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Tourist arrivals down 5% in Dec

January 05 , 2014

Tourist arrivals down 5% in Dec

Tourist arrivals via air went down by 4.9 percent in December 2013 compared to figures of the same month last year.A total of 42,601 international visitors entered the country via air during the month, according to Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) Immigration Office.According to industry people, a series of issues like the Constituent Assembly (CA) election and strikes by anti-poll parties during the peak season, European Commission´s (EC) ban on Nepali airlines citing safety issues, runway problem at TIA, increase in number of air accidents, and lack of tourism promotion in international market due to the absence of CEO in Nepal…

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TAAN Pokhara, sanctuary hoteliers sign six-point pact

January 01 , 2014

TAAN Pokhara, sanctuary hoteliers sign six-point pact

Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) Pokhara Chapter and Sanctuary Tourism Entrepreneurs Committee (STEC) signed a six-point agreement in Pokhara in the presence of representatives of TAAN and Annapurna Area Conservation Project (ACAP) on December 25.TAAN President Ramesh Dhamala was present in the signing ceremony.TAAN Pokhara and STEC have agreed to jointly review menu of hotels affiliated with the committee every two years. Similarly, the committee has agreed to upgrade physical infrastructures at hotels and lodges above Sinuwa and allocate two rooms for trekking workers.Similarly, the committee has agreed to collect lodging and food fee from trekking workers from the…

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TAAN hosts meeting of secretariat chiefs

December 29 , 2013

TAAN hosts meeting of secretariat chiefs

The first meeting of secretariat chiefs of different travel trade associations was held at the Secretariat of Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) in Maligaun on December 18.The meeting was held as per the decision taken by an interaction with partner associations organized by TAAN in Kathmandu on December 12. The meeting was led by TAAN CEO Gangasagar Pant.In the meeting, the secretariat chiefs of all the trade associations agreed to prepare a joint document to put forth their demands to different national and international organizations. For this, they have agreed to finalize a five-point demand (on priority basis) of…

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10th Chitwan Elephant Festival from December 26

December 20 , 2013

10th Chitwan Elephant Festival from December 26

The Regional Hotel Association Nepal Chitwan is organizing 10th Chitwan Elephant Festival in Sauraha of Chitwan from December 26 to 30. The event will feature activities like elephant race, elephant football, elephant beauty contest, ox cart race, horse cart race and canoeing race. Similarly, the organizers will give information about daily activities of elephants to the visitors. The event will feature cultural activities of Tharu – the indigenous community living in and around Sauraha. Organized since 2004, the elephant festival is already a popular event in Nepal’s tourism calendar. The event draws thousands of domestic and foreign visitors to Sauraha…

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Trekking Guide Refresher Training concludes

December 18 , 2013

Trekking Guide Refresher Training concludes

The four-day refresher training for trekking guides organized at Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) Secretariat concluded on December 13.Twenty-nine trekking guides from different member agencies of TAAN participated in the training organized jointly by TAAN and High Impact Tourism Training (HITT) under SNV Nepal.TAAN General Secretary Sagar Pandey handed over certificate of participation to all the participants at a program organized at TAAN on December 13.Speaking on the occasion, trainings like these are essential to boost confidence and encourage team spirit. “In these four days, you have learnt important issues related to trekking and mountaineering sector. I request you…

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TAAN holds interaction with partner associations

December 12 , 2013

TAAN holds interaction with partner associations

Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) on December 12 organized an interaction with partner travel trade associations to discuss pertinent issues in Nepali tourism sector.Along with TAAN, representatives of seven travel trade associations – Nepal Association of Tours and Travel Agents (NATTA), Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA), Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA), Nepal Tourist Vehicles Association (NTVA), PATA Nepal Chapter and Nepal Association of Rafting Agents (NARA), participated in the interaction.Welcoming the participants, TAAN General Secretary Sagar Pandey proposed forming a joint coordination committee of travel trade associations to lobby with the government on important issues related to Nepali tourism sector. “Individual…

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TAAN hosts luncheon for Chinese delegates

