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TAAN general secy feted

March 04 , 2012

TAAN general secy feted

National Civil Concern Center (NCCC) recently felicitated Mohan Lamsal, general secretary of Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN), for his contribution to Nepal’s tourism industry, particularly the trekking sector, through TAAN. Minister for Physical Planning and Works Hridayesh Tripathi bestowed National Civil Golden Award 2068 on Lamsal on behalf of the NCCC. Other personalities making significant contribution in their respective fields were felicitated on the occasion. Lamsal is the managing director of Makalu Adventure Treks.

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Tourist arrivals up 14% in February

March 04 , 2012

Tourist arrivals up 14% in February

Tourist arrivals to Nepal via air in February registered a growth of 13.7 percent compared to arrival figures of the same period last year. According to statistics prepared by Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) Immigration Office and distributed by Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), a total of 42,716 foreign tourists visited the country via air in February. Although all major markets recorded positive growth, arrivals from China, which was recording the highest growth till January, declined by 23.1 percent during the review period, Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) said in a statement. A total of 3,226 Chinese nationals visited the country in February,…

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Trekking agents participate in Travel and Adventure Show

February 29 , 2012

Trekking agents participate in Travel and Adventure Show

Ten trekking agencies participated in the Travel and Adventure Tourism Show 2012 held in San Francisco Bay Area, US on February 18 and 19. Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) had coordinated Nepal’s participation in the event. TAAN General Secretary Mohan Lamsal, who was the leader of the Nepali delegation, said all the participating companies were very excited with the response that they got from visitors in the event. “As the event focused on adventure tourism, trekking agencies got an opportunity to publicize their trekking and expedition packages. They also got good response from local tour operators and visitors,” Lamsal…

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National Geographic honor for two Nepali adventurers

February 29 , 2012

National Geographic honor for two Nepali adventurers

High mountain guide Lakpa Tsheri Sherpa and kayaker Sano Babu Sunuwar have been named the People’s Choice Adventurers of the Year 2012 for their Everest summit, paragliding descent and long-distance kayak from Nepal to the Bay of Bengal. The duo was selected from a group of 12 individuals whose extraordinary achievements in exploration, conservation and adventure sports distinguished them in the past year, National Geographic Adventure has said. National Geographic Adventure has been naming Adventurers of the Year for the past seven years. Sherpa and Sunuwar were selected through online voting on National Geographic Adventure’s website. The winning duo was…

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Tourist arrivals grow 28% in January

February 16 , 2012

Tourist arrivals grow 28% in January

Tourist arrivals to Nepal in the first month of 2012 recorded a substantial growth of 27.7 percent as compared to arrival figures of the same period of last year. According to figures released by Immigration Office at Tribhuvan International Airport, a total of 42,301 tourists visited the country via air during the month. All the regions showed positive growths in January, led by India and China that recorded positive growths of 29.2 percent and 107 percent respectively. In the SAARC region, arrivals from Bangladesh and Sri Lanka registered positive growth of 34.4 percent and 112.5 percent respectively. Arrivals from Pakistan,…

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TAAN delegation meets Minister Bista

February 16 , 2012

TAAN delegation meets Minister Bista

A delegation of Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) recently met Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation Lokendra Bista Magar and apprised him of the problems facing Nepal’s tourism industry, particularly the trekking sector. During the meeting, TAAN President Mahindra Singh Thapa handed over a memorandum that includes suggestions of TAAN on different government rules and policies for the tourism sector. TAAN has strongly urged the government to introduce a one-window system for TIMS card distribution through TAAN. The association has long been demanding that the government introduce one-window system for TIMS cards distribution, arguing that it would help discourage…

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Interaction on tourism rules and policies organized

February 16 , 2012

The HR Development and Training Department of Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) recently organized an interaction with representatives of different government agencies on rules and policies for the tourism industry, particularly the trekking sector. In the program, representatives of different trekking agencies lambasted government authorities for making changes in rules and policies without informing the concerned stakeholders. They were referring to the recent increment in bank guarantee amount and introduction of a new rule by Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) that requires tourism enterprises to report about their foreign currency transactions each month. “Business enterprises must submit the report of…

