‘Visit Nepal year’ planned for 2020

 

Kathmandu, September 10

As the government has set a target to bring in two million tourists each year by 2020, the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) has planned to organise ‘Visit Nepal Year’ in 2020 to attract more tourists to the country. Unveiling the action plan of the ministry for the next two months, Tourism Minister Jitendra Narayan Dev said that the ministry will establish a secretariat for the Visit Nepal Year shortly to make necessary preparations.

Visit Nepal 2020
Nepal Tourism Board. Photo: THT/ File

Earlier, the MoCTCA had planned to celebrate Visit Nepal Year in 2018, which was put off due to the delay in construction of airports, heritage sites and roads. The 60-day action plan unveiled today has given due priority to the early completion of the construction and expansion of the international and domestic airports, heritage sites and other tourism infrastructure. The government has planned to complete the expansion of Tribhuvan International  Airport and construction of Gautam Buddha Airport in Bhairahawa before the Visit Nepal Year. Likewise, the reconstruction of major heritage sites is expected to be completed before 2020.

In its 60-day plan, MoCTCA has said that it will frame country-wise tourism promotion strategy and bring it into implementation. Country-wise tourism strategy will help the tourism promotion organisations to carry out promotionalactivities to tap potential outbound travellers of concerned countries. Currently, India, China, United States of America, United Kingdom and Sri Lanka are the major source countries of tourists.

In the context of rising number of outbound travellers in India and China, the country wise tourism promotion strategy will help Nepal to tap the outbound travellers of the neighbouring nations. The country will identify the reasons behind low growth in tourist arrivals and take necessary measures to attract more tourists in the country, according to Minister Dev.

He further said that the air service agreements with the United Arab Emirates, Turkey and New Zealand will be finalised soon. The action plan also states that MoCTCA will review the air service agreements with Thailand, Japan, Egypt and China, among others.

The ministry will initiate the process to bring strategic partner for Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) — the national flag carrier — and also take forward NAC’s proposal to purchase two more narrow-body aircraft. The business plan submitted by NAC for the commercial operation of two wide-body aircraft that the corporation is in the process of purchasing and its plans regarding human resources will be finalised in the next two months.

The action plan also incorporates plans to amend the Tourism Act to make it more contextual and also plans to amend Casino Regulation, Travel and Trekking Regulation and Mountaineering Expedition Regulation.

Likewise, to bridge the gap in human resources in the tourism sector, which is expected to boom in the future along with the government and private sector’s initiative to achieve robust growth in this sector, Tourism Minister Dev has envisioned to upgrade Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management to a Tourism University. To establish the Tourism University, the MoCTCA will carry out the necessary groundwork like framing draft law and land acquisition for the university, among others in the next two months.

MoCTCA will also carry out a survey to expand the line agencies of the ministry and the departments to the provincial and local levels. Similarly, it will also frame a master plan for the preservation of tourist sites, as per the action plan unveiled today.


A version of this article appears in print on September 11, 2017 of The Himalayan Times.

Source: https://thehimalayantimes.com/business/visit-nepal-year-planned-2020/

The Himalayan Times

‘Visit Nepal Year’ planned for 2020

Visit Nepal 2018

 

Welcome visitors to celebrate the year 2018 which is chosen as national tourism year of Nepal after the year 2011 which was the primary authority tourism year of new Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal. The government and tourism department of Nepal authoritatively reported that Nepal will take year 2018 as “Visit Nepal 2018”, a year committed to tourism industry of Nepal with vision of making a reasonable brand picture of Nepal as travel and vacationer destination, backing up the tourism foundations of Nepal, enhance the growth of tourism industry, and enhance locale tourism as supportable industry. The legislature has wanted to accommodate more than one million visitors amid the year of “Visit Nepal 2018”.

The government has formally initiated the open connection program for Visit Nepal Year 2018 for the arrangements and approach starting from the year 2016/2017 to reinforce and give a decent foundation for the year 2018 . …

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli returns home after ‘successful’ China visit

Deputy Prime Minister Ishwar Pokharel receives Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu on June 24, 2018.

Kathmandu, June 24

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has returned home after concluding his six-day official visit to China, on Sunday.

Deputy Prime Minister Ishwar Pokharel, who was given the responsibility of the PM in his absence, received the Prime Minister at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu this morning.

Speaking with the press at the airport, the Prime Minister said his visit was successful and the agreements his team made with China would help Nepal develop as a prosperous country.

While Oli was in Beijing, Nepal and China have signed some significant agreements including the one about extending Tibet’s railway line to Kathmandu. This has been hyped as the most significant achievement of Oli’s visit.

