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NEWSFLASH - November 2009

Highest Cabinet meeting at Gorakh Shep, EBC
Nov 29th: At a press conference held on 29th November at NTB’s auditorium hall, members of the press and media were briefed about the climate themed Cabinet Meeting to be held in Gorakh Shep, Everest Base Camp on 4th December 2009.The main speakers at the conference were Minister of Tourism – Mr. Sarat Singh Bhandari, Minister of Forests – Mr. Deepak Bohara, Minister of Environment Mr. Thakur Prasad Sharma and Planning & Operation Coordinator of the event, Mr. Suman Pandey ( President, Explore Himalaya). More details

CANN to purchase aircraft
Nov 27th: The aviation regulatory agency, Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN), is planning to purchase an aircraft worth US$ 4 million to be leased on rent to national flag carrier Nepal Airlines Corporation.

IAGTO membership for Gokarna Forest Resort
Nov 26th: The Gokarna Forest Resort has become a member of the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO).The membership was granted during the International Golf Travel Market (IGTM) held between November 16-19 at Malaga, Spain, where Director of GFR Deepak Acharya and General Manager Vikram Singh participated.The Gokarna Forest Resort boasts of an18 hole international standard golf course.

Tourists flock to Poon Hill
Nov 26th: Poon Hill (3200m), located at an hour's walk from Ghorepani in the Annapurna region is becoming a favourite haunt among tourists. Tourists have been flocking to Poon Hill's viewpoint to look at the mesmerizing vista of the Himalayan peaks including Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and Nilgiri. Check out our itinerary on 'Around Annapurna & Poon Hill Trekking - 21 Days'.

Explore Himalaya in 3rd Himalayan International Travel Mart
Nov 23rd: The 3rd Nepal Association of Tour and Travel Agents (NATTA) Himalayan International Travel Mart 2009 is being held from 23-25 November 2009. The event will be held in Exhibition Hall, Bhrikuti Mandap, Kathmandu, Nepal. Beside the official gatherings, B2B session and social functions will be the part of event. You can meet us at stall A-28 (Explore Himalaya Travel & Adventure). For enquiries, enquiry@explorehimalaya.com

Nepal connecting Pokhara with India through air
Nov 22nd: Buddha Air is planning the first international flight from Pokhara, the second most popular destination in the country after Kathmandu Valley. Plans are underway to start linking Lucknow with Pokhara from the first week of March. The airline plans to use ATR-42 aircraft for the flight and has plans to operate 66-seater ATR-72 on the route later. According to the airlines, prospects of starting flights to New Delhi are also being looked after. Pokhara attracts around 1,25,000 tourists every year with maximum arrivals from the UK, Japan, China and India.

2 new Aircrafts to be added to Nepal Airlines
Nov 18th: Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) have signed an agreement for two aircrafts, one A330-200 wide-body plane and one A320 single aisle jet from Airbus.

The aircrafts will be used for international flights to Japan and also connect to European countries with direct flights for the first time. As Nepal Tourism Year 2011 is nearing, the addition of the aircrafts is expected to attract more tourists to the country.

Unusual Rescue by Fishtail Air Helicopter
Nov 14th: An unsual rescue operation was performed by Fishtail Air's Newly arrived AS 350 B3 Helicopter this morning in Mt. Langtang Lirung 7234m. Fourty yrs old Slovanian Climber, Tomaz Humar who had been missing in the mountain since 10th of November was Air lifted by the Helicopter through specially performed rope operation however, the ill fated climber could not be brought back alive.

Full details in our blog. Click for High Resoultion Photos of the Rescue - Photo 1 Photo 2

Aviation News
Nov 13th: According to reports, Buddha Air will start operating its flights between Pokhara and Lucknow from March 2010. The airline will use its current fleet of ATR-42 for the Lucknow flight. The airline is mainly targeting Indian pilgrims bound for Muktinath.

Jet Airways, an Indian air company, is going to start its daily service between Mumbai, the economic capital of India and Kathmandu from November 17, 2009, according to the airline.

Air Arabia increased its weekly flights to 11 from November 10, 2009. The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) issued its permit to the airline to operate 11 flights a week effective from October 25.

