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Team climbs Mt. Tilicho

November 12 , 2006

Three members of the Slovak Mountaineering Expedition Tilicho Peak climbed the 7,134-metre Mt. Tilicho on October 14, 2006. According to a press release issued by the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, the successful climbers were Mr. Ivan Prokop, 41, Mr. Stanislav Tomovic, 39, and Mr. Vladimir Gembes, 30. Led by Mr. Marian Sajnoha, the team, which had 8 members, was permitted to scale the peak from Northeast route for the period of 60 days from September 21, 2006. Meanwhile, Mr. Ivan Prokop died while descending from the peak by falling down the crevasse on October 14.

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Nepal takes part in JATA mart

November 12 , 2006

Nepal Tourism Board, Nepal Airlines and private sector of Nepal jointly participated in the JATA Congress and World Travel Fair 2006 held between September 21 and 24, 2006 in Tokyo, Japan. This year, a large number of exhibitors from all over the world took part in the mart. The According to the Japan Association of the Travel Agents (JATA), about 38048 trade visitors and media persons and more than 68,000 consumers visited the fair this year. NTB participated at the said fair with the new tourism branding theme "Naturally Nepal, Once is not Enough." A large number of consumers visited…

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Suketar airport reopens

November 12 , 2006

The Suketar airport in the Taplejung district has reopened since October 6, 2006 after three-month closure. With the reopening of the airport, the Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) has resumed its flights from Biratnagar to Taplejung. According to the airport management, NAC operates three flights a week and the Yeti Airlines flies once a week. Located at a height of 2,480 metres above sea level, the airport is in operation from October to July. During other months, the airport remains close due to bad weather.

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Japanese climbers scale Mt. Manaslu, Mt. Panbari

November 12 , 2006

Eight members of the Japanese Mt. Manaslu Expedition 2006 climbed Mt. Manaslu (8,163m.) on October 1, 2006, according to the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA). Those who made it to the top were Yoshitomi Okura, 55, Takeshi Ogawa, 65, and Masami Yamanashi, 64, of Japan, and Sherab Jangbu Sherpa, 37, Nima Tenji Sherpa, 36, Pemba Gyalzen Sherpa, 38, Ongje Sherpa, 23, and Nima Gyalzen Sherpa, 30. The team, which was led by Yoshitomi Okura, had made the attempt on the peak to mark the 50th anniversary of the first ascent of Mt. Manaslu in 1956. Similarly, five…

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14 climbers climb Everest

November 12 , 2006

Five members of the Berg Adventures Everest 2006 of USA and an NTV photographer and eight Sherpas, made it to the top of Mt. Everest from South Col. on October 18. According to the Tourism Industry Division under the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, the climbers included Bryce Brown Kendall, 32, of Canada and Americans Dave Hahn, 45, Catherine Katzenbach, 37, Robert Sumner Deslauries, 41, and James Chin, 32.Similarly, Dawa Sonam Sherpa, 39, Lakpa Chhiri Sherpa, 32, Pemba Dorjee Sherpa, 45, Mingma Ongel Sherpa, 28, Pasang Tenzing Sherpa, 28, Da Nuru Sherpa, 47, Dawa Tshering Sherpa, 34, Lakpa…

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TRC comes into force

November 12 , 2006

(please update it) TRC comes into force The much-awaited provision of Trekking Registration Certificate (TRC) has come into force from October 21, 2006. Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) has started issuing TRC documents to trekkers from Thamel and Pokhara counters. At the inaugural ceremony on Saturday at TRC office, Thamel, on Saturday (Oct. 21, 2006), Mr. Narendra B.C., the President of TAAN, launched TRC by issuing a TRC document. He expressed the view that the provision of TRC would help control illegal operations in the trekking business. Similarly, Mr. Deepak Mahat, Immediate Past President of TAAN and coordinator of…

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Gyawali urges for resumption of Aeroflot flights

