According to a press release issued by Nepal Tourism Board NTB) on Wednesday, the arrival figure of international tourists entering the country using air route recorded a 27.1-percent growth over 2006. The total number of tourist arrival in 2007 reached 360,350 compared to 283,516 in previous year.
One of the main reasons for the inspiring growth is the ongoing peace process and political stability in the county. Another reason is the good air connection with many destinations ushered in by the operation of nine new international airlines to Nepal in 2007, the NTB said.
"2008 seems to be very promising year for Nepalese travel trade as more new airlines are coming and existing airlines are also extending their flight frequency to Nepal," the NTB press release added.
Meanwhile, December 2007 registered a growth of 13 percent in international tourist arrival to Nepal by air route as compared to the same month last year.