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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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Nine killed in Manaslu avalanche (updated)

September 27 , 2012

Nine killed in Manaslu avalanche (updated)

Nine climbers, including four French, a Spaniard, a German and a Nepali Sherpa guide, were killed when an avalanche struck climbing parties on treacherous slopes of Mt Manaslu (8156m) in the early hours of September 23. Three others are missing.Those missing have been identified as Remy George Lecluse and Gregory Uso Costa of France and Dominique Quimet of Canada.(Photo Courtesy: Simrik Air)Rescue teams managed to save 13 mountaineers from the treacherous slopes, according to government officials. The government had mobilized three choppers for the purpose.According to survivors, a group of more than 20 at 7,300 meters were hit by a…

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New team in NCA

September 18 , 2012

The 6th AGM of Nepal Canyoning Association (NCA) on September 17 unanimously elected a new executive committee under the chairmanship of Karna Lama.Ranjan Rajbhandari, Pradip Limbu, Rajendra Lama and Rajesh Lama as vice president, general secretary, and treasurer, respectively. Rajan Simkhada, Sumek Adhikari and Sarbajit Magar have been unanimously elected as members. Outgoing president Tilak Lama is also in the executive committee as Immediate Past President. The 11-member executive committee of the association will take complete shape with the nomination of two members in the executive committee. The new executive committee will perform responsibility for the next three years.The new…

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NMA awards trekking agencies issuing maximum number of permits

September 18 , 2012

Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) awarded top ten trekking agencies issuing maximum number of climbing permits from it.The association issues climbing permits for 33 peaks below the height of 6,500 meters.Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Post Bahadur Bogati gave away the awards during the association’s annual general meeting on September 17. Thamesrku Trekking stood in the first position with a total of 36 permits issued in fiscal year 2011/12, followed by Summit Nepal Trekking, Himalayan Guides Nepal Treks and Expeditions, Himalayan Ecstasy, Adventure Geo Treks, Cosmo Trek, Himalayan Glacier Trekking, Multi Adventure, Royal High Mountain Trek Nepal and Himalayan…

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TAAN\'s Ganesh Himal exploration team feted

September 09 , 2012

Ganesh Himal Tourism Development Committee (GHTDC) felicitated joint coordinators of TAAN’s Ganesh Himal Exploration Team – Rajendra Prasad Subedee and Saroj Neupane – amid a program in Kathmandu on September 8.   Subedee and Neupane are the executive members of Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN).   Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Post Bahadur Bogati felicitated the duo on behalf of the GHTDP.   On the occasion, officials of GHTDC introduced working committee members of GHTDC in six VDCs in Dhading -- Tipling, Sertung, Lapa, Ri, Jharlang and Darkha.   Speaking on the occasion, Minister Bogati expressed commitment…

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TAAN holds 34th AGM

September 04 , 2012

TAAN holds 34th AGM

Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Posta Bahadur Bogati has said the government was aware of the problems facing the tourism industry and that it would address the problems on priority basis.Inaugurating the 34th annual general meeting of Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) in Kathmandu, Bogati said, “If not addressed on time, these problems might hamper Nepal’s tourism image.”On the occasion, Minister Bogati unveiled ‘TAAN Member Directory 2012’, ‘TAAN Discovering Tourism Destinations & Trekking Trails in Nepal’ and promotional DVDs of Ruby Valley Trek, Dhading and Lower Manaslu Eco Trek, Gorkha. Minister Bogati also awarded top five trekking…

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TAAN Pokhara elects new exe committee

September 04 , 2012

TAAN Pokhara elects new exe committee

The annual general meeting (AGM) of Western Regional (Pokhara) Chapter of Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) has elected a new executive committee under the leadership of Narayan Sapkota.The AGM also elected Ram Chandra Sharma, Dharmendra Kumar Bataju, Dambar Raj Adhikari, Binay Acharya and Hari Bhujel as 1st vice president, 2nd vice president, secretary, joint secretary and treasurer, respectively. Pasang Galgen Sherpa, Biswo Raj Adhikari, Diki Karki, Indraman Chauhan,   Jeevan Raj Sapkota and Sushil Raj Poudel are the members in the new executive committee.Outgoing president Som Bahadur Thapa is also in the executive committee as Immediate Past President.The executive committee…

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Everest Base Camp tops CNN

August 26 , 2012

US news organization Cable News Network (CNN) has included trekking trip to Everest Base Camp in No 1 position in its list of best trips for 2011. "The thrill of high-altitude trekking in Nepal, which was only available only to a gung-ho few, has become more accessible recently," the online edition of CNN states. According to CNN, co-host of international television show World travels and travel writer Robin Esrcok will lead a 20-day trek to the Everest Base Camp starting from Kathmandu with World Expeditions in April. The other destinations in the list are Chengdu of China, Ireland, Palau and…

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Cottage Industry Festival and National Industrial Exhibition

August 21 , 2012

Program:Date: 20-24 April 2011Time: 10am-5pmVenue:Central Exhibition Hall, Bhrikutimandap, KathmanduOrganizer: Federation of Nepal Cottage and Small Industries

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