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Tourist arrivals rise 9.8 percent in 2012

January 02 , 2013

Tourist arrivals rise 9.8 percent in 2012

Tourist arrivals to Nepal via air in 2012 increased by 9.8 percent, compared to arrivals figures of 2011. The year 2011, which was observed as Nepal Tourism Year (NTY), had posted 21.4 percent growth in the number of tourists.According to statistics disseminated by Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), the country welcomed 598,204 foreign tourists in 2012. Arrivals from South Asia, which had posted healthy growth last year, grew by only 10.4 percent in 2012.Tourist arrivals were growing at a healthy rate until May. But arrivals started suffering with the dissolution of Constituent Assembly (CA)) in May. Though things improved a bit…

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Trekking guide training from Jan 2

December 17 , 2012

Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) and Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management (NATHM) are jointly organizing trekking guide training in Kathmandu from January 2, 2012.The four-week training will be held at NATHM, Rabibhawan.Nepalis with two-year work experience in a government authorized trekking agency and having basic reading and writing skills in Nepali and English languages can apply for the training.Interested persons can register their application at TAAN Secretariat, Maligaun by December 16.

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Maurice Herzog passes away

December 16 , 2012

Maurice Herzog passes away

Maurice Herzog, who along with Louis Lachenal became the first person to climb an 8,000-meter peak, died on December 13 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, near Paris. He was 93.Herzon and Lachenal reached the summit of Mt Annapurna I in 1950 – three years before Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Sir Edmund Hillary successfully climbed Mt Everest. His hands and feet were frozen during the expedition and all his fingers and toes had to be amputated.Born on January 15, 1919, Herzog fought in the French resistance during the German occupation of France in the Second World War. He is survived by his daughter, from…

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Tourist arrivals up 2.2% in Nov

December 04 , 2012

Tourist arrivals up 2.2% in Nov

 After a marginal drop in October, tourist arrivals to Nepal via air increased by 2.2 percent in November compared to figures of the same period last year.Issuing a press statement, Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) said the bounce back in tourist arrivals clearly showed the rising travel demand toward the destination.Tourist arrivals from the SAARC segment declined by 23 percent during the review month led by drop in the number of tourists from India (21.6 percent), Bangladesh (37.3 percent) and Sri Lanka (24 percent). However, Pakistan registered a positive growth of 12.8 percent.Total arrivals from Asia (other than South Asia) grew…

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Namaste Nepalese Air to fly on nine domestic routes

November 28 , 2012

Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) has issued Air Operator’s Certificate to Namaste Nepalese Air (NNA) to operate on domestic routes.The aviation sector regulator awarded the AOC after completing the company’s technical evaluation, operating condition and business plan, among others. With, the number of companies holding AOC to fly on domestic routes has reached 18. However, only 10 of them are presently in business.According to a senior official at Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN), the airline has permission to operate flights to Kathmandu, Biratnagar, Bhadrapur, Nepalgunj, Dhangadi, Pokhara and Tumlingtar from its base in Bhairahawa.CAAN has stopped giving Kathmandu…

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Tourism potentials of Lamjung discussed

November 26 , 2012

Tourism potentials of Lamjung discussed

Tourism stakeholders in Lamjung have stressed the need to explore new trekking trails in the district and promote them as an alternative to the popular Annapurna Circuit trek which is fast losing its charm with the advent of motorable roads.Speaking at an interaction on ‘Prospects of Tourism Development in Lamjung’ in Besishahar on November 23, Bhesh Bahadur Paudel, president of Lamjung Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), said efforts were underway to develop tourism master for the district. “Lamjung holds great potentials for tourism development. But we have been failing to exploit the potentials to the fullest,” Paudel said, adding,…

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TAAN participates in Lamjung honey hunting festival

November 25 , 2012

TAAN participates in Lamjung honey hunting festival

A 17-member delegation of Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) participated in a honey hunting festival organized in Ghanpokhara VDC of Lamjung district on November 22.TAAN participated in the event as the association has for the past many years been trying to promote Ghalegaun-Ghanpokhara among local and foreign tourists. Honey hunting one of the important events in the area. The association is also studying the prospects of including honey hunting and canyoning in trekking packages in Lamjung.The event, which saw participation of more than 100 people, was organized in Ward No. 8 of Ghanapokhara. It was organized jointly by Beekeepers…

