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Interaction on TIMS, NTB restructuring held

July 18 , 2014

Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) on Thursday organized an interaction with its member agencies on two important issues – restructuring of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) and Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS).Around 300 member agencies of TAAN and representatives from TAAN Pokhara participated in the program.The participants were also asked to fill a questionnaire on TIMS and NTB restructuring. TAAN will study the questionnaire and prepare a report soon. The report will be duly shared with all the members.TAAN President Ramesh Dhamala chaired the program while general secretary Sagar Pandey facilitated the interaction.Speaking on the occasion, member agencies said NTB,…

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TAAN hikes daily wage of trekking workers

July 15 , 2014

TAAN hikes daily wage of trekking workers

The Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) and representatives of four unions of trekking workers -- All Nepal Revolutionary Tourism Workers Union (ANRTWU); Union of Nepal Travel, Trekking, Rafting and Airlines Workers; Nepal Tourism Workers Association (NTWA); All Nepal Tourism Workers Union (ANTWU); and Nepal Tourism Workers Association (NTWA) – have decided to raise daily wages of trekking porter by Rs 300 and guides/cooks by Rs 250 with effect from October 1, 2014.The hike is based on the understanding that the previous executive committee of TAAN had reached with the worker unions.The two sides have also agreed to form Workers’…

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Tourism earning projected to grow to Rs 45.46 billion

July 13 , 2014

Tourism earning projected to grow to Rs 45.46 billion

The government is set to earn foreign currency worth around Rs 45.46 billion from tourism industry in fiscal year 2013/14.According to Economic Survey 2013/14 released recently, the government earned foreign currencies worth Rs 30.43 billion in the first eight months of 2013/14. If tourist spending increases at the same rate, the earning from tourism industry will touch Rs 45.46 billion.Total tourism earning had stood at Rs 30.7 billion in 2011/12. Total earning increased to Rs 34.21 billion in 2012/13. TOURISTS ARRIVALTourist arrival, which increased for almost a decade till 2012, declined by 0.7 percent to 797,759 in 2013. Average length…

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Tourist arrivals down marginally in June

July 03 , 2014

Tourist arrivals down marginally in June

Total tourist arrivals to Nepal via in June dropped by a marginal 0.3 percent to 41,137 compared to arrival figures of the same month last year.According to the Immigration Office at the Tribhuvan International Airport, arrivals from South Asia segment dropped by 1.04 percent, largely due to arrival in the number of tourists from India – the major market – by 2.21 percent. Arrivals from Pakistan and Sri Lanka were also down 5.54 percent and 28.97 percent, respectively. However, arrivals from Bangladesh increased by 17.43 percent.In Asia (other than South Asia) segment, total arrivals went up by 0.49 percent helped…

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Transport syndicate on Beni-Jomsom road broken finally

July 03 , 2014

Are you planning to visit Mustang in a private vehicle or a hired jeep? If yes, you can now be sure that there will not be any disturbances during the journey like in the past. If you face any disturbance, the regional administration will immediately swing into action.The Western Regional Administration Office has finally managed to break the syndicate on the 75-kilometer Beni-Jomsom road enforced by the local transport entrepreneurs. Now onwards, one can drive their vehicles on the road without any obstacles. The office has said it would take immediate action if anyone obstructs movement of vehicles on the…

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Nepali women climb Mt Denali

June 27 , 2014

Nepali women climb Mt Denali

Members of Seven Summits Women Team reached the summit of Mt Denali – the highest mountain on North America – on June 24.The women are on a bid to climb the highest peaks in all seven continents. According to team leader Shaili Basnet, Chunu Shrestha, Asha Kumari Singh, Nimdoma Sherpa and Pema Diki Sherpa, along with cameraperson Ang Tshering Lama, reached the summit at 1 pm (local time). Other members -- Pujan Acharya, Maya Gurung and team leader Shailee Basnet, could not continue with the climb because of health issues. The team aims to complete their campaign by climbing Vinson…

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TAAN organizes special gathering of members

June 24 , 2014

TAAN organizes special gathering of members

Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) on Monday organized a special gathering of members to collect their suggestions on two sets of demands placed by different unions of trekking workers. The All Nepal Revolutionary Tourism Workers Union (ANRTWU) which is close to CPN-Maoist has padlocked TAAN Secretariat in Maligaun for nearly a month, putting forth different demands. Similarly, three other trade unions – Union of Trekking Travel Rafting and Airlines Workers Union (UNITRAV), All Nepal Tourism Workers Union and Nepal Tourism Workers Association have jointly placed another set of demands. Among others, the workers unions have demanded for hike in…

