• China tops international tourist arrivals in Nepal

    March 12, 2019
    China tops international tourist arrivals in Nepal

    NepalTourNews —

    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

    • News -in- Brief


      Visitor arrivals up in Chitwan

      Chitwan - A total of 145,707 tourists -112,560 foreigners and 36,053 domestic visitors - have visited the Chitwan National Park and surrounding community forests in the 11 months of the current fiscal year, according to CNP. The number of arrivals was recorded at 139,978 in the last fiscal year. This is an increase of 4.09 per cent, compared to 12 months of last fiscal year. The number of tourist arrivals is expected to increase after the completion of 36-km Narayangadh-Mugling road upgradation.

      Third Himalayan Travel Mart in June , 2019

      The 3rd Himalayan Travel Mart (HTM) has been scheduled to be held next year from June 7-9, 2019. HTM has become a unique and popular B2B event facilitating a platform for networking, promotion, shared knowledge and valuable insights, business opportunities amongst the participants and stakeholders. The mart recently concluded its first two editions with the participation of 225 foreign delegates from 53 different countries and 170+ foreign delegates from 36 countries in the year 2017 and 2018 respectively.

      MoCTCA formed a taskforce to investigate trekking irregularities

      The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation ( MoCTCA ) has formed a taskforce to investigate into the claims for insurance based on fake documents about the emergency rescue of trekkers from high altitudes. The 5- member task force has been given the deadline of June 25 to carry out the investigation into fake documents of trekkers. Some of the trekking agencies, helicopter companies and hospitals are said to be involved in cheating the trekkers making them ill during their trek to different parts of the country.

      Government plans to regulate casino industry

      The government is planning to regulate the country’s casino industry through the enactment of a new law. The Ministry is set to submit a draft of Casino Bill 2018 to the Cabinet as the agency seeks to rein in existing casinos that continue to operate without paying a dime to the government.

      Under Nepal’s Casino Regulation 2013, operators need to shell out NPR20 million (US$185,700) to obtain a casino operating license. Casino operators must pay half of the casino operating license fee when renewing their license annually, The Kathmandu Post reported.

      Casinos in Nepal are also required to pay another NPR30 million ($279,300) fee annually under Nepal’s Financial Act. There were suggestions to increase this fee by one-third for financial year 2018-2019.

      TAAN organized Second Cleaning and Awareness Campaign

      Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) organized 2nd Cleaning and Awareness Campaign at Swayamnbhunath area on June 5 , on the occasion of 44th World Environment Day.  TAAN started this campaign on March from Thamel area. The global theme for the World Environment Day 2018 is “Beat Plastic Pollution”, if you can’t reuse it, refuse it.

      Annapurna Marathon -2018

      Tribhuvan Army Club athlete and Olympian Hari Kumar Rimal won the title of the Annapurna Marathon this year. Rimal completed the 42.195km distance in four hours, 16 minutes and 48 seconds to finish first in the race. PurnaTamang came second in four hours, 17 minutes and 42 seconds, while fellow TAC athlete Homlal Shrestha finished third in four hours, 20 minutes and 38 seconds.

      A total of 61 athletes took part in the event. The race started from Annapurna Base Camp at an altitude of 4,130 metres and went through Machhapuchhre Base Camp, Bagar, Deurali, Sinuwa, Ghurjung, Tadapani, Bhaisikharka before ending at Ghandruk of Annapurna Rural Municipality.


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