Likewise, other various understandings including for cooperation on development of cement industries, hydropower, cross-border transmission line, agriculture, construction of airports, highways were made during the visit.

Though the ruling party has termed the visit a successful one, the opposition parties of the country, however, have given mixed reactions on the visit. In particular, they have objected to the Prime Minister’s visit to the headquarters of Communist Party of China and mention of Nepal’s endorsement of Xi Jinping Thought in the joint statement the two governments issued as the visit was concluded.

The Prime Minister had embarked on the visit to the northern neighbour on June 19 on the invitation of the Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.


Published on June 24th, Sunday, 2018 11:04 AM

Source: www.onlinekhabar.com

TIMS Fund Handover to the Family of 33 Deceased Trekking Workers

On 15th June 2018, Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) and Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) handed over Rs. 2 lakhs 50 thousand each to the family of 33 deceased trekking labours who lost their lives in Himalayas.

TAAN President Mr. Nava Raj Dahal welcoming all the guest and family of deceased trekking workers consulate the trekking workers who lost their lives during the trekking period due to natural disasters and other unavoidable uncertainties. He explained the importance of TIMS for controlling illegal trekking operation, generating employment opportunities and ensuring indemnity for trekking labours. Expressing the significance of TIMS to make trekking mandatory from a government registered trekking company would assure the revenue increment, accurate database of trekkers including their safety. “Even though the MoU between NTB and TAAN signed more than four years ago for workers welfare, the working procedure to mobilize the fund for family of deceased trekking workers was not made since four years but with the repeated effort TAAN has been able to handover them alleviation.” He added. He anticipates that the rescue and medical charges will also be released in upcoming days.

NTB C.E.O. Mr. Deepak Raj Joshi highlighted upon making trekking trials more safe and secure through proper maintenance.

NTB Board Member Mr. Krishna Aryal stated that the TIMS fund was not released since a long time ago due to required documentations and expressed his sympathy towards all the workers who lost their lives. He aspires that TAAN and NTB will go hand and hand for effective management of TIMS in upcoming days. Assuring to release the fund for workers welfare after the proper documents are submitted, he requested TAAN to display the evidence through log book presented at Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal.

NTB Board Member Mr. Deepak Mahat aforementioned upon TIMS amount being national revenue, releasing the fund is not that easy as per the signed MoU between TAAN and NTB. Many trekking companies are not issuing TIMS believing that the fund won’t be released for the welfare of workers, this program will let them know that they will receive the amount according to the mentioned policy but will take some effort and time. He added.

Closing the program, TIMS Coordinator Rajan Prasad Kapri thanked entire guest and solaced in the name of deceased trekking workers.

A moment of silence was offered and 33 candles were lighted in the remembrance of the trekking workers who lost their lives in the Himalayas.

Therefore, this program concludes that TIMS is important and hope the member agencies will realize the importance to issue TIMS card  and assures the amount for welfare of trekking workers.

Director General of Department of Tourism (DoT) Mr. Kosh Nath Adhikari, TAAN Past Presidents and executive members, Tourism Associates, NTB representatives and TAAN staffers were present in the program.

Source: www.taan.org.np

Tourist arrivals grow 11 percent in April

 

Nepal received 98,650 foreign visitors in the month of April, up 11.4 percent as compared to the same period last year, according to the Department of Immigration statistics.

With this, the arrival figures for the January-April period has reached 386,030, an increase of 13 percent over the same period in 2017. The healthy tourist arrivals figure indicates that Nepal is likely to receive more than 1 million tourists this year. Tourist arrivals to Nepal hit a new record in 2017 but remained short of the much ballyhooed target of 1 million individuals as national elections in November and December resulted in weaker-than-expected growth.

The country received 940,218 tourists last year, up 24.86 percent from 2016.

According to the statistics, arrivals from India and Sri Lanka grew by 13.8 percent and 26.4 percent respectively in April this year. The overall arrivals from Saarc countries registered a growth of 8.5 percent in April as compared to the same month last year. However, visitor numbers from Bangladesh plunged by 26.5 percent. Visitor arrivals from China continue to soar, growing by 45.9 percent in April.

Arrivals from Asia (other than Saarc) have also recorded growth of 28.1 percent. Likewise, visitors from Malaysia and Thailand to Nepal increased by 17.8 percent and 26.7 percent.

As far as European source markets are concerned, overall growth of 5.1 percent in April has been recorded. France gained 28.8 percent while arrivals from the UK and Germany declined by 7.4 percent and 12.2 percent respectively. Tourist arrivals from Australia and New Zealand have also increased by 2.5 percent and 18.9 percent respectively.

