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TAAN for lowering TIMS fee for SAARC nationals

November 15 , 2011

TAAN for lowering TIMS fee for SAARC nationals

Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal has proposed to the government to lower Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) fee for tourists from SAARC countries, considering growing attraction of tourists from the region toward adventure tourism. TAAN President Mahindra Singh Thapa said the association has $20 per person. FITs aren’t allowed to take trekking guides and porters with them. Thapa said they’ve proposed special rates for South Asian tourists, especially the Indians, because the number of Indian tourists going for short treks is growing.  He further added that the new rates might be enforced from January next year. Arrivals from South Asia…

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NA chopper to airlift trekkers from Nov 7

November 06 , 2011

Nepal Army has assured Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) that it will deploy a MI 17 chopper from Nov 7 to airlift trekkers stranded in Lukla for the past six days. TAAN has been lobbying with the concerned government agencies to rescue stranded trekkers and their support staff members at the earliest. “We’ve already deposited Rs 2 million in Nepal Army’s bank account. They’ve promised us to operate MI 17 chopper from tomorrow to airlift stranded trekkers,” Mohan Lamsal, general secretary of TAAN, said. About 3,000 tourists returning from their trek to Everest Base Camp along with their guides…

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Nepal welcomed record visitors in October

November 03 , 2011

Nepal welcomed record visitors in October

Nepal welcomed record 73,264 foreign tourists via air in October. According to statistics released by Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) Immigration Office, total arrivals in October saw a rise of 16.8 percent when compared to arrival figures of the same period last year. Similarly, total arrivals over the first 10 months of 2011, which is being celebrated as Nepal Tourism Year (NTY), have increased by 21.7 percent to 443,108. Arrivals from China recorded the highest growth of 66.7 percent during the period, followed by India (42.4 percent). A total of 121,962 Indian tourists visited Nepal during the first 10 months of…

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Bring a capable CEO in NTB: Pvt sector

October 21 , 2011

Tourism entrepreneurs have suggested the governing board of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) to bring a capable chief executive officer (CEO) through a fair and transparent process. Speaking at an interaction organized by Journalist Association for Tourism (JAT) Nepal on Oct 20, they urged the private sector representative in the governing board not to work under any pressure and discourage politicization in the board. The term of incumbent CEO Prachanda Man Shrestha is expiring on November-end. NTB’s governing board has formed a three-member committee to select the new CEO. Stating that there was no flaw in the model of NTB, former…

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Three Korean climbers missing in Annapurna

October 21 , 2011

Three Korean climbers have gone missing while trying to summit Mt Annapurna. According to the Tourism Industry Division of Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, the climbers have been missing since Oct 18. One among the missing is Park Young-seok – the first Asian climber to reach the summit of all 8,000 meter peaks in the world. He has reached both the poles and climbed the tallest peaks in all seven continents. The other two mountaineers have been identified as Kang Ki-seok and Shin Dong-min. The three mountaineers are a part of a seven-member team that was trying to carve…

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TAAN draws govt attention toward hike in menu prices in Khumbu

October 19 , 2011

A delegation of Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) on Oct 18 met with Hari Basyal, Chief of Tourism Industry Division under the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoTCA), and apprised him of the problems facing the trekking sector. During the meeting, TAAN expressed objection over unilateral hike in menu prices in Khumbu region by Khumbu Hotel Management Committee and Dingboche Hotel Association. “Trekking staff are facing difficulty due to heavy rise in menu prices. If they have to pay such a high price for meal and accommodation, they won’t be able to save anything,” TAAN President Mahindra Singh…

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Four members nominated to TAAN executive committee

October 16 , 2011

Four members nominated to TAAN executive committee Four general members have been added to the executive committee of Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN). The executive committee meeting of TAAN nominated Pelu Sherpa of Barunche Treks, Prem Khatri of Ace The Himalaya Trekking, Krishna Hari Khatri of Apsara Treks and Saroj Neupane of Beyond the Limits Treks and Expedition to the executive committee. Fourteen members in the 21-member executive committee are elected by the annual general meeting, while five members, including a senior vice president, are nominated by the executive committee.  Two members – Immediate Past President and President of…

