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Himalayan Air Festival kicks off in Pokhara

Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Kripashur Sherpa on Saturday said that the Himalayan Air Festival will play a vital role in attracting tourists back to country post April 25 Gorkha Earthquake.

While inaugurating the Himalayan Air Festival Garuda Fun, organized on the occasion of World Tourism Day today, Minister Sherpa urged all the stakeholders to disseminate the news about adventurous programs organized in the country to attract tourists.

He expressed confidence that mosaic paragliding above the sky of Pokhara would attract the tourists.

Similarly, National Tourism Promotion Committee convener Govinda Pahari expressed confidence that the festival would promote the tourism sectors as it was facing several hindrances after April 25 Gorkha earthquake.

The Association Acting chair Sobit Baniya informed that the festival was organized to promote the tourism sectors in the country.

On the occasion, the sports like paragliding, ultralight aircraft and power paragliding has been organized in Pokhara.

Apparatus of the sports machines are printed on clothes of Hindu god and goddess like Shiva, Parbati and Laxmi among others.

A total of 50 pilots, including 35 foreigners, and 15 nationals are participating in the event.

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Nepal gets new constitution

21, September, 2015

Nepal’s decades-long wait for the new constitution through people’s representatives is over, as President Ram Baran Yadav today announced the commencement of new constitution during the Constituent Assembly meeting-cum-special function organised at the CA’s regular meeting venue.

When CA Chairman Subas Chandra Nembang requested President Yadav to sign the designated page to proclaim the commencement of the new constitution, Yadav bowed his head to each of the five copies before signing them. He then read out the text: “I announce, before Nepali people, that the Nepal’s Constitution, endorsed by CA, authenticated by CA chairman and presented here, has commenced today — 20 September 2015.”

“Endorsed by people’s representatives, this constitution is the document of our common commitment for protecting freedom, geographic integrity, independence and sovereignty vested in people,” Yadav said in his speech when Nembang requested him for his address. The packed House of the CA applauded the President’s address by thumping the table.

Yadav called on people of mountains, hills and Tarai-Madhes to protect and promote the people’s rights, achievements and the federal democratic republic structure and urged them to maintain mutual unity, tolerance, cooperation and harmony. “Constitution is a dynamic document. I request you to be continuously active towards its successful implementation for social justice, rights and prosperity,” he said.
The Kathmandu Valley erupts in celebration with sporadic fireworks display after the constitution was promulgated.

The Kathmandu Valley erupts in celebration with sporadic fireworks display after the constitution was promulgated.

Expressing his confidence that the new constitution would protect and promote Nepal’s ethnic, lingual, religious, cultural and geographic diversity, he said the new constitution had given an opportunity to strengthen unity in diversity and end discrimination and inequalities.

“With the announcement of commencement of this constitution, federal democratic republican system has been institutionalised in our country. It has been established that only the people are the source of sovereignty vested in Nepali people and state power,” Yadav said. Continue reading

New constitution elates tourism entrepreneurs

September 19, 2015

Tourism entrepreneurs have expressed happiness over the endorsement of the new constitution by the Constituent Assembly.

The entrepreneurs have expressed hope that the new statute would help bring political stability and create investment friendly climate in the country. They hoped that the government would encourage private investment in all the sectors.

Former Chief Executive Officer of Nepal Tourism Board Prachandaman Shrestha said that the business sector is the most excited group after the Constituent Assembly endorsed the new constitution. He said that the promulgation of the new constitution would open up new possibilities in the tourism sector. “The new constitution has encouraged the entire business sector. This has given a political outlet to the long-standing political impasse. It has also encouraged the tourism entrepreneurs to make new investments,” Shrestha added.

He also hoped that the number of tourists would increase rise in the country after the promulgation of constitution.

Likewise, Chairman of Nepal Association of Travel and Tour Agents DB Limbu, Chairman of National Tourism Entrepreneurs Association Dipak Mahat and General Secretary of Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal Sagar Pandey univocally lauded the promulgation of the new constitution adding that it would open up new avenues for investment in the country.

A version of this article appears in print on September 20, 2015 of The Himalayan Times.

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Tara Air with New Twin Otter Aircraft

17th September, 2015

Tara new twin otterTara Air, a subsidiary of Yeti Airlines, in collaboration with Great Himalayan Trail, brought a new twin otter aircraft on Thursday with an objective of promoting village tourism.