Visitors from the US and Canada have also grown by 7.9 percent and 8.1 percent respectively. The sustained growth in international arrivals to Nepal in 2018 is a continuation of the positive trend that started in 2016, Nepal Tourism Board, the country’s tourism promotional body said.

“It can be safely inferred that the concerted efforts of the government, Nepal Tourism Board and the private sector in positioning Nepal in the international markets as an attractive and safe destination and reviving the confidence of international visitors and travel entrepreneurs are well reflected in the visitor arrivals.”

source:the kathmandu post, 18 May 2018

Prime Minister of Nepal leaves for China today

 

PM Oli leaves for China

KATHMANDU: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has left for an official visit to China today at the invitation of Premier of the People’s Republic of China Li Keqiang.

According to Assistant Spokesperson and Information Officer at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ram Babu Dhakal, the Prime Minister is accompanied by his spouse, Radhika Shakya, Minister for Home Affairs Ram Bahadur Thapa, Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, Minister for Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation Barsha Man Pun, Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transport Raghubir Mahaseth, Chief Advisor to the Prime Minister Bishnu Rimal, Members of Parliament, high-ranking government officials, representatives of private sector and mediapersons.

 

An official at the Tribhuvan International Airport informed that a charter flight of Himalaya Airlines carrying the Nepali delegation took off at 9:09 am. He added that PM and his delegation team would arrive in Beijing by 2:30 pm today.

During the visit, Prime Minister Oli is scheduled to hold bilateral talks with his Chinese counterpart and will also meet with senior Chinese leaders, Officer Dhakal said and added that the PM would address Nepal-China Business Forum and think-tanks in Beijing.

On the occasion, the two countries will also sign some agreements and memorandum of understandings (MoUs). Bilateral discussions will be held and MoUs signed on matters relating to infrastructure development, investment, energy, tourism among other sectors under the one belt one road initiative, said Foreign Secretary Shanker Das Bairagi. “The major objective of the visit is to further deepen bilateral relations and cooperation,” he said.

Prime Minister Oli is also scheduled to visit Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet Autonomous Region of China, where he will meet with the provincial leaders. The Prime Minister and the delegation will return home on June 24.

Earlier, during consultations with former prime ministers, the PM told that Nepal’s bilateral relations with China would reach a new height after his visit to the northern neighbour. Likewise, Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali had told the meeting that during PM’s China visit, efforts would be made to seek China’s assistance for laying transmission lines, to enhance bilateral cooperation in the energy sector, and to prepare detailed project report of the railway lines to be built from Keirung to Kathmandu, and from Kathmandu to Pokhara with Chinese assistance.

Source: The  Himalayan Times

Originial Link: https://thehimalayantimes.com/nepal/prime-minister-kp-sharma-oli-leaves-for-china-today/

2nd TAAN Langtang Marathon 2017

Kyanjin Monastery, Rasuwa

TAAN Langtang Marathon is an initiative taken by Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) to disseminate the message to the rest of the world that Langtang-Gosainkunda region has bounced back after the earthquake and is receiving visitors like usual. It is also a part of our objective to foster ties with destination committee. The marathon begins at Kyanjin Monastery in the Langtang Region and goes through Langtang Village, Lama Hotel and Ghoda Tabela before concluding at Syafrubesi.

TAAN Lhosar Festival 2017

Hyatt Regency Kathmandu, Bouddha

Lhosar is the New Year festival of different ethnic groups living in hilly and mountainous distircts of Nepal. While Gurungs celebrate Tamu Lhosar on Poush 15 as per the Nepali calendar, Tamangs celebrate Sonam Lhosar and Sherpas celerbate Gyalbu Lhosar on different dates. TAAN has been organizing the festival annually to promote Lhosar as a cultural tourism product.
This year TAAN is organizing a fun-filled event at Hyatt Regency Kathmandu. The event will see participation of government officials, TAAN member agencies, representatives of different travel trade associations, industry people, among others.

Cultural performance by leading artistes, DJ session, and Lhosar dinner are the major attractions of the program.

The First mt. Everest Summiter

The First to Climb Mount Everest

In 1953, Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Became the First to Reach the Summit
Norgay Tenzing known as Sherpa Tensing (1914 – 1986) Nepalese mountaineer, with Edmund Hillary enjoying a snack on their return from the summit. (June 26, 1953).  (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

After years of dreaming about it and seven weeks of climbing, New Zealander Edmund Hillary and Nepalese Tenzing Norgay reached the top of Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world, at 11:30 a.m. on May 29, 1953. They were the first people to ever reach the summit of Mount Everest.

