As Nepal has been receiving a good number of visitors from China and India, the country is planning to waive off visa fees for Chinese tourists for the year 2011. The government hopes this will help them achieve NTY 2011’s target of bringing in 1 million tourists to Nepal.
At the 18th National Convention of Nepal Association of Tour and Travel Agents (NATTA) held in Kathmandu, Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation Mr. Sharat Singh Bhandari stated that efforts were on to offer free visa entry facility to the Chinese tourists.
Nepal Tourism Year 2011 has been launched with the target of bringing in 1 million tourists to Nepal. Of the 1 million visitors, Nepal Government is expecting 700,000 visitors to arrive via air. To make this possible, the Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation(MoTCA) has decided to permit international airlines flying to and from Kathmandu to operate additional flights during 2011. Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) has been directed to issue Temporary Operating Permit (TOP) to airlines to operate additional flights during lean hours till the end of 2011. At present there are 27 international airlines operating in Nepal.
7th December is celebrated globally as International Civil Aviation Day. In Nepal’s capital Kathmandu, the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoTCA) in association with Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) and Airline Operators Association of Nepal observed the day by organising workshops and a flag raising ceremony. The theme for this year’s (2010) celebration was – “ Safety, Security & Environment”
International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), a UN body, adopted December 7 as the International Civil Aviation Day in 1994 to mark 50 years of its inception. The purpose of the global celebration is to generate awareness of the importance of international civil aviation in the social and economic development of member states, and of the role of ICAO in promoting the safety, efficiency and regularity of international air transport.