Saturday, October 3, 2009

More Tourists from China are Coming to Nepal

Nepalese government is perhaps happy to see growing number of foreign tourists despite the fact that the global economy is suffering from a bad recession. The interesting thing is that in September, there has been 32% more tourists coming China while 24% less number of people from India came here. Well, I think that the economic recession is the main reason because Indian economy is suffering a lot from recession. The arrival of Bangladeshi people increased substantially and I am not surprised at it because in September 2009, we had Eid ul Fitr and Durga Puja. There was a long holiday and naturally many people came to Nepal.

Nepal News wrote:
In the SAARC region, arrivals from Bangladesh skyrocketed to 1,898 registering positive growth of 245.7 percent. Similarly, Pakistan and Sri Lanka have witnessed positive growth of 8.4 percent and 10.2 percent respectively. However the arrivals from India have decreased by 24 percent compared to the same month last year. In aggregate the South Asian segment has registered a negative growth of 5.7 percent.

Traditionally, Nepal is considered to be country under Indian influence. However, it seems that the growing power of the Maoists in Nepal is changing this equation and I will not be surprised if in the coming years, China has growing influence in the country.  

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