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TAAN calls on diplomatic missions to soften travel advisories

March 07 , 2006

TAAN calls on diplomatic missions to soften travel advisories 2006-03-06 Trekking Agents Association of Nepal (TAAN) has requested all the diplomatic missions based in Nepal not to disseminate the information that could tarnish Nepal's image and harm the tourism industry. In a request letter addressed to different foreign diplomatic missions, on behalf of the association, President, Mr. Narendra B.C. has said that the adverse type of travel advisories issued by them have affected the tourism business, which is the mainstay of the national economy. "Hundreds of thousands of people of the Himalayan country are depending for their livelihoods upon this…

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Govt decides to increase domestic airfare

March 07 , 2006

The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) has decided to increase domestic airfare by 17.6 per cent, citing the cause of increased operation cost. The new fare will come into effect from February 17, 2006. According to MoCTCA, airfare for tourist areas has been increased by 11.8 per cent, while the fare for remote areas has been hiked by 13-14 per cent. Destinations such as Pokhara, Lukla, and Bhairahawa are regarded as tourist areas. Tumlingtar, Bhojpur, Simikot, Doti, Bajura and Taplejung fall in the category of remote area. However, no change has been made in dollar fare. As…

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Nepal-France tourism promotion stressed

March 07 , 2006

French Ambassador to Nepal Michel Jolivet has said that the natural beauty of the Himalayan country would continue to attract tourists from France even in the days to come. "More trekkers and climbers from France will visit Nepal, as the country has many attractions to offer," said envoy Jolivet while speaking at a reception hosted by him in honour of the new executive committee members of Nepal-France Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NFCCI) at his residence at Bishalnagar on Wednesday evening. He said that the number of French tourists visiting Nepal would go up considerably if peace were restored in…

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Pre-paid mobiles resume operations

March 07 , 2006

Operations of pre-paid cellular phone services of the Nepal Telecom and Spice Nepal (P) Ltd. have resumed operations from Feb. 16, 2006. The phone services had remained suspended since January 19 citing security reasons. The post-paid mobile services resumed from January 23.

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Tourist arrivals show upward trend in January

February 28 , 2006

The first month of 2006 was encouraging for the Nepalese travel trade industry. The number of tourists, who visited Nepal by air in January 2006, increased by about 15 per cent, as compared to the figure of the corresponding month of last year. Arrivals from India shot by around 32 per cent in the same month in comparison with the number of the same month of 2005, according to the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA). Of the total 21,807 tourists who travelled to this Himalayan country last month, the number of Indians stood at 7,707.

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Maoists call off general strike

February 28 , 2006

The Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) has called off the weeklong Nepal bandh general strike with effect from February 09, 2006. With the withdrawal of the general strike, vehicular movement across the country has resumed. Meanwhile, the travel trade related associations and organisations have welcomed the move. Calling the withdrawal of Nepal bandh a welcome step, Trekking Agents Association of Nepal (TAAN) has called on one and all not to carry out the activities having adverse impact on the country's tourism sector.

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Indian Airlines offers incentive

February 28 , 2006

In its bid to promote business, Indian Airlines has introduced a 'Business Class Companion Offer' on its Kathmandu-Delhi and Kathmandu-Kolkota routes with effect from February 05, to September this year. The airlines said any passenger paying full normal Business Class fare for these sectors would be permitted to take a companion at 50% discount on the normal Business Class fares.

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7th Nepal Open Paragliding Championships 2006 ends

February 23 , 2006

In the event, Russian paraglider Mr. Maslennikov Dmitzy came out first, British pilot Mr. Adem Charles Hill second and Nepali paraglider Mr. Rajesh Bamjan emerged third. Similarly, Mr. Sangharsa Bista of Nepal bagged the best spot landing prize, while Mr. Matthew Bickerdye of Ireland won the best acrobat award. Similarly, Mr. Anil Gurung of Nepal, Mr. Karma Tshering of Bhutan and Miss Nadine Anders of Germany came out first, second and third respectively among juniors. Likewise, Mr. Binod Bomjan of Nepal came out first, Mr. Brad Sander of USA second and Mr. Kulikov Pasel of Russia third in the DHV-2…

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World Wetland Day celebration 2006

February 23 , 2006

As part of celebrating the World Wetlands Day Celebration 2006 and the 2nd Taudaha Jamboree, Friends of the Bagmati, in support of various institutions, including Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), World Wildlife Fund (WWF Nepal) and Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation (DNPWC), has been organising several activities to generate awareness among the people about the values and benefits of the wetlands and Ramsar areas. On 21st January, the celebration began with Clean Up Campaign at Taudaha and will conclude on 2nd February with 'Workshop on Ponds of Kathmandu Valley'. During this celebration interactions and features about wetlands of Nepal…

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Discussion on prospects of sports tourism held

February 23 , 2006

In a bid to share ideas among various persons and institutions associated with tourism and sports, a one-day workshop on "Prospect of Sports Tourism in Nepal" was organised at the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) Hall on January 27, 2006. The workshop was jointly inaugurated by Mr. Radha Krishna Mainali, Minister for Education and Sports and State Minister Mrs. Yankila Sherpa, State Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation. They pointed out the need for promotion of tourism and sports activities simultaneously. They also emphasised that the government and private sector have to work together to give a boost to the…

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Scrapping of provision of special permit for Manaslu area sought

