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News: Press Release from Nepal Tourism Board
Tourist Arrival in 2001 (Provisional): International
visitor numbers from all of Nepal's main visitor
markets were down for the year 2001.
latest International Visitor Arrival figures released
by Department of Immigration shows that the total
number of visitors to Nepal decreased by 22 percent to
362,544 visitors for the year 2001 representing a loss
of 101,102 visitors for the year.
figures indicate that the third country visitor's
declined by 19% and Indian by 32% during the period.
first five months of 2001 show positive results in
arrivals but series of unpredictable incidents at home
and abroad have marred the arrival scenario in Nepal
ever since. Tourist arrival in Nepal was quite
satisfactory up until the first quarter of 2001.
However the decline that started after the second
quarter continued sharply till the yearend.
are some internal and external factors that are mainly
responsible for such a decline.
Royal Tragedy: The royal tragedy of Nepal in June 1st
2001, brought along the sadness and sorrow in the
average Nepalese life. That was reflected on every
aspects of life with the periods of mourning leading
to slackness in economy. Tourism industry was worst
hit due to the fact.
11th attack: The September 11th terrorist attack in
the United States of America exacerbated a global
economy that was already in decline and tourism
industry throughout the world also had to face its
downturn. Nepal is no exception.
against Terrorism: As US declared war against
terrorism especially in Afghanistan and operations in
and around the area there has been widespread
reluctance to long haul travel among the tourists.
This has also brought slackness in tourist arrival in
Tension: As the tension between India and Pakistan
started growing up and the world media attention has focused
on the regions security, travelers seem more hesitant
to travel in the region.
Crisis: After the state of emergency has been declared
into the country in November 26th, 2001 security
forces have been mobilized and state of the nation has
become more secured. But the word
"emergency" has sent the message that Nepal
is an unsafe destination, which is not true in all
respect. The government is trying to ensure the
security of tourist in all possible respect as no
untoward incident has happened with tourist visiting
Nepal. But there is still reluctance among tourist
willing to visit Nepal specially questioning the
closes for European sector: Ever since RNAC, the
national carrier stopped operating in the European
sector, it has created a huge barrier in the
accessibility to Nepal from Europe. This has also
affected the arrival to Nepal in 2001 from Europe.
this is a press release from the Nepal Tourism Board.