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Tourist arrivals up by 34 pc in April

May 03 , 2011

Tourist arrivals via air in April increased by 34.3 percent -- the highest growth rate after the launch of Nepal Tourism Year (NTY) 2011 campaign -- compared to the arrival figures of April last year. According to the Immigration Office at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), a total of 51,969 visitors entered the country via air in April. By the end of April, Nepal received a total of 170,000 visitors, which is a growth of 18.4 percent as compared to the arrival figure of the same period last year. Growth in April was contributed by positive growth from all major sectors.…

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22 expeditions to attempt Everest this season

April 28 , 2011

The government has permitted 22 expeditions to climb Mt Everest this season. According to the Mountaineering Sector at the Tourism Industry Division under the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, a total of 227 mountaineers have been permitted to climb the tallest peak on earth this season. The government has permitted a total of 71 expeditions to attempt different peaks across the country this season. But people involved in adventure tourism say the number of expeditions is lower than that of last year. “Perhaps mountaineers have keep their plan on hold as they are skeptic about the political situation in…

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Interaction on Mountain Tourism

April 28 , 2011

Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) organized a daylong interaction on ‘Adventure Mountain Tourism: Issues of Khumbu’ in Lukla on April 26. The interaction was organized on the sidelines of Khumbu Tourism Festival. Around 80 stakeholders, including local tourism entrepreneurs, trekking workers, airline representatives, non-government organizations, among others participated in the interaction. The participants held interactive discussions on porter issues, hotel menu, airlines, marketing of tourism products, responsible tourism practices among others.

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Parties violate ‘no banda’ commitment

April 28 , 2011

Forgetting their commitment of not holding political activities that adversely affect the Nepal Tourism Year 2011 campaign, ethnic fronts of the major political parties enforced a general strike in Kathmandu Valley on 27 April. Senior leaders of all political parties during the soft launch of the campaign in November last year had signed a paper promising not to hold any strike and help the government make the campaign a grand success. The strike vehicular movement, educational institutions and business enterprises from the early morning. The banda enforcers, however, allowed tourist vehicles to ply. However, many tourists could be seen walking…

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Nepal to host int’l hoteliers meet

April 28 , 2011

Nepal is hosting the world congress of the International Hotel and Restaurant Association (IHR&A) in the first week of December. The event was last organized in Nepal about four decades ago. Dr Ghassan Aidi, president of the association, recently met Prime Minister JhalanathKhanal in Kathmandu and sought the support of the government to the event. Responding to Aidi, Khanal promised all possible support to the event and expressed hope that the event would help promote the ongoing Nepal Tourism Year 2011. Khanal also told Aidi that Nepal looks forward to become a major tourist destination in the world. The association…

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2nd intl airport to cost $600 million

April 20 , 2011

The much-talked about second international airport at Nijgadh in Bara district can be brought into operation within four years at the investment of $ 600 million (Rs 42 billion), a feasibility report for the mega infrastructure project states. Landmark Worldwide (LMW), a Korean company appointed to conduct a detailed feasibility study (DFS), submitted its report to the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Aviation (MoTCA) on April 10.  The proposed airport site lies 150 kilometers from Kathmandu by road. According to the report, the first phase of the airport can be completed by May 2015 with an investment of $600 million.…

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Octogenarian Nepali to attempt Mt Everest

April 20 , 2011

Former Foreign Minister of Nepal Shailendra Kumar Upadhyaya, 82, aims to become the oldest man on the summit of the tallest peak on earth by reaching the summit of Mt Everest (8848m) this spring. Upadhyaya, who also served as Nepal’s permanent representative to United Nations, said he wants to raise awareness about the capabilities of elderly people by reaching the summit of Mt Everest. "Mountaineering is not all about physical strength. You’ll have to be mentally strong to accomplish this climb," Upadhyaya said. Upadhya, along with five guides and Sherpas, have already left for the Everest Base Camp. If successful,…

