Nepal sustains positive arrivals growth in May KATHMANDU – Figures released by Nepal’s immigration office at Tribhuvan International Airport reveal that visitor arrivals in the month of May have increased by six percent, uear-on-year at 26,634. Arrivals from the South Asian region, except for Sri Lanka, gained overall positive growth of six percent with Bangladesh (30 percent) and Pakistan (26.3 percent) registering positive growth. Visitor arrivals from India have increased by 4.3 percent, which shows sustained growth this year, except for a soft decline in April. China, another major source market, recorded double digit growth of 35 percent, while visitor arrivals from Japan registered a positive growth of 13.9 percent. Arrivals from other parts of Asia (excluding South Asia) marginally declined by 3.7 percent. Visitor arrivals from South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand all registered a negative growth of 14 percent, 30.3 percent, 32.7 percent, and 50 percent respectively.European markets registered overall positive growth of 10.8 percent with major source markets showing positive trends in terms of visitor arrivals. Arrivals from the U.S. are up by 10.4 percent but figures from Australia, New Zealand and Canada have shown negative growth of 9.8 percent, 2.9 percent, and 3.2 percent respectively. Despite the global economic slowdown Nepal has enjoyed a sustained positive growth in international tourist arrivals, since June 2009.
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