January 9: The number of tourists visiting Nepal has increased by 25 percent in 2018.
The Department of Immigration informed New Business Age that 1,173,072 tourists visited Nepal in 2018. The number of tourists visiting Nepal in 2017 was 940,217, according to data provided by the department.
The department further said that 969,287 tourists visited Nepal in 2018 through air route while 203785 tourists visited through land route.
The number of Indian tourists visiting Nepal has also increased by 25.1 percent to 200,483 as compared to last year. Likewise, the number of Sri Lankan tourists increased by 55.7 percent during the review period. In total, the number of tourists from SAARC nations increased by 26 percent to 301,963 in 2018.
Meanwhile, Nepal welcomed the second largest number of tourists from China in 2018. A total of 153,602 Chinese tourists visited Nepal in 2018, which is 46.8 percent more than the preceding year.
Likewise, the number of tourists from Thailand increased by 36 percent, South Korea by 8.3 percent and Japan by 8.9 percent, according to the department.
There has been a significant increase in the number of tourists from European countries. The number of tourists (63,086) visiting Nepal from the United Kingdom has increased by 15.6 percent while 36,833 German tourists visited Nepal during the review period, which is an increase by 23.1 percent.
31,653 visitors from France accounted for 21.1 percent rise in the number of French tourists while 91,785 tourists from the USA visited Nepal, which is an increase by 16 percent as compared to 2017.