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Arrivals increase 20 pc in July

August 05 , 2011

Tourist arrivals to Nepal via air in the month of July increased by 20 percent compared to the same period last year. According to the Immigration Office at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), a total of 35,212 visited the country in July. With the completion of seven months of 2011, total arrivals have crossed 280,000 which is 40 percent of the Nepal Tourism Year´s (NTY) 2011 target. Nepal is planning to welcome 700,000 visitors via air and 300,000 visitors through land routes during the year. Figures show arrivals from South Asian region have gained an overall positive growth of 21.7 percent.…

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NTY posters on Washington metro buses

July 30 , 2011

NTY posters on Washington metro buses

Buses plying on major routes in Washington metro are adorned with promotional posters of NepalTourism Year (NTY) 2011 campaign. Nepali Embassy for United States has put promotional posters on 30buses to promote Nepal as a summer tourist destination for American travelers.Issuing a statement, Nepali ambassador to US Dr Shankar Sharma said 15 million tourists visitWashington every year to see Washington Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, White House and differentmuseums.“Keeping the flow of tourists to Washington in mind, the Nepali embassy in Washington DC has takenthe initiative to attract tourists,” he said.Arrival of American tourists to Nepal increased by 24.3 percent in June…

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Dragonair to start daily flights to KTM from Sept

July 30 , 2011

Dragonair is starting daily flights to Kathmandu from September. The Hong Kong-based carrier iscurrently flying three times a week on Hong Kong-Kathmandu sector.“The further increase in number of flights to Kathmandu will provide more convenience as well as betterservice for passengers travelling to and from Nepal,” Alasdir Boyd, country manager of Dragonair, saidin a statement. He also hoped that it will also contribute to the success of Nepal Tourism Year 2011campaign.Boyd said the additional frequencies look to offer better convenience for Nepali passengers travellingvia the Hong Kong hub and added that Kathmandu is an important and growing market for the…

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13th Eco-Trekking Workshop from Aug 12

July 30 , 2011

Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) is organizing the 13th Eco-Trekking Workshop at SukuteBeach Resort on the banks of the Bhotekoshi River in Sindhupalchowk district from August 12-14.Around 60 participants from different member agencies of TAAN are expected to participate in thethree-day event being organized with the theme of 'Promoting Responsible Tourism in Destinations'.The workshop will center on eco-tourism, developing corporate culture, responsible tourism, tradeunionism, flora and fauna and field-based practical for eco-tourism, according to Bachhu NarayanShrestha, first vice-president of TAAN.The main objective of the workshop is to enhance professionalism among trekking workers in TAANmember agencies.The last edition of the…

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Civil servants scaling Everest felicitated

July 15 , 2011

Prime Minister Jhalanath Khanal on July 12 felicitated nine civil servants who reached the summit of Mt Everest this spring. He also handed over letters of appreciation and Rs 200,000 each to the civil servants. Khanal also honored 15 climbing guides and team leader Home Secretary Lilamani Poudyal. The government had recalled Poudyal before the expedition made final push to the summit. Speaking on the occasion, Khanal said economic prosperity could be achieved by developing tourism with protection and promotion of tourist sites. The civil servants, who were successful in climbing the tallest peak on earth, include Subir Shrestha, Sanat…

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Everest summiteers feted in Dublin

July 15 , 2011

The Nepalese Embassy in London organized a special function in the Irish capital of Dublin on July 12 to felicitate Irish Everest summiteers and also to promote Nepal Tourism Year 2011 campaign.   Issuing a press statement, the Nepali mission in London said the newly elected mayor of Dublin Lord Mayor Andrew Montague, senior members of parliament, Ambassador of India to Ireland P S Raghavan along with high level Irish officials attended the program. On the occasion, Nepali ambassador to the UK and Ireland Dr Suresh Chalise felicitated Everest summiteers Michael Murphy, Clare O'Leary, Pat Falvey and Basi Geoghegan and…

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Number of visitors coming for trekking, mountaineering down

