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NEWS & EVENTS
 

Visitors arrival of May 2008

Tourist arrival via air in the month of May recorded a slight decline of 5% compared to the arrival figure of May 2007. However, the first five months of 2008 recorded an increment of 8% against the tourist arrival of same period last year.
The Indian market, contributing about one-third of total tourist arrival, showed a decline of 14%. Similarly, arrival from United Kingdom (-2%) and United States of America (-1%) also declined in May. However, arrival from Japan and Korea recorded an impressive increment of 54% and 43% respectively.
With te decline in arrival from India, arrival from the SAARC market declined by 10% despite the impressive increment from Bangladesh (28%), Pakistan (40%) and Sri Lanka (90%). Similarly, arrival from China (-37%), Singapore (-14%), Thailand (-46%) and Taiwan (-48%) also decreased in May.
In the European market, France (10%), Spain (73%), Austria (12%) and Belgium (18%) recorded strong growth rate while arrivals from Germany (-2%), Denmark (-1%), Israel (14%), Italy a sharp decline of (-47%), Netherlands (-21%), Norway (24%), Switzerland (-20%), and Sweden (-7%) faltered.

TAAN's exploration trek to Tsum Valley held

Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal’s (TAAN) exploration trek to Tsum Valley in northern part of Gorkha district held on May 11, 2008. The exploration trek aims to exploit and promote the tourism potentials of the secluded Tsum Valley.

The trek began from Kathmandu with a drive to Akhu Khola and then progressed to Fukarka Village, Manbu, Tatopani, Lokpa, Chhekam, Nile, Mu-Gumpa, Chhekya, Bhajyo, Kalung, Rachen Gumba, Gumba Lungdang, Ripchet, Philim, Machcha Khola will finally ended at Arughat.

The 17-days trip had Sonam Lama, Namgyal Sherpa and Mrs. Phunjo Lama in the coordinating team. Likewise, the team had tourism expert Mr. Madhu Chhetri, videographers Mr. Binod Adhikari and Ms. Narayani, photographer and cartographer Mr. Ramesh Pandey and Mr. Raindra Adhikari, Mr. Ang Dawa Sherpa, Mr. Dendi Sherpa, Mr. Dinesh Tamang and Mr. Anaraj Gurung. The team was accompanied by 15 porters.
Government of Nepal, through a cabinet decision opened the area for tourists in 17th October 2007. However, negligible tourists visited the area as a result of inadequate homework in terms of product planning, lack of adequate tourism infrastructure and insufficient awareness of the trekking route; among trekking agencies and trekkers.

Tsum Valley Exploration Trek 2008 is thus a joint effort of TAAN, NTNC, NTB and TWC to make an assessment of how the trail can be properly developed as a commercially viable trail and thereafter promoted among trekking agencies and trekkers alike. 
Tabled  below is the itinerary of Tsum-Valley Exploration Trek.

Day

Departure

Arrival

Mode of
Travel

1

Kathmandu

Tripureswor, Khahare

Jeep

2

Tripureswor, Khahare

Fulkarka Village

Foot

3

Phulkarka Village

Manbu

Foot

4

Lappu

Tatopani

Foot

5

Tatopani

Lokpa

Foot

6

Lokpa

Chhekam

Foot

7

Chhekam

Nile

Foot

8

Nile

Mu-Gumpa

Foot

9

Mu-Gumpa

Chhekya

Foot

10

Chhekya

Bhajyo

Foot

11

Bhajyo

Kalung

Foot

12

Kalung

Rachen Gumba

Foot

12

Rachen Gumba

Gumba Lungdang

Foot

13

Gumba Lungdang

Ripchet

Foot

14

Ripchet

Philim

Foot

15

Philim

Machha Khola

Foot

16

Machha Khola

Arughat

Foot

17

Arughat

Kathmandu

Bus

Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal

KATHMANDU, May 29 - Nepal has become a Federal Democratic Republic from May 28, 2008 after the Constituent Assembly overwhelmingly voted for abolition of the country's 240 year old monarchy. The 601-member assembly met at the Birendra International Convention Centre in Kathmandu on Wednesday evening where a motion was passed to declare the country the world's newest republic. The motion said that Nepal will be secular, federal, democratic republic nation and King Gyanendra will be reduced to a common citizen. The parties have agreed to turn Narayanhity Palace into a national museum once the king vacates it.

