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Talks on attracting Thai investment in Nepal’s tourism sector held

August 01 , 2006

Prime Minister Mr. Girija Prasad Koirala called on his Thai counterpart Thaksin Shinawatra in Bangkok at the latter’s office on June 26, 2006. During the meeting, the two leaders agreed to expand bilateral cooperation, especially in attracting Thai investors in Nepal’s tourism sector. With its large outbound tourists, Thailand could be an important tourist generating market for Nepal. Besides, Bangkok is a major tourist hub in the Southeast Asian Region. The country receives a large number of tourists from across the world annually.

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More flights on Kathmandu-Kuala Lumpur sector

August 01 , 2006

The national flag carrier—Nepal Airlines Corporation—has increased its weekly flights to six from two since June 25, 2006. According to Mr. Raju Bahadur K.C., director at the Marketing Department of the airline, the decision has been taken keeping in view the increasing flow of Nepali workers and tourists. The Kathmandu-Kuala Lumpur-Kathmandu sector has remained a profitable sector for the airline since the beginning of its flights operation in 2003. “Flight occupancy rate stands at 90 percent on the Kathmandu-Kuala Lumpur sector, while it has started to exceed 70 percent on Kuala Lumpur-Kathmandu sector,” K. C. said.

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Nepal Airlines to be converted into public-private enterprise

August 01 , 2006

In a bid to strengthen the national flag carrier—Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC), the government is planning to restructure the ailing airline under the concept of private-public partnership. This was disclosed by Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Mr. Pradeep Kumar Gyawali at the 49th anniversary celebration function of NAC organized in Kathmandu on July 1, 2006. Minister Gyawali said that restructuring of NAC would be a better option to restore its past image as a reliable carrier. “We are doing homework on acquiring new aircraft,” he said.  He stressed on the need for the airline to be financially self-reliant…

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Nepal’s close friend Hashimoto passes away

August 01 , 2006

Nepal’s close friend Hashimoto passes away Former Japanese Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto, who is known as a good friend of Nepal, passed away due to multiple organ failure at the International Medical Centre in Tokyo on July 1, 2006. He was 68 and had undergone abdominal surgery in early June this year. Hashimoto had brought a lot of funds in Nepal on his personal initiative to improve pediatric services and to provide scholarships to the needy students. As the chief of the ongoing Golden Jubilee Celebration of Nepal-Japan Diplomatic Ties in Japan, he was scheduled to visit Nepal in September…

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Kathmandu-Lhasa bus service to continue

July 13 , 2006

Kathmandu-Lhasa bus service to continue

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Appa vows to climb Everest again

July 13 , 2006

Renowned mountaineer Appa Sherpa has said that he would continue climbing Mt. Everest as long as his health permits him to do. As somebody who has broken his own previous record by climbing the world's tallest peak for the 16th time this spring, Appa said that he decided to scale the peak to make sure his team members successfully conquered the 8,848-metre peak and also to achieve the feat. As a Sirdar of the ‘Team No Limits 2006’, an American expedition, he reached atop with the members of the team. It may be recalled here that his wife and children…

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Olympic torch on Mt. Makalu

July 13 , 2006

A five-member team of Italian climbers took the Olympic torch to Mt. Makalu (8,463m.) wishing for peace and prosperity in Nepal. Led by Mario Vielmo, the team climbed Mt. Makalu with the Olympic torch on May 24, 2006. According to team leader Vielmo, his team aimed at bringing the torch to Mt. Makalu for peace and prosperity in Nepal. Another objective of the attempt on the peak was to develop brotherhood between Nepal and Italy. As a well-wisher of Nepal, he is happy with the new political development in Nepal. He has requested all foreigners to visit Nepal for scenic…

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3rd Thuraya-TAAN Mountain Bike Championship

