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Tourist Arrivals in Nepal February 2003 (by air only)
The Growth Continues


Latest arrivals figures released by Department of Immigration reveal that total tourist arrivals by air remained unchanged for the month of February 2003 vs. February 2002. However, performance by market varied considerably with the Indian in a continuous high growth pattern and Japan, China, Spain, Italy and Austria showing growth over the same period last year.

The total figures for the month (16,960) showed a marginal increment of 1% over February 2002 with leading improvement in Indian market by 44%. The Third Country total however was down by 10% over the same period previous year with a net loss of 1,325 visitors.

There was mixed performance from key tourism markets with increases in arrivals from Japan (up 9 per cent), China (up 7 per cent), Italy (up 2 per cent), Spain (up 20 per cent) and Austria (up by 129%) during the month, while visitor numbers from the US (down 39 per cent), UK (down 30 per cent), Germany (down 6 per cent) and Australia (down 25%) all declined. The French market also declined by 7% and Belgian by 44%. The Benelux market along with Swedish and Canadian also remained negative for the month.

The figures indicate that with home conditions improving, Nepal is gradually regaining its reduced consumer confidence, especially from Indian market over the months. But despite the rising consumer confidence, third country arrivals to Nepal were impacted by the trend for international travelers to holiday closer to home for shorter periods. It is observed that the industry is already seeing the signs of softening conditions, with forward bookings for the next season.

The third country total, which stood at 11,931, had the market share of 70% for the month.

Highlights: International Visitor Arrivals for the month of February 2003

ˇ India up 44% to 5,029 visitors
ˇ Japan up 9% to 1,633 visitors
. China up 7% to 366 visitors
. US down 39% to 880 visitors
ˇ UK down 30% to 1,220 visitors
. Germany down 6% to 1,004 visitors.

 





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