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NEWSFLASH - September 2009

Project Himalaya Tukuche(6920m) Climbing Team make it to the summit
Sept 24th: We have just received news that two climbers from Finland climbing with the Project Himalaya Tukuche(6920m) Climbing Team have reached the summit of the peak at 10 AM today. The names of the two members are Janne Pekka Hyrylaeinen and Anne-Mari Hyrylaeinen. The logistics for this team has been handled by Explore Himalaya. Explore Himalaya congratulates the successful climbers!

Oktoberfest at Hotel Yak & Yeti
Sept 22nd: The Lowenbrau Oktoberfest began at Hotel Yak & Yeti, Kathmandu from September 21. The fest is on till September 26.

Traditionally Oktoberfest is the world's largest beer festival held annually in Munich, Germany. The 16-day party attracts over millions of people to Germany every year who consume gallons of beer, pork sausages, and spit-roasted chickens during the two-week extravaganza. Oktoberfest is taken as one of Munich's largest and most profitable tourist attractions.The folk festival has given its name to similar festivals worldwide that are at least in part modeled after the original Bavarian Oktoberfest.

Nepal promoted in Incheon Global Fair, South Korea
Sept 18th: The Nepalese pavilion put up by Team Nepaliana at the Incheon Global Fair & Festival is proving to be quite popular among local visitors.Team Nepaliana have put up a pavilion, a souvenir shop and a Nepali restaurant for this fair. Each designated section is showcasin

Nepal promoted in Incheon Global Fair, South Korea
Sept 18th: The Nepalese pavilion put up by Team Nepaliana at the Incheon Global Fair & Festival is proving to be quite popular among local visitors.Team Nepaliana have put up a pavilion, a souvenir shop and a Nepali restaurant for this fair. Each designated section is showcasing Nepal’s culture, tourism destinations and rich local art and handicrafts as well as Nepali cuisine.The fair opened on 7thAugust and will continue till 25th October.

Tara Air - A new domestic airlines company
Sept 18th: Tara Air, which began its operation last month with two Pilatus Porter aircraft has now added six aircrafts ,four DHC 6 300 Twin Otters and two PC-6s ,to its fleet . The airlines is planning to operate 15 flights from Kathmandu to Lukla per day and daily flights to Jomsom from Pokhara and to Tumlingtar from Kathmandu. The airlines have also added flights to Bharatpur and Meghauli of Chitwan, besides operating charter flights to remote destinations like Syangboche, Langtang, Dhorpatan and Jiri.

HAN urges PM to build ties with China
Sept 17th: Hotel Association Nepal (HAN) has urged Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal to promote Nepal in China during his visit there. HAN president Prasiddha Bahadur Pandey requested PM Nepal to create a suitable environment between Nepali and Chinese private sector for the expansion of Nepal’s tourism industry. He added that the country should initiate steps to take a soft loan from Axim Bank of China to build a regional airport in Pokhara, a major tourist destination. The Ministry of Finance has asked the bank for the loan.

Mustang - Emerging as a popular pilgrimage destination
Sept 17th: According to 'The Himalayan Times' an increasing number of pilgrims are thronging various religious sites in Mustang and Myagdi districts. The Muktinath Development Committee has reported the entry of more than 1,000 pilgrims in Mustang district within the past one week. Clear weather and accessibility of transport facility are accredited for the increasing number of pilgrims and foreign tourists.

More than 5,300 lakes in Nepal
Sept 16th: A recent study has found that Nepal is home to more than 5,300 lakes. Researchers from the Nepal Lake Conservation Development Committee (NLCDC) - a government body under the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation - found a total of 5,358 lakes across the country.

US Ambassadors Fund for Patan Durbar
Sept 14th: The US embassy of Kathmandu has decided to grant the Kathmandu Valley Preservation Trust USD 900,000 (NRs 6 Crore 90 Lakhs) to restore the Patan Royal Palace in Lalitpur through the US Ambassadors Fund for the Cultural Preservation Large Grants Programme. This is the one of the only three worldwide projects to receive funding from this prestigious and highly competitive programme in 2009.The other two projects to receive this prestigious award are the Sacred City of Caral (USD 800,000) in Peru and the Monastery of the Holy Mother of God Peribleptos in Ohrid, Macedonia (USD 650,000).

