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 Nepal News:  Press Release from Nepal Tourism Board 04/02/02

 

International visitor's arrival to Nepal by air reached a total of 22,325 for March 2002, consisting of 18,572 third country and 3,753 Indian visitors. The March arrival is down by 42.5 per cent over the same month last year. The decrease follows on from a 47.59 percent decline in January and 45.66 percent decline in February. This shows international tourism to Nepal looks to be slowly recovering. A huge decline basically from major markets like India, UK, JAPAN France and US have contributed to this downfall. However, compared with the previous two months March has performed moderately well. Of the total arrivals of 52,644 for the first quarter of 2002, March singly contributed more than 50%. And also in comparison to the first two months of this year, it appears to be recovering from long haul and European markets while there is still substantial decreases from Indian subcontinent.

 

International Visitor Arrivals for the month of February 2002

· Australia down 22.5% to 939 visitors
· UK down 35.9% to 2,718 visitors
· US down 57.2% to 1,814 visitors
· Germany down 36.9% to 2,140 visitors
· Japan down 44% to 2,159 visitors
· India down 37.69% to 3,753 visitors

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