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Messenger wins paragliding championship

February 23 , 2011

Messenger wins paragliding championship

British pilot Jamie Messenger won the 12th Open International Paragliding Tournament organized in Pokhara on Feb 22.  Messenger had won the title last year as well. Indian paraglider Debu Chaudhary and Swiss Sebastian finished second and third respectively. The winner and runners-up pocketed Rs 25,000, Rs 20,000 and Rs 15,000. Among Nepali pilots, Yogesh Bhattarai, Khum Bahadur Gurung and Prakash Gurung grabbed the top three positions. In women's category, Ezavela of Germany, Alina Motta of Finland and Trisha Shrestha of Nepal claimed the top three positions. Other winners include Peter Lankar (best acrobat), Bijay Dhakal (best spot landing), Milan Pariyar (best safe…

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TAAN clinch second position in NTY Cup Football

February 17 , 2011

TAAN clinch second position in NTY Cup Football

Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) has bagged second position in the Nepal Tourism Year Cup Football Tournament organized recently at the Sano Gaucharan ground in Gyaneshwar. A total of eight teams – TAAN, Nepal Association of Tour and Travel Agents (NATTA), Tourist Guide Association of Nepal (TURGAN), Nepal Association of Rafting Agents (NARA), Society for Travel and Tour Operators (SOTTO) Nepal, Tourist Vehicle Association of Nepal, Journalists Association for Tourism and Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation – had participated in the day-long event organized by Gantabya Nepal Publications. In the opening match, TAAN defeated NATTA in a tie-breaker…

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Goma Air to start operation in western hills

February 17 , 2011

Goma Air -- a newly established airline – is all set to start operations in remote hilly districts of mid and far western region with its base at Surkhet. The airline has already brought two Cessna Caravan single engine aircraft to start operation. To begin with, the airline will operate flights to Jumla, Mugu, Humla, Bajhang and Bajura. The airline with an investment of Rs 250 million plans to operate passenger and cargo flights.  Cessna Caravan aircraft has the capacity to carry 1,300 kg cargo. The airline is promoted by six experienced captains and two aeronautical engineers among others. It…

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Airlines raise fare by 30 pc

February 17 , 2011

Airlines raise fare by 30 pc

Private domestic airlines have raise fares by as much as 30 percent, citing rising prices of aviation fuel. This has made airfare on domestic routes dearer by Rs 250 to Rs 500. Airline operators said the increment came into effect from Feb 16. The government had permitted us to raise airfare from Feb 13, the said. The Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, on the basis of inflation in the last five years, allowed the airlines to adjust the airfare. The government allowed airlines to hike airfare as per the report from a study committee formed in November last year.…

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Buddha Air suspends Paro flights

February 13 , 2011

Buddha Air suspends Paro flights

Buddha Air has suspended regular flights to Paro of Bhutan after a sharp drop in number of Bhutanese passengers. The airline said the number of Bhutanese passengers dropped following Dec 15 Tara Air crash in Nepal which killed all 22 passengers on board, including 18 Bhutanese nationals. Sources close to the airline said the number dropped due a Bhutanese government advice that suggested Bhutanese nationals against boarding aircraft registered in Nepal. Paro is Buddha's first international destination. It was the first international airline to operate flights to and from Paro. The airline has also started flying to Lucknow of India.…

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Pokhara airport handled record flights in 2010

February 13 , 2011

Pokhara airport handled record flights in 2010

Pokhara airport handled a record number of flights in 2010. The airport handled 25,658 flights during the year, up from 21,513 handled in 2009. Number of flights handled by the airport had been declining since 2000 when the airport handled 22,775 flights. The number of flights started declining after 2000 due to insurgency. The rise in number of flights at Pokhara airport bodes well for the Nepal Tourism Year 2011 campaign. The government expects to welcome one million visitors during the year. The increment in the number of flights is due to healthy increment in arrivals of domestic as well…

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TAAN hosted luncheon for PATA delegates