November 12 , 2006

The number of Russian tourist has been increasing over the years. As a tourist destination, Nepal can attract more tourists from Russia if more extra marketing and promotional efforts are made in this direction.Opening an interaction programme in Kathmandu on October 18, 2006, Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Mr. Pradip Kumar Gyawali emphasised the need for resumption of Aeroflot between Kathmandu and Moscow. On the occasion, Russian Ambassador to Nepal Andrei Trofimov said that Russia has been ready to extend necessary help to Nepal for tourism promotion. Tourfilm Jury Prix award for NTB Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) has…

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TAAN demands NMA

November 09 , 2006

TAAN demands NMA's restructuring Trekking Agents Association of Nepal (TAAN) has demanded that the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) be restructured and developed into an effective national alpine club of Nepal. The umbrella organisation of more than 550 registered trekking agencies has urged the government to form a probe committee to look into the cases of fiscal irregularity and corruption within NMA. "It is a matter of serious concern that the NMA's present executive committee has deprived trekking agents, climbers and other deserving people from its membership," reads a press statement issued by TAAN in Kathmandu on June 16, 2006. Charging…

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Information about TRC

November 08 , 2006

Information about TRC Trekking Agents Association of Nepal (TAAN) has been entrusted with the responsibility of issuing Trekking Registration Certificate (TRC) to foreign tourists interested to visit open trekking areas in the country. The new provision is going to be launched on World Tourism Day (September 27, 2006) and come into effect from October 1 this year. The Nepal Government has decided to introduce TRC in order to control illegal operations in the Nepalese trekking industry and to ensure safety and security of the visiting trekkers. Please, find the details regarding TRC below: REGISTRATION REQUIRED FOR TREKKERS With a view…

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Trekking Registration Certificate (TRC):

November 08 , 2006

Trekking Registration Certificate (TRC): A mandatory provision for all trekkers interested to visit the General Trekking Areas of NepalGreetings to all our Valued Guests!!!At the outset, Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN), an umbrella organization of the registered trekking agencies in Nepal, would like to welcome you all to this country of Sagarmatha (Mt. Everest) and the birthplace of Lord Buddha, the epistle of peace. Nepal is a country with the unique and perfect combination of the Nature and the Culture. As the newly enforced trekking regulation, which has been introduced by the Government of Nepal, may not have been…

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Yak & Yeti resumes operation

October 17 , 2006

The Yak & Yeti Hotel, one of the six five-star hotels in the capital city of Kathmandu, has resumed operation from August1, 2006. after eight months of closure. The hotel had remained closed for eight months due to conflict between the management and the trade unions. Following the a series of talks between the hotel management and the trade unions at the initiative of Hotel Association Nepal (HAN), the two sides agreed to resume operation. The 270-room hotel employs about 400 staff.

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Dangi assumes duty

October 17 , 2006

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) Mr. Tek Bahadur Dangi has assumed his duty since July 30, 2006, as the Appellate Court Lalitpur issued an interim order on July 28 in the name of the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) and the management board of NTB not to prevent him from performing his official duty. On July 21, Mr. Dangi filed a writ petition at the court demanding that he should be allowed to complete his four-year tenure, as he was selected through open competition.

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Tourist arrivals up in July

October 17 , 2006

Tourist arrivals in Nepal have shown an upward trend for the second consecutive month this summer with July witnessing a 7.2% growth by air alone. A total of 20,904 tourists visited the country during the month. The figure is a 13.1% and 2.2% from India and third countries respectively, as compared to the number of the corresponding month last year, according to the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation. Indian tourists have continued to be the single largest contributor (47.9%) to the total arrival figure for the month of July. Similarly, the number of Japanese tourists increased by 7%.…

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Second BIMSTEC tourism ministers’ meet kicks off in Kathmandu

October 17 , 2006

The second roundtable meeting of BISMTEC (Bangladesh- India- Myanmar-Sri Lanka-Thailand Economic Co-operation) tourism ministers has kicked off in Kathmandu on August 28. The three-day meeting aims to promote regional cooperation in tourism development. The meeting is focusing on expanding and exchanging multi-sectoral cooperation among the member countries so as to enable them to reap benefits from the existing rich cultural and natural heritage. “As the region has huge potential for tourism promotion, we are proposing for collective efforts and concrete plan of action for the proper utilization of the resources,” said Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Mr. Pradeep…