December 09 , 2013

TAAN hosts luncheon for Chinese delegates

Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) on December 12 hosted a luncheon in honor of the members of Nepal-Tibet Joint Tourism Coordination Committee.A seven-member Tibetan delegation is presently in Kathmandu to participate in the Nepal-Tibet Joint Tourism Coordination Committee.  The committee holds its meeting every year in Nepal and Tibet alternatively.Ramesh Prasad Dhamala, president of TAAN, welcomed the delegates by offering them khadas and tokens of love.The Tibetan delegation is led by Wang Weijie, vice secretary general of People’s Government of Tibet Autonomous Region of China. The delegation also has Dawa Yu, director general of Tibet Tourism Administration; Ta Erga,…

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Refresher training for trekking guides begins

December 09 , 2013

Refresher training for trekking guides begins

A four-day refresher training for trekking guides kicked off at Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) Secretariat on December 10.Twenty-six trekking guides from different member agencies of TAAN are participating in the training organized jointly by TAAN and High Impact Tourism Training (HITT) under SNV Nepal.TAAN President Ramesh Dhamala inaugurated the training amid a function. Speaking on the occasion, Dhamala said TAAN has been organizing number of trainings to enhance professionalism of trekking workers. “I am hopeful that the training will be important to keep your clients safe and happy,” added Dhamala. He also requested the participants to implement in…

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Interaction on Tax/VAT held

December 08 , 2013

Interaction on Tax/VAT held

The Inland Revenue Department (IRD), in the initiation of the Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN), organized a half-day interaction on tax and Value Added Tax (VAT) for trekking agencies in Kathmandu on December 8.Proprietors, auditors and accountant chiefs of about 100 trekking agencies participated in the program. Speaking on the occasion, Ram Mani Duwadi, deputy director general of IRD, said IRD has been organizing series of interaction to raise awareness among taxpayers on different issues related to tax and VAT. He said the department organized 1,000 similar trainings for more than 100,000 persons in the last fiscal year. In…

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TAAN forms 17 departments

December 06 , 2013

TAAN forms 17 departments

In a bid to better manage its activities, Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) has formed 17 departments. The fifth meeting of TAAN executive committee held on December 4 took the decision. The newly formed departments are Search & Rescue, Legal, Destination Research & Development, Print & Publication, Finance, TIMS, Training & Human Resource, Mountaineering, Village Tourism & Home Stay, Nepal Promotion & Exhibition, Media & Communication, Trade Union & Human Rights, Welfare & Crisis Management, International Relation, Sustainable & Eco-Tourism, and Sports & Event Management. Senior Vice President Keshav Pandey is the coordinator of Search & Rescue Department. Similarly,…

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Adventure tourism operators to be regulated

December 04 , 2013

Adventure tourism operators to be regulated

With the number of firms operating adventure tourism mushrooming in the country, the government has introduced a new provision to bring such enterprises under the scanner.A new regulation unveiled by the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation seeks firms operating adventure activities like canyoning, caving, fun park, bungy jumping, zip flying, rock climbing, mountaineering, and cable car, among others to seek license from the Tourism Industry Division.As per the directive, companies applying for the license need to submit feasibility study report, details and map of the place where the business is to be operated including landownership or agreement certificate,…

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Online visa application system launched

November 28 , 2013

Online visa application system launched

The Department of Immigration (DoI) has started accepting online application for visa.According to officials, foreigners can fill-up visa application form at the DoI’s new website – www.online.nepalimmigration.gov.np. The service has been currently launched on trial basis. The department will make the complete system online once the new website starts full-fledged operation.The department will also accept online application for trekking permits to different controlled areas in the country once the site starts full-fledged operation.The department issues 12 types of visas --  marriage, study, business, residential, tourist, transit, NRN, relation, working, diplomatic, official and dependent. Similarly, it issues special trekking permits to…

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New insurance cover for high-altitude workers from Jan 1

November 28 , 2013

Expedition organizers will need to hike insurance coverage for mountain guides, high-altitude workers and porters, liaison officers and workers of mountain base camps effective from January 1, 2014. A ministry-level meeting had revised the insurance coverage on May 29. As per the revised policy, accident insurance coverage for liaison officers, who accompany mountaineering teams to the base camp of the concerned peaks, will have to be increased from existing Rs 600,000 to Rs 800,000. Similarly, accident insurance coverage for Sardar and mountain guides will have to be doubled to one million rupees. Insurance cover for high altitude workers will also…

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Govt told to hike Everest royalty fee