February 23 , 2006

Tourism entrepreneurs say that the provision of special permit for the Manaslu area has hampered the promotion of tourism in the region. According to a news report published in a daily, seven Village Development Committees situated in the northern part of Gorkha district have been included in the Manaslu Conservation Area for the last nine years. As home to many species of flora and fauna and Buddhist monasteries, the area offers scenic view for tourists. This is the area where Mt. Manaslu lies. A foreign tourist has to pay US$ 75 per week for entering the area from December to…

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Meghauli festival begins

February 23 , 2006

With a view to promoting Meghauli as a destination for domestic as well as foreign visitors, a five-day Meghauli festival started in Meghauli from January 28, 2006. Opening the festival, Joint Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Mr. Shankar Prasad Koirala said that the government was ready to formulate a tourism plan and implement it so as to develop and promote Meghauli as a tourist destination. Being organised jointly by Meghauli Village Development Committee, Meghauli Tourism Committee, and Meghauli Buffer Zone Forest Consumers Committee, more than 125 stalls have been on display at the festival. The…

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Nepal takes part in FITUR 2006

February 23 , 2006

As part of selling Nepal as a tourist destination abroad, tourism entrepreneurs from this Himalayan country took part in the FITUR 2006 held at Madrid, Spain. The tourism fair was inaugurated on 25th of January by His Majesty King Don Juan Carlos of Spain amidst a grand function, according to Nepal Tourism Board. The tourism fair was concluded on the 29th of January. More than 800 direct exhibitors (sellers), 12000 trade delegates from 170 countries and 200000 general visitors are expected to participated in the fair. Organised in an area of 86000 sq. m., the event is considered to be…

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'Alan Hinkes ready to be Nepal's goodwill ambassador'

February 23 , 2006

World-famous British climber Alan Hinkes will be on a familiarisation trip to India at the invitation of the Indian Government this month. Alan is scheduled to visit all the major touristic places, including the Great Ski Resort: Gulmarg. Alan Hinkes, who is the only Briton to climb all the 14 peaks above 8,000m, was graciously conferred "Order of the British Empire (OBE)" by Her Majesty the Queen of Britain on January 1 this year. With the decoration of the prestigious medal, he is now known as Alan Hinkes, OBE, among his friends and climbers. "We should also use the fame…

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Crisis Response Action Unit to respond to queries

February 09 , 2006

Despite the ongoing internal conflict, tourism-related activities have been going on smoothly in major tourist destinations of Nepal. The conflict may have caused inconvenience to the visiting tourists due to the conflict; they have not faced any serious problem. As usual, tourists have been enjoying and visiting different places inside the Kathmandu Valley. The Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), a public-private partnership for tourism promotion, has taken a holistic approach to address these problems by running its Media Center 24 hours, which is manned by efficient staff. The Center is supported by Crisis Response Action Unit already established to facilitate the…

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Visitor arrivals shot up by 18.5% in December

February 09 , 2006

Visitor arrivals shot up by 18.5% in December Nepal witnessed an increase of tourist arrivals by 18.5 per cent as compared to the corresponding month of 2004. According to Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), both Indian and non-Indian markets segments increased by 13.4 per cent and 22.1 per cent respectively. Including India, growth for the month came from all the Asian markets, except Taiwan (-23 per cent). From the Asian segment, Japan (64.5 per cent), Bangladesh (89.1 per cent) and China (154.3 per cent) recorded strong growths while substantial gains were obtained from South East Asian markets. The European market recorded…

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Travel trade sector against bandh

February 09 , 2006

The people involved in the travel trade sector have called upon all concerned to put a permanent ban on bandhs and closures, as these forms of protest are detrimental to the national economy. Speaking at an interaction programme organised on February 5, 2006 in the capital city, they also called on one and all to defy bandhs from now onwards. Tek Bahadur Dangi, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), said that a bandh takes a very heavy toll on the tourism sector. "Considering its adverse impact on the travel trade sector, we must collectively prohibit such activities,"…

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Nepal records zero aviation fatality in 2005

February 09 , 2006

Nepal recorded a new history in the field of civil aviation with zero fatality between January 4, 2005 to January 4, 2006. The information was released by Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) on January 4, 2006, in a seminar entitled "Human Factor: Contributing Factor to Control Flight to Terrain". Mrs. Yankila Sherpa, State Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, congratulated and thanked all the concerned for their important efforts to make air travel safe in the country. She said that the negative propaganda about Nepal's security situation has hampered the tourism sector. Despite the internal conflict, Nepal has…

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Eco-tourism guide training ends

February 09 , 2006

In a bid to provide knowledge about eco-tourism to guides, a week-long training was jointly organized by Nepal Tourism Board and Asian Development Bank under the aegis of South Asia Sub-regional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) in association with The Mountain Institute in Kathmandu. Secretary of Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Mr. Govinda Prasad Pandey presented certificates to the 22 participants representing Nepal, India, Bangladesh and Bhutan at the concluding ceremony of the training programme on December 22, 2005.

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Pokhara all set to hold Paragliding Championships

February 09 , 2006

The tourist hub city of Pokhara is all set to hold the 7th Nepal Open Paragliding Championships that will commence on 19 January 2006. The five-day long event comprises three categories of competition. More than 100 competitors from different parts of the world will be participating in the event. This was disclosed by the TAAN Western Regional Chapter Pokhara at a press conference organised in Kathmandu on January 9, 2006. Addressing the press conference organised by the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), Mr. Tikaram Sapkota, coordinator of the Main Organising Committee, said that necessary preparations for organising the event have been…

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