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2nd BIMSTEC tourism ministers

October 17 , 2006

The Second BIMSTEC Tourism Ministers' Roundtable and Workshop concluded with the signing of Kathmandu Declaration and adopting 14-point Plan of Action, on August 29, 2006. As per the Plan of Action, the major areas of cooperation and action agreed upon are formation of BIMSTEC Tourism Information Centre; establishment of BIMSTEC Tourism Fund; development of tour packages (for two or more countries) including Buddhist Circuit, eco-tourism, adventure-tourism and MICE tourism products; organising familiarization trips for journalists/tour operators, travel facilitation within BIMSTEC member countries; felicitate student exchanges; parity in entrance fee at archeological sites; extending of accessibility by air, land and water;…

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Nepal likely to be included in India’s LTC list

October 17 , 2006

Nepal likely to be included in India’s LTC list The Government of India might include Nepal in the list of India’s Leave Travel Concession (LTC) as a travel destination. Once this materializes, Nepal will get the status of travel destination for two million Indian civil servants and their spouses. Until now, India has offered the facility only for domestic travel. As per media reports, Ambika Soni, Indian Tourism Minister, has disclosed that India was considering the proposal to include Nepal in its concession-destination positively. The influential minister was recently in Kathmandu to attend Second BIMSTEC Tourism Ministers' meet. Soni said…

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Interaction for tourism promotion held in London

October 17 , 2006

In a bid to promote Nepal as a holiday destination for British travelers, an interaction-cum-press conference was organized at the Nepal Travel and Tourism Press Meet and Interaction Programme was organised by Friends of Britain and Nepal, Nepal Tourism Organisation (FBNNTO), UK, at the Embassy of Nepal on August 24, 2006. At the programme, local travel and tour operators were asked to sell Nepal more effectively in a more affective manner at a time when peace process has been taking a momentum in the country. The media people were also requested to disseminate information about the political changes that have…

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TAAN introducing TRC from October 1

October 17 , 2006

As per the mandate of the Nepal Government, Trekking Agents Association of Nepal (TAAN) is going to introduce Trekking Registration Certificate (TRC) from October 1, 2006. The provision of TRC will be enforced in a bid to control illegal practices in the trekking sector and to help ensure safety and security of trekkers. Under the new provision, all the trekkers will have to go on trekking in the open trekking areas of the country only through the registered trekking agencies after taking a TRC. As administrative and service fee, TAAN will charge Rs. 250 from the trekking agencies for issuing…

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Impressions of Manang

October 09 , 2006

"Impressions of Manang" to be displayed Nine Nepali artists are all set to embark on an artistic adventure against the backdrop of the mighty Annapurna. “Impressions of Manang” is a two-week art workshop. Artists Sudarshan Bikram Rana, Sunita Rana, Hareram Jojiju “JoJu”, Bidhata K.C, Bikrant Man Shrestha, Himalaya Gautam, Erina Tamrakar, Rajendra K.C. and Prakash Chandwadhkar will be presenting their art works. The exhibition is going to be organised from September 11-12 at the Nepal Tourism Board Hall, from September 14 to 20 at Singha Art Gallery at the Patan Industrial Estate and from September 27 to October 7 at…

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Maoist leaders to help promote tourism

September 27 , 2006

At a time when the entire tourism industry was concerned about the future move of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), the party’s supreme leader Mr. Prachand (Pushpa Kamal Dahal) and other senior leaders expressed their commitment to supporting tourism. Speaking at an interaction programme organized by Hotel Association Nepal (HAN) in Kathmandu on July 10, 2006, Mr. Prachand underlined the need of promoting tourism to give a boost to the country’s economy. “The tourism industry should be promoted to raise the living standard of the people,” he said. Similarly, politburo member and leader of the CPN (Maoist) Dr. Babu…

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