Monthly Archives: January 2015

Jiri to be developed as green tourism city

Widely popular as Nepal´s own ´Switzerland´ and also as the gateway to Mt. Everest, Jiri Valley will now be developed into a green tourism city.

With an aim of preserving nature and greenery in Jiri, the first town council meeting of Jiri Municipality decided to develop it as one of the major small-city attractions of Nepal.

Earlier, the Ministry of Urban Development had also announced that it is to make Jiri the best small city in the country.

The government had merged Jiri Mali and Thulopatal to form Jiri Municipality. The town council meeting also introduced an environment-friendly sustainable development slogan for its development plan.

Officiating Executive Officer of the municipality Lal Bahadur Gurung informed that the environmental aspect will be taken care of while managing the city and executing development activities of all kinds.

“Greenery and natural beauty are the identity of Jiri,” he said, adding, “We have introduced the green city concept to preserve this identity.” He added that all 11 wards of Jiri are replete with greenery and scenic beauty.

The city council has also decided to make Jiri a plastic-free area. Various programs will be conducted as per that policy.

A special program will be launched to conduct further study on Jiri´s historical, cultural and religious heritage, and its tourism potential.

Also, to keep the beauty of the Valley intact, the opening up of new road tracks will be controlled.

“We won´t build infrastructure haphazardly. We will first complete one road and then only start work on another one,” informed Gurung.

The council meeting likewise vowed to make the valley a children, gender and disabled-friendly place. Making Jiri an open defecation-free and dust-free zone was also among the priorities of the meeting.

The council has proposed a valley budget of Rs. 70.33 million for next fiscal year.
From the proposed budget, Rs. 4.5 million and Rs. 300,000 will be allocated for a cleanliness campaign and for the development of media respectively.

Inaugurating the meeting, Secretary of the Urban Development Ministry Arjun Kumar Karki assured that the government would allocate a sufficient budget for the development of Jiri.

Joint Secretary at the Ministry of Local Development Gopal Krishna Khanal informed that a special program would be launched by the ministry for tourism promotion in Jiri.

Local Development Officer of Dolakha Bijaya Raj Subedi, Nepali Congress Regional Chairman from Constituency No.1 Raju Upreti, UML District Committee Member Tapendra Khadka, UCPN (Maoist) District Member Nabin Jirel and former lawmaker Indra Bahadur Khada, among others, participated in the inauguration session of the meeting.

Source: Myrepublica

Number of tourists to Annapurna Region up

Number of tourists visiting Annapurna Region, home to different trekking trails including the world famous Annpurna Round Trek, increased by 15 percent to 129,966 in 2014, according to Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP).

The region had welcomed 129,966 tourists in 2013.

Annapurna Region is rich in natural beauty and cultural diversity. The region is home to numerous vantage points from where tourists can enjoy magnificent views of some of the tallest peaks on earth. These features make Annapurna Region one of the best destinations for trekking.

“The number of tourists increased even though many had cancelled their trip due to blizzards in the middle of peak season i.e. October which claimed many lives,” Lal Prasad Gurung, chief of ACAP, said. “If it were not for the unfortunate incident, the number would have increased by a bigger margin.”

ACAP charges entry fees of Rs 200 for tourists from SAARC countries and Rs 2,000 for tourists from other countries. Similarly, the government charges permit fee of US$ 500 per person for tourists heading to Upper Mustang — a controlled trekking area.

Not only foreign tourists, the number of Nepalis visiting different parts of the Annapurna region is increasing in recent years. According to Dum Bahadur Pun of Myagdi, Nepalis mostly visit the region during Dashain and Tihar holidays.

ACAP, however, does not maintain record of Nepali trekkers. Thousands of Nepalis are estimated to visit the region every year.

Annapurna Region has different trekking trails ranging from short trails which can be completed in three days to longer trails which take as much as two weeks. Most of the foreign trekkers prefer the popular Mini Annapurna Circuit trek.

Source: Myrepublica

37,000 Tourists visited Sagarmatha National Park

As many as 37,124 foreigners visited the Sagarmatha National Park area in 2014.

The region contains well known high mountains including the world´s highest peak, Mt. Everest (Sagarmatha).

According to the Namche based Office of the Park, the number of foreign tourists visiting the area increased by 1,353 persons as compared to the previous year. The number of tourists visiting the region was 35,571 in 2013.

The highest 9,463 foreign tourists visited the region in October while the lowest number was 930 in January, said Laxman Paudel, Assistant Conservation Officer of the Park.

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International air passengers number up by 12.73%

4th January, 2015

The total number of international air passengers arriving and taking off from Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) increased by 12.73 percent over the first 10 months of 2014.

According to the data of TIA, a total of 2.88 million air passengers flew to different international destinations from January to October, up from 2.55 million in the same period of 2013. Increment in number of international air passengers has been attributed to rise in tourist arrivals to the country and surge in number of Nepali migrant workers leaving for different international job markets.

The data shows that number of foreign tourists visiting the country is increasing. Not only in Nepal, is tourism flourishing all over the world.

According to United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), international tourism is set to hit a new record in 2014 with over 1.1 billion international tourists traveling the world in one single year. During the first ten months of 2014, the number of international tourists grew by 5 percent, rising above expectations, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer.

“Between January and October 2014, the volume of international tourists (overnight visitors) reached 978 million, 45 million more than in the same period of 2013. With an increase of 4.7 percent, international tourism continues to grow well above the long-term trend projected by UNWTO for the period 2010-2020 (+3.8 percent), and is set to end the year at over 1.1 billion,” stated the report.

According to UNWTO, by region, the strongest growth was registered in the Americas (+8 percent), followed by Asia and the Pacific (+5 percent) and Europe (+4 percent). By sub-region, North America (+9percent) and South Asia (+8percent) were the star performers, as well as Southern and Mediterranean Europe, North-East Asia and Northern Europe (all +7percent).

International arrivals in Asia and the Pacific increased by 5 percent (through October), consolidating the region´s growth trend of recent years. The best results came from South Asia (+8 percent), led by India (+7percent), and from North-East Asia (+7 percent) where major destinations such as Japan and the Republic of Korea registered double-digit growth. Arrivals in Oceania grew by 6 percent mostly due to rise in arrivals in Australia and New Zealand. In South-East Asia (+2 percent), growth slowed down compared to 2012 and 2013 as a result of the decline in arrivals in Thailand.

Though the international air passenger movement increased in Nepal, number of domestic air passenger dropped by 5.55 percent to 1.19 million from 1.26 million in the first ten months of 2014. Domestic passenger movement has been declining since 2012.

“Domestic air passenger movement has been going down due to shortage of short-take-off-and-landing (STOL) aircraft and expansion of road network in remote areas,” Ratish Chandra Lal Suman, director general of Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN), said. “Fewer people chose air service as there was no obstruction like banda and strike in surface transport during the period.”

According to TIA, Nepali airlines flew 6.86 percent of international air passengers in the review period.

Source: MyRepublice