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Nepal, Bhutan to revise ASA

April 18 , 2011

Nepal and Bhutan have agreed in principle to revise existing Air Service Agreement (ASA) between the two countries. The two sides reached an agreement to this effect during a meeting between Prime Minister JhalanathKhanal and his Bhutanese counterpart Jigme Y Thinley on April 15. Speaking at a press conference before wrapping up his three-day official visit to Nepal, Thinley said they have agreed to renew the air service agreement, which will include, among other things,Druk Air flight between Bagdora in India and Kathmandu. “India has already given us fifth freedom rights to operate the flight. And we are hopeful that…

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Air Asia flying to Kathmandu from June

April 13 , 2011

Malaysia based budget carrier, Air Asia, is planning to operate direct flights in the Kuala Lampur-Kathmandu sector from June. The company disclosed that it would start its operation with two flights a week. “All preparation for the operation of flights is in the final stage,” said an official of Incentive Tours and Travels (ITT), General Sales Agent (GSA) of Air Asia in Nepal. The official said Air Asia has already got the permission to operate up to four flights a week from civil aviation authority of Malaysia. It is yet to complete formalities in Nepal though.  Air Asia had applied…

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Home stay workshop concludes

April 06 , 2011

The first national level home stay workshop concluded in Kathmandu on30 March, making a an eight-point commitments to make the conceptfruitful.Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation Khadga Bahadur Bishwokarma hadinaugurated the Workshop on 29 March at Kapan Gumba School. Kapan is amodel VDC in Kathmandu that has been promoting home stay.Around 160 home stay operators and tourism experts from almost alldistricts of the country had participated in the two-day workshop. Themeet was organized to discuss infrastructure development, humanresources and management to promote home stay.The Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Taragaun DevelopmentCommittee and Nepal Tourism Board had jointly organised the…

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Tourist arrivals up in March

April 06 , 2011

Tourist arrivals to the country via air in the month of recorded a growth of 4.6 percent. Arrivals in January and February had increased by 26.2 percent and 18.4 percent respectively. By the first three months of 2011, Nepal received a total of 118,000 tourists - a rise of 12.5 percent as compared to arrival figures of same period last year. According to Immigration Office at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), a total of 46,491 visitors flew into the country in March. Arrivals from India -- the largest tourist generating market for the country -- recorded a positive growth of 28…

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TAAN celebrates Lhosar with great fanfare

March 22 , 2011

Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) celebrated Lhosar festival – the New Year festival of different ethnic communities – by organizing TAAN Lhosar Dinner on March 17. Cultural programs, comedy performance by Jire Khursani Group and performances by popular singers were the major attractions of the program. Participants of the program were seen exchanging Khadas and wishing their friends and families. The program saw the participation of government officials, representatives of different travel trade associations and industry people, among others, executive committee members of TAAN and TAAN member agencies. TAAN has been organizing the program every year.

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NRB to issue NTY 2011 coins

March 22 , 2011

Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) is issuing special commemorative coins for Nepal Tourism Year (NTY) 2011 campaign. The central bank will issue two coins of Rs 1,000 and Rs 50 denominations once its proposal is approved by the cabinet. The coin of Rs 1,000 denomination will be of silver, while the Rs 50 coin will be of cupronickel (alloy of copper and silver). The NRB is issuing 1,000 units of silver coins and 10,000 units of cupronickel coins as per the request of NTY Program Implementation Committee. The coins will bear the logo of NTY 2011 campaign. NRB had issue coins…

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Lhosar Dinner Ball on March 17

March 16 , 2011

Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) is organizing celebrating the Chyak Mo-Hyad Lo 2138 by organizing fun-filled entertainment program Lhosar Dinner Ball at Hotel Yak and Yeti on March 17. TAAN has been organizing the event every year to share best wishes of the festival among travel trade people. Popular artistes like Kunti Moktan and Lhakpa Sherpa and the famous Mero Bassai Group among others are performing live in the event. The program will be attended by ministers, high-ranking government officials, representatives of different travel trade associations, industry people and media persons, among others.