The people of the entire nation celebrated the day as the ‘independence day’. People gathered before the international conference hall at Baneswore and raised slogans, while a multitude were found driving across the capital honking horns, singing songs and calling for the beginning of a new era in the history of Nepal. News of celebrations came in from all the regions of the country. The government has announced two-day public holiday to celebrate republic.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon congratulated Nepal's 27 million people on the assembly's first meeting and urged lawmakers to form a new government as soon as possible. The US said it congratulates the people of Nepal on the Constituent Assembly's first step in defining a new, democratic Nepal with the declaration of a republic on May 28. Likewise, extending warm felicitations on behalf of the parliament, government and people of India, the Speaker of India's Lok Sabha Somnath Chatterjee Wednesday has said that India remains steadfast in its commitment to extend all possible support to Nepal in realising the goal of a stable, prosperous and democratic Nepal.

Nepal Election Stuns the world 

A historic Constituent Assembly Election held on 10 April, 2008 in a remarkably fair and peaceful environment with the overwhelming victory of Maoists party.
Nepal has stunned the world. This election has paved the way for the downfall of 250 years old monarchy and feudalism by people's mandate. In the first Constituent Assembly the winning Maoists party will lead the government and for it the Maoist leaders have appealed other national political parties to join in the coalition government for good governance as well as to draft the new constitution as per the aspiration of the populace.

The Maoists party has assured the business community for the safety and full support to run their businesses in this changed political scenario. Furthermore, the party has committed to adopt capitalism in the context of the global economic revolution to bring about economic changes in Nepal and to raise the per capita income of the people.

Big Ideas work positively in tourism

Mr. Renton de Alwis, Chairman of Sri-Lankan Tourism Authority making a special presentation on "Tourism marketing- problems and challenges ahead", on February 29, 2008 stressed the need for aggressive marketing of Nepali tourism products in an international arena. A presentation cum interaction program was organized in the premises of Nepal Tourism Board on the advent of designating special tourism campaign slated for 2010. In a reference to "Visit Nepal Year 1998"(VNY 98) Mr. Alwis said "Sri-Lanka could manage to organize Visit Sri-Lanka Year a year before only". He said the best practices of VNY 98 would be instrumental in making forthcoming tourism campaign a success.

The Government of Nepal, Nepal Tourism Board and the private sector tourism industry of Nepal are working hard to effectively market Nepal in the changed scenario with new marketing strategy to repositioning the image of the country as a prime tourism destination. Mr. Alwis having already worked in Nepal for two years as an Technical Advisor to UNDP-Project for Quality Tourism, has fair knowledge about tourism issues of Nepal. He during interaction said the situation in Nepal is far good than Sri-Lanka, which is reeling under the shadow of terrorism. Mr. Alwis asked tourism fraternity to be aware of the fact that managing growth is more arduous than gaining growth. He emphasized in working in big ideas in tourism which, in his opinion, could create a huge international marketing needed for a destination.

In a program participated by the honchos of tourism fraternity, Mr. Prachanda M. Sherstha, CEO, NTB welcomed Mr. Alwis and hoped to work further together. Hon'ble Minister for Culture, Tourism & Civil Aviation, Mr. Prithvi Subba Gurung was the gues of honor of the program. Mr. Leela Mani Poudyal, Secretary of Ministry of Culture, Tourism & Civil Aviation thanking for the generous participation from tourism entrepreneurs and academicians said all the suggestions made during the program would seriously be taken for future plans.

Sir Edmund Hillary will always live in Nepali hearts

A condolence meeting was organized on January 15, 2008 in memory of Sir Edmund Hillary, the first summiteer of Mt. Everest. Sir Edmund Hillary passed away at a hospital in Auckland, New Zealand on January 10, 2008, at the age of 88. Prayers were performed as per the Buddhist and Hindus tradition where Lamas and Batuks chanted sacred Mantras for the eternal peace of the departed soul.

Mr. Prithvi Subba Gurung, Hon'ble Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation committed that he would take proposal to the Cabinet Meeting to name Lukla Airport as Tenzing-Hillary Airport. Mr. Jyoti Adhikari, President of Trekking Agents' Association of Nepal proposed for the different awards in the memory of Tenzing and Hillary and requested tourism industry and the ministry for the approval.

Miss Elizabeth Hawley, Executive Director of Himalayan Trust sending her message to the condolence meeting said that the loss of Sir Edmund Hillary would be felt all over the world.

 
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