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Nepal welcomes 237,000 foreigners in 6 months as the tourism industry heads towards revival

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File: Tourists viewing a mountain range in Nepal

Kathmandu, July 4

Statistics show the country’s tourism industry is heading towards a revival as the impact of the Covid pandemic is on the wane.

The number of foreign tourists visiting Nepal has significantly increased in the past six months as Covid-related travel restrictions are gradually being removed.

From January 1 and June 30, 2022, as many as 237,696 foreign tourists visited Nepal, according to Nepal Tourism Board.

Further, the figure might be more than this as Nepal does not count Indian tourists coming via land routes in this data. But, even among the air passengers, the number of Indians is remarkably high this time.

Whereas 46,957 foreign tourists arrived in Nepal in June, 23,248 are Indians, according to the board’s director, Mani Raj Lamichhane. The United States, Bangladesh, the United Kingdom and Australia follow India on the list of biggest contributors to Nepal’s tourism industry.

Here is the monthly data of foreign tourists arriving in Nepal in the first six months of 2022.

  • January: 16,975
  • February: 19,766
  • March: 42,006
  • April: 58,384
  • May: 53,608
  • June: 46,957

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