Earlier Attempts to Climb Mt. Everest

Mount Everest had long been considered unclimbable by some and the ultimate climbing challenge by others. Soaring in height to 29,035 feet (8,850 m), the famous mountain is located in the Himalayas, along the border of Nepal and Tibet, China.

Before Hillary and Tenzing successfully reached the summit, two other expeditions got close. Most famous of these was the 1924 climb of George Leigh Mallory and Andrew “Sandy” Irvine. They climbed Mount Everest at a time when the aid of compressed air was still new and controversial.

The pair of climbers was last seen still going strong at the Second Step (about 28,140 – 28,300 ft).

Many people still wonder if Mallory and Irvine might have been the first to make it to the top of Mount Everest. However, since the two men did not make it back down the mountain alive, perhaps we’ll never know for sure.

The Dangers of Climbing the Highest Mountain in the World

Mallory and Irvine certainly were not the last to die upon the mountain. Climbing Mount Everest is extremely dangerous. Besides the freezing weather (which puts climbers at risk for extreme frostbite) and the obvious potential for long falls from cliffs and into deep crevasses, climbers of Mount Everest suffer from the effects of the extreme high altitude, often called “mountain sickness.”

The high altitude prevents the human body from getting enough oxygen to the brain, causing hypoxia. Any climber who climbs above 8,000 feet could get mountain sickness and the higher they climb, the more severe the symptoms may become.

Most climbers of Mount Everest at least suffer from headaches, cloudiness of thought, lack of sleep, loss of appetite, and fatigue. And some, if not acclimated correctly, could show the more acute signs of altitude sickness, which includes dementia, trouble walking, lack of physical coordination, delusions, and coma.

To prevent the acute symptoms of altitude sickness, climbers of Mount Everest spend a lot of their time slowly acclimating their bodies to the increasingly high altitudes. This is why it can take climbers many weeks to climb Mt. Everest.

Food and Supplies

In addition to humans, not many creatures or plants can live in high altitudes either. For this reason, food sources for climbers of Mt. Everest are relatively nonexistent. So, in preparation for their climb, climbers and their teams must plan, purchase, and then carry all of their food and supplies with them up the mountain.

Most teams hire Sherpas to help carry their supplies up the mountain. (The Sherpa are a previously nomadic people who live near Mt. Everest and who have the unusual ability of being able to quickly physically adapt to higher altitudes.)

Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Go Up the Mountain

Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay were part of the British Everest Expedition, 1953, led by Colonel John Hunt. Hunt had selected a team of people who were experienced climbers from all around the British Empire.

Among the eleven chosen climbers, Edmund Hillary was selected as a climber from New Zealand and Tenzing Norgay, though born a Sherpa, was recruited from his home in India. Also along for the trip was a filmmaker to document their progress and a writer for The Times, both were there in the hopes of documenting a successful climb to the summit. Very importantly, a physiologist rounded out the team.

After months of planning and organizing, the expedition began to climb. On their way up, the team established nine camps, some of which are still used by climbers today.

Out of all the climbers on the expedition, only four would get a chance to make an attempt to reach the summit. Hunt, the team leader, selected two teams of climbers. The first team consisted of Tom Bourdillon and Charles Evans and the second team consisted of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay.

The first team left on May 26, 1953 to reach the summit of Mt. Everest. Although the two men made it up to about 300 feet shy of the summit, the highest any human had yet reached, they were forced to turn back after bad weather set in as well as a fall and problems with their oxygen tanks.

Reaching the Top of Mount Everest

At 4 a.m. on May 29, 1953, Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay awoke in camp nine and readied themselves for their climb. Hillary discovered that his boots had frozen and thus spent two hours defrosting them. The two men left camp at 6:30 a.m. During their climb, they came upon one particularly difficult rock face, but Hillary found a way to climb it. (The rock face is now called “Hillary’s Step.)

At 11:30 a.m., Hillary and Tenzing reached the summit of Mount Everest. Hillary reached out to shake Tenzing’s hand, but Tenzing gave him a hug in return. The two men enjoyed only 15 minutes at the top of the world because of their low air supply. They spent their time taking photographs, taking in the view, placing a food offering (Tenzing), and looking for any sign that the missing climbers from 1924 had been there before them (they didn’t find any).

When their 15 minutes were up, Hillary and Tenzing began making their way back down the mountain. It is reported that when Hillary saw his friend and co-New Zealand climber George Lowe (also part of the expedition), Hillary said, “Well, George, we’ve knocked the bastard off!”

News of the successful climb quickly made it around the world. Both Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became heroes.