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TAAN participates in GITM Korea

November 20 , 2012

A delegation of Nepali tourism entrepreneurs led by Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) recently participated in the Gyeonggi International Travel Mart 2012 held in Gyeonggi of South Korea.TAAN Secretary D B Gurung led the Nepali delegation in the three-day fair. Other participants in the fair were representatives from Shashi’s Holidays, Aeroland Tours and White Himalayan Trekking.“The overall response was positive. South Korea has always remained a dependable market for us. If the language barrier is sorted by producing more trained guides, we can bring in more tourists from Korea,” Gurung said after returning from South Korea. “Korea is a…

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NTB turns 14

November 20 , 2012

NTB turns 14

Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) has entered into 14th year of operation.Organizing a program in Kathmandu on November 18, officials of NTB announced that they would put their focus on Scandinavian and Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) region in 2013.The Scandinavia region includes Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and others, while the CIS region includes countries like Armenia, Russia, Belarus and Ukraine.Both the segments are considered emerging markets for Nepal. Despite drop in arrivals from major segments, including South Asian and many European countries, in October, arrivals from most of the Scandinavian countries and CIS region had increased during the period.  However,…

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Seven Nepali women to climb Mt Kilimanjaro

November 04 , 2012

Seven Nepali women to climb Mt Kilimanjaro

A team of Nepali women are preparing to climb Mt Kilimanjaro (5898m) of Tanzania in March, 2013 as part of their mission of climbing tallest peak on all continents.Members of the ‘7 Summits Women Team’ aim to reach the summit of the tallest peak on Africa on March 8, which is celebrated worldwide as International Women Day. They have already climbed Mt Everest (Asia) – the tallest peak in earth, Mt Kosciuszko (Australia) and Me Elbrus (Europe).Led by Shailee Basnet, the team includes Asha Kumari Singh, Chunu Shrestha, Nimdoma Sherpa, Pema Diki Sherpa, Pujan Acharya and Maya Gurung. They will…

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Tourist arrivals down 7.3% in Oct

November 04 , 2012

Tourist arrivals down 7.3% in Oct

Tourist arrivals to Nepal via air in October dropped by 7.3 percent – the first drop since June 2009 – compared to same period last year.According to Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), 67,901 foreign tourists entered the country via aerial route during the review month.Arrivals from the SAARC segment dropped by 28.5 percent, thanks to drop in the number of tourists from India by 30.1 percent. Similarly, arrivals from Bangladesh and Pakistan also witnessed negative growth of 18.3 percent and 45.6 percent, respectively. However, number of tourists from Sri Lanka increased by 48 percent.Total arrivals from Asia (other than SAARC countries),…

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TAAN to promote Nepal in S Korea

November 04 , 2012

A three-member delegation of Nepal trekking entrepreneurs led by D B Gurung, secretary of Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN), left for Seoul, South Korea on November 4 to participate in the Gyeonggi International Travel Mart.The delegation will participate in a series of B2B sessions with Korean investors from November 4-6. The meeting is being organized by Seoul Partners House to promote Korean investment in Nepal.Members of TAAN delegation will then participate in 10th Gyeonggi International Travel Mart (GITM) from November 8-11, 2012.Representatives of Shashi’s Holidays, White Himalayan Trekking and Aeroland Tours are also in the delegation.According to Gurung, the…

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Three trekkers die in Mustang

November 01 , 2012

Three foreign trekkers died in Mustang in different incidents on October 26.According to District Police Office, Mustang, Israeli trekker Eran Cohen, 25, fell off a wooden bridge into the Kali Gandaki River. His body was found 3 km downstream, Juddha Khatri, a sub-inspector at District Police Office, Mustang said.The Israeli was trekking alone.Similarly, German trekker Elke Heinig died of altitude sickness at 5,100 meters. According to Khatri, Heinig breathed her last while being rushed to a local hospital for treatment.Another trekker, Joseph John of Austria, died of heart attack in his tent, according to Khatri. Eleven people were killed in…

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TAAN, workers’ unions ink 13-point pact

