According to the latest figures released by Immigration Office, Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), the number of tourists traveling to Nepal by air increased by 10% from the 2011. The exact figure quoted was 598,204.
This is good news for Nepal given that the tourist travel globally has increase by less that three percent only.
Here are the facts:
Arrival from Asia (other than South Asia) 15.10% growth in 2012.
Malaysia has registered a 141% growth. Japan (despite its weakening economy) has a 11.8% growth. Thailand a 25.9% growth and Singapore a 12.1% growth. Unfortunately China (one of the fastest growing economies in the world has experienced a negative growth of 3.1 %. Similarly visitors from Korea decreased by 1.6%.
It is important to understand the reason behind the decline in visitors especially from China. China is at this time the second largest economy in the world. As the Chinese population becomes more and more affluent, they will have the desire to travel. Nepal who is a border country to China should be able to attract more Chinese tourists.
Total increase in travel from Europe was 4.5%.
Austria +25.6 %
Italy +10.3 %
Belgium, Spain and Russia posted a negative growth.
Growth from Oceania +15.1 %
North America +10.4%
The countries of Oceania, especially Australia have experienced tremendous economic growth. The Australian dollar is showing much strength despite global economic challenges. It would make sense for Nepal to target these countries for continued growth in tourist travel from these countries.
As the economy of the US slowly starts to improve, the opportunities to expand the growth of traveling from the US is also bound to grow. For the year 2013, the countries of North American (Canada and the US) should be a prime target for tourism promotion.