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ITB fruitful for countering rumours

April 30 , 2006

The International Tourism Bourse (ITB) held in Berlin, Germany from March 8 to 12, 2006 was proved to be a valuable forum for Nepal to counter rumours being spread in the international sector about the country. Minister of State for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Ms. Yangkila Sherpa said the international community was familiar with Nepal's real situation at ITB. "The fair proved to be productive in eliminating the misconception spread about Nepal," she said. Amista special ceremony held in Berlin, she launched Nepal's new tourism brand—Naturally Nepal Once is not Enough".

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Life returns normalcy in Nepal as Maoists call off blockade

April 30 , 2006

Life has returned to normalcy in Nepal, as the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) called off the blockade from March 20, 2006. The rebels had announced the blockade in the capital and district headquarters for the last six days. In a joint statement issued by the CPN (Maoist), the chairman of the party Prachanda and senior Maoist leader Dr. Baburam Bhattrai have said the party has withdrawn the blockade and all other protest programmes effective from March 20. The party has called off such programmes after reaching an understanding with the agitating seven parties. Meanwhile, the tourism entrepreneurs have welcomed…

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The Buddha Boy Disapperars Again

April 30 , 2006

Ram Bahadur Bomjan, who is described as 'Buddha Boy', was briefly appeared in a forest, talked to locals and disappeared again. According to the Om Namo Buddha Tapaswi Sewa Samiti, Bomjan, who had gone missing on March 11 from under a peepal tree at Ratanpuri on the banks of the Bakaiya river in Bara district, has disappeared again, making a promise to return after six years. The boy was found in a forest at Gopeni, three kilometres southwest from Ratanpuri on March 19, 2006. Locals said that the Buddha Boy was seen walking with seven members of the committee in…

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"ITB effective to counter rumours about Nepal"

April 30 , 2006

The International Tourism Bourse (ITB) held in Berlin, Germany from March 8 to 12, 2006 was proved to be a valuable forum for Nepal to counter rumours being spread in the international sector about the country. Minister of State for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Ms. Yankila Sherpa said the international community was familiar with Nepal's real situation at ITB. "The fair proved to be productive in eliminating the misconception spread about Nepal," she said. Amidst special ceremony held in Berlin, she launched Nepal's new tourism brand—Naturally Nepal Once is not Enough".

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UK soldiers to attempt on Everest

April 30 , 2006

In their bid to set a new record by becoming the first Britons to climb Mt. Everest from its treacherous West Ridge, soldiers from the United Kingdom (UK) will start their adventurous journey soon, according to AP reports. The team of 19 men and two women will tackle the world's highest mountain in temperatures as low as minus 50 degrees Celsius and often fierce winds. Only 19 people, none of them Britons, have managed to conquer the West Ridge route. The team - all experienced high-altitude climbers - will be the first to approach the remote West Ridge in 10…

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Sales mission in Moscow ends

April 30 , 2006

With a view to highlighting Nepal's tourism resources in the Russian market, a sales mission was recently organised in Moscow. The promotional programme was held under the aegis of the Royal Nepalese Embassy in Moscow and Nepal Tourism Board (NTB). As part of the programme, a press conference and tour operators' meeting was in the premises of the embassy. According to NTB, about 150 tour operators and media representatives attended the programme in which NTB disseminated tourism-related information and situation updates of the country and showcased Nepal as an exotic holiday destination. Speaking at the gathering, Royal Nepalese Ambassador to…

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Maoists told to announce ceasefire

April 30 , 2006

The Communist Party of Nepal (UML) has once again called upon the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) to stop violence and announce ceasefire as soon as possible. After holding the meeting of the Standing Committee on March 26, 2006, the party said the violent movement being waged by the Maoists had put the lives of the people to difficulty. Earlier, different political parties, human rights organisations and civil society members told the Maoists to shun violence and help establish permanent peace in the country.  

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Shuttle bus service for passengers

April 30 , 2006

Despite the ongoing pro-democracy movement taking place in Kathmandu and some other parts of the country, domestic as well as international flights are in operation. Considering inconveniences caused by the political movement and curfew to tourists and other air passengers arriving at and departing from Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), in coordination with Tourist Police and various travel trade associations and organisations, has arranged shuttle bus service in Kathmandu. The shuttle buses are operated every hour from airport to various hotels. In addition to this, NTB, Sajha Yatayat, travel agencies and airport taxi operators are also…

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TAAN organises Lhosar Dinner Ball-2006

April 28 , 2006

As its annual fund raising programme, Trekking Agents Association of Nepal (TAAN) organised a Lhosar Dinner Ball-2006 on the auspicious occasion of the ME FO KHILO 2133 Lhosar at Hotel Hyatt Regency on March 9th, 2006. Around 600 participants, including the travel trade people and guests, were present at the programme. They exchanged the New Year greetings at the gathering, which was full of cultural programmes. Speaking at the function, Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Mr. Govind Prasad Pandey extended his hearty felicitations to all the participants on the occasion of Lhosar festival. Mr. Narendra…

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Trekkers start visiting Langtang region

April 28 , 2006

With the beginning of the new tourist season, trekkers have started to be seen at Sybrubensi, Bharkhu and Dunche of Rasuwa district. The places are considered as the main gateways to the country's third most popular trekking area—the Langtang region. Local hoteliers, trekking guides and porters are hopeful that more tourists will be visiting the area this spring season as well. The reason for their high hope is that the region has remained safe and peaceful for tourists as well as locals despite the ongoing political unrest and Maoist insurgency in the country. "As the season has begun, occupancy rate…

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Holi festival being celebrated

April 28 , 2006

Popularly known as the festival of colours, the Holi festival, which began from March 7, 2006 following the erection of a Chir (pole) at the premises of the Basantapur Durbar. The festival lasts for seven days. The main day of the festival is March 14. During the festival, people exchange greetings. The festival would conclude in midnight of the next full moon day with the fall of the Chir at Tundikhel. The Chirs were also erected at Mohan Kali Chowk and Dakh Chowk inside Hanumandhoka and also inside the Narayanhiti Royal Palace.

