Kathmandu - A total of 124,421 international tourists visited Nepal in February 2019, a significant increase of 39 per cent as compared to tourist arrivals in February 2018.
According to the Immigration Department, 97,694, international visitors came by air and 26,727 came overland.
Tourist arrivals from India in February 2019 increased by 92.5 per cent in comparison to the figures of February 2018 and reached 14,571. The arrivals from India include only those who traveled by air to Nepal.
Similarly, 16,205 Chinese tourists visited Nepal in February 2019, which is 5.3 per cent more than the arrivals in February 2018. A total of 13,688 Chinese tourists visited Nepal in the first month of 2019.
More visitors came from China and Sri Lanka in February 2019 than from India, which often ranks number one source market for Nepal.
The overall arrivals from SAARC countries reached 31,831 in February of this year. A total of 14,831 Sri Lankan visitors came to Nepal in February 2019.
The tourist arrival from Thailand, Japan and South Korea have also increased significantly in comparison to the figures of February 2018.
The total European arrivals in February 2019 reached 17,789 including 5,268 tourists from United Kingdom, 3,340 from Germany and 1,978 tourists from France.
A total number of US visitors to Nepal in February 2019 was 7,133. The number of Australians visitors to Nepal in February 2019 was 2,978 which is 17.4 per cent more than in February 2018.
A total of 91,793 visitors came to Nepal in January 2019, including 77,300 tourists by air and 14,493 overland tourists.
March 12 ,2019