Bhaktapur, May 14
The number of foreign tourists visiting Bhaktapur has increased in past one year by around 16 per cent, resulting in the rise in the revenue of Bhaktapur Municipality.
The number of foreigners coming to heritage sites within the municipality has increased by 34,834 in 2075 BS (mid April 2018 to mid April 2019) as compared to the previous year.
A total 219,029 tourists including 93,530 from SAARC countries and China, and 125,499 from other countries had visited Bhaktapur in 2074 BS while 253,863 tourists including 115,906 from SAARC countries and China, and 137,957 tourists from other countries visited the ancient town in 2075 BS, the municipality’s Tourism Information Centre stated.
In 2075 BS, the municipality collected Rs 264.88 million in terms of tourist entry fees, including Rs 57.95 million from visitors from SAARC countries and China and Rs 206.94 million tourists of other countries.
The municipality charges Rs 500 per person to tourists from SAARC countries and China, and Rs 1,500 per person to visitors from other countries.
The country sending the highest number of tourists to Bhaktapur is China, followed by India, America, France, Spain and other countries, the Centre stated.
Tourism revenue is the municipality’s one of the main sources of income.
Published on May 14th, Tuesday, 2019 1:51 PM