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JTCC ends all protest programs

June 20 , 2014

The Joint Tourism Coordination Committee (JTCC) has ended all its protest programs saying that the Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) has finally addressed all their demands.Organizing a press meet in Kathmandu on Thursday, Ramesh Dhamala, coordinator of JTCC, said the tourism entrepreneurs decided to withdraw all protest programs after the tourism ministry included representatives of the private sector in the committee to probe into irregularities in NTB and the other committee to suggest measures for restructuring of NTB.“Similarly, tourism secretary Sushil Ghimire has written to NTB employees, asking them to operate daily acitivites as per the Article…

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TAAN organizes tree plantation program

June 08 , 2014

TAAN organizes tree plantation program

Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) celebrated World Environment Day 2014 on Thursday by organizing a tree plantation program in Jalbinayak Community Forest of Kirtipur. Office-bearers and executive committee members of TAAN, representatives of different travel trade associations, tourism entrepreneurs, media persons, and members of Jalbinayak Community Forest Users’ Group participated in the plantation program.Around 500 saplings of different species were planted on the occasion. World Environment Day 2014 is being organized all over the world on Thursday with the slogan ‘Raise Your Voice, Not the Sea Level’. TAAN President Ramesh Dhamala inaugurated the program by planting the sapling of…

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Pvt sector celebrates Int’l Sagarmatha Day

May 30 , 2014

Pvt sector celebrates Int’l Sagarmatha Day

Though the government postpone the International Sagarmatha Day celebrations for this year, private sector celebrated the day as part of their ongoing protest against Nepal Tourism Day (NTB).Joint Tourism Coordination Committee (JTCC), a group of more than three dozen travel trade associations, took out a rally on May 29 to celebrate 7th International Sagarmatha Day, 36th Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) Day and 7th Republic Day. The rally started from Thamel and culminated into a program in the premises of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB).Participants of the rally put garlands on the statues of Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Sir Edmund…

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Govt opens 104 peaks for expedition

May 23 , 2014

Govt opens 104 peaks for expedition

The government has opened 104 new peaks, including a new eight-thousander – Mt Yalunga Kang (8077m), or Kanchanjunga West -- for commercial expedition.The cabinet meeting held on Wednesday took the decision.(Photo Courtesy: Wikipedia)It has also begun the process to give international recognition to the new 8,000-meter peak. A proposal to give recognition to five Nepali 8,000-meter peaks, including Yalung Kang, is under consideration at the International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation popularly known as the UAAA.With this, the number of 8,000-meters peaks in the country has reached nine. Other proposed 8,000-meter peaks include Kanchanjunga South (8,476m), Kanchanjunga Central (8,473m), Lhotse Middle…

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Three missing in Kanchanjunga avalanche

May 22 , 2014

Three missing in Kanchanjunga avalanche

An Indian mountaineer and two Nepali Sherpa guides have gone missing when an avalanche struck their expedition at 7,500 meters near Camp IV of Kanchanjunga West, also known as Yalung Kang, on Monday.Chanda Gayen of West Bengal state of India and the two Sherpas – Pema Sherpa and Dawa Wangchu Sherpa -- were attempting to climb Kanchanjunga West after successful summit of Kanchanjunga Main when the incident occurred, according to Mingma Sherpa, the owner of Seven Summits Trek that operated the expedition.Deepak KC of mountaineering section at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation has confirmed the accident.“We sent…

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Political leaders show solidarity to JTCC protest

May 19 , 2014

Political leaders show solidarity to JTCC protest

Leaders of different political parties have showed solidarity to the ongoing protest organized by Joint Tourism Coordination Committee (JTCC) in the premises of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) for the last 20 days.JTCC has been organizing series of protest against NTB, putting forth demands like removal of Subash Nirola from the post of acting CEO of NTB to pave the way for early appointment of new CEO, independent audit of expenditures made by NTB over the past five years, and institutional representation of private sector in the board of NTB, among others. Former Prime Ministers Dr Baburam Bhattarai and Sher Bahadur…

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Tourism entrepreneuers begin relay hunger strike