October 07 , 2012

TAAN, workers’ unions ink 13-point pact

Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) and three trade unions of trekking workers on October 5 signed a 13-point agreement that, among others, increases daily wage of trekking staff by Rs 200 effective from January, 2013.President Mahendra Singh Thapa and General Secretary Mohan Lamsal signed the agreement on behalf of TAAN. Similarly, Suman Prajuli, general secretary of UNITRAV; Muktinath Das, president and Ramchandra Dhungana, general secretary of All Nepal Tourism Workers’ Association; and Bhagwatshree Neupane, secretary and Niraj Mishra, central member of Nepal Tourism Workers Association signed the agreement on behalf of the workers’ unions.TAAN and workers unions have also…

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‘Guerrilla Trek’ unveiled

October 04 , 2012

‘Guerrilla Trek’ unveiled

In a bid to promote war tourism, Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) and Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) and Rukum District Development Committee have unveiled ‘Guerrilla Trek’.UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, who led decade-long insurgency, unveiled trekking map and guide book of the trek amid a function on October 2.The 27-trek has been divided into three segments and the shortest segment can be trekking within a week. The trek, which lies in and around Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve, can be started either from Beni of Myagdi, Chaurjahari of Rukum or Holeri of Rolpa. The trek encompasses rural areas in Myagdi…

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Thapa meets office-bearers of TAAN Pokhara

October 03 , 2012

Thapa meets office-bearers of TAAN Pokhara

President of Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) Mahendra Singh Thapa on September 29 met with office-bearers and executive member of TAAN Pokhara Chapter.Speaking at the meeting, Thapa congratulated the newly elected president and executive members of TAAN Pokhara Chapter. He also shed light on the various activities being conducted by TAAN.Gangasagar Pant, CEO of TAAN, stressed the need for proper coordination between TAAN and its Pokhara Chapter.On the occasion, secretary of TAAN Pokhara Chapter Dambar Raj Adhikari read the financial report of TAAN Pokhara Chapter.

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Tourist arrivals up 7.2% in September

October 03 , 2012

Tourist arrivals up 7.2% in September

Total tourists arrivals to Nepal via air in September increased by 7.2 percent compared to arrival figures of same period last year.According to figures released by Immigration Office at Tribhuvan International Airport, a total of 49,075 foreign tourists visited Nepal during the review month.All regions showed positive growth during the month. The arrivals from South Asian region have gained overall positive growth of 2.4 percent. India – the major market for Nepal – recorded positive growth with 28.5 percent. However, visitor arrivals from Bangladesh and Pakistan declined during the period.Total arrivals from the South Asian region during the first nine months of…

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TIMS fee for SAARC tourists lowered

September 28 , 2012

TIMS fee for SAARC tourists lowered

In a bid to attract more trekkers from the South Asia region, Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) and Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) have decided to lower TIMS fee for SAARC tourists with effect from October 14.The two associations signed a revised Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to this effect on September 13.As per the new agreement, FITs from SAARC region can get TIMS card by paying US $6 per trekker while organized trekkers from the region get TIMS card by paying $3 per trekker. The rates are inclusive of VAT.Earlier, FITs and organized trekkers from the SAARC region were required…

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World Tourism Day marked with gusto

September 28 , 2012

World Tourism Day marked with gusto

Country’s tourism fraternity marked 33rd World Tourism Day (WTD) on September 27 by organizing various programs throughout the country.The theme for this year’s celebration was ‘Tourism and Sustainable Energy Powering Sustainable Development’.Early in the morning, various travel trade associations, including Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN), took out a joint rally to raise awareness among people of the benefits of tourism. The rally, which was coordinated by Thamel Tourism Development Board (TTDB), passed through Kantipath, Jamal, Kmalakshi, Ason and Indrachowk before culminating into a gathering at Basantapur. Representatives of different travel trade associations were present in the rally with their…

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19 dead in Sita Air crash

September 28 , 2012

19 dead in Sita Air crash

Nineteen people died when a Dornier aircraft of Sita Air crashed at the banks of Manohara River in Madhyapur Thimi Municipality at 6:20 am on September 28 within minutes of taking off from Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu.Seven Nepalis, including three crew members, seven Britons and five Chinese tourists were aboard the Lukla-bound aircraft.According to officials of Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN), the accident occurred after the ill-fated aircraft hit a bird while it was taking off. Ratish Chandra Lal Suman, general manager of TIA, told media persons that Captain Bijay Tandukar, who was commanding the aircraft, had informed…

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