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Four Nepali women to attempt Annapurna IV

March 15 , 2011

Four Nepali women to attempt Annapurna IV

Four Nepali women are planning to summit Mt Annapurna IV (7,525) this spring. The Nepali Women Annapurna Expedition 2001 will try to put Nirma Rai of Solukhumbu, Muna Gurung of Manang, Saraswati BK of Kaski and Shantikala Rai of Solukhumbu to the summit of Mt Annapurna IV. The expedition is jointly organized by Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) Pokhara Chapter, Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) Annapurna Chapter and Pokhara-based Empowerment of Women Nepal (EWN). At a press meet organized at TAAN Secretariat in Kathmandu on March 14, the women mountaineers said they were all prepared for the summit. "All of…

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Clothing bank for trekking workers in Pokhara

March 13 , 2011

Clothing bank for trekking workers in Pokhara

Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) has brought into operation a clothing bank for trekking workers Pokhara. The bank will provide warm clothing for trekking workers heading different routes in the Annapurna region.Mahendra Singh Thapa, 2nd vice president of TAAN, handed over 200 sets of jacket, trouser and shoes to Som Thapa, president of TAAN Pokhara Chapter, amidst a function on Feb 26.TAAN has already brought into operation similar clothing bank in Lukla.Trekking workers can borrow warm jacket, trouser and shoes by paying just Rs 15 per day. But the workers need to return the clothes and shoes to TAAN…

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Growth in arrivals continues in February

March 03 , 2011

Growth in arrivals continues in February

Tourist arrivals via air in the second month of 2011 increased by 12.2 percent as compared to arrival figure of same period last year. Total arrivals in the first months of 2011 reached 70,498, which is a rise of 18.4 percent as compared to arrival figures of same period last year.According to Immigration Office at Tribhuvan International Airport, arrivals from the South Asian segment increased by a whopping 31.8 percent contributed by strong growth from India (39.9 percent) and Bangladesh (14.4 percent). However, arrivals from Sri Lanka and Pakistan declined by 27.0 percent and 7.1 percent respectively. Arrivals from Asia…

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Civil servants all set to climb Mt Everest

March 01 , 2011

Civil servants all set to climb Mt Everest

With the objectives of attracting civil servants from abroad to visit Nepal and promote Nepal Tourism Year (NTY) 2011, a group of civil servants are preparing to climb Mt Everest this spring.  A team of 15 government employees, including a secretary and two joint secretaries, are participating in possibly the first of its kind expedition on Mt Everest.The government has allocated a budget of Rs 300 million for the expedition.Speaking at a media briefing in Kathmandu, Chief Secretary Madhav Prasad Ghimire expressed hope that the expedition would be useful for civil servants to know mountaineering tourism closely. Ghimire said he…

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International canyoning event from April 7

March 01 , 2011

International canyoning event from April 7

Nepal is hosting the International Canyon Rendezvous 2011 for the first time in Asia. The event will be held from April 7 to 13 at Syange in Marshyangdi Valley.Tilak Lama, chairman of Nepal Canyoning Association – the local organizer of the event – said the association with support of Himalayan Canyon Team and Federation Francaise de Speleologie (FFS) would organize the event."As the event is being held on the occasion of Nepal Tourism Year 2011, it will contribute to promote adventure tourism in Nepal," Lama added.The event was first held in Spain in 2003. The most recent one was hosted…

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Nepal promoted in Italy

February 27 , 2011

Nepal promoted in Italy

Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), along with four participants from the Nepali travel trade agencies, successfully participated in the BIT Fair held in Milan of Italy from Feb 17-20. The Borsa Internationale del Turismo (BIT) Fair is dedicated to operators, provides new contents in travel, services and trainings, enhancing what is in offer for travelers with new trends and emerging destinations, NTB said in a statement. "BIT 2011 especially confirmed its role as a privileged marketplace for the tourisms sector for the entire participants," it added. About 130 countries from all around the world participated in the fair. The four-day fair…

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