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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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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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