July 15 , 2011

The number of tourists coming for trekking and mountaineering – two popular tourism products of the country – declined to 11.65 percent of the total visitor during fiscal year 2010/11 from 20.9 percent of the pervious fiscal year, according to Economic Survey 2011. The average length of stay of tourists in the country increased to a six-year high of 12.67 days in the current fiscal year. However, earning form tourism increased marginally by 0.1 percent, despite a rise of 18.21 percent in tourist arrival during the period. During the current fiscal year 2010/11, the country saw a considerable growth in…

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Eco-trekking workshop in last week of July

July 15 , 2011

Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) is organizing the 13th Eco-Trekking Workshop in the last week of July. The workshop is being held with the them of 'Promoting Responsible Tourism in Destinations'. Around 70 participants from TAAN's member agencies are expected to participate in the program. TAAN has been organizing the event to promote responsible tourism practices among member agents. The workshop will center on eco-tourism, developing corporate culture, responsible tourism, trade unionism, flora and fauna and field-based practical for eco-tourism, according to Bachhu Narayan Shrestha, first vice-president of TAAN. "We will finalize the destination for the workshop within a…

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NMA set to introduce digital climbing permit system

July 12 , 2011

Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) is starting digital permit system from August 1. Once the service is introduced, all its associate members (trekking agencies) can apply for permits of 33 peaks online. According to NMA, trekking agencies must fill up a form available at its website – www.nepalmountaineering.org – and submit it electronically. They should also upload details and photographs of team members. Once the form is submitted, applicants will get registration number which should be produced at the Accounts Department of NMA to get the permit. NMA will give separate usernames to members. NMA has put the system on trial…

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Arrivals up 38% in June

July 04 , 2011

Tourist arrivals via air in the sixth month of 2011 increased by 37.9 percent as compared to the arrival figures of June, 2010. According the Immigration Office at Tribhuvan International Airport, a total of 37,226 foreign tourists entered the country during the month. By the end of the first six months of 2011, Nepal welcomed a total of 245,363 foreign tourists. This is just above 35 percent of the target set for Nepal Tourism Year (NTY) 2011 campaign. The government has set a target of welcoming 700,000 foreign visitors via air in 2011. Arrivals from South Asia increased by a…

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Mapping and exploration trip to lower Solukhumbu

June 24 , 2011

A joint team of Trekking Agencies’ Association, Nepal Tourism Board, Solukhumbu DDC and Great Himalayan Trail Development Programme (GHTDP) recently conducted mapping and exploration trip to lower Solukhumbu. The major objective of the trip was to conduct feasibility study for new destinations, map with GPRS entry at least three destinations and produce a short documentary film to promote new destinations among others. The team left Kathmandu for Lamidanda of Khotang on 28 May and trekked through Halesi Mahadev, Aiselukharka, Kurimma, Dharmadanda, Salpa, Siluchho, Gudel, Bung and Salleri. From Salleri, the trek progresses to north-west Okhaldhunga via Salleri, Pattale, Pikey and…

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Seminar on professional approach in trekking business concludes

June 24 , 2011

A six-day seminar on ‘Developing Profits Through a Professional Approach to Business’ concluded at TAAN Secretariat on 19 June. A total of 23 participants from TAAN member agencies attended the workshop. American lecturer Jan L Beaderstadt, who works as a consultant for JLB Consulting, was the resource person. Jan gave lectures on issues like Understanding the Purpose Of Your Business, Developing Your Staff For Higher Profits, Giving Your Communication A Professional Touch, Enhancing The Use Of E-Mail For Your Business, Developing A “Niche” Market and Using Customer Feedback For Business Development. TAAN President Sitaram Sapkota distributed certificate of participation to…

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4th National Tourism Fair concludes

June 13 , 2011

The 4th National Tourism Fair concluded at the Bhrikuti Mandap Exhibition Hall in Kathmandu on June 12. The three-day event had a total of 92 stalls of different districts, travel trade associations, government agencies and private sector companies, among others. The major attraction of the fair was a model house, showcasing home-stay dorm facilities; live handicraft stalls; attractive domestic tour packages and handicraft produced in different districts across the country. Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) promoted newly launched trekking trails like Great Himalayan Trail, Panchpokari Trekking and Myagdi-Parbat trail among others. Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) together with Nepal Tourism…

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Seminar on professional approach in trekking business