May 16 , 2014

Tourism entrepreneuers begin relay hunger strike

Agitating travel trade entrepreneurs have begun a six-day relay hunger strike on the premises of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) to pile pressure on the government to address their demands.Organizing a press meet in Kathmandu on Thursday, Joint Tourism Coordination Committee (JTCC) unveiled second phase of protest programs.As per the protest program, 25 representatives of different travel trade associations started 12-hour hunger strike from Thursday itself. The relay hunger strike will continue for the next six days.Addressing the program, Ramesh Dhamala, coordinator of JTCC and president of TAAN, said they would announce strong protest programs if their demands are not addressed…

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Relay hunger strike in Day II

May 16 , 2014

Relay hunger strike in Day II

The second day of six-day hunger strike organized by Joint Tourism Coordination Committee (JTCC) in the premises of Nepal Tourism Boar (NTB) saw huge turnout of tourism entrepreneurs.Around 400 tourism entrepreneurs signed the visitor's book kept at the relay hunger strike site on Friday, expressing their solidarity to the ongoing protest. Former tourism minister and UCPN (Maoist) leader Hisila Yami, Nepal Chamber of Commerce (NCC) President Suresh Basnet, and FNCCI executive member Umesh Lal Shrestha also showed solidarity to the ongoing protest.Speaking on the occasion, Yami compared the ongoing protest to people's movement of 2006. "The protest is drawing attention…

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JTCC issues white paper on irregularities in NTB

May 13 , 2014

JTCC issues white paper on irregularities in NTB

Joint Tourism Coordination Committee (JTCC) on Monday issued a white paper on anomalies allegedly perpetrated by acting CEO of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) Subash Niroula.In the white paper, the Joint Tourism Coordination Committee (JTCC) - a forum of different travel trade associations - has argued that the amended Financial Bylaws of NTB contradicts with the Public Procurement Act (PPA) 2007.President of PATA Nepal Chapter Suman Pandey read out the white paper.As per the Bylaws, the CEO can spend up to Rs 10 million at a time for tourism promotion activities inside the country and US$ 400,000 at a time outside…

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JTCC shuts TIMS counters at NTB

May 11 , 2014

JTCC shuts TIMS counters at NTB

Joint Tourism Coordination Committee (JTCC) shut down Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) Card sales counter for Free Independent Tourists (FITs) situated in the premises of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) on Sunday morning.More than 100 representatives of JTCC padlocked the counter at around 7 am.To make sure that foreign tourists are not affected by the closure of counter at NTB, JTCC has asked FITs to take TIMS cards from TIMS Counter at TAAN Secretariat in Maligaun.The padlocking of TIMS counter at NTB is a part of weeklong protest announced by JTCC – a forum of more than 20 travel trade associations.JTCC…

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JTCC announces weeklong protest programs against NTB

May 07 , 2014

JTCC announces weeklong protest programs against NTB

Joint Tourism Coordination Committee (JTCC), which has been launching protest against Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), has launched weeklong protest, starting Wednesday.JTCC Coordinator Ramesh Dhamala announced the protest programs at a press meet held in Kathmandu on Tuesday.The committee decided to heighten its protest after Tourism Secretary Sushil Ghimire used threatening words instead of taking initiatives to resolve the issue in the meeting held on Monday. Following which, the meeting between Ghimire, who is also the chairman of the board of directors of NTB, and representatives of JTCC had ended inconclusively.According to the protest program, tourism entrepreneurs plan to boycott public…

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National Tourism Fair postponed

April 29 , 2014

National Tourism Fair postponed

The 6th National Tourism Fair, scheduled to begin in Kathmandu from May 2, has been postponed. A joint meeting of Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA), Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) and Joint Tourism Coordination Committee (JTCC) held on Monday decided to postpone the fair until further notice. The fair was postponed after JTCC, a forum of 20 travel trade associations, made it clear that it would boycott the fair, unless its demands were addressed. JTCC has claimed that NTB was organizing the fair without consulting with the private sector.JTCC had submitted a four-point memorandum to MoCTCA on April 22. In the…

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Call to intensify search for missing trekkers

April 25 , 2014

Call to intensify search for missing trekkers

Families of missing trekkers have urged the government for more support to ascertain whereabouts of their beloved ones.Speaking at a press meet organized by TAAN, families of Aubrey Caroline Sacco, Zisimos Souflas and Matthews Allpress requested government officials, security agencies and travel trade entrepreneurs to intensify search for their missing sons and daughters. Aubrey is missing since April, 2010 after she checked into Langtang National Park, while Zisimos was last seen in Namche Bazaar on April 23, 2012 and Matthews Allpress has gone missing since November 3, 2013 from the Annapurna Region. Aubrey’s mother Connie Sacco said that her daughter…

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