July 13 , 2006

Mr. Dipendra Bajracharya came out first in the 3rd Thuraya-TAAN Mountain Bike Championship (Open Category) organised by Trekking Agents Association of Nepal (TAAN), in association with Nepal Mountain Bike Association (NMBA), Madhyapur Thimi Municipality and Bhaktapur Tourism Development Committee (BTDC), and Tourism Development Committee, Kavre on June 5, 2006, to mark the World Environment Day. . In 59 minutes and 33 seconds, Mr. Bajracharya covered the 20-kilometre distance between Thimi of Madhyapur Thimi Municipality in Bhaktapur district and Kashibhanjyang of Nala Ugrachandi Village Development Committee (VDC) in Kavrepalanchowk district. . Similarly, Mr. Surendra Rai and Mr. Kazi Sherpa emerged second…

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Tourist arrivals down in May

July 13 , 2006

Tourist arrivals recorded a decline by 10.9 per cent in the month of May 2006 as compared to the corresponding month of last year. According to the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA), a total of 18,550 tourists visited Nepal by air in May this year, while the number stood at 20,816 in the same period last year. Tourist arrivals from all SAARC countries, except from Sri Lanka, went down. The number of tourists from India recorded a fall of 5.3 per cent. Similarly, the number of Bangladeshi and Pakistani visitors decreased by 71 per cent and 42.8…

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Diplomat atop Mt. Everest

June 26 , 2006

A team of HG Everest Expedition comprising nine mountaineers, including a diplomat stationed at the British Embassy in Nepal, successfully scaled Mt. Everest on May 18, 2006. The successful mountaineers were 39-year-old British diplomat Serena Helena Brocklebank, British national John Charles Pomfret, 44, Mark Squirrell, 34, of Australia and Addries Norte Botha, 54, a Canadian doctor, according to the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation. Similarly, the Nepalese team members of the expedition to scale the Mt. Everest were Pasang Dawa Sherpa, 36, Pasang Nuru Sherpa, 30, Ang Namgyal Sherpa, 23, Chewang Dorjee Sherpa, 25, and Lakpa Thundu Sherpa.…

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Appa scales Everest for record 16th time

June 26 , 2006

Well-known mountaineer Appa Sherpa has broken his own previous record by scaling Mt. Everest for the 16th time on May 19, 2006. Together with two Sherpas and one American climber, Appa, as a head guide, made it to the top at around 10.50 a.m. on last Friday. The expedition was handled by the Asian Trekking (P) Ltd. Appa's first successful ascent of Everest was on May 10, 1990 and he set foot atop the summit twice in 1992. He has been climbing the world's highest peak regularly since 1990. Appa announced retirement from climbing after he ascended the 8,848-metre peak…

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Peaks scaled

June 26 , 2006

One member of "International Everest Expedition 06" team scaled the 8,848-metre Mt. Everest from Tibet side and came across to the Everest Base Camp of Nepal on 13th May 2006. The Korean climber is Mr. Young Seok Park. Mr. Serap Jangbu Sherpa, a high altitude guide, also made it to the top. Led by Mr. Juan Antonio Oliverieri of Spain, the team included eight members. The handling agency was the Thamserku Trekking (P) Ltd. Eleven members of the Chilean Lhotse Expedition 06 and four supporting high altitude guides climbed the 8,516m. Mt. Lhotse on May 12, 2006. According to the…

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Hillary calls on tourists to visit Nepal

June 26 , 2006

Renowned mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary has called upon foreign tourists to visit Nepal at a time when the process of establishing permanent peace in the country has started. During his recent visit to Nepal, Hillary asked tourists to travel to Nepal in order to help revive the declining economy. “Nepal has many natural gifts to offer for tourists,” he said. He was here to attend a meeting of his charity organization—The Himalaya Trust that has extended support for the construction of school buildings, hospitals and bridges in the Everest Region. Born in 1919, Hillary and the late Tenzing Norgay Sherpa…

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UK softens its travel advisory for Nepal

June 26 , 2006

Considering the recent political change in Nepal, the United Kingdom (UK) has softened its travel advisory for Nepal. As the process of permanent peace and political stability has started, the UK has said it was no longer advising its citizens to avoid the troubled Himalayan country. Late last month, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) had warned British nationals against "all but essential travel" to Nepal late last month as a series of violent demonstrations and strikes raged against the absolute monarchy. The office said that following the embattled monarch's April 24 announcement to reinstate parliament, tensions had eased.