February 13 , 2011

TAAN hosted luncheon for PATA delegates

Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) hosted a luncheon for delegates of Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Adventure Travel and Responsible Tourism Conference and Mart 2011 at Fulbari Hotel & Spa on Feb 8. More than 200 participants, including all PATA delegates, attended the luncheon. TAAN had also hosted luncheon for delegates Adventure Travel and Responsible Tourism Conference and Mart last year. The event, which concluded on Feb 10,  attracted about 200 delegates. Sellers and buyers from countries like Bhutan, India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Nepal, Russia, Poland and Canada participated actively in the event. The event was hosted by Nepal…

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Sindhupalchowk eyes 40,000 visitors a year

February 09 , 2011

Sindhupalchowk district is targeting to welcome 40,000 foreign tourists a year by 2020. The integrated tourism master plan of the district, which was prepared with financial and technical assistance of District Development Committee (DDC), Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN), Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) and MEDEP/UNDP, is in line with the Tourism Policy endorsed recently by the district council meeting. The district home to beautiful Sherpa settlements, glaciers and high mountains is already a popular destination among visitors.  Local Development Officer Krishna Prasad Aryal said the draft of the master plan has been forwarded to NTB for approval. “We will…

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Arrivals up 26 pc in January

February 07 , 2011

Nepal is all set to record bumper tourist arrival in 2011 if the arrival figures in January – the first month of Nepal Tourism Year 2011 – are anything to go by. A total of 32,914 foreign visitors entered the country via air in the month, 26.2 percent more than the arrival figures recorded in the same period last year. Healthy rise in tourist arrival in January is contributed by positive growths from all major markets. India, which constitutes the major market of Nepal, recorded positive growth of 35.5 percent. Arrivals from SAARC region grew by 28.8 percent, thanks to…

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AOAN asks govt to review airfare

February 01 , 2011

AOAN asks govt to review airfare

Airline Operators Association of Nepal (AOAN) has requested the government to increase fare on different air routes. Issuing a press statement on Jan 31, the association of private carriers in the country drew the attention of the concerned government authority to review airfare at the earliest.   Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoTCA) reviews airfare every two years taking into consideration components like fuel cost and maintenance cost among others.   “Airline operators are facing financial burden as the airfare hasn´t been review for the last five years,” the statement added.   MoTCA had formed a taskforce to review…

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Call to declare Bhotekoshi River a protected area

February 01 , 2011

Call to declare Bhotekoshi River a protected area

Tourism entrepreneurs have demanded the government to develop Bhotekoshi River a protected area and promote it as a destination for water-based tourism activities. Bhotekoshi is regarded as one of the best destinations for water excursions.   Speaking at an interaction on ´Importance of Bhotekoshi River in the Development of Tourism´ organized recently in Sindhupalchowk district, they expressed concerns over construction of dams, haphazard sand excavations and pollution, and demanded that the government declare Bhotekoshi River a protected area.   Mahendra Singh Thapa, vice-president of Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN), said the river was fast getting polluted due to open…

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Nepal to host PATA Adventure Travel Mart 2011

January 27 , 2011

Nepal is hosting the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Adventure Travel Mart and Responsible Tourism Conference 2011. Nepal was selected host for the event as the country is celebrating the year 2011 as Nepal Tourism Year. The four-day event will be organized at Fulbari Resort & Spa in Pokhara from Feb 7. The event is expected to bring together people involved in adventure travel and responsible tourism and create new opportunities for promoting environmental protection and social sustainability within the industry, PATA said in a statement. "Located in the western region, in the lap of the magnificent 6993 m high Mt Machhapuchhre…

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Air Arabia claims $1m compensation from govt

January 27 , 2011

Air Arabia has sought $1million as compensation from the government to recoup loss that it incurred due to cancellation of its Kathmandu-Malaysia flights at the eleventh hour. The government had allowed Air Arabia to enjoy fifth-freedom rights and operate flight on Kathmandu-Malaysia route. However, it directed the airline to postpone its flights due to mounting pressure from all quarters. The UAE-based budget carrier sent a letter to Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation through its general sales agent (GSA) City Express International Travels on Jan 24, demanding $1 million in compensation.  The International Relations and Human Rights Committee of the…

