Pokhara Airport has been registering increase in the number of flights and visitors. In 2010 the airport handled a total of 25,658 flights and 360,107 passengers, up from 21,513 flights and 301,091 recorded in 2009. With Nepal Tourism Year 2011 being promoted the world over, the Lake City has been seeing a steady stream of visitors. Pokhara Airport handles an average of 70 flights a day. During peak season, the airport handles as much as 140 flights a day.
A special program on Nepal Tourism Year 2011 was organized at the Belgian city of Sint-Truiden on January 22, 2011. The program was jointly organized by Nepal Embassy , the Himalayan Society of Sint-Truiden as well as Non-Resident Nepali Association (NRNA).
Nepal Tourism Year 2011’s Main Organizing Committee introduced four different tourism products on 14th January, during the inaugural ceremony of NTY 2011. The four products are The Great Himalayan Trail (GHT), Mighty East, Wild West Triangle and Terai Tourism.
As the name suggests, The Great Himalayan Trail is the world’s longest and highest trekking trail. It stretches from Humla in the west to Kanchenjunga in the east. To complete the Great Himalayan Trail one needs to take an ardous 150 days trek. Mighty East offers packages related to adventure tourism – trekking, mountaineering and travel along the ridges of the mighty Himalayan peaks located in Eastern Nepal.
Wild West Triangle has been launched to promote tourism in the mid and far-western regions of Nepal. It incorporates tours to three protected areas – Bardiya National Park in Bardiya district, Rara National Park in Mugu and Shuklaphanta Wildlife Reserve in Kanchanpur. Terai Tourism promotes religious, historical and archaeological sites in the southern Terai plains.
Kathmandu is gearing up for the inauguration of Nepal Tourism Year 2011 at Dasharath Rangashala on January 14th, 2011. President Dr Ram Baran Yadav will be flagging off the event. The star studded event will have among its attendees, the Prime Minister of Nepal Madhav Kumar Nepal, Secretary General of UN World Tourism Organization and Tourism ministers of SAARC member countries, among others. The inaugural ceremony will feature various cultural performances from Nepal, fireworks, plus a Tharu Food Festival and an air show featuring paramotors at Tundikhel. Representatives from 49 international media organizations are expected to attend the formal launch of NTY 2011.
The first international event of Nepal Tourism Year 2011, Annapurna 100 is slated to be held on 1st January 2011. Annapurna 100 will feature 100 km, 70 km and 50 km races, which will begin from Pokhara and pass through Hyangja, Dhampus, Pitam Deurali, Ghandruk and Birethanti and finally back to Pokhara. The event is sponsored by Summit Hotel, Standard Chartered Bank, Sherpa Adventure Gear and Dragon Air. To participate in this event one will have to pay 100 Euro.
The meeting and handling was quite satisfactory. The guide for city tour was quite nice and competent.
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