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First round of peace talks held

June 26 , 2006

The much-awaited peace negotiations between the government and the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) were at the deluxe Le Meridian Resort at Gokarna, near the capital city of Kathmandu, on May 26, 2006. The two sides signed a 25-point code of conduct to be observed during the negotiation period. The agreement was jointly signed by Home Minister and leader of the government negotiation team Krishna Prasad Sitaula and Maoist negotiation team coordinator Krishna Bahadur Mahara. As per the agreement, both the sides would cease all types of military activities during the period of ceasefire. Another important aspect of the agreement…

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18th Grand Annual Rafting Festival

June 26 , 2006

Nepal Association of Rafting Agents (NARA) is organising the 18th Grand Annual Rafting Festival on May 27, 2006 in the Trishuli River. Around 800 guests are expected to participate in the event. They are from various sectors such as travel and trekking agencies, hotels, foreign institutions, banks, government officials and colleges. As an umbrella organisation of different rafting agencies, NARA has been organizing such kind of festival since 1989 to highlight this adventure product.

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Bid to promote tourism among SAARC members

June 26 , 2006

As part of promoting tourism among the member states of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), the recent conference of tourism ministers of region held in Dhaka has decided to establish direct air links among them and relax visa restrictions. The 10-day conference that concluded on May 23, 2006 adopted a 12-point agenda to promote tourism among the member States. They also decided to set up separate immigration counters at airports for citizens of SAARC countries and provide special facilities to students and pilgrims. The member States agreed on increasing cooperation for development of human resources for the…

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TAAN delegation meets Minister Gyanwali May 26, 2006

June 26 , 2006

A 15-member delegation of Trekking Agents Association of Nepal (TAAN) called on the newly appointed Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Mr. Pradeep Kumar Gyanwali at the latter's office at Singha Durbar on May 25, 2006. Led by President of TAAN Mr. Narendra B.C., the delegation apprised Minister Gyanwali of various problems faced by the Nepalese trekking industry in the last couple of years. The team asked the Minister to take up some immediate measures for the protection of the faltering trekking business in Nepal. It also urged him to introduce the Trekking Registration Certificate (TRC) system in order…

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More than 290 climbers conquer Everest in Spring 2006

June 26 , 2006

The 53rd Mt. Everest Day was celebrated across the world on May 29, 2006 as part of commemorating the first human ascent of the world's tallest peak. The peak was successfully climbed by Sir Edmund Hillary and late Tenzing Norgay Sherpa on May 29, 1953. More than 294 climbers from different parts of the world climbed the peak from Nepal side this year, with four new records. Among the new record setters are famous climber Appa Sherpa and Lhakpa Sherpa. Appa set a new rcord by climbing for the 16th time, while Lhakpa became the first woman climber to scale…

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Rai wins Tenzing-Hillary Everest Marathon

June 26 , 2006

Deepak Rai, a resident of Solukhumbu district, won the Tenzing-Hillary Everest Marathon. Mr. Rai completed the race in three hours, 28 minutes and 27 seconds, according to a press statement issued by the Marathon Organising Committee. Similarly, Furrie Sherpa became the runner-up by covering the distance in three hours, 35 minutes and 39 seconds, while Lok Bahadur Rokya secured the third position. Rokya completed the race in three hours, 39 minutes and 46 seconds. Meanwhile, 35-year-old mother of three Ang Dami Sherpa became first among women. She completed the race in five hours, six minutes and 55 seconds. Similarly, 16-year-old…

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