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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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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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