Tourist arrival in Nepal crosses the 1 million benchmarks for the first time in 2018 with a remarkable growth of 25 percent. Nepal has welcomed 1,173,072 tourists in 2018 compared to 940,218 in 2017. There is the phenomenal growth of double-digit visitor arrival that continues from 2016. Despite the fears for the industry rose after a devastating earthquake in 2015. Unfortunately, it killed nearly 9,000 people and destroyed many of the country's heritage sites, tourism sector remarkably managed to come back. Visitors' arrival increased from India, China, the USA, Sri Lanka, and the UK has greatly contributed to the historical growth on tourist arrival in 2018.
Indian Tourists recorded 25% and similarly Chinese 47% and Sri Lankan 57 % in 2018 over the last year. European travelers’ arrival recorded double-digit healthy growths. 243,284 European visited Nepal in 2018 including 63,086 from the UK, 36,833 from Germany, and 31,653 from France.
The total number of US visitors to Nepal in 2018 was 91,785, an increase of 16 percent over the figures of the previous year. Likewise, the number of Australian visitors to Nepal in 2018 stood at 38,408, which is 15.1 percent more than in 2017.
The year's last two months of November and December tourist arrival did positively surprise the tourism industry in Nepal. Record growth of 47 percent increase in 2018 in compared to the same months in 2017
Decade long Tourist Arrival data in Nepal
A decade-long data on Tourist arrival in Nepal show it has its steady growth. Remarkable pick up after the earthquake in 2015. A double-digit of around 25% growth is being recorded in the years 2016, 2017, and 2018. Tourist arrival in 630,762 in 2010, 735, 932 in visit Nepal Year 2011, 796,759 in 2012. Similarly 797,759 in 2013, 790,118 in 2014, 538,970 in 2015. Furthermore significant growth of 729,905 in 2016, 940,218 in 2017 and 1,173,072 in 2018.
All major tourist regions in Nepal like Everest, Annapurna, Langtang, Mustang, Kanchanjunga, etc received. Record of one-quarter trekkers and climbers growth since last 3 consecutive years 2016, 2017, and 2018. Nepal is all set to welcome two million tourists in the Visit Nepal Year 2020.