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Eco-tourism guide training ends

January 30 , 2006

In a bid to provide knowledge about eco-tourism to guides, a week-long training was jointly organized by Nepal Tourism Board and Asian Development Bank under the aegis of South Asia Sub-regional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) in association with The Mountain Institute in Kathmandu. Secretary of Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Mr. Govinda Prasad Pandey presented certificates to the 22 participants representing Nepal, India, Bangladesh and Bhutan at the concluding ceremony of the training programme on December 22, 2005.

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Curfew in Kathmandu, Lalitpur lifted

January 30 , 2006

With the security situation improving, His Majesty's Government has lifted curfew, which was imposed in the areas inside the Ring Road of Kathmandu Metropolis and Lalitpur Sub-Metropolis from January 23, 2006. The lifting of curfew has become encouraging for tourism entrepreneurs, as it has made easier for them to carry out tourism-related activities smoothly.

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7th Nepal Open Paragliding Championship 2006 from Jan. 19

January 30 , 2006

The 7th Nepal Open Paragliding Championship 2006 is going to be organised from January 19 to 23 in Pokhara. Being organised by TAAN Western Regional Chapter Pokhara, in cooperation with Nepal Air Sports Association (NAA) and support of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), the spectacular event is expected to promote Pokhara as an adventure tourism destination and to contribute to the preservation of endangered vultures. With a slogan of "Save Our Soarers (SOS)", the event aims to help stop the process of vulture decline and minimise ecological and social costs, according to Bashu Dev Parajuli, President of TAAN Western Regional Chapter…

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International Elephant Race 2005 concluded

January 30 , 2006

A two-day at Sauraha, Chitwan, on December 27. Parasgunj, an elephant belonging to Gainda Wildlife Camp under The Explore Nepal Group, emerged first in the race. Similarly, Pawankali of Himalayan Tour Operators and Laxmikali of Gorkha Airlines came out second and third respectively in the exciting competition. Birendra Prasad of Paragwe Travels, Australia, was the runner-up in the race. A total of 29 organisations, including seven foreign ones, participated in the race, which was organised by Regional Hotel Association Sauraha. The event was organised to promote tourism.

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Seventh Pokhara Street Fest from Dec. 28

January 30 , 2006

With a view to promoting Pokhara as a prime destination, the seventh Pokhara Street Festival is going to be organized from December 28, 2005 to January 1, 2006. The main objective of the festival is to attract domestic as well as international tourists for making the Christmas and upcoming New Year significant. The Restaurant and Bar Association of Nepal is organizing the festival under the promotion of Nepal Tourism Board with an objective of making Pokhara a remarkable holiday destination for New Year celebration. According to Mr. Surya Bahadur Bhujel, Coordinator of the festival, the festival would include traditional cultural…

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Everest among 20 sports destinations for 2006

January 03 , 2006

Mt. Everest has been listed as one among adventure sports destinations of the world in National Geographic Adventure's November 2005 issue naming as Adventure Travel 2006: The Sports Trips Atlas. The listing has been made to help its readers plan their next challenge. Written by Robert Earle Howells, it has also recommended two other mountains for climbing: Mt. Rainier, Washington and Grand Teton, Wyoming. National Geographic Adventure writes about climbing Mt. Everest, "While everyone and their dog seems to be summiting these days, nothing's more extreme than standing at 29,035 feet (8,850 meters) on the highest place on Earth. But…

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Arrivals goes up by 15 % in October

January 03 , 2006

Nepal witnessed a 15.1 per cent growth in the number of tourists in October, 2005, as compared to the corresponding month last year. According to the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA), a total of 38,563 visitors visited the Himalayan Kingdom during the month. In the month, the number of Indian tourists shot up by 58%, while the growth of non-Indian visitors stood at 7%. According to Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), Asian and regional markets have shown positive results for the month as Chinese, Singaporean and Thai markets have almost doubled while healthy grown have been observed from…

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Nepal honoured Band and Hinkes at WTM

January 03 , 2006

Nepal honoured Band and Hinkes at WTM Nepal Tourism Board organized a special presentation programme in co-ordination with Royal Nepalese Embassy, London, UK, Ministry of Culture, Tourism & Civil Aviation, Honorary PRR of Nepal Tourism Board in London & Himalaya Expeditions of Kathmandu , on November 15, 2005. The programme is being held in London at World Travel Mart (WTM-2005).from 14-17 November 2005 with the theme of Nepal Then & Now: Celebrating 50 Years of Ascending the World's Third Highest Peak, Mt. Kanchenjunga. His Excellency Royal Nepalese Ambassador to the UK, Mr. Prabal SJB Rana addressed the function attended by…

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January 03 , 2006

Apart from being a unique tourist destination, Nepal is gradually becoming a popular haven for sports activities. Recently, three important sports events were held successfully in the country. One of them was Asian Junior cricket tournament, ACC Under 19 Cricket Tournament held at the Tribhuvan University Cricket Ground in Kirtipur, Kathmandu, on November 19, 2005. Nepal beat Malaysia by seven wickets in the final match. Fifteen non-test cricket-playing Asian nations had vied for the title in the biggest ever-international sporting event in the country. The participating countries were Nepal, Bahrain, Kuwait, Afghanistan, Qatar, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia, U.A.E.,…

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Maoists extend ceasefire

January 03 , 2006

The Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) has extended a unilateral ceasefire by one month. The civil society, business community, especially tourism entrepreneurs, and other sections of the society have welcomed the announcement of truce, as it helps restore peace in the country. The CPN (Maoist) has taken the decision upon completion of three months of ceasefire. Tourist arrivals increased significantly during the time of truce. . The ceasefire has this decision after major mainstream parties, civil society groups and key international donors such as neighbouring India, the US, and the European Union had urged the CPN (Maoist) to extend the…

