Monthly Archives: April 2014

Govt collects Rs 314m from Everest permit fee

The government has collected Rs 310 million as revenue from different expedition teams heading to Mt Everest in this spring season.

Mt Everest

Mt Everest

The government has collected Rs 313.9 million as revenue from different expedition teams heading to Mt Everest in this spring season.

According to Nagarik daily, the government has collected US$ 3.25 million (Rs 313.91 million) until April 14.

Thirty-two expeditions, including a Nepali expedition, have sought permission to climb Mt Everest this season. The Nepali expedition is led by Kami Sherpa of Solukhumbu. He is planning solo ascent of Mt Everest this season.

According to Mountaineering Section at the Tourism Industry Division under the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA), 334 foreign mountaineers, including 57 women, are attempting Mt Everest this season. Of them 85 are US citizens, 35 are Britons, 25 are Indians, 23 are Japanese and 22 are Chinese.

Last year a total of 31 expeditions had sought permission to climb Mt Everest — the tallest peak on earth at 8,848 meters.

Meanwhile, the ministry has opened a liaison office at the Everest Base Camp. The office has already started operation.

Similarly, a total of 84 expeditions have sought permission to climb 25 mountain peaks like Manaslu, Kanchanjunga, Amadablam, Lhotse, Nuptse and Annapurna till April 14.

NAC’s monopoly in ground handling at TIA to continue

Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) will enjoy monopoly in ground handling services at Tribhuvan International (TIA) Airport for two more years.

TIANepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) will enjoy monopoly in ground handling services at Tribhuvan International (TIA) Airport for two more years.

Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) and NAC signed commercial ground handling agreement on Friday. The signing of the agreement by two state agencies means NAC will provide ground handling services to all international airlines operating in Nepal, except Indian Airlines and Thai Airways.

The previous ground handling agreement had ended on February 11. Ground handling services include ramp services, passenger handling and cargo handling.

According to NAC Spokesperson Ram Hari Sharma, the agreement would be extended by three more years (five years in total) after NAC obtains the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Safety Audit for Ground Operations certification.

NAC collects around Rs 2 billion annually in ground handling charges from the international airlines.

As per the agreement, NAC will give 12.5 percent of the revenue generated from ground handling services to CAAN. Earlier, NAC had been providing 10 percent of its earnings to CAAN as royalty.

Though CAAN had mulled over allowing private players to provide ground handling services, it dropped the plan after NAC requested tourism ministry not to seize its biggest revenue generator.

Tourism potentials of Millennium Trek discussed

Stakeholders of the tourism industry have stressed the need to develop necessary infrastructures along the Millennium Trek and effectively promote it in national and international arena.

Millennium TrekStakeholders of the tourism industry have stressed the need to develop necessary infrastructures along the Millennium Trek and effectively promote it in national and international arena.

Speaking at a seminar on ‘Sustainable Tourism Development in Millennium Trek’, they said the trail was still in shadow despite having immense potential for tourism development.

Opened in 2000, the trek begins from Dhorfirdi in Tanahun district and ends in Majhkot of Syangja. There are various view points along the trek that offer magnificent views of different snowcapped peaks. Visitors can enjoy various cultural activities like Ghatu, Sorathi, Kauda, Salaijo, Jhora, Dhado Bhaka and Krishna Charitra, among others. The entire trek can be completed in six days.

The organized was jointly organized by Maitri Buddha Tamu Samaj, Dhoreli Samaj and Millennium Trek Development and Management Committee. Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) is the patron of the trek.

Addressing the program, Keshav Pandey, senior vice president of TAAN, said the association would help promote the trek in international market.

Presenting his working paper, Dambar KC, former president of TAAN Pokhara Chapter, informed the participants about works that have been done on the trek so far. He also presented SWOT (strength, weakness, opportunity and threat) analysis of the trek.

Leela Bahadur Baniya, senior manager of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) also presented a working paper on ‘Nepal’s Tourism Policy and Tourism Planning Strategy’

Commenting on the working papers, Dr Ganesh Gurung, former member of National Planning Commission (NPC), said the trail management committee should first identify their target groups and devise promotional programs accordingly.

Constituent Assembly (CA) members from Tanahun, Kaski and Syangja districts and other local stakeholders also spoke on the occasion.

 

China hands over MA60 to NAC

China Aviation Industry Corporation (AVIC) has formally handed over one of the two Modern Ark (MA) 60 aircraft to the Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC).

MA 60

NAC Managing Director Madan Kharel (fourth from left) in the handover program.

China Aviation Industry Corporation (AVIC) has formally handed over one of the two Modern Ark (MA) 60 aircraft to the Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC).

AVIC Vice President Subo handed over the 56-seater turboprop aircraft to NAC Managing Director Madan Kharel amid a fucntion held at Xi’an, according to Nepal.

NAC will get altogether six aircraft – two MA 60s and five Harbin Y12e aircraft – from China. Of them China is providing an MA60 and Harbin Y12e on grant.

According to NAC officials, the MA60 aircraft will arrive in Kathmandu on April 26.

The MA60 aircraft is made by China’s Xi’an Aircraft Industrial Corporation – a subsidiary of AVIC International Holding Corporation.

NAC plans to use MA60s on trunk routes — Biratnagar, Pokhara, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj and Bhadrapur.  Similarly, the Y12e aircraft will be operated on remote sectors. The national flag carrier is currently operating two Being 757s and one Twin Otter.

NAC has also ordered two Airbus A320-200 for international routes.