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TRC to come into effect

September 27 , 2006

The budget for the fiscal year 2006/07 has accorded high priority to the promotion of the tourism industry. The government has decided to implement the much-awaited Trekking Registration Certificate (TRC) through Trekking Agents Association of Nepal (TAAN). TAAN had been demanding for the implementation of TRC to check illegal operations in the trekking industry. Apart from this, the government has decided to waive off additional royalties levied on chartered flights. Similarly, 10 percent fee in international flights has been reduced in order to encourage more foreign airlines to fly in Nepal. The provision of rewarding best five tour operators has…

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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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Tourist arrivals shot up in Bhaktapur

September 27 , 2006

The number of foreign tourists visiting the historic and cultural city of Bhaktapur increased by 5.4 percent in the fiscal year 2005/06 as compared to the figure of the previous year. In the fiscal year 2005/06, a total of 92,230 tourists visited the Bhaktapur city and the municipality collected about Rs. 53.2 million from entry fee, according to the Tourism Section under the Bhaktapur Municipality. A total of 87,605 tourists visited the city in the fiscal year 2004/05 and the municipality had earned Rs. 52.3 million. With its age-old architecture and rich culture of the local people, the Bhaktapur city…

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Maoists not to disturb industrial sector

September 27 , 2006

Senior leaders of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) showed their commitment to allowing industries to operate smoothly. The Maoist leaders Prachand (Pushpa Kamal Dahal) and Dr. Babu Ram Bhattarai reiterated their commitment at an interaction with the office bearers of the Confederation of Nepalese Industries (CNI) in Kathmandu on July 19, 2006. “The Maoist leaders have assured of their cooperation to the industries. They have said they would create a conducive atmosphere for the industries to operate without any fear and threat,” reads a press statement issued by CNI. According to CNI, the leaders also said that they were…

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Joint TRC Policy Formulation Taskforce Formed

September 27 , 2006

Joint TRC Policy Formulation Taskforce Formed A five-member joint Trekking Registration Certificate (TRC) policy formulation taskforce has been formed under Mr. K. N. Dhakal, Under-Secretary at the Tourism Industry Administration Division at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA), as coordinator. Other members of the taskforce include Mr. Deepak Mahat, Immediate Past President of Trekking Agents Association of Nepal (TAAN) and Mr. Mohan Lamsal, TAAN’s Treasurer, and one representative each from Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) and the Department of Immigration. The taskforce will work on policy matters and mechanism concerning TRC implementation and submit its report to the…

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TRC issuance procedure to be simple, practical

September 27 , 2006

TRC issuance procedure to be simple, practical In a bid to collect suggestions and ideas from the member agencies about the implementation of Trekking Registration Certificate (TRC), Trekking Agents Association of Nepal (TAAN) organized an interaction programme in Kathmandu on July 24, 2006. TAAN officials and member agents were unanimous regarding the procedure of the implementation of TRC. They emphasized the need to adopt a simplified procedure for the issuance of TRC. As demanded by TAAN, the Nepal Government has introduced the provision of TRC to help control various anomalies, including illegal operation. TRC is likely to come into effect…

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CPN (Maoist) extends cease-fire for three more months

September 27 , 2006

In what may be its commitment to the peace process, the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) decided on Friday (July 28, 2006) to extend cease-fire for three more months. “The cease-fire has been extended for three more months as per the people’s aspiration for peace,” says a press statement issued by the Maoist Chairman Prachanda. The CPN (Maoist) announced a three-month unilateral ceasefire on April 27, 2006 following the success of the popular movement. The government, which was formed after the movement, also reciprocated it later. The press statement said that the historic eight-point agreement between the ruling Seven Party…

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Nepal opens travel, trekking, rafting businesses to foreign investors

September 27 , 2006

The Nepal Government has opened the travel, trekking and rafting sectors to foreign investment. The government has introduced this provision by amending the Travel and Trekking Regulations and promulgating Rafting Regulations. These sectors were limited only to domestic investors. But foreign investors were allowed to invest in hotels, lodges, casinos and restaurants. More foreign companies are likely to make investments in these sectors in Nepal. This could help Nepal’s entire tourism industry, as the bigger foreign companies will market the country in an effective manner.

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Sagarmatha Award for late Col. Roberts

September 27 , 2006

The Government of Nepal has awarded the Sagarmatha Award to the late Lieutenant Colonel James O.M. Roberts in recognition of his pioneering role in the Nepalese trekking industry and outstanding promotion of mountain tourism in Nepal. The reputed mountaineer and Gurkha officer had founded Nepal’s first trekking agency--the Mountain Travel Nepal, part of the Tiger Mountain Group. The Sagarmatha Award is presented annually by the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, the Government of Nepal, to foreigners who have made significant contributions to Nepal’s development. The award carries a cash purse of Rs. 100,000. According to a press statement…

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Prasai elected new Chairman of PATA-Nepal Chapter

September 27 , 2006

Mr. Shikher Prasai, director of Natraj Tours, has been elected new Chairman of PATA Nepal Chapter during the 31st Annual General Meeting of the organisation on July 26, 2006. Similarly, Ms. Nandini Lahe Thapa, director of Nepal Tourism Board, has been nominated as 1st Vice Chairman, Mr. Raju K. C., Director Nepal Airlines Corporation as 2nd Vice Chairman, Mr. Pawan Tuladhar, Mananging Director of Dharma Treks as Honorary Secretary and Mr. Siddharth Thapa as Honorary Treasurer. The other Executive Members include Mr. Basant R. Mishra, Mr. J. L. Khanna, Mr. Durgesh Raj Dali, Mr. Ashok Pokharel, Mr. Anil Pathak, Mr.…

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Venezuelan climber dies on Pakistani peak