The airlines said that the new aircraft will be useful in operating flights to the rural mountainous destinations.

The 18-seater twin otter is the most expensive aircraft of its type so far with a factory price of seven million US Dollars, equivalent to Rs 700 million. The aircraft was purchased with the financial assistance of the UK Aid.

With the new addition, the Yeti Air now has 15 aircrafts including seven of Tara Air in its fleet. Yeti Airlines is currently operating flights to 29 different destinations in the country, said Umesh Chandra Raya, the CEO of the Airlines.

The new twin otter aircraft has a modern engine with the capacity equivalent of a jet airplane and therefore is considered reliable for safe travel, said senior pilot Pemba Sherpa.

Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation Kripasur Sherpa inaugurated the Twin Otter (9N-AKL) at the domestic terminal of the Tribhuvan International Airport.
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Nepal still safe tourist destination even after major earthquake

Nepal is still a safe destination for tourism even after the major earthquake that struck the country on April 25, said participants of a program here on Tuesday.

Taking part in a workshop on ‘Recovery of country’s tourism after the earthquake’ organized jointly by the Institute of Foreign Affairs and Nepal Tourism Board today, Minister for Foreign Affairs Mahendra Bahadur Pandey said various tourist destinations in the country are safe for visit despite the impact of the April disaster on tourism sector.
Country’s tourism sector was not devastated by the disaster as reported by some media, he said, adding, “Many cultural and religious sites here are eagerly waiting to welcome guests.” He expressed his hope that domestic tourism sector would be back to a previous status soon.

Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Kripasur Sherpa said over 80 per cent tourist destinations in the country are safe even after the disaster and this message should be disseminated globally. Out of 35 major trekking routes here, the quake inflicted damages on only two routes. Tourist destinations in some 11 districts suffered earthquake damages, he added.

Executive Director of the Institute, Dr Rishi Raj Adhikari, expressed the belief that the tourism sector would return to its previous condition gradually if different organizations, working in the field of tourism, and media bring the reality of the tourism sector into light.

Similarly, Chairman of the Nepal Tourist Guide Association, Hareram Baral, said that different programs related to tourism should be forwarded with top priority soon at the initiatives of tourism-related organizations as there would be negative impact among tourists visiting Nepal due to negative message after the earthquake.

Baral said, “Tourism is an essential business for the economic development of the country and positive initiatives of all is necessary to bring the tourism sector affected after earthquake into previous condition.”

Foundation member Dr Ganesh Gurung said that the tourism sector was affected till 143 days after the earthquake.

Likewise, General Secretary of the Nepal Mountaineers Association, Thakur Raj Pandey, Market Section Chief of the Nepal Tourism Board, Ujjwala Dali and Chief Executive Officer of the Hotel Association Nepal, Prabesh Aryal, also expressed their views.

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The flydubai offers 30% off on fares to Dubai, select destinations

Flydubai launched its first network-wide sale offering customers 30% off Business and Economy Class fares to Dubai and select destinations on Tuesday.

A presser issued Tuesday states, “Customers who plan to travel between 01 October 2015 and 30 June 2016 and book before 20 September will receive 30% off.”
With a fleet of 49 modern Next-Generation Boeing 737-800 aircraft, flydubai operates over 1,600 weekly flights to more than 90 destinations in 45 countries creating a network that spans the GCC, Middle East, Africa, the Caucasus, Central Asia, Europe and the Subcontinent.

According to the statement, flydubai is dedicated to providing its customers with a better travel experience by offering greater choice and flexibility. flydubai’s Business Class offers an even more comfortable and personal flying experience while the airline’s popular and convenient Economy Class continues to give more people the opportunity to travel to more places more often for less.

“Book before 20 September and flydubai to where you want to be for 30% less,” the statement says.

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Nepal’s tourism promoted in Malaysia

Sept. 04, 2015
The ‘Nepal Night, 2015’, a tourism promotion event, was organized in Kuala Lumpur of Malaysia recently. A large number of tour operators based in Malaysia took part and enquired about Nepal trekking industry in the event.

kuala-lumpur-malaysia-photos-2On the occasion, Nepal’s Ambassador to Malaysia Dr Niranjan Man Basnet said that Nepal is safe to travel and no serious damages were caused by the April 25 earthquake as published by the international media.

He said that 90 per cent part of the country is safe to travel and added that negative publicity was made by making reference to some damages caused in the capital city’s heritages.

