July 13 , 2014
Tourist arrival, which increased for almost a decade till 2012, declined by 0.7 percent to 797,759 in 2013. Average length of stay during the year was 12.6 days. Average tourist stay during the decade ending 2012 was 12 days. Of the total tourists visiting the country, 54.9 percent were in Nepal for leisure/holiday/traveling/visit purpose, 12.2 percent for trekking and mountaineering, 5.1 percent for pilgrimage, 5 percent for official visits and 3.8 percent for trade purpose.
Arrivals from India accounted for 23 percent of the total visitors in 2013, followed by China (11.2 percent), Sri Lanka (7.5 percent), US (7.3 percent) and UK (4.7 percent).
The number of star hotels in the country has increased to 117 till 2013. Ten new star hotels started operation during the year. Total beds available at start hotels have increased to 9,505. Similarly, number of non-star hotels has increased to 909.
The government collected Rs 340.8 million as revenue from different mountain peaks in 2013. It is a rise of Rs 100.8 million compared to revenue mobilization in 2012. Mountaineering expeditions employed 2,874 people over the past three years.