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IA to resume flights on Kathmandu-Varanasi route from Sept. 15

November 12 , 2006

Indian Airlines will be resuming its scheduled daily flight on Kathmandu-Varanasi-Kathmandu sector with effective from September 15, 2006. The airlines has decided to resume its flights considering the growing air traffic this season. The Indian Airlines flight will depart from Kathmandu at 1510 local time and will arrive Kathmandu at 1420 local time, according to the airlines.

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Tourist arrivals decline

November 12 , 2006

Visitors' arriving to Nepal by air recorded a decline of 12.2% in the month of August, 2006 as compared to the figure of the same period last year. Arrivals from India went down by 23.9% and third country arrivals decreased by 3.9%. Only a total of 22,813 visitors visited Nepal in the month, according to the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation. Except for Japan, the Asian market showed a downward trend in terms of tourist arrivals. Arrivals from Bangladesh declined by 58.7%. The Chinese market suffered by 27.4% with the rest of South East Asia, except for Malaysia…

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Sweden lifts travel advisory against Nepal

November 12 , 2006

The Government of Sweden has lifted the travel advisory against Nepal effective from September 7, 2006. It was stated in a letter sent to Nepalese Embassy- UK by Dr. Roland Dahlam, Consul General of Nepalese Consulate General in Sweden, according to a news report of the NTB Media Centre. The lifting of travel advisory will allow the Swedish travellers to get travel insurance to visit Nepal. Travel insurance is very common among the Swedish population and will again be effective in connection with travel to Nepal, he said. Dr. Dahlman said that it would help to increase the number of…

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More foreign airlines flying to Nepal

November 12 , 2006

With the cease-fire turning into permanent peace, the entire tourism industry is in the process of revival. Both the Seven Party Alliance (SPA) government and the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) leaderships have expressed their commitment that they would give the much-required positive message to the country soon by holding summit peace talks before the Dashain festival. Against this backdrop, some six international airlines are in the process of operating their flights to Nepal soon. According to the latest news reports, GMG Bangladesh, Orient Thai, Air Arabia, Korean Air, Etihad, and Sri Lankan Airlines are flying to Kathmandu as a…

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TAAN holds its 28th AGM

November 12 , 2006

With the date for the implementation of the Trekking Registration Certificate (TRC) nearing, the government has recently approved the TRC Directives as submitted by a taskforce. TRC is coming into force from October 1, 2006. As assigned by the government, Trekking Agents Association of Nepal (TAAN) will issue TRC for the trekkers interested to go on trekking in the open areas of the country. Similarly, the government has adopted temporary measures to encourage more foreign international airlines to operate flights to Nepal. ‚ÄúConsidering the unavailability of required flights for this season, we have decided to allow international airlines to add…

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Search, rescue operations stepped up to locate missing chopper

November 12 , 2006

Despite massive search and rescue operations, the whereabouts of the chopper that has gone missing since Saturday (September 23, 2006) morning is still unknown. The bad weather has hampered the rescue operations. A total of 24 persons, including State Minister for Forest and Soil Conservation Gopal Rai, were aboard. They included some foreign embassy officials, senior World Wildlife Fund (WWF) officials, conservation officials from Nepal and two journalists. Minister Rai and the officials from the WWF had reached Taplejung to attend a function to mark the handing over of the Kanchanjunga Conservation Area to the local community. The helicopter of…

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Dashain celebrations begin

November 12 , 2006

The festival of Dashain, which is the greatest festival celebrated throughout Nepal during September-October, has begun. The 15-day auspicious festival falls during the bright lunar fortnight ending on the day of the full moon. The goddess Durga, in all her manifestations, is worshipped with abundant offerings and sacrifices of animals. The festival is marked as part of commemoration of a great victory of the gods over the wicked demons. One of the stories related to the victory is narrated in the Ramayan. As per the story, the lord Ram, after a big struggle, slaughtered Ravana, the fiendish king of demons.…

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Newly developed tourist areas on Internet

November 12 , 2006

Newly developed tourism areas on Internet Information on rural areas like the western exotic destination of Dolpo is just a click away. Travellers and trekking agencies within Nepal, or in any part of the world can easily access information like off the beaten trails, pictures, permit fees, videos, weather of far away remote places. Tourism for Rural Poverty Alleviation Programme (TRPAP) and Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) have developed websites for different product areas viz, Dolpa, Solukhumbu, Chitwan, Langtang (Rasuwa), Kanchenjungha (Taplejung). The links are: Solukhumbu: www.welcomenepal.com/everest Dolpa: www.welcomenepal.com/dolpa Chitwan: www.welcomenepal.com/chitwan Rasuwa: www.welcomenepal.com/langtang Taplejung: www.welcomenepal.com/kanchenjungha Information on Lumbini can be accessed…

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Tourist arrivals up in Rasuwa

November 12 , 2006

With the improved law and order situation, the number of tourists visiting the Langtang region has increased this year as compared to the last year. According to the Langtang National Park, about 10-12 tourists have been visiting the area daily this year. The tourists are found visiting Gatlang, Goljung, Chilime, Briddim, Thuman, Nagthali, Langtang and Kyangjin areas. They seem to be attracted by local art and culture, graciers, mountain ranges, rural Tamang settlements and lifestyle and biodiversity. Local tourism entrepreneurs are very optmistic now, as the tourism industry has started to revive.

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Nepali Sirdar wins Best Guide Award

November 12 , 2006

A Nepali trekking sirdar has become one of the winners of the first ever global award for tour guides. The Wanderlust announced Shes Kanta Sharma, who works in the Annapurna region, and Manda Chisanga, a safari guide from Zambia, as the winners of the Paul Morrison Guide Award. More than 70 guides from around the world were nominated for the award this year. As per a news report, the judging panel was led by best-selling travel writer Bill Bryson and comprised members Lyn Hughes of Wanderlust, top naturalist Mark Carwardine, and Mark Ellingham, founder of Rough Guides. Shes Kanta Sharma,…

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Foreign envoys to take Bhai tika collectively

November 12 , 2006

All the foreign ambassadors working in Nepal are scheduled to take the tika collectively in the capital on the day of Bhai Tika, which falls on October 24 this year. The Didi Bahini Foundation Nepal, Nepal Tourism Board and Kumudini High School, Kalimati are going to make necessary arrangements for this. The tika offering ceremony will take place at the Hotel Soaltee Crown Plaza at 4 p.m. The organisers said that the programme is going to be organised in order to protect the tradition.

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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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