“Nepal’s tourism entrepreneurs have offered different packages in subsidized price. China has considered Nepal as the major destination for trip. Malaysian tourists are also willing to visit Lumbini, the birth place of Lord Buddha, Pashupatinath Temple, Muktinath Temple and others,” Ambassador Basnet said.

Board of Director of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) Tikaram Adhikari, Co-treasurer of Nepal Association of Travel and Tour Agents Jiswan Tuladhar and others were present in the ‘Nepal Night’. On the occasion, a documentary prepared by NTB by incorporating different aspects of Nepal’s tourism was also screened.
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Nepal hopes for more Indian tourists for rapid recovery

Only a third of a total 30,000 seats a week under an air service agreement with India is available due to the limited number of flights between Nepal and India. Tourism entrepreneurs say that gap needs to be cut airlines to help Nepal’s tourism sector recover after the earthquake of April.

Ujjwala Dali, the officiating director of the marketing and promotion department of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), says Nepal needs to bring more Indian tourists not only to fill the remaining seats but also for the tourism industry to recover faster.

In an effort to get back on their feet, four months after the devastating earthquake Nepal’s tourism entrepreneurs have travelled all the way to Bangalore and are organizing promotional events there to promote Nepal as a tourist destination and attract Indian tourists.
NTB organized promotional events at the Bangalore Press Club hoping the media there will help relay a message to the people there to visit Nepal.

Speaking at the event, Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Nepal Chapter Chairman Suman Pandey said that recognized tour operators and renowned international organizations who had visited Nepal after the earthquake as well as positive advisories from different countries had declared Nepal a safe place to visit. Tourism was open in the country, he said.

Nepal has also launched the NEPAL: BACK ON TOP OF THE WORLD campaign to broadcast that tourism services had resumed and to help bring in foreign tourists.

At an event here in Bangalore, NTB also made public a logo and a slogan ‘NEPAL: BACK ON TOP OF THE WORLD’ to convey the message that Nepal was open for business and ready to welcome tourists.

“The logo and slogan are a part of our recovery campaign and will go on for six months. We request all of you to visit Nepal and be a part of the campaign and help Nepal rebuild,” NTB’s Dali said.

To bring in more Indian tourists to Nepal, Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) launched direct flights to Bangalore on September 1, and to Mumbai on Friday after a decade’s hiatus.

“We have announced a special ‘buy two tickets get one free’ offer on round-trip tickets on Kathmandu-Bangalore flights targeting Indian tourists,” Ram Hari Sharma, the corporate director of NAC, said.

Govinda Bahadur Karki, the director general of the Department of Tourism, says that as many as 61 districts out of the total of 75 are unaffected or least-affected by the quake and were ready to welcome tourists while the 14 quake-hit districts are also getting back on their feet and rebuilding.

“After the quake, Nepal had immediately formed the Nepal Tourism Promotion Committee (NTPC) for to work on the recovery of the tourism industry. We have also formed the Nepal Reconstruction Authority (NRA) as a high-powered authority to execute recovery and reconstruction programs,” Karki said. Continue reading

‘Super deluxe’ buses to ply Pokhara-Kathmandu route

A transport entrepreneur in Pokhara has launched “super deluxe” buses in order provide better services to passengers.

According to Keshav Prasad Adhikari of Jagadamba Travels, two such vehicles were imported from India’s Ashok Leyland Company at the cost of Rs 35 million and will be operated under the Prithvi Highway Bus Entrepreneurs Committee starting next week.

Adhikari said the buses, which are made sophisticated reducing the number of seats from 35 to 21, are launched targeting domestic as well as foreign tourists. “We assembled the seats in India using materials imported from China and Singapore and each seat cost us Rs 136,000,” he said.

The seats in the buses are sofa-like and their positions can be adjusted using a remote control. Passengers can even sleep on them and ring an attached bell to order tea, coffee, cold drinks and juice from the mini bar set up in driver’s cabin.

Likewise, passengers can also watch movies on a 48-inch television screen in the buses outfitted with air-conditioner. Continue reading

Egyptian-American tourist missing since 20 days

A 25-year-old Egyptian-American national has gone missing in Nepal since past 20 days.

According to her family sources, Dahlia Yehia, who was here in Nepal as a tourist, last appeared on WhatsApp from Pokhara at 10 pm on August 6.

TAAN Media Center said Yehia had volunteered with Secret Garden Disaster Relief in Nepal on July 31 and her visa was expiring on August 20.

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