According to the Economic Survey 2009-10, the number of tourist arrivals in
The survey revealed that in 2009, among the arrivals, 34 percent came for recreational purpose. In 2008, this figure was 29.6 percent. On an average, tourist arrival increased by 1.9 percent in 2009 in
Tourism is the biggest foreign currency earning sector in
Prachanda Man Shreshtha, CEO, Nepal Tourism Board, said, “The significant rise in the number of visitors coming for recreation is a result of the increasing options for leisure activities in
The survey also revealed a slight increase of 10.4 percent from 9 percent in 2008 in the number of visitors coming for pilgrimage in 2009. Tourists coming for trekking and mountaineering accounted for 20.9 percent of the total number of tourists who visited
Tourists started to stay longer in
Rajy Bikram Shah, General Manager, Shangri-La Hotel, blamed the economic recession which forced vacationers to go for shorter holidays. David Yonjan of Yeti Travels said that there had not been any drastic change and the length of the stay depends of the tour package.