Although the number of foreign tourists visiting Nepal has decreased due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the average length of stay has increased.
According to the Ministry of Culture, Tourism, and Civil Aviation’s recently released “Nepal Tourism Data 2020,” tourists’ average stay has increased slightly from previous years and now exceeds 15 days.
In the previous three years, the average length of stay for tourists in the country was around 12 days. In 2019, there were 12.7 days, 12.4 days in 2018, and 12.6 days in 2017. In 2011 and 2016, the average tourist stay was 13.12 days and 13.16 days, respectively.
Tourist spending has increased in tandem with the length of their stay. In comparison to previous years, per-tourist spending has increased to US$ 65. The average tourist spending in previous years was US$ 45. Due to the pandemic, tourist arrivals have decreased by nearly 80% in 2020 compared to previous years. In the midst of the pandemic, only 230,085 tourists visited Nepal in 2020, compared to over 1.19 million visitors in 2019 and 1.17 million visitors in 2018.
As a result of the pandemic, Nepal’s foreign currency earnings from the tourism sector have dropped by 71%.
In 2020, 447 climbers from 153 teams applied for mountaineering permits, a decrease of 92% from the previous year.
According to tourism statistics, the number of countries with which bilateral air service agreements have been reached has risen to 40 by 2020.
There are three Nepali airlines that operate international flights, while there are 27 international airlines that operate flights to and from Nepal.
The only international airport in the country is Tribhuvan International Airport, which is currently functioning.
There were 54 domestic airports in 2020, with 37 of them being blacktopped. There are 35 airports where flights can be operated at all times of the year. Domestic flights are operated by twenty airline companies, including ten helicopter companies. There are now 80 companies that offer adventure and recreational flights.