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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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Everest IMAX film maker Breashears felicitated

February 06 , 2006

Recognising his outstanding contribution for the promotion of Nepal's tourism industry, Mr. David Breashears, co-director of widely acclaimed Everest IMAX film has been felicitated. Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) felicitated Mr. Breashears, who was the leader of MacGillivray Freeman IMAX/IWERKS Expedition team, with a plaque and a statue of Lord Buddha amidst a function on December 21, 2005. Recently, he was also decorated with Suprabal Gorkha Daskhin Bahu (Third). At the felicitation ceremony, he said that he was overwhelmed to have him honoured by NTB. He said that Nepal has been a safe destination. "People belonging to many nationalities are freely…

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Biggest golfing event in capital from Dec. 13

February 06 , 2006

Surya Nepal Khelparyatan, in association with Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), is organising the 12th Surya Nepal Masters golf tournament at the par-72 Gokarna Forest Golf Resort and Spa from December 13 to 17, 2005. Around 100 professionals from Nepal, India and other South Asian countries will be taking part in the tournament. Sixty golfers from Indian PGA and 13 Nepali pros are reported to have registered their names for the 1.92 million tournament, the biggest golfing event in the country.

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7th Nepal Open Paragliding Championship 2006 from Jan. 19

February 02 , 2006

The 7th Nepal Open Paragliding Championship 2006 is going to be organised from January 19 to 23 in Pokhara. Being organised by TAAN Western Regional Chapter Pokhara, in cooperation with Nepal Air Sports Association (NAA) and support of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), the spectacular event is expected to promote Pokhara as an adventure tourism destination and to contribute to the preservation of endangered vultures. With a slogan of "Save Our Soarers (SOS)", the event aims to help stop the process of vulture decline and minimise ecological and social costs, according to Bashu Dev Parajuli, President of TAAN Western Regional Chapter…

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Everest IMAX film maker Breashears felicitated

January 30 , 2006

Recognising his outstanding contribution for the promotion of Nepal's tourism industry, Mr. David Breashears, co-director of widely acclaimed Everest IMAX film has been felicitated. Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) felicitated Mr. Breashears, who was the leader of MacGillivray Freeman IMAX/IWERKS Expedition team, with a plaque and a statue of Lord Buddha amidst a function on December 21, 2005. Recently, he was also decorated with Suprabal Gorkha Daskhin Bahu (Third). At the felicitation ceremony, he said that he was overwhelmed to have him honoured by NTB. He said that Nepal has been a safe destination. "People belonging to many nationalities are freely…

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Eco-tourism guide training ends

January 30 , 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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Curfew in Kathmandu, Lalitpur lifted

January 30 , 2006

With the security situation improving, His Majesty's Government has lifted curfew, which was imposed in the areas inside the Ring Road of Kathmandu Metropolis and Lalitpur Sub-Metropolis from January 23, 2006. The lifting of curfew has become encouraging for tourism entrepreneurs, as it has made easier for them to carry out tourism-related activities smoothly.

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7th Nepal Open Paragliding Championship 2006 from Jan. 19

January 30 , 2006

The 7th Nepal Open Paragliding Championship 2006 is going to be organised from January 19 to 23 in Pokhara. Being organised by TAAN Western Regional Chapter Pokhara, in cooperation with Nepal Air Sports Association (NAA) and support of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), the spectacular event is expected to promote Pokhara as an adventure tourism destination and to contribute to the preservation of endangered vultures. With a slogan of "Save Our Soarers (SOS)", the event aims to help stop the process of vulture decline and minimise ecological and social costs, according to Bashu Dev Parajuli, President of TAAN Western Regional Chapter…

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International Elephant Race 2005 concluded

January 30 , 2006

A two-day at Sauraha, Chitwan, on December 27. Parasgunj, an elephant belonging to Gainda Wildlife Camp under The Explore Nepal Group, emerged first in the race. Similarly, Pawankali of Himalayan Tour Operators and Laxmikali of Gorkha Airlines came out second and third respectively in the exciting competition. Birendra Prasad of Paragwe Travels, Australia, was the runner-up in the race. A total of 29 organisations, including seven foreign ones, participated in the race, which was organised by Regional Hotel Association Sauraha. The event was organised to promote tourism.

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Seventh Pokhara Street Fest from Dec. 28

January 30 , 2006

With a view to promoting Pokhara as a prime destination, the seventh Pokhara Street Festival is going to be organized from December 28, 2005 to January 1, 2006. The main objective of the festival is to attract domestic as well as international tourists for making the Christmas and upcoming New Year significant. The Restaurant and Bar Association of Nepal is organizing the festival under the promotion of Nepal Tourism Board with an objective of making Pokhara a remarkable holiday destination for New Year celebration. According to Mr. Surya Bahadur Bhujel, Coordinator of the festival, the festival would include traditional cultural…

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