3rd Nepal Tourism Fair ( November 23-25, 2009)
Nov 11th: Nepal Tourism Board is organizing the Third Nepal Tourism Fair from 23rd to 25th November at Bhrikuti Mandap in Kathmandu. The fair has been organized with the view of popularising travel in Nepal among domestic as well as foreign tourists.

Nepal in National Geographic's 'Best New Trips for 2010'
Nov 8th: Travellers don't seem to get enough of Nepal. After making it to Lonely Planet's 'Best in Travel 2010' list, Nepal has once again been featured in National Geographic's 'Best New Trips for 2010'. The 25 trips listed includes wolf-tracking in Slovakia, rafting in Bhutan's forbidden river , a trip to volcanic island of Montserrat and hiking in Namche, the Sherpa capital in the Everest region.(More)

Summiteers’ Summit on 11th December at Copenhagen
Nov 4th: The “Summiteers’ Summit”, launched by the  Government of Nepal, will take place on December 11th, coinciding with the ‘International Mountain Day’ and 15th Conference of the United Nations Framework for Climate Change (COP-15), to be held in Denmark’s capital on Dec 7-18th. Nepal is sending 19-times Everest summiteer Apa Sherpa and Dawa Steven Sherpa as representatives to the summit.The government has also extended invitations to famous mountaineers like Junko Tabei, Reinhold Messner, Peter Habeler, Maurice Herzog, etc – in addition to celebrity politicians such as Bill Clinton and Al Gore.

Nepal among Lonely Planet's best 2010 destinations
Nov 4th: Travel guide 'Lonely Planet' released its annual “Best in Travel” list on 2nd Nov, and making it to the top 10 countries to visit in 2010 is Nepal . According to the guide, Nepal has been chosen for offering great trekking experiences on the Himalayan trails.

To come up with its 'Best in Travel' list, Lonely Planet drew on the knowledge of its staff , authors and travellers .Other countries listed on the top 10 travel destinations are: El Salvador, Surinam, Malaysia , Morocco, Greece, Germany, Portugal , USA and New Zealand.

Explore Himalaya to participate at WTM, London (9th - 12th November '09)
Nov 3rd: We are pleased to inform you that our company Explore Himalaya Travel & Adventure shall be taking part at the annual international travel & tourism fair 'World Travel Market' in London from 9th to12th November 2009. We will be exhibiting our products along with ‘Asian Connections Alliance’, stand no. AS7420.
We look forward to seeing you at WTM from 9th to 12th November. Please do let us know if you would like to set up an appointment.
E-Mail: enquiry@explorehimalya.com

Nepalese Cabinet Ministers to meet at Everest Base Camp
Nov 3rd: According to a report on nepalnews.com the Nepalese government is preparing to hold a cabinet meeting at the base camp of Mt.Everest. The objective of the meeting at Everest Base Camp will be to draw the world’s attention towards the impact of climate change in the Himalayas, according to Forest Minister Bohara. The meeting at EBC will be organised before the conference on 'Climate Change in the Himalayas' at Copenhagen to be organised on the occasion of 'International Mountain Day' on December 11th. 

NTB identifies new destinations for rural tourism
Nov 3rd: In order todraw more visitors the upcoming Nepal Tourism Year 2011 , NTB has identified more than 10 new scenic destinations suitable for rural tourism. According to NTB, the move is expected to lure 40 percent of the visitors expected during NTY 2011 to visit rural destinations.

Visitor Arrivals by air continues to soar
Nov 2nd: The figures released by Immigration Office, Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) reveal that visitor arrivals in the month of October 2009, compared to the same month last year, have increased by 10.8% to 56,009.This is the fifth consecutive month Nepal has witnessed positive growth in the international tourist arrivals.
  October showed a robust growth of 20.1% and 116.4% in visitor arrivals from India and China .In aggregate the Asian segment has registered a positive growth of 41.2%.An overall positive growth of 9.9% has been observed from the European markets with arrivals from the UK, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands up by 4.3%, 6.6%, 5.8%, 2.3% and 13.6%. Tourist arrivals from Australia, New Zealand, Canada and USA have also shown an upward trend with an increase of 20.6%, 21.3% 21.3%, and 14.3% .