Jan 01, 2024:
As of December 30, 2023, Nepal has welcomed a remarkable influx of more than one million tourists via air travel, marking a significant achievement for the country’s tourism sector. According to the Nepal Tourism Board’s statistics, precisely 1,008,614 tourists have visited Nepal, surpassing the government’s target outlined in the fiscal year budget.
The tourism industry, which suffered a severe blow due to the Covid-19 pandemic, is on a path to recovery, exhibiting an impressive 85% rebound this year, as reported by the National Tourism Board (NTB). The success in reaching the one million tourist milestone at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu signifies a positive shift in the country’s tourism landscape.
Maniraj Lamichhane, the Director of NTB, expressed optimism about the current state of tourism, stating, “The arrival of tourists this year is encouraging.” The President of the Hotel Association of Nepal (HAN), Binayak Shah, also foresees a continued increase in tourist arrivals, emphasizing the potential of government and private sector collaboration in driving this growth.
Looking ahead, Nepal has designated 2025 as Visit Nepal Year, and the period from 2023 to 2032 is celebrated as the tourism decade, aiming to attract 3.5 million tourists. This ambitious goal aligns with the country’s commitment to revive and elevate its tourism industry.
In a noteworthy trend, the number of Indian tourists has seen a substantial rise, reaching 317,481 in 2023 compared to 254,150 in 2019. Similarly, American tourist arrivals have increased to 99,985 from 93,241 in 2019. Although there has been a decrease in Chinese tourists this year, with 60,160 recorded arrivals compared to 169,543 in 2019, the overall surge in international visitors signals positive momentum for Nepal’s tourism recovery.
As the nation sets its sights on future tourism endeavors, collaboration between the public and private sectors remains crucial in achieving sustained growth in the number of visitors and realizing Nepal’s aspirations as a premier tourist destination.