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...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
3D travel portal offers a virtual trip to Everest
Nope, it's not an easy level of "Counter-Strike," it’s a 3D virtual walking tour of Durban Square in Patan, Nepal.
Singaporean marketing company 3rd Planet has released its 3D downloadable travel portal with its first project -- "Journey to Everest" -- created in collaboration with Nepal Tourism board.
It includes five 3D tours within Nepal.
The company aims to have a 3D preview of all the major tourist destinations around the world. At...
PM formally announces Visit Lumbini Year
Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai formally announced the much-talked-about Visit Lumbini Year 2012 (VLY-2012) from the birthplace of Gautam Buddha on Thursday, inviting the world to work towards creating a peaceful society through Buddha’s peace message.
“I formally declare the year 2012 as Visit Lumbini Year so as to make the birthplace of Buddha a centre of global attraction,” said the prime minister at a programme here. Lumbini is one of the...
Everest in October after 10 years
Eric Larsen successfully climbed Mount Everest in the month of October, the first to do so in ten years during this month. A report submitted by the Liasion Officer and Handling Agency stated that Larsen along with five members of High Altitude Workers (HAW) succeeded in climbing Mount Everest on October 15.
The Nepali HAW members who climbed the peak during this season were Tshering Dorje Sherpa, Nima Dorje Tamang, Pasang Temba...
32nd World Tourism Day marked
A morning rally was organised in the Capital on the occasion of the 32nd World Environment Day, today.
The rally started from Thamel and went through different parts of the city with various cultural, tablues, along with musical fanfare, and converged at Basantapur.
Representatives of various tourism-related organizations, students, and others carried banners with slogans for tourism promotion and hospitality, in the rally organised by the Thamel Tourism Development Committee.
16th Wildlife Week celebrated
16th Wildlife week was celebrated in the department and protected areas in the theme “Forests and Wetlands: Basis of Life for Wildlife” with a view to raise public awareness on natural resources, and conservation and management of biodiversity. The program was officially started by a radio message highlighting the sustainable management of natural resources for the betterment of human life from the Hon. Minister for Forests and Soil Conservation Bhanubhakta...
Rhino count in Nepal accomplished
Rhino count 2067 was started from Chaitra 22nd and ended on 10th of Baisakh, 2068 for Chitwan National Park, Bardia National Park and Suklaphanta Wildlife Reserve. 34 domestic elephants, and 170 people for Chitwan National Park, 14 domestic elephants and 74 people for Bardia and 4 domestic elephants and 22 people for Suklaphanta Wildlife Reserve was utilized in the rhino count. Global Positioning system, binocular, camera were used in the...
Develop tourism infrastructure: NMA
Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) urged the government to use royalty to develop infrastructure of the commercial peaks.
Speaking during the annual general meeting of the association, president of the association Zimba Zambu Sherpa urged the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation to implement the directives regarding the use of royalty for infrastructure development of different tourist peaks.
He also insisted the government to add 15 more peaks within the association that presently...
Nepal creates free digital map for tourists
KATHMANDU (Xinhua) – Tourists visiting Nepal can now expect a much easier travel, thanks to digital support available in the country.
According to Monday's Republica daily, of late, software developers have introduced programs which tourists can use to find out details of tourist hubs, trekking routes, location of hotels, restaurants and other places on their mobile phone or Global Positioning System (GPS) device.
The best part of such programs is that the...
All out efforts to make tourists feel special
Nepal’s tourism industry will pull out all the stops to make tourists feel valued on Tuesday on the occasion of the 32nd World Tourism Day. The first three foreign visitors disembarking at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) will be treated to a grand welcome and presented gifts. Tourists will also get discounts at hotels and cultural shows as part of the World Tourism Day celebrations.
“As culture is one of the...
Everest summiteers honoured in Ireland
Embassy of Nepal, London organised a Nepal Tourism programme in Dublin, Ireland on Saturday to boost the ongoing Nepal Tourism Year (NTY) 2011.
On the occasion, Nepali Ambassador to UK Suresh Chandra Chalise honoured Mt. Everest Summiteers, Michael Murphy, Clare O'Leary, Pat Falvey and. Basil Geoghegan by conferring them the title of an Honorary Goodwill Ambassador of NTY 2011 on behalf of the Government of Nepal. Felvey and Lennon also told...