KATHAMNDU:
Tourist arrivals in Nepal jumped 33.8 percent to 91,820 in the month of September. With this, the arrival figures in January–September period reached 772,798; up 20 percent over the same period in 2017, the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) said on Monday.

Tourist arrivals from India grew by 96 percent in September as compared to the figures in the same month in 2017. Arrivals from Sri Lanka surged 57.1 percent. Similarly, the overall arrivals from SAARC countries registered a healthy growth of 52.8 percent over the same month last year.
Visitors’ arrival from China continues to soar with an exponential growth of 55 percent in September this year. Arrivals from Asia (other than SAARC) have also recorded robust growth of 42.6 percent. Likewise the numbers of visitors from Japan and South Korea have also increased by 8.9 percent and 9.2 percent respectively.
European markets generated 66.3 percent more visitors in September this year. Arrivals from Germany and France increased 30.9 percent and 19 percent respectively. However, Australia and New Zealand have also witnessed decline of 9percent and 4 percent in September 2018 as compared to the arrival figures of 2017. Similarly, the numbers of visitors from the US and Canada have also decreased by 9 percent and 2percent respectively in September 2018.