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Maoists declare ceasefire in Kathmandu

April 13 , 2006

Maoists declare ceasefire in Kathmandu The Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) has announced ceasefire in the Kathmandu Valley with effect from Monday evening (April 3, 2006) until further notice. Chairman of the CPN (Maoist), Prachanda, in a statement issued on Monday, said the party had taken the decision to stop all of its military activities in the capital valley as per the requests made by the alliance of the seven political parties and civil society groups.

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Parties tell Maoist rebels to call off general strike

April 05 , 2006

As the seven political parties have pressurised the Maoist rebels to stop all the protest programmes, including the indefinite general strike, the latter are likely to call off such activities. Showing their serious concern over the Maoist violence, the parties have told the Maoists not to carry out any violent activity. Although no visiting tourist in Nepal has become the victim of the Maoist movement, the tourism industry has suffered from the violence.

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Holi festival starts

April 05 , 2006

Popularly known as the festival of colours, the Holi festival started from March 7 with the erection of a pole at the premises of the Kathmandu Durbar Square. The festival lasts for the next seven days. The festival will conclude at midnight of the next full moon day with the fall of the Chir (pole) at the Open Air Theatre. Hindus in Nepal, India and elsewhere in the world smear colors and exchange greetings during the main Holi celebrations on the 14th of March this year.

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Nepal

April 05 , 2006

 Minister of State for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Mrs. Yankila Sherpa launched the new tourism brand of Nepal “Naturally Nepal- Once is not Enough" at International Tourism Bourse (ITB) Berlin of Germany on March 11, 2006. Developed by Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), the new tourism brand is expected to be instrumental in promoting Nepal as an attractive tourist destination for all kinds of visitors. According to NTB, the official tourism brand launching ceremony for the international media and tour operators took place at the ITB Complex.   More than 150 delegates, including former Deputy Secretary General of UNWTO- David…

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50% royalty reduced for Mt. Manaslu and Mt. Lhotse

April 05 , 2006

On the occasion of the Golden Jubilee Celebration of the first ascent of Mt. Manaslu (8,163m) and Mt. Lhotse (8,516m), the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation has announced the reduction of royalty fee for the peaks for four months. The 50th anniversary of the ascent of Mt. Manaslu falls on May 9, 2006, while the same event of Mt. Lhotse will take place on May 18 this year. The waiver of the royalty fee will be effective from March 1 to June 30, 2006. The royalty amount for seven members expedition team is US $ 5000 only.

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Tourist arrivals by air go up by 12.7 % in February

April 05 , 2006

2006-03-04 Tourist arrivals in Nepal by air have increased by 12.7 per cent in February as compared to the figures of the same month last year, according to the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB). In a statement issued by NTB on March 2nd, 2006, a total of 15,776 visitors arrived to Nepal by air in February 2006. In February 2005, a total of 14,001 tourists visited the country. Arrivals from India recorded a growth of 34.5 per cent, while the non-Indian arrivals grew up by 6 per cent. This was stated in the provisional figures provided by Ministry of Culture, Tourism…

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7th Handicraft Trade Fair Kicks off in Capital

March 16 , 2006

In a bid to promote Nepal's handicraft goods in the domestic as well as international markets, the Seventh Handicraft Trade Fair is being organised in the capital city of Kathmandu. The five-day trade fair kicked off at the Birendra International Convention Centre (BICC) on February 23, 2006. The trade fair is being organised by Nepal Handicraft Association, in association with the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Supplies, Export Promotion Committee, Asia Invest, Union and Cooperation Office, Planet Finance and Federation of Nepalese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI). The trade fair is expected to be an important forum for both…

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Shivaratri celebration at full bloom

March 16 , 2006

Some 250,000 Hindu devotees visited the Pashupatinath temple by Sunday evening to pay their homage to jyoterlinga; the phallic manifestation of lord Shiva marking the pious occasion of Maha Shivaratri. According to the Pashupati Area Development Trust (PADT) and the security officials, the devotees will remain in the procession till 1 am in the night. About 300,000 people are expected to have finished with their rituals at Pashupati by then. People were seen queuing up in the Pashupati premises from as early as Saturday midnight. The PADT had opened only the western gate until 9, Sunday morning. After nine in…

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Nepal launches new tourism brand

March 16 , 2006

February 06, 2006 Nepal has launched her new tourism brand in order to reposition her image in the international tourism market. The new brand includes the slogan of "Naturally Nepal, Once Is not Enough", as it aims to promote the country's unlimited tourism potential. Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), an autonomous body formed as per the concept of public-private partnership, launched the new brand amidst a function on March 5, 2006. With the new strategy, NTB plans to attract additional 300,000 tourists annually by investing around Rs. 100 million in tourism promotional activities. Minister of State for Culture, Tourism and Civil…

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