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Tourist arrivals grow 11% in September

October 12 , 2011

Tourist arrivals grow 11% in September

Tourist arrival to Nepal via air in the month of September increased by 11 percent as compared to arrival figures of the same period last year. According to Tribhuvan International Airport Immigration Office, a total of 45,782 foreign visitors entered the country via air in September, 2011. Growth in the month of September was largely contributed by rise in arrivals from China (66 percent) and India (24.5 percent). A total of 5,024 Chinese tourists came to Nepal in September, whereas the number of Indian visitors stood at 10,316. In aggregate, the Asian segment registered a positive growth of 28.9 percent,…

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No restrictions for trekkers in Upper Mustang

September 27 , 2011

Locals of Mustang have assured that they would not bar entry of foreign trekkers to Upper Mustang, according to government officials. Officials of the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Department of Immigration and Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) recently told a delegation of Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) that the tourism ministry has already prepared a guideline for distribution of 60 percent of royalty collected from trekkers heading to Upper Mustang through the concerned district development committee. The proposal on distribution of 60 percent of royalty fee at local level has been forwarded to the Ministry of Finance for…

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TAAN cleans up Thamel area

September 26 , 2011

TAAN cleans up Thamel area

As a part of celebrating 32nd World Tourism Day, Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) together with Association for Tourism on Monday organized a clean-up program in Thamel – a popular tourist hotspot in the capital. About 80 percent of the tourists that come to Nepal visit Thamel at least once. The small area is home to more than 2,000 tourism service providers. About 100 participants comprising of TAAN executive committee members, TAAN member agencies, tourism entrepreneurs and Thamel locals were present in the program. TAAN is unveiling four new trekking trails on Tuesday on the occasion of World Tourism…

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TAAN holding special gathering of members on Sept 30

September 26 , 2011

Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) is holding a special gathering of member agencies on September 30 to hold discussion on pertinent issues facing the trekking business. The gathering will hold discussions on separate drafts of operational guidelines for Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) and for conducting search and rescue missions and other relevant issues. Both the guidelines will be finalized after incorporating suggestions and feedbacks from the member agencies. This is the first gathering of TAAN member agencies after a new executive committee assumed office. The gathering will be held at Nayabazaar Multi Venue on September 30.

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TAAN to celebrate World Tourism Day

September 23 , 2011

Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) together with Association for Tourism (AfT) is organizing a clean-up campaign in Thamel on September 26 on the occasion of World Tourism Day (WTD). Office-bearers and members of AfT, tourism entrepreneurs and locals of Thamel are expected to participate in the program. The clean-up will begin from Sanchayakosh Building and progresses through Thamel Chowk, Kwabahal, JP School, Kathmandu Guesthouse, Vaishali Hotel, Bhagwatibahal and Thamel Chowk beforce concluding at Sanchayakosh Building. All participants will get a T-shirt bearing the slogan of World Tourism Day, 2011. Meanwhile, TAAN is launching four new trekking trails during a…

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Simikot issue resolved

September 23 , 2011

The Department of Immigration (DoI) has decided to collect royalty from trekkers only for the period they are in controlled areas of Nepal. Earlier, the department was collecting royalty fee from trekkers heading to Kailash-Mansarovar of China via Simikot, Humla for the entire package period even though trekkers spend some days in China. A delegation of TAAN had met DoI officials last week and expressed dissatisfaction over such unjustifiable royalty collection. TAAN has also been lobbying with the department officials to refund the royalty fee that trekkers paid for the period they were in China.

