Nov 20, 2023: In the first ten months of 2023, Nepal has seen a remarkable surge in tourism, with nearly twice the number of visitors compared to the same period in 2022. The Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) reports that a total of 809,678 tourists explored the country from January to October 2023, a significant increase from the 473,563 tourists recorded during the same timeframe in the previous year.

The NTB reveals that an additional 336,115 tourists chose Nepal as their destination this year, marking a notable growth in the tourism sector. This surge is particularly noteworthy as it surpasses the tourist numbers from 2019, indicating a strong rebound from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Breaking down the figures, October 2023 alone witnessed 117,036 visitors, showcasing a steady flow of tourists throughout the year. The monthly arrivals are as follows: 55,074 in January, 73,255 in February, 99,426 in March, 98,773 in April, 77,703 in May, 72,250 in June, 57,726 in July, 67,153 in August, and 91,012 in September.

The spike in tourist numbers comes after a challenging period for Nepal’s tourism industry. Following the global spread of the coronavirus in 2019, the country experienced a significant decline in tourist arrivals starting in 2020. In 2019, Nepal welcomed 1,197,191 tourists, but the numbers dropped sharply as the pandemic led to widespread lockdowns across the world.

The latest data from the NTB indicates a positive trend, with tourists returning to Nepal in higher numbers, showcasing the resilience of the country’s tourism sector amid global challenges.