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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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TAAN Day celebrated

June 26 , 2006

Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Mr. Pradeep Kumar Gyanwali has assured that the government would facilitate Nepalese tourism industry that has passed through unfavourable times due to the violent conflict in the past few years. "The tourism industry is highly potential in Nepal because of her unique biodiversity and rich cultural heritage," said Minister Mr. Gyanwali while speaking as the chief guest at a function organised to mark the TAAN (Trekking Agents Association of Nepal) Day in the capital on May 29, 2006. Established 28 years ago, TAAN is an umbrella organisation of more than 500 registered trekking…

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Govt announces indefinite ceasefire

June 07 , 2006

In its response to the ceasefire announced recently by the Community Party of Nepal (Maoist), the newly formed government of Nepal has declared an indefinite ceasefire and called on the rebels to hold a peace dialogue at the earliest. The government has also lifted the Red Corner notice as well as the terrorist tag labelled on some top Maoist leaders. In a meeting of the Council of Ministers held on Wednesday evening, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs K. P. Sharma Oli read out the decision regarding the peace process. The government’s move is expected to be helpful…

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Yet another new record on Everest

June 06 , 2006

Lhakpa Sherpa has broken her earlier record on mountaineering by scaling the world's tallest peak for the sixth time. According to news reports, she climbed the 8,848-metre peak from the Tibetan side along with her husband George Dijmarescu. As members of the International Everest Expedition, the couple climbed the peak on May 11, 2006. Lhakpa, who hails from the northern part of Sankhuwasabha district, climbed Mt. Everest for the first time from the South Pole in 2000. Then, she scaled the peak in 2001, 2003, 2004 and 2005. She is the second Nepali woman to climb the peak. National luminary…

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Third Phewa Festival begins

June 06 , 2006

In a bid to promote Pokhara as a tourist destination in the domestic as well as international markets, the third Phewa festival has been organised from May 10, 2006. Started with the slogan "Save the Phewa Lake", the five-day festival also aims to conduct clean-up campaign in order to keep the lake neat and clean. The festival has been organised by the hotel entrepreneurs' committee of Pokhara. The organisers want to attract about 50,000 visitors during the festival. Lying at an elevation of about 900 metres above sea level, Pokhara is a gateway to the world's popular trekking area—the Annapurna…

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General strike lifted in Nepal

June 06 , 2006

Seven-party alliance withdrew its nationwide indefinite general strike that was in place for the last 19 days immediately after the royal address on Monday night. Welcoming King Gyanendra's second proclamation in three days, leaders of the seven-party alliance (SPA) on Monday said the restoration of the House of Representatives (HoR), dissolved in May 2002, has opened the doors for resolving the current crises facing the country.

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Nepal is preferred destination for Chinese: Report

June 06 , 2006

According to a survey carried out by a Chinese organisation, Nepal is one of the top destinations preferred by Chinese travelers. The destinations are Asia, Europe, Africa, the Americas, Pacific and the Middle East. TravelWeeklyweb.com reports that the most popular destinations in Asia include Hong Kong, the Maldives, Thailand and Nepal. Similarly, Switzerland, Germany and France are the most preferred destinations in Europe. The survey report also shows that Chinese visitors are interested in travelling to the same destinations time and again. As per the survey, about 76 per cent of the respondents said that they would wish to return.…

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Tourist arrivals down by 2% in April

June 06 , 2006

Tourist arrivals decreased by just 2.2 percent in April despite frequent curfews and general strike, as compared to the figures of the corresponding period of last year. A total of 18,465 tourists visited the country by air in that month that period, according to the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB). In April last year, the total number of tourists who came to Nepal stood at 18,879. Tourist arrivals recorded a considerable growth of 35 percent in the first half of the month. But the second half of the month registered low arrivals. Indian visitors declined by around 23.9 percent. A total…

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Nepal receives three PATA awards

June 06 , 2006

Nepali tourism entrepreneurs have bagged three awards from the Pacific Asia Travel Association for their contribution in the field of tourism in Nepal. Mr. Shikher Prasai, Honorary Secretary of the PATA Nepal Chapter and Director of Natraj Tours and Travels, has bagged the award 'PATA Face of the Future' Award. This is for the first time that Nepali entrepreneur has received this award. The award was presented to the Nepali entrepreneurs by outgoing PATA Chairman, Nobutaka Ishikure, on April 24 amidst a function in the Thai resort city of Pattaya. The PATA Nepal Chapter has been awarded the 'PATA Award…

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Nepal participates in SATTE Openworld 2006

