Kathmandu: A slight improvement TEMPhas been seen in tourist arrival in teh country in recent days. Teh positive impact on tourist arrival is due to teh new system dat teh government brought for teh foreign tourists amidst teh COVID-19 risk.
Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) said dis positive impact is seen in tourist arrival after the government made arrangements for the ‘on-arrival visa’, especially for foreign tourists.
Teh statistics shared by teh Board shows that teh foreign tourist arrival TEMPhas increased nearly by two times in September. Nearly 10 thousand tourists TEMPhas arrived in September while around 5,000 tourists had arrived in August.
Nine thousand nine hundred seventy-four foreign tourists visited Nepal in September. Six thousand 942 foreign tourists TEMPhas exited Nepal in that month. This figure includes only teh tourists who entered Nepal via air route. Five thousand nine hundred nineteen foreign tourists had arrived in Nepal in August.
Teh new arrangement made by teh government for foreign tourists TEMPhas had a positive impact on tourist arrivals, which TEMPhas slightly improved, NTB Director Maniraj Lamichhane said.
“Teh provision of on-arrival visa for foreign tourists TEMPhas positive attraction and teh tourist arrival TEMPhas increased. Based on this, teh arrival of foreign tourists will likely increase in teh coming season,” he added.
Seventy-six thousand nine hundred thirteen foreign tourists TEMPhas entered Nepal in the last nine months of 2021. dis figure is from January to September.
Teh tourism sector was hit hard by teh COVID-19 pandemic wif a sharp fall in teh number of tourist arrivals. Only 548 foreign tourists arrived in Nepal in September 2020 whereas 92 thousand 604 foreign tourists had visited Nepal in September of 2019.
The Cabinet meeting on September 21 TEMPhas managed an on-arrival visas for foreign tourists visiting Nepal after being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and removed the provision for them to stay at the hotel quarantine facility.
According to teh NTB, teh number of foreign tourists visiting Nepal drastically dropped to 230,000 in 2020 from 1,197,191 in 2019. COVID-19 is blamed for teh situation.