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TAAN to lead participation in Travel and Adventure Show

January 26 , 2012

TAAN to lead participation in Travel and Adventure Show

Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) is coordinating participation of Nepalis trekking agencies and adventure tour operators in the Adventure Travel Show being held on Feb 18 and 19 in San Francisco, USA. TAAN will select a maximum of 10 member agencies for participation in the travel show on first come first serve basis. The participation fee for the expo has been fixed at Rs 90,000 (one representative only), which is non-refundable. Participants will have to bear hotel accommodation, visa fees and all other expenses on their own. Travel and Adventure Show is one of the popular travel and adventure…

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TAAN delegation meets new chief of Tourism Industry Division

January 23 , 2012

A delegation of Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) led by President Mahindra Singh Thapa on Jan 20 met Mohan Krishna Sapkota, newly appointed chief of Tourism Industry Division under the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, and apprised him of the problems facing Nepal’s trekking sector. Handing over a 26-point memorandum, the delegation requested joint-secretary Sapkota to take the initiative for introducing one-window system for TIMS card distribution through TAAN.   The association has long been demanding that the government introduce one-window system for TIMS cards distribution, arguing that it would help discourage illegal operation in trekking business. The…

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Prez flags off Apa\'s GHT trek

January 13 , 2012

Prez flags off Apa\'s GHT trek

President Dr Ram Baran Yadav on Jan 12 handed over national flag to 21-time Everest summiteer Apa Sherpa, who along with his team members, is embarking on The Great Himalaya Trail- Climate Smart Celebrity Trek (GHT-CSCT). Apa and his team members Dawa Steven Sherpa, Saurav Dhakal and Samir Jung Thapa plan to complete the 1,700 km trek in 120 days. The team will carry the national flag throughout the day. The trek will begin from Taplejung in eastern Nepal on Jan 15 and end in May. Speaking on the occasion President Yadav said this trek would help identify the impacts…

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US teen youngest to climb seven summits

January 06 , 2012

US teen youngest to climb seven summits

US teenager Jordan Romero has become the youngest person in the world to successfully climb to the summit of the seven tallest mountains in seven continents. Romero, 15, called his mother, Leigh Ann Drake, on Dec 24 to confirm that he had achieved his goal of reaching the top of Mt Vinson Massif in Antarctica. The California native beat the record previously held by British climber George Atkinson, who completed the ascents at age 16 in May. Romero completed the climbs with his father and stepmother. He reached the summit of Mt Everest on May 22, 2010.  

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Prince Harry to climb Everest

January 06 , 2012

Prince Harry to climb Everest

Britain’s Prince Harry is preparing to climb Mt Everest this spring. The third-in-line to British throne will arrive Nepal in May to raise money for ‘Walking with the Wounded’ – a charity for wounded soldiers.  Mollie Hughes, the 21-year-old mountaineer who plans to become the youngest British woman to climb Everest when she makes her own ascent with Kenton Cool in May,  has confirmed that the prince will be going up to the summit of the tallest peak in the world. The 27-year-old prince had hinted about scaling the world's highest mountain in May, 2011 at the end of his…

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Tourist arrivals up 21% in 2011

January 06 , 2012

Tourist arrivals up 21% in 2011

Tourist arrivals to Nepal via air in 2011 increased by 21.4 percent as compared to arrival figures of 2011. A total of 544,985 entered the country via Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) – about 100,000 more than what the country had welcomed a year ago, according to statistics prepared by Immigration Office at TIA. Similarly, total arrivals through land routes till Nov, 2011 reached 174,612. Arrivals from China recorded the highest growth with arrivals of 45,400. Share of Chinese tourists in total arrivals increased by 8.3 percent, second only to India that had market share of 26.7 percent. More than 145,000…

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TAAN for issuing unified permit for GHT