June 06 , 2006

Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) along with Buddha Air and Kathmandu Travel and Tours participated in SATTE Openworld 2006, held in India from 20th to 23rd April. According to the press statement issued by the NTB, the SATTE 2006 - Buyer-Seller Meet had embraced the entire spectrum of Indian and South Indian tourism market promoting all segments of travel and tourism, which also incorporated airlines and destination management companies. ”SATTE 2006 saw more than 250 international buyers from over 35 countries sourcing their tourism requirements and meeting with over 300 providers of the tourism products of the country,” the statement adds.…

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Maoists declare 3-month long unilateral ceasefire

June 06 , 2006

In what may be a major breakthrough in the peace process, the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) has announced a three-month ceasefire beginning from April 26, 2006. In a statement issued by the party, Chairman of the party Prachanda said that the truce was for facilitating the ongoing “people’s struggle” for a constituent assembly and a democratic republic “so as to lead the struggle to a historic conclusion” and for encouraging the parliamentary political parties to announce unconditional constituent assembly. The announcement of the ceasefire is expected to be helpful in restoring permanent peace in the country and contribute to…

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Maoists ready for peace negotiation

May 30 , 2006

Maoists ready for peace negotiation The Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) has welcomed the cease-fire announced by the government and agreed to hold peace negotiations. Issuing a press statement on May 4, 2006, CPN (Maoist) Chairman Prachanda said that his party was ready to sit for peace talks with the government as per the 12-point understanding reached with the Seven Party Alliance (SPA). According to him, his party has already handed over a code of conduct that has to be observed by both the Maoists and government. The party announced unilateral cease-fire on April 27, 2006. With the Maoists in…

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March records increased tourist arrivals

May 09 , 2006

Visitors arriving in Nepal by air in March 2006 increased by 26.9 per cent as compared to the figures of the same month of last year. A total of 25,553 international visitors (28 per cent Indian and 72 per cent non-Indian) entered Nepal during the month. Both the market segments increased during the period. This was stated in the provisional figures provided by Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation. According to Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), arrivals of Indian visitors remained encouraging during the month as it escalated by 77.2 per cent. The strong growth from the Indian market marks…

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Nepal not unsafe for travellers

May 09 , 2006

At a time when Nepal has lost her image as an unsafe destination in the international arena due to negative publicity, the visiting tourists have found the country as a safe haven for all sorts of visitor. Sharing their experience at an interaction programme organised recently by Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) in the capital city, trekkers belonging to XLRI Jamshedpur, School of Business and Human Resources India, said that even remote areas of Nepal are safe to travel. The members of the XLRI Leadership Expedition 2006, who were the first expedition team to visit Mt. Everest Base Camp from Indian…

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Tourist movement resumes

May 09 , 2006

As the daytime curfew has been lifted in the capital city of Kathmandu since (Wednesday) April 12, 2006 until further notice, tourist movement in the valley has increased. The shuttle bus services being operated by Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), in coordination with tourist police, between Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) and hotels at downtown has facilitated the visiting tourists. They are visiting various sightseeing spots in the Kathmandu valley. Similarly, trekkers and members of different expedition teams have been heading to various destinations such as the Everest, Annapurna and Langtang regions. The online international airlines have also been operating their flights…

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Mobile telephone services resume - April 13, 2006

May 09 , 2006

The mobile telephone services have resumed from this afternoon(April 13, 2006). Last week, the government suspended both the post-paid and pre-paid mobile services showing security reasons.

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Permits granted to 45 expedition teams for this spring

May 09 , 2006

Despite the political unrest, the number of expedition teams attempting on various mountain peaks in Nepal has not decreased as compared to the figures of previous years. A total of 45 expedition teams have received permission to scale different major peaks, including Mt. Everest, Mt. Kanchanjungha, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Manaslu and Mt. Dhaulagiri this spring, according to the Industry Administration Division under the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA). The ministry said 43 of them have already left for the mountain region. Of them, 16 teams are attempting on the world's highest peak-- Mt. Everest. Similarly, six teams…

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More feats on mountaineering expected this season

May 03 , 2006

Some more new records on mountaineering are expected to be set this season, as the world-famous climbers Junko Tabei and Appa Sherpa are all set to make their attempts on Mt. Manaslu and Mt. Everest respectively. According to news reports, Japanese climber Junko Tabei, who is the first woman to climb the world's tallest peak, will be making her first attempt on Mt. Manaslu as part of the commemorating the 50th first human ascent of the peak in May this year. She is expected to arrive in Nepal by mid-April. Appa, who has already climbed Mt. Everest for a record…

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