KATHMANDU: Foreign tourist arrivals to Nepal grew 15.3 percent in the first four months of 2019. According to the Department of Immigration, 445,109 foreign tourists visited Nepal in the first four months (January-April) of 2019.

The department said 362,840 international visitors came by air and 82,269 came overland in first four months.

Tourist arrivals from India in first four months increased by 19.1 percent in comparison to the figures of same period of 2018 and reached 44,827. Similarly, arrivals from Sri Lanka increased 55.17 percent in comparison to the last year.

However, arrivals from Bangladesh decreased by 33.5 percent. The overall arrivals from SAARC countries posted a sturdy growth of 19.22 percent over the same period last year with 97,168 total tourist arrivals.

Likewise 64,578 Chinese tourists visited Nepal in first four months of 2019, which is 20.64 percent more than the arrivals in same period of 2018.

Similarly, the visitors from Thailand, South Korea and Japan have also increased significantly by 43.1 percent, 7.18 percent and 17.22 percent respectively in comparison to the figures of 2018.

As far as European source markets are concerned, total tourist arrival reached 85,027, a nominal growth of 2.73 percent is recorded in January- April as compared to the same months last year.

The arrival from the UK and Germany increased by 3.82 percent and 19.01 percent but the number of Spanish and French arrivals decreased by 8.21 percent and 2.6 percent respectively.

The number of the US visitors to Nepal in first four months of 2019 was 32,740, an increase of 10.8 percent over the figures of same period last year.

Likewise, the number of Australian visitors to Nepal in first four months of 2019 was 13,010, which is 3.3 percent more than the same period of 2018.

Meanwhile, 104,198 international visitors were recorded in April, 2019, which is 5.6 percent more than the arrivals on same month last year.