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Tourism in Nepal

Nepal recorded a total of 1 m tourists in 2019, ranking 128th 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 0.042 tourists per resident, Nepal ranked 170th in the world. In South Asia, it ranked 5th.

Nepal generated around 803.00 m US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 2.6 percent of its the gross domestic product and approximately 2 percent of all international tourism receipts in South Asia.

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On average, each of the tourists arriving in 2019 spent about 587 US Dollars.

Development of the tourism sector in Nepal from 1995 to 2019

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 m 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 24 years, the country's dependence on tourism has decreased substantially. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 803.00 m USD, accounting for 2.6 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 671 USD for his holiday in Nepal.

Tourism receipts in Nepal per year

All data for Nepal in detail

YearNumberof touristsReceipts% of GNPIncome per tourist
20191.20 m803.00 m $2.6 %671 $
20181.17 m744.00 m $2.6 %634 $
2017940,000712.00 m $2.8 %757 $
2016753,000498.00 m $2.4 %661 $
2015539,000509.00 m $2.4 %944 $
2014790,000511.00 m $2.6 %647 $
2013798,000460.00 m $2.4 %576 $
2012803,000379.00 m $2.0 %472 $
2011736,000415.00 m $2.2 %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 $


All data correspond to the information of the World Tourism Organization.

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