Tourist arrivals down 5% in Dec
January 05 , 2014
Tourist arrivals via air went down by 4.9 percent
in December 2013 compared to figures of the same month last year.
A total of 42,601 international visitors entered
the country via air during the month, according to Tribhuvan International
Airport (TIA) Immigration Office.
According to industry people, a series of issues
like the Constituent Assembly (CA) election and strikes by anti-poll parties
during the peak season, European Commission´s (EC) ban on Nepali airlines
citing safety issues, runway problem at TIA, increase in number of air
accidents, and lack of tourism promotion in international market due to the
absence of CEO in Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) affected arrivals this year.
Though total arrivals went down in December,
number of tourists from SAARC region increased by 1.6 percent to 13,521. Rise
in arrivals from the SAARC region was mainly due to increment in the number of
tourists from Bangladesh (40.3 percent) and Sri Lanka (49.4 percent). However,
arrivals from India (1 percent) and Pakistan (67.2 percent) went down during
the review month.
The Asian segment, other than SAARC region,
showed negative growth by 3.1 percent, while arrivals from Europe went down by
8.7 percent. Similarly, tourist arrivals from the US fell by 6.1 percent.
According to NTB, the drop in number of tourist
reflects the volatile nature of international tourist movement which is easily
affected by factors such as the cost of traveling, situation at the destination
country, global economic trends and traveling spirit of international visitors.