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China Southern doubles Nepal flights

January 27 , 2011

China Southern Airlines has doubled its flights to and from Kathmandu amid increasing demands for air seats. The airline will now fly six times a week The airline has added three more flights per week from Jan 23. The airline will now fly on Guangzhou-Kathmandu-Guangzhou route every day except on Tuesdays.  The increase in flight frequency is expected to bring more tourists to the country as a wide range of domestic network and also international network in countries like South Korea, Japan, Australia and various European nations. Airline sources said rising demand for air tickets and Nepal Tourism Year 2011…

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Number of trekkers to Annapurna region up

January 20 , 2011

The total number of trekkers visiting Annapurna Region increased by 10.67 percent to 88,418 in 2010. This is the highest number of trekkers that the region -- described as one of the best trekking regions in the world – has ever received. The region had received 79,896 trekkers in 2009. The arrivals had fallen to mere 36,000 in 2005 due to Maoist insurgency. According to Annapurna Conservation Area Project, more than 12,000 of the total trekkers were from SAARC countries. Annapurna Region is famous for the world famous Annapurna Circuit and more than a dozen fascinating trails. Spread over 7,000…

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Arrivals via land up 18 pc in 2010

January 20 , 2011

The total number of international tourists entering the country via land increased by 18 percent to 153,757 in 2010. The figure, however, does not include arrivals of Indian tourists. The number, however, is lower than arrival figures of 2007 when a total of 165,992. A total of 130,634 foreign tourists had entered the country via land route in 2009. Total arrivals in 2010 touched all time high of 600,000 in 2010. The country had received a total of 448,769 tourists via air route during the air. The highest number of arrivals via land routes in 2010 was from Sri Lanka,…

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Govt allows airlines to operate additional flights

January 20 , 2011

The Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoTCA) has decided to allow international airlines flying to and from Kathmandu to operate additional flights during 2011. Sources at MoTCA said the decision was taken on Jan 13, keeping in view rise in air traffic during to Nepal Tourism Year 2011 campaign. Sources said carriers can increased their frequency by up to seven flights a week. Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) will issue Temporary Operating Permit (TOP) to airlines to operate additional flights. The permit will be valid till the end of 2011. However, carriers can operate additional flights only during…

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TAAN marks World Tourism Day with hiking cum essay competition

January 18 , 2011

2010-11-10 As a part of celebrating World Tourism Day, Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) organized a hiking cum essay competition at Balthali village of Kavre district on September 24 and 25. Students from different +2 colleges in the Valley along with TAAN staffers attended the program. The hiking began from Namo Buddha in Kavre and progressed along Sankhu VDC to Balthali Village Resort after crossing the Roshi River. In the evening, the students participated in an essay competition on any tourism related issues. A total of 16 students participated in the competition. Te second day began with a hiking…

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Elephant Polo championship begins in Meghauli

January 18 , 2011

2010-12-06 The 29th Elephant Polo Chamionship 2010 kicked off at the Meghauli ground in Chitwan district on November 29. A total eight teams are particpating in the annual event. The event was organised in Bardiya National Park last year after the government directed hotels and restaurants to vacate national parks due to widlife security problem. The championship is organised every year by Tiger Tops Jungle Lodge and Weold Elephant Polo Association. Participating teams this year are National Park Team Nepal, Tiger Tops, Tusker Iceland, Pokka Chukka, British Gurkhas and teams from Scotland, UAE and Afghanistan are participating in the event.…

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Budget prioritizes NTY 2011

January 18 , 2011

2010-12-06 The budget for fiscal year 2010/11, which the budget issued as ordinance on November 20, has announced incentives and heavy investment in tourism infrastructure to boost visitors’ arrival. The government has put Nepal Tourism Year 2011 campaign, which is starting from January, 2011, in high priority. Through the budget, the government has increased the budget for aviation sector to Rs 220 million from Rs 3.55 million in the last year. It has put completion of the detailed feasibility study of Nijagadh International Airport in priority list. Similarly, the budget has allocated funds to upgrade airport infrastructure in Pokhara, Bhairahawa…

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