June 13 , 2011

Giving continuity to its efforts of developing professionalism among its member agencies, Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) is organizing a six-day seminar on ‘Developing Profits Through a Professional Approach to Business’ at its secretariat at Maligaon from June 14. American lecturer Jan L Beaderstadt, who works as a consultant for JLB Consulting, will conduct the seminar. Jan will give lectures on issues like Understanding the Purpose Of Your Business, Developing Your Staff For Higher Profits, Giving Your Communication A Professional Touch, Enhancing The Use Of E-Mail For Your Business, Developing A “Niche” Market and Using Customer Feedback For Business…

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Former minister dies in Everest bid

June 08 , 2011

Former foreign minister Shaliendra Kumar Upadhyay, 82, died on the slopes of Mt Everest on May 9, while attempting to become the oldest person to climb the tallest peak on earth. Upadhyay collapsed while descending from Camp I. He was trying to break the record of compatriot Min BahadurSherchan, who reached the summit of Mt Everest at the age of 76 two years ago. He was climbing with a non-profit expedition organized by a local campaign group for the rights of the elderly. Upadhya had also served as Nepal’s resident representative to the United Nations.

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Apa rewrites record with 21st Everest summit

June 08 , 2011

Record breaking Nepali mountaineer Apa Sherpa reached the summit of Mt Everest for the record 21 times on the morning of 11 May. Apa, who is leading an environmental expedition, took advantage of good weather to reach the 8,848-meter summit with a group of other climbers. TilakPandey, an officer of Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation stationed at the base camp, confirmed the summit. The 50-year-old Sherpa first reached the summit of the tallest peak on earth in 1989 and repeated the feat almost every year. Apa’s expedition plans to bring around 4 tons of garbage from the lower part…

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Sudip Kulung wins Everest Marathon

June 08 , 2011

Sudip Kulung Rai finished won the Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon 2011 on 29 May. The 23-year-old athlete from Solukhumbu district finished race from Everest Base Camp to Namche Bazaar with the timing of 3:45:39. Ram Kumar Rajbhandari (3:45:06) and the 2008 winner Deepak Raj Rai (3:50:51) finished second and third respectively. Similarly, Ang Futi Sherpa finished the race in 4:46:14 to win the women’s category for the third consecutive year. Mingma Lohmu Sherpa (5:07:37) and Cheechee Sherpa (5:20:20) finished second and third respectively. Poland’s Sylwia Kaskowiee became the first woman in the history of the marathon to win foreigners’ category.…

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Int’l Sagarmatha Day marked

June 08 , 2011

Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) marked 33rd TAAN Day and International Sagarmatha Day 2011 by giving away three awards to different personalities. Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation Khadga Bahadur Bishwokarma and Tourism Secretary Dr Ganesh Raj gave away TAAN Sagarmatha Journalism Award 2011 jointly to Shila Pandey of Kantipur daily and Sushil Bhattarai of Nagarik daily amid a program organized on 29 May.The award carries a purse of Rs 50,000 and letters of appreciation. Similarly, TAAN also awarded Chaya Sharma of Nepal College of Travel and Tourism Management with TAAN Pasang Lhamu Education Award and Shiva Adhikari of…

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Tourist arrivals up 47% in May

June 08 , 2011

Tourist arrivals via air in May increased by 47.1 percent, as compared to arrival figures of May, 2010. According to Immigration Office at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), a total of 39,179 foreign tourists entered the country during the period.   With strong growth in May, total arrivals over the first five months of 2011 have reached 208,137, an increment of 22.9 percent as compared to figures of the same period of 2010.   All major markets recorded positive growth during the period. The South Asian segment registered a positive growth of 71.5 percent with strong contribution from India (78.4 percent).…

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Airlines raise fuel surcharge

May 16 , 2011

Domestic carriers are increasing fuel surcharge by up to 20 percent effective from May 16. This will make air tickets on domestic routes costlier by up to Rs 775. Airlines Operators Association of Nepal (AOAN) - the association of domestic airlines - had taken the decision about a week ago, considering the rise in prices of Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF). Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) had raised the price of ATF by Rs 10 per liter, making it Rs 100 per liter last week. Price of ATF has increased by Rs 40 per liter, as compared to the price of December…

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