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Tourism sector bouncing back: Foreign tourists increase by 91%


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2022 Feb 04, 7:29, Kathmandu
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Amid the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, the influx of foreign tourists to Nepal has increased by over 91 percent, according to the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB). Over 16,000 foreign tourists visited Nepal in January 2022 as opposed to 8,874 during the same period in the previous year.

The increment in the tourist inflow is 91.3 percent. All the incoming tourists used air route for the arrival. During the same period, 17,984 Nepali people left the country.

The NTB quoted the Department of Immigration for data. This improvement in the arrival of foreign tourists amidst the crisis is a boost to the affected tourism sector, said the NTB Director Maniraj Lamichhane. “This figure of the incoming tourists has given a message that foreign tourists have started visiting Nepal. This has also provided motivation and energy to the tourism sector marred by the virus.”

The tourists that have visited Nepal in January 2022 included 5,505 from SAARC countries including 3,916 and 1,231 from neighboring India and Bangladesh respectively. Others were from Europe, Asia and other countries.

In 2021, the total 150,962 foreign tourists visited Nepal and in 2020 the figure stood at 230,000, according to the NTB.

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