05 September 2008

Number of tourists to Nepal rising

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The Nepal Tourism Board announced the number of tourists to the country has increased this year, reports Monsters and Critics.

According to the Board, in the first eight months of this year the number of international tourists increased by 2 per cent compared with the same period last year, causing figures to reach 224,679 by the end of August.

India is the country’s largest source of tourism and the number of Indian tourists increased by 13 per cent, while the number of tourists from South Asia increased by 30 per cent. 

The number of tourists from Britain, Australia, Norway, Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia saw an upward trend, while the tourist markets from Japan, South Korea and China moved into decline.

Indian nationals are exempt from applying for a Nepal visa to visit the country, however all others are required to have a Nepal tourist visa to visit for reasons of travel, business, study or transit.  Nepal tourist visas allow visitors to stay in the country for up to 60 days.

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Article by Jessica Bird, Worldwide Visa Bureau.

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