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Chinese overtake Indian tourists in Nepal

IANS  |  Kathmandu 

Arrivals of Chinese tourists to overtook those from during the first quarter of 2018 for the first time, the (DoI) said here on Friday.

According to the DoI data, received a total of 36,384 Chinese tourists from January to March against the arrivals of 34,133 from during the same period, reports

has long been the top source of tourist arrivals for In 2017, Nepal received 104,664 tourists from and 160,832 from India.

Nepal received 9,924 Chinese tourists in January followed by 14,287 in February and 12,173 in March.

On the other hand, arrivals from India in January stood at 12,152 in January, 7,570 in February and 14,411 in March.

During these three months, Nepal welcomed a total of 216,998 foreign visitors, according to the DoI data.

Sharad Pradhan, at the (NTB), told Xinhua that took the number one position in the first quarter due to inflow of a high number of Chinese travellers during the

"With increasing number of Chinese tourists visiting Nepal during this in recent years, the winter season which used to be off-season in the past, has now emerged as important season for Nepal's tourism sector," he said.



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First Published: Fri, April 13 2018. 15:10 IST