The Himalayan Kingdom of Nepal has achieved 13 percent of tourist arrival growth in the first six months of 2018 compared to the last year, 2017. Department of Immigration recorded 520 K tourists arriving in the first six months of 2018 than the 460 k in 2017. The growth has been consistently growing since 2016 after the massive earthquake hit on 25th April 2015.
An increase in the number of tourists arriving from India 96 K, China 71 K and the USA 44 K is remarkable growth. Nepal has two great touristic seasons Spring (March to May) and Autumn (Sept to December). Spring usually is great for expeditions like Everest and others above 8000 meters peaks. In contrast, Autumn is better for trekking adventure and mountain climbing at 6000 to 7000 meters peaks, and usually more tourists visit Nepal in Autumn. Thus, there is an anticipation that tourist arrival will likely increase by around 20 % in 2018.
Nepal has set its big goal to welcome 2 million tourists by 2020. Without any doubt, Government and Tour operators need to work 24 hrs to achieve this nation’s target. The country’s Nepal airlines have already bought two wide-body planes and are due to get two more narrow-body planes by 2019 to help the government reach its goal. Similarly, many private airlines have added their fleets, and new hotels are ready to meet the demand by 2020. Kathmandu International airport is open for 21 hours with a plan to get operation around all hours shortly. The Tourism Ministry of Nepal is also working hard to investigate the fake Helicopter Rescue, which might have been taking place for a few years in Nepal, and Government is committed to bringing up the truth and punishing the culprits accordingly. It is widely believed that government action will help restore the country’s image and double the tourist arrival in Nepal in the coming three years. Most trekkers have chosen their adventure destination to step on the Everest base camp and Annapurna base camp. Similarly recond number of amateurs climbers have to reach above 6000-meter trekking peaks, including the Island and Mera peaks.