      April 6 : US cruise missiles destroy Syrian air base
      April 9 : Bombings at two churches in Egypt kill dozens
      April 16 : Refugee death toll passes 1,000 in Mediterranean
      April 16 :Turkey says YES to presidential system
      May 6 :Emmanuel Macron elected French president defeating Marine Le Pen
      May 19 :Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani wins re-election
      May 22 : Terrorist attack kills 22 at Manchester concert
      June 5 : Gulf nations severe ties with Qatar
      June 7 :Suicide bombers attack Iranian parliament killing 13 people
      June 14 :London fire kills 71 in the 24-storey Grenfell Tower
      July 4 :North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s missile ambitions
      July 28 : Pakistan’s top court disqualifies Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from office
      August 5 :US withdraws from Paris climate change pact
      August 17 :Storms cause record damage in Caribbean and southern United States
      August 25 :Muslim Rohingya start fleeing Rakhine state in Myanmar
      September 15 : NASA’s 13-year Saturn mission ends
      September 20 : Earthquake kills more than 200 in Mexico
      September 24 : Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel wins fourth term
      September 26 : Saudi Arabia lifts ban on women driving
      October 1 : Gunman opens fire on Las Vegas music festival killing 59 people
      October 14 : Massive bombing in Somalia’s capital Modadishu kill more than 500 people
      October 24 : China confirms the elevation of President Xi Jinping to the same status as the nation’s founder, Mao Zedong, and Deng Xiaoping, by enshrining ‘Xi Jinping thought’ in the party’s constitution at the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China
      October 27 : Catalonia declares independence from Spain
      November 4 : S audi Arabia detains 11 princes, four ministers and ten former ministers in a corruption probe
      November 12 : Iran-Iraq magnitude 7.3 earthquake kills more than 500
      November 15 : Argentine navy submarine disappears with 44 crew on board
      November 21 : Robert Mugabe resigns as Zimbabwe’s president after 37 years in power. His former deputy Emmerson Mnangagwa will become president.
      November 22 : Bosnian Serb army commander Ratko Mladic convicted of genocide in Srebrenica during the 1990s Bosnian War
      November 24 : Gunmen kill hundreds at Sinai mosque in Egypt
      December 4 : Houthi militants assassinate Yemen’s former President Ali Abdullah Saleh
      December 5 : Russia banned from 2018 Winter Olympics for state-sponsored doping
      December 6 : US President Donald Trump recognises Jerusalem as the capital of Israel
      December 17 : Price of one bitcoin reaches a new high of $19,783.06 dollars
      December 21 : Yemen’s cholera outbreak
      December 22 : Syria peace talks in Astana (compiled)

      Top ten most visited cities

      Between January and August 2017, destinations worldwide welcomed 901 million international tourist arrivals (overnight visitors), 56 million more than in the same period of 2016 .The top ten most visited cities are:
      CityVisitors
      HONG KONG26.6 million
      BANGKOK 21.2 million
      LONDON19.2 million
      SINGAPORE16.6 million
      MACAU15.4 million
      DUBAI14.9 million
      PARIS14.4 million
      NEW YORK12.7 million
      SHENZHEN12.6 million
      KUALA LUMPUR12.3 million

      Source: Euromonitor International

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