The number of tourist arrivals in July of this year is 35,212. This is 20 per cent up as compared to the figures of the same month last year. The visitors coming from South Asian region gained an overall growth of 21.7 per cent with India (24.5 per cent), Pakistan (58 per cent), and Sri Lanka (70.8 per cent). However, arrivals from Bangladesh declined by 11.2 per cent compared the same month of 2010, according to the figures released by Immigration Office, Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Nepal.
Tourist arrivals from Asia (other than South Asia region) also recorded a healthy growth of 56.6 per cent. China, another major source market, registered a phenomenal growth of 127.7 per cent.
Similarly, the number of tourists who came from Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand went up by 18.9 per cent, 36 per cent, 23.9 per cent and 107.1 per cent, respectively.
But arrivals from Japan decreased by 7.9 per cent during the month as compared to July 2010.
From long-haul markets, Europe posted an overall negative growth of 5.6 per cent with major source markets showing mixed performances in terms of visitor arrivals. Arrivals from the UK, France and Belgium showed positive growth with 7.1 per cent, 4.7 per cent and 31.4 per cent, respectively.
Germany, the Netherlands, Spain decreased by 45.3 per cent, 24.1 per cent and 21.1 per cent, respectively.
On the contrary, arrivals from long haul markets like the United States of America, Australia and New Zealand recorded positive growths of 16.8 per cent, 32 per cent and 107.1, respectively. However, arrivals from Canada declined by 8.6 per cent.