November 12 , 2013

Govt told to hike Everest royalty fee

A study team has made slew of recommendations, including hiking royalty fee for Mt Everest, to the government in order to make Nepal’s mountaineering sector more managed. The 10-member team led by Purna Chandra Bhattarai, Chief of Tourism Industry Division under the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, has suggested to the government to charge US$ 11,000 per person as royalty fee for Mt Everest. Fee for Nepali climbers, however, has been suggested at Rs 75,000. It has suggested to the government to fix royalty fee for other peaks on the basis of their heights. The team has also…

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Nepali Embassy in Seoul to organize investment seminar

November 01 , 2013

Nepali Embassy in Seoul to organize investment seminar

Nepali Embassy in Seoul is organizing a seminar named ‘Empowering Nepal’ in May 2014 to attract foreign investments in Nepal.The event is being organized to mark the 40th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral relations between Nepal and South Korea.Speaking at an interaction in Kathmandu on October 31, Nepali ambassador to South Korea Kaman Singh Lama said, the main objective of the seminar is to identify priority sectors in Nepal where the country can attract foreign investment. “We will also organize B2B session where members of the Nepali delegation can interact with Korean investors,” he added.The seminar will be held…

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Press Release - Running Championship 2013

October 30 , 2013

As a part of celebrating the Diamond Jubilee of the first ascent of Mt Everest, Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) is organizing ‘TAAN Trekking Workers Running Championship 2013’ on Saturday, May 25. The 14-km race will begin from Fulbari Gate near By-Pass and goes into the national park for 7 km and returns back to the Fulbari Gate via same route. Workers employed in different trekking agencies are eligible to participate in the race. The race will have two categories – men and women. Winners and runners-up in both the categories will receive medals cash price of Rs 25,000,…

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Four nominated to TAAN executive committee

October 30 , 2013

Four nominated to TAAN executive committee

The third meeting of the executive committee of the Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) has nominated four members to the executive committee.Keshav Raj Wagle of Advance Adventure, Ranjan Rajbhandari of Adventure Nepal Mountain Bike Treks and Expeditions, Sonam Gyalzen Sherpa of International Sherpa Adventure and Vidya Hirachan of Mustang Trails Trekking and Expedition have been nominated as members in the new executive committee.With these nominations, the 23-member executive committee of TAAN has taken complete shape.Earlier, the election for the new executive committee held on September 20 elected eight office-bearers, including President Ramesh Prasad Dhamala, and nine members. Immediate Past…

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Four executive members sworn in

October 29 , 2013

Four executive members sworn in

Four trekking entrepreneurs, who were nominated to the executive committee, were sworn in amid a function held at TAAN Secretariat on October 28.Ramesh Prasad Dhamala, the president of Trekking Agencies of Nepal (TAAN), administered the oath of office and secrecy to Keshav Raj Wagle of Advance Adventure, Ranjan Rajbhandari of Adventure Nepal Mountain Bike Treks, Sonam Gyalzen Sherpa of International Sherpa Adventure and Vidya Hirachan of Mustang Trails Trekking and Expedition.The third meeting of TAAN executive committee had nominated these four entrepreneurs to the executive committee.With this, the executive committee of TAAN has taken complete shape. Earlier, the election held…

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Dhamala elected TAAN president

October 06 , 2013

Dhamala elected TAAN president

The 35th annual general meeting (AGM) of Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) held on Friday elected a new executive committee with Ramesh Dhamala of Ecological Treks as the new president.The panel led by Dhamala swept the election winning all 17 posts on offer. Dhamala, who got 321 votes, defeated his competitor Jangbu Sherpa by 60 votes. Immediate past president Mahendra Singh Thapa and President of TAAN Pokhara Chapter Narayan Sapkota are also in the executive committee. The 23-member executive committee will take complete shape after the newly elected president nominates four members.Keshav Pandey, Kami Rinji Sherpa, Kul Bahadur Gurung…

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Two killed in Pokhara ultralight crash

October 03 , 2013

Two killed in Pokhara ultralight crash

Two persons were killed when an ultralight aircraft belonging to Avia Club crashed near World Peace Stupa in Pumdi Bhumdi VDC of Kaski district on Thursday morning, according to Kaski police.One of the deceased has been identified as Stephen Shrestha – the pilot of the ill-fated aircraft, according to state-run Nepal Television.The aircraft was carrying a Chinese tourist whose identity has yet to be ascertained. Ultralight flights are popular among tourists in Pokhara for sightseeing and mountain views.Along with Avia Club, Pokhara Ultralight also offers ultralight flights in the lake city.

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