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Slight improvement in tourist arrival

2021 Mar 02, 20:45, Kathmandu
File - Visitors taking boat ride to Talbarahi temple in Phewa lake in Pokhara Lekhnath Metropolitan City, Kaski district, on Tuesday, April 10, 2018. Photo: RSS

A slight improvement has been seen in foreign tourist arrivals in February 2021.

Looking at the latest foreign tourist arrival rate, the number of incoming foreign tourists is seen gradually increasing even amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. 

A total of 18,020 foreign tourists arrived in Nepal in the first two months of 2021, the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) stated quoting the Department of Immigration.

According to NTB, 8,847 foreign tourists came to Nepal in January while 9,146 foreign tourists arrived in February.

NTB spokesperson Mani Lamichhane said the tourist arrival was improving in the recent months. It is improving compared to the foreign tourist arrival rate in the COVID-19 period.

He said 1,956 foreign tourists arrived in Nepal in November and 4,245 foreign tourists visited Nepal in December 2020.

Eight thousand 874 foreign tourists arrived in January and 9,146 foreign tourists in February this year. This number includes only the foreign tourists arriving by air.

In February, the highest number of tourists (4,763) in Nepal was from India.

In February 2020, 14,840 tourists had arrived from India which is 67.9 per cent less than of the previous year. During that period, only 708 Chinese had visited Nepal and this figure is 77.9 per cent less than of the previous year.

In February 2020, a total of 3,207 tourists had come to Nepal and 502 were from the US and 126 were from Germany. Though the COVID-19 pandemic continues, vaccination against it has kicked off and the number of infected is on the gradual fall and in his context, entrepreneurs except for the rise in tourists arrivals. 

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