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Nepal promoted at WTM

January 03 , 2006

A total of 15 Nepalese travel companies participated in the 26th edition of World Travel Mart-2005 (WTM-2005) in London, UK from November 14-17 under the aegis of Nepal Tourism Board. Nepal's pavilion, which was stretched to an area of 80 sq.meters, was beautifully designed and decorated with diverse Nepalese tourism attractions with an addition of new tourism areas developed by Tourism for Rural Poverty Alleviation Project (TRPAP). According to NTB, Nepal stand was visited primarily by travel tour operators & media from Europe and America. Another important feature of the event was that Mr. George Band, first person to climb…

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Langtang Festival organised

January 03 , 2006

In a bid to explore and highlight new touristic areas, cultural and natural heritage and services of the Langtang area in Rasuwa district, a weeklong Langtang festival was organised in the Langtang Valley from November 12-18, 2005. The main objective of organising the festival was to promote the Langtang area as a safe tourist destination with cultural diversity and scenic beauty. Besides, the festival was also aimed to forge partnership among various stakeholders associated to the promotion of tourism. Situated close to Kathmandu, the area has a lot of prospects for promoting soft trekking, religious and cultural tourism. Inaugurating the…

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Tamu Cultural Festival in December

January 03 , 2006

As part of Nepal's cultural diversity and helping in the promotion of tourism, a week-long Tamu Cultural Festival-2062 is going to be organised between 16 and 21 December, 2005 at Beshisahar, the district headquarters of Lamjung. The festival is aimed at preserving the cultural heritage, traditional customs, language and religion of Lamjung district and its surroundings, especially of Gurung community. To be organised by Tamu Chhonj Dhi, Lamjung in support of District Development Committee (DDC) and promoted by Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), the cultural festival plans to attract as much as of 100,000 visitors from all over the world. The…

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British, Spanish Film Festivals

January 03 , 2006

The fifth British Film Festival kicked off in the capital on November 21, 2005. British Ambassador to Nepal Keith Bloomfield inaugurated the film festival amidst a function at Gopi Krishna cinema hall. A press release issued by British Council, the organizer of the event, said that the five day long festival is showcasing films that explore the rich diversity of modern British cinema. Though limited in number, the films cover a wide range of themes from comedy to thriller to horror, and so promise to cater to everyone's tastes. There is even an animation film, especially for children, called. The…

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January 03 , 2006

This year's International Mountain Day is going to be celebrated with the slogan "Sustainable Tourism for Poverty Alleviation in Mountain Areas" on December 11, 2005 in Kathmandu. The Ministry of Forest & Soil Conservation has been celebrating International Mountain Day on 11 December every year since last two years in order to highlight opportunities and challenges of mountain region of Nepal in various aspects of life, livelihood of local communities, natural and agricultural resources and poverty alleviation. The main function is scheduled to be held at Hotel Yak & Yeti on the same day. The function will be opened by…

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Janakpur festival to highlight Mithila culture

January 03 , 2006

A week-long Janakpur Festival-2005 is going to be organised from December 5 to 11 in Janakpur with the objective of promoting cultural and religious tourism. The event, which is being organised by Janakpur Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI), Export Promotion Board and the Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI), is first of its kind in Janakpur. It coincides with Bibaha Panchami. As the birthplace of Goddess Sita and the kingdom of the great Hindu King Janak, Janakpur has always been a centre of attraction among pilgrims around the world. The area is equally known for its…

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Three among world

January 03 , 2006

Nepal has once again come to limelight globally as a popular adventure destination with the November issue of Wanderlust magazine based in the United Kingdom (UK) published the list of top 75 destinations from all over the world. The list is reported to be based on the request made by the magazine to vote for Seven Wonders of the World. In the list, Mt. Everest, the Himalayas and the Kali Gandaki Gorge have been placed on the 14th, 36th and 43rd positions respectively.

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Tourist arrivals show upward trend in November

January 03 , 2006

The number of tourists visiting Nepal in November 2005 increased by increased by 14.2 per cent as compared to figures of the corresponding month of last year. Arrivals from India and the third countries went up by 30 per cent and 9.9 per cent respectively. A total of 27,511 tourists visited the country last month, according to the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA). Arrivals from SAARC countries shot up by 34.6 per cent. The number of tourists from Bangladesh increased by an overwhelming number of 116.3 per cent in comparison with the figures of last year. But…

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Mrs. Sherpa appointed Minister of State for Tourism

January 03 , 2006

His Majesty the King reshuffled the Cabinet on December 7, 2005. Mrs. Yangkila Sherpa, former President of Trekking Agents Association of Nepal (TAAN), has been appointed to the post of the Minister of State for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation. Earlier, Mrs. Sherpa was serving as the Assistant Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation. Extending its hearty felicitations to Mrs. Sherpa upon her new responsibility, TAAN has wished her tenure a success.

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Documentary on Nepal in offing

January 03 , 2006

A team of faculty members of Mass Communications and Journalism from Thammasat University of Thailand, in support of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) are in the process of making a documentary on Nepal. Entitled "Journey to Janakpur", the documentary will be based on His Majesty the King of Thailand's book on Janakpur, the legend of Janak, Rama and Sita. The documentary will cover this ancient Videh's geography, culture, religion and people. The team, who is in Nepal now, is planning to make public the documentary next year on the auspicious occasion of the 60th birth anniversary of the Thai King.

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