Yeti Airlines signs MoU with NIBL
Sept 13th: Yeti Airlines and Nepal Investment Bank Limited (NIBL) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on e-ticketing. Now NIBL account holders can book and purchase air tickets via NIBL e-Banking.

Good news for Chitwan hotels
Sept 13th: The parliamentary Public Accounts Committee decided to allow seven hotels, lodges and resorts to resume business inside the Chitwan National Park, a World Heritage Site, till mid-July, 2012, taking into consideration the upcoming Nepal Tourism Year 2011. The parliamentary committee also lifted a ban on the operation of these tourism facilities, which had ceased their operations since their 15-year contract to operate inside the park expired on July 15. The hotels, lodges and resorts - Island Jungle Resort, Temple Tigers, Tiger Tops, Safari Narayani, Chitwan Jungle Lodge Pvt Ltd, Machan Wildlife Resort and Gaida Wildlife Camp - owe a cumulated amount of around Rs 35 million to the government in terms of conservation fee, fine for not paying the conservation fee, revenues and Value Added Tax. 

Nepal - India signs MoU on ASA
Sept 11th: Nepal and India on Sept 10th signed a Memorandum of  Understanding (MoU) for review of Air Service Agreement (ASA) and a technical accord, a part of the MoU, which follows the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s norms. As per the understanding, the weekly seat capacity has been increased to 30,000 from the existing 6,000.  This step can safely be expected to give a whole new boost to tourism as well as trade between the two neighbouring countries.Three new points have been granted to Nepal, namely Dehra Dun, Gorakhpur and Bagdogra and for India, Pokhara, Lumbini, Biratnagar, Nepalgunj, Janakpur, Dhangadi and Bhairahawa have been added.

NATTA delegation returns home
Sept 10th: The delegates of Nepal Association of Tour and Travel Agents (NATTA) has returned from
a tour of China and Hong Kong.A 35-member NATTA delegation ,in support of NTB visited Chinese cities of Shanghai and Beijing and interacted with more than 70 Chinese tour operators and travel agents.Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation, Sharat Singh Bhandari also took part in the promotional tour.

Yeti Airlines starts e-ticketing
Sept 7th: A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Yeti Airlines Pvt Ltd and Everest Bank Ltd (EBL) on Sunday, 6th sept 2009. As per the agreement, an EBL account holder can make online purchase of air ticket. Yeti Airlines plans to sign similar agreements with other banks to make domestic air travel easier.

2009 Best of Travel Poll
Sept 4th: According to a poll carried out by online magazine Smart Travel Asia,Singapore Airlines was voted the best airline (worldwide),while Bali, Indonesia was voted the best holiday destination in the world.The poll was carried out for three months, May, June and July.The Smart Travel Asia poll is conducted annually covering such categories as hotels, resorts, spas, airlines and airports. www.smarttravelasia.com.

ATTA & IUCN to endorse PATA Conference in Nepal
Sept 4th: PATA has received important backing from two influential organisations for its 2010 Adventure Travel and Responsible Tourism Conference and Mart in Nepal. The Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) are endorsing this important PATA event, taking place at the Soaltee Crowne Plaza in Kathmandu on 1-5 February 2010.

Qatar Airways to increase flights to Nepal
Sept 2nd: Qatar Airways has announced that it will increase its weekly flights to Nepal from 11 to 28 trips, in addition to seven cargo trips. The increase comes as a result of an agreement that was signed on Monday between aviation authorities of the two countries.

Fulbari Resort offers Dashain- Diwali package
Sept 2nd: Fulbari Resort, Pokhara has announced an attractive Dashain-Diwali Festive Package especially for Non Resident Nepalis, Indian tourists and local Nepali clientele valid till October 31.

Tourist Arrivals in August
Sept 2nd: According to Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) Immigration Office figures, visitor arrivals this August compared to last August increased by 5 per cent to 27,676.There was growth of 87 per cent in tourist arrivals from China. Arrivals from Japan, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand also increased by 27 per cent, 44 per cent, 21 per cent and 9 per cent, respectively. An overall positive growth of 11 per cent was seen in the European markets with arrivals from France up by 9 per cent, Germany 34 per cent, Netherlands 20 per cent, Spain 9 per cent and Denmark 50 per cent.Tourist arrivals from New Zealand and Canada also registered good growth of 22 per cent and 88 per cent.