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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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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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