Tourism in Nepal

Nepal recorded a total of 230,000 tourists in 2020, ranking 154th in the world in absolute terms.

That smaller countries regularly perform lower in a comparison of the absolute number of guests, is obvious. By putting the tourist numbers in relation to the population of Nepal, the result is much more comparable picture: With 0.0078 tourists per resident, Nepal ranked 189th in the world. In South Asia, it ranked 6th.

Nepal generated around 238.00 million US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 0.66 percent of its the gross domestic product and approximately 1 percent of all international tourism receipts in South Asia.

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On average, each of the tourists arriving in 2020 spent about 875 US Dollars.

Development of the tourism sector in Nepal from 1995 to 2020

The following chart shows the number of tourist arrivals registered in Nepal each year. Anyone who spends at least one night in the country but does not live there for more than 12 months is considered a tourist. Insofar as the survey included the purpose of the trip, business trips and other non-tourism travel purposes have already been excluded. The number of people passing through within the same day, and e.g. crew members of ships or flights are also not considered as tourists in most countries. If the same person travels in and out more than once within the same year, each visit counts again.

The red line represents the average of all 8 countries in South Asia.

Tourists per year in Nepal

Revenues in tourism

In 1995, tourism revenues amounted to 232.00 million USD, or about 5.3 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 363,000 tourists at that time and roughly 639 USD per person. Within 25 years, the country's dependence on tourism has decreased substantially. Before the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, sales took up $801.00 million billion, 2.3 percent of gross national product. Thus, each visitor spent an average of $669 on their vacation in Nepal.

In 2020, tourist receipts plummeted due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Of the $801.00 million billion (2019), only $238.00 million billion remained. This is a 70 percent decrease in Nepal.

Tourism receipts in Nepal per year

All data for Nepal in detail

YearNumber of touristsReceipts% of GNPReceipts per tourist
2020230,000238.00 m $0.71 %1,035 $
20191.20 m801.00 m $2.3 %669 $
20181.17 m740.00 m $2.2 %631 $
2017940,000712.00 m $2.5 %757 $
2016753,000498.00 m $2.0 %661 $
2015539,000509.00 m $2.1 %944 $
2014790,000511.00 m $2.2 %647 $
2013798,000460.00 m $2.1 %576 $
2012803,000379.00 m $1.7 %472 $
2011736,000415.00 m $1.9 %564 $
2010603,000378.00 m $2.4 %627 $
2009510,000439.00 m $3.4 %861 $
2008500,000353.00 m $2.8 %706 $
2007527,000234.00 m $2.3 %444 $
2006384,000157.00 m $1.7 %409 $
2005375,000160.00 m $2.0 %427 $
2004385,000260.00 m $3.6 %675 $
2003338,000232.00 m $3.7 %686 $
2002275,000134.00 m $2.2 %487 $
2001361,000191.00 m $3.2 %529 $
2000464,000219.00 m $4.0 %472 $
1999492,000229.00 m $4.5 %465 $
1998464,000248.00 m $5.1 %534 $
1997422,000201.00 m $4.1 %476 $
1996394,000237.00 m $5.2 %602 $
1995363,000232.00 m $5.3 %639 $

Our data on tourist numbers, revenues and expenditures are based on information from the World Tourism Organization. However, to ensure international comparability, the data for some years or countries were manually researched and corrected if they obviously included visitors without overnight stays. In these cases, the data were taken from the official communications of the respective national tourism authorities.

The WTO additionally points out that in some countries the number of tourists is only counted at airports, in others also at border crossings or even hotels. A comprehensive and reliable indication is therefore hardly possible in any country.

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