December 23 , 2011

TAAN for issuing unified permit for GHT

Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) has proposed that the government come up with a single permit for Great Himalayan Trail (GHT) to ease and cut short the processing time. Speaking at a program organized in the capital on Dec 21, TAAN President Mahendra Singh Thapa said, “It will be very easy for us to sell the package of GHT if the government introduces single window policy for different permits,” The 1,700-km trail passes through a number of trekking routes and restricted areas making it very difficult for foreigners to attempt. It is estimated that around $3,200 will be required…

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US cancels travel warning for Nepal

December 07 , 2011

US cancels travel warning for Nepal

United States of America has canceled travel warning that it had issued for US citizens preparing to visit Nepal. “In recognition of improved conditions in Nepal, the US Department of State has cancelled the travel warning that was most recently issued on January 12,” the US Embassy in Kathmandu said in a statement on Wednesday. The US Embassy is pleased that the overall situation in Nepal has improved to such a degree that this decision could be made, the statement added. The decision is expected to increase the flow of tourists from the US to Nepal.  

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Tourist arrivals cross half a million mark in 11 months

December 05 , 2011

Tourist arrivals cross half a million mark in 11 months

Nepal welcomed record half a million tourists via air over the first eleven months of 2011. According to Tribhuvan International Airport Immigration Office, a total of 501,264 visitors entered the country via air till November, 2011. “The last eleven months have seen consistent healthy growth of international tourist arrivals to Nepal at an average of 21.5 percent — around 1,518 visitors a day — to a record a historic high of 501,264,” Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) said in a statement. A total of 58,156 tourists visited Nepal via air in November. This is a healthy rise of 20.3 percent when…

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Nepal’s river trip features in CNN’s best list

November 27 , 2011

Nepal’s river trip features in CNN’s best list

Leading international news broadcaster Cable News Network (CNN) has included Nepal’s white water rafting in its ‘15 ways to see the world on water’ list. Nepal’s rafting package features in the 9th position in the list published on Nov 23. “Participants in this epic 15-day trip start in Kathmandu, and after acclimatizing to the dizzying altitude, trek for four days through scenic mountain passes from Pokhara to their river drop-off,” CNN writes, adding, “Then you brave high-grade whitewater accompanied by a world-class expert, and camp each night on virgin river banks before reaching the splendor of Chitwan National Park.” Other…

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Call to strengthen national flag carrier

November 25 , 2011

Call to strengthen national flag carrier

Aviation experts and tourism entrepreneurs on Nov 24 underscored the need to strengthen national flag carrier Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC). Speaking at a seminar on 'Media & Air Accessibility: Key Factors for Tourism Development' organized by Journalists Association for Tourism-Nepal (JAT-Nepal) to celebrate its 1st anniversary, they said a strong national flag carrier is crucial for economic development. Presenting his working paper on air accessibility and tourism development, aviation consultant Maheswar Bhakta Shrestha said tourism industry and national flag carrier and inter-related to each other. "Records show, Nepal's tourism industry has prospered when national flag carrier is strong and vice…

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TAAN delegation meets Minister of State for Tourism

November 20 , 2011

A delegation of Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) paid a courtesy call on Minister of State for Tourism and Civil Aviation Dilip Maharjan at his office in Singha Durbar on Nov 16. The delegation led by TAAN President Mahindra Singh Thapa congratulated Maharjan for assuming office. It also apprised Minister of State Maharjan of the problems that the tourism industry, particularly the trekking sector, is facing. TAAN requested Maharjan to create a permanent mechanism so that rescue operations could be conducted at ease if tourists are stranded in any part of the country. It also requested the government to…

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Online data entry for TIMS from Jan

November 20 , 2011

Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) and Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) have agreed in principle to put in place online-based mechanism for issuance of Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) cards for trekkers. According to TIMS Officer Navaraj Kafle, trekkers can post their information and itinerary on the online database from anywhere in the world. “Once the detail is posted, trekker will get a unique code number. They can collect the card by producing the code number at TAAN Secretariat, NTB and counters specified by them. At present, trekkers traveling in groups need to pay US $ 10 per person as…

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