September 27 , 2006

Search teams found the body of a Venezuelan climber and buried him on a snowcapped peak known as "Killer Mountain" in Pakistan, nearly a week after he went missing while scaling the world's ninth highest mountain. Delgado, one of the top mountain climbers of Latin America, was found out in the open and just 400m from a tent thought to be his, according to his expedition's Web site. Though the mountain's name translates as "Naked Mountain" in Pakistan's Urdu language, it is more widely known as "Killer Mountain" because of the many climbers who have lost their lives on its…

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9th TAAN eco-trekking workshop begins in Pokhara

September 27 , 2006

The ninth TAAN eco-trekking workshop kicked off in the tourist city of Pokhara on July 29, 2006. More than 95 participants from various the trekking industry and partner organizations are taking part in the three-day workshop. The annual programme aims to educate the people engaged in the trekking industry and other related organizations about environment-friendly trekking. As resource persons, experts in the fields of ecology, conservation, and energy and mountain tourism share their knowledge and idea with the participants. Inaugurating the workshop, National Programme Manager of Tourism for Rural Poverty Alleviation Programme (TRPAP and chief guest of the opening ceremony,…

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Visitor arrivals up by 13.8% in June

September 25 , 2006

Visitor arrivals up by 13.8% in June The number of foreign tourists visiting Nepal in June this year by air increased by 13.8% as compared to the figure of the corresponding month of 2005. A total of 21,444 visitors came to the country. According to the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, the number of Indian visitors went up by 23%, while the non-Indian market remained stagnant compared to the same period last year. Indian arrivals reached a record high this summer with a total of 14,189 visitors. But Japan, another major contributor from Asian market, also suffered a…

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Himalaya Film Festival in August

August 29 , 2006

As an international film festival for documentaries on the Himalayan region, the 'Himalaya Film Festival Tokyo 2006' is going to be held in Tokyo, Japan August this year. According to a press statement issued by the organizers, the Tokyo Festival will rethink the relationship between humans and nature in the context. The festival coincides with the 50th anniversary of the successful ascent of Mt. Manaslu by a Japanese climbing expedition and also the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Nepal and Japan. The festival had started to be celebrated from Amsterdam, the Netherlands, by a Dutch NGO--…

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Familiarisation trip to Khaptad, Rara

August 29 , 2006

In order to highlight the nature-blessed Khaptad and Rara areas as premier holiday destinations, a familiarization trip for journalists was organized in June this year. Led by Mr. Hikmat Singh Ayer, Acting Director at the Tourism Resources and Product Development Department of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), the team included Ranu Shah and Bishnu Soti and representatives of television channels. The main objective of the trip was to highlight "Ganga Dashera Mela" of the Khaptad region. This is one of the most revered festivals of the far western Nepal. Meanwhile, a new concept of "Wild West Triangle" was introduced by NTB…

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‘New tourism masterplan in offing’

August 29 , 2006

The government is working out plans to introduce a more comprehensive tourism masterplan with a five-decade roadmap, said Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Mr. Pradeep Kumar Gyawali. Mr. Gyawali made the remark while speaking at the 12th annual general meeting of the Thamel Tourism Development Committee at Thamel on July 2nd, 2006. “Necessary relief measures will be introduced soon to give a boost to the conflict-hit Nepalese tourism,” he said. According to him, the upcoming budget will address the issues related to the provision of soft loans and cheap electricity facilities for the tourism entrepreneurs. He also called…

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TAAN welcomes Govt-Maoist pact

August 29 , 2006

TAAN welcomes Govt-Maoist pact Trekking Agents Association of Nepal (TAAN) has welcomed the five-point understanding between the Nepal Government and the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) for the establishment of permanent peace in the country. “The request made by the government and the CPN (Maoist) to the United Nations for carrying out the responsibility of monitoring of peace process reveals their strong commitment to peace and stability,” a press statement issued by TAAN states. The umbrella organization of the trekking agencies is assured that the entire economic sector, especially the tourism industry, will get a boost with the peace process…

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Rice Planting Festival (Ropai Jatra)

August 03 , 2006

Rice Planting Festival (Ropai Jatra)Today Rice Planting Festival (Ropai Jatra) is being organized in the Various part of Nepal. Rice Planting Festival (Ropai Jatra) is the rice planting ceremony in which participants perform plowing and planting on the field. Farmers do planting and ploughing by singing folk songs. This Festival is celebrated every year on Ashad 15(June 29) as a symbol of end of planting period. This year a few tourists participated in the festival and took part in running competition on muddy paddy field in various touristic area of Country. Folk song competitions, planting rice competitions and several other…

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Environment awareness

August 01 , 2006

With a view to generating public awareness about the importance of environment protection, a number of awareness-oriented activities were organised in Dolpa by Tourism for Rural Poverty Alleviation Programme (TRPAP)/ Dolpa and other NGOs working in the field of environment on the occasion of the World Environment Day 2006. According to TRPAP, the programmes were held in settlements of Juphal and Dunai. School-level activities such as speech, art, essay and poetry competitions and cultural programmes were also organised. Similarly, stage drama was and environment news were also put up for the community. The programmes were helpful in raising awareness among…

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Six bodies of those missing in Kanguru area found

August 01 , 2006

After nearly eight months, dead bodies of three Nepali and three French mountaineers were recovered on June 9, 2006. They had gone missing in an avalanche on Mt Kanguru. A news report quoting French ambassador to Nepal, Michel Jolivet, said that the bodies were found by a search operation conducted by the French Embassy. The dead bodies have been brought to Kathmandu. The bodies will be handed over to the victims' families after carrying out forensic test. In a tragic avalanche accident, a total of 18 mountaineers had lost their lives while attempting on Mt. Kanguru (6,981m.) on October 20,…

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