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