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TAAN supports PM’s Disaster Relief Fund

September 19 , 2011

PRESS RELEASEDate: 19 September 2011   TAAN supports PM’s Disaster Relief Fund Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) has decided to contribute Rs 101,111 to Prime Minister’s Disaster Relief Fund. At a press meet organized at TAAN Secretariat on Monday, TAAN President Mahindra Singh Thapa said the association would hand over the amount to Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai after the latter returns from New York. The government mobilizes the fund to conduct rescue missions and provide relief to people after natural disasters. TAAN has been contributing to the fund on regular basis. In 2008, it had handed over Rs 333,333…

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TAAN delegation takes up Simikot issue with DoI

September 13 , 2011

TAAN delegation takes up Simikot issue with DoI

A delegation of Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) on September 12 met with the Director of the Department of Immigration (DoI) and expressed dissatisfaction over the collection of royalty for entire package period from trekkers heading to Kailash-Mansarovar area of China via Simikot, Humla. The DoI has been collecting royalty for the entire package period even though trekkers spend some days of their package in China from the beginning of August. TAAN President Sitaram Sapkota, President Elect Mahindra Singh Thapa, General Secretary Elect Mohan Lamsal and former President Deepak Mahat were in the delegation. Responding to TAAN’s concerns, the…

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New executive committee in TAAN

September 06 , 2011

New executive committee in TAAN

The 33rd Annual General Meeting of Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) on September 5 unanimously elected a new executive committee under the chairmanship of Mahendra Singh Thapa. The AGM also nominated Jangbu Sherpa as the senior vice president of TAAN – the umbrella association of trekking agencies in the country. Rana Bahadur Khadka and Ambar Tamang were named 1st vice-president and 2nd vice-president respectively. Similarly, Mohan Lamsal, Dil Bahadur Gurung and Anjan Thapa have been named general secretary, treasurer and secretary respectively. The AGM also elected Gopal Babu Shrestha, Ang Chhetar Sherpa, Janak Prasad Pandey, Ram Bahadur Nepal Chhetri,…

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Arrivals up 26% in August

September 04 , 2011

Arrivals up 26% in August

Tourist arrivals in the month of August increased by 26.4 percent as compared to arrival figures of August last year. Similarly, arrivals during the first eight months of 2011 increased by 24.6 percent. According to the Immigration Office at Tribhuvan International Airport, a total of 43,487 tourists visited the country during the period. Arrivals from the South Asian region have gained 38.7 percent. Compared to other regions, this region has showed positive trend with mixed performance from respective countries. Arrivals from India, the major tourist generating market, have played a key role in the increment. Indian arrivals increased by 50…

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Buddha Air to fly between Pokhara, Bhairahawa

August 29 , 2011

Buddha Air to fly between Pokhara, Bhairahawa

Buddha Air is starting direct flights between Pokhara and Bhairahawa from September 27, targeting domestic tourists as well as Indian pilgrims heading to Muktinath. Flights to Jomsom airstrip – the nearest airport from Muktinath temple in Mustang district – are available only from Pokhara. Similarly, Bhairahawa airport lies at a distance of less than 20 km from Sunauli entry point along Nepal-India border. Gautam Baral, Buddha Air's station manager in Pokhara, said the airline will fly three times a week on the route. Buddha Air will initially deploy 18-seater Beechcraft 1990D on the route. But it plans to operate 47-seater…

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TAAN AGM on Sept 5

August 25 , 2011

TAAN AGM on Sept 5

The Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) is holding its 33rd Annual General Meeting and election for the new executive committee for 2011-13 on September 5. Through the voting, TAAN general members will elect President, 1st Vice President, 2nd Vice President, General Secretary, Secretary, Treasurer and eight members for the two-year term. As per the election schedule, candidates will have to file their nominations before 4 pm on August 31. The TAAN Secretariat will publish the final list of candidates on September 1. The AGM and election will be held at Hotel Hyatt Regency, Bouddha on September 5.  

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Search for Missing trekker continues

August 12 , 2011

Search for Missing trekker continues

The family of Aubrey Caroline Sacco, who has gone missing since April, 2010, has decided to organize fresh search and rescue mission to ascertain her whereabouts.At a press meet organized by Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) on 12 August, Aubrey's father Paul said they've decided to continue search for Aubrey as they have found some missing links in the incident. "I have found the locals nervous. I believe they know something about my daughter but are not willing to share," Paul said.The Saccos have requested Nepal Police, Nepal Army, TAAN, Department of National Parks and Wildlife Reserve, local administration…

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