According to figures released by the Immigration Office at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) visitor arrivals to Nepal via air in November 2010 have risen by 21.5 percent to 48,331 compared to the same month last year. Arrivals from South Asian region have grown by 55.5 percent with arrivals from Bangladesh growing at 80.7 percent, India at 52.9 percent and Sri Lanka at 44.2 percent. Arrivals from other Asian regions showed an increase by 8.8 percent. Europe has still maintained an upward trend showing an increase in arrivals by 8.6 percent. Visitor arrivals from Australia, New Zealand USA and Canada also risen by 10.8 percent, 30.2 percent, 39.2 percent and 31.5 percent respectively.
A ten-day long ‘Nepalese Cultural and Food Festival’ was held in Colombo, Sri Lanka from 18th to 27th June 2010.The festival was organised by the Embassy of Nepal in Sri Lanka, in association with Nepal Tourism Board (NTB). Among other visitors, the festival had 300 special guests, including leaders of business community, tourism professionals, social and political personalities and senior government officials of Sri Lanka as well as ambassadors, high commissioners and other senior diplomats based in Colombo. Cultural programmes by the Nepali troupe entertained visitors to the festival. Speaking at the festival, His Excellency Sushil Chandra Amatya, ambassador of Nepal to Sri Lanka, expressed his confidence that the event would help bring Sri Lankan people closer to Nepal and fuel their interest to visit Nepal in the future.