Monthly Archives: June 2014

Temperature in the Himalayas is rising at a higher rate

Ang Tshering Sherpa is the president of Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA). Sherpa, who is associated with Asian Trekking, is one of the few persons in the country with in-depth knowledge about climatic condition and topography of Nepali mountain peaks as well as other peaks in the Himalayan Range. Sherpa, who is also an honorary member […]

Ang Tshering Sherpa

Ang Tshering Sherpa

Ang Tshering Sherpa is the president of Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA). Sherpa, who is associated with Asian Trekking, is one of the few persons in the country with in-depth knowledge about climatic condition and topography of Nepali mountain peaks as well as other peaks in the Himalayan Range. Sherpa, who is also an honorary member of International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation (UIAA), is affiliated with number of social organizations. Sherpa recently talked to eTravelPress on several issues related to Nepali mountaineering sector. Excerpts:

Almost all the expeditions to Mt Everest this season have been cancelled. What message will it relay in the international market?

A tragic incident occurred in Everest this year. An avalanche struck mountaineering workers at an altitude of 5,800 meters between Everest Base Camp and Camp I. Sixteen climbers were swept away. Thirteen bodies have been recovered, while three are still missing. It is one of the biggest losses of human lives in Everest.

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MA 60 finally gets national registration

The brand new Modern Ark 60 aircraft of Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) has finally received registration number from Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN).

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The brand new MA60 of Nepal Airlines Corporation has received 9N-AKQ registration number from CAAN.

The brand new Modern Ark 60 aircraft of Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) has finally received registration number from Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN).

Though the aircraft entered Nepal 43 days ago, NAC hadn’t been able to start service because of the delay in registration of the aircraft in Nepal. CAAN on Tuesday issued 9N-AKQ registration number to the 58-seater aircraft. (more…)

Asia Pacific received half a billion visitors in 2013

Asia Pacific destinations collectively welcomed close to 520 million international visitor arrivals (IVAs) in calendar year 2013 according to the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA).

PATAAsia Pacific destinations collectively welcomed close to 520 million international visitor arrivals (IVAs) in calendar year 2013 according to the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA).

Covering 41 destinations across 11 sub-regions of the Asia Pacific Region, the Early Edition of PATA’s Annual Tourism Monitor 2014 gives a five-year perspective on travel flows into and within this dynamic and vigorous part of the world. (more…)

TAAN organizes tree plantation program

Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) organized a tree plantation program in Jalbinayak Community Forest, Kirtipur, on Thursday to celebrate the World Environment Day 2014.

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TAAN President Ramesh Dhamala (center) addresses the inauguration ceremony of tree plantation program on Thursday.

Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) organized a tree plantation program in Jalbinayak Community Forest, Kirtipur, on Thursday to celebrate the World Environment Day 2014.

World Environment Day 2014 is being organized all over the world on Thursday with the slogan ‘Raise Your Voice, Not the Sea Level’.

Around 500 saplings of different varieties were planted on the occasion. Office-bearers and executive committee members of TAAN, former office-bearers and executive members of TAAN, representatives of different travel trade associations, tourism entrepreneurs, media persons, and members of Jalbinayak Community Forest Users’ Group, participated in the plantation program held on the banks of the Bagmati River.

TAAN President Ramesh Dhamala inaugurated the program by planting the sapling of pine tree. Speaking on the occasion, Dhamala said TAAN would join hands with the local community to protect the plantation area.

TAAN has been organizing different programs to celebrate World Environment Day. Last year, it had organized plantation program in Martyrs Memorial Park in Kavresthali VDC, Kathmandu.

Vidya Hirachan, coordinator of Sustainable and Eco-Tourism Department of TAAN, said TAAN plans to promote the area as TAAN Forest. “We will erect fences and appoint gardener to make sure that the plants are not destroyed by cattle,” she added.

Indra Maharjan, president of Jalbinayak Community Forest Users Group, also spoke on the occasion.

 

Aviation Safety Campaign kicks off

A five-day Aviation Safety Campaign Nepal 2014 kicked off in Kathmandu on Wednesday.

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Tourism Secretary Sushil Ghimire (second from left) attends the inauguration of Aviation Safety Campaign Nepal 2014 in Kathmandu on Wednesday.

A five-day Aviation Safety Campaign Nepal 2014 kicked off in Kathmandu on Wednesday.

The workshop is being jointly organized by Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN), World Food Program (WFP) and Airlines Operators Association of Nepal (AOAN).

Sushil Ghimire, secretary at the tourism ministry; Ratish Chandra Lal Suman, director general of CAAN; Rameshwar Thapa, president of AOAN; Marco Cavalcaute, representative of WFP Nepal; and Samir Sajet of Aviation Safety Unit of WFP jointly inaugurated the campaign.

Five different workshops would be organized under the campaign. Representatives of different airlines and officials of CAAN, among others, are participating in the workshops.

Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, Ratish Chandra Lal Suman, director general of CAAN, said the campaign is a follow-up of a similar campaign organized last year. Referring to the ban on Nepali airlines from flying in European skies by the European Union, Suman said CAAN is in the most difficult situation in the history of Nepali aviation sector. “But we are not disjointed by the decision. We are trying our level best to improve our aviation safety standards and persuade the European Union to lift the ban,” he said. “ICAO has already approved our roadmap for enhancing aviation safety, now we are in the process of implementing it.” Suman also said airline companies were putting in place risk mitigation mechanism as required by the existing laws to bring down the number of air accidents.

Earlier in December last year, EU announced to ban all Nepal-based airlines from flying in the European Union skies. It also asked citizens of its member countries to avoid flying with Nepali carriers.

Similarly, Marco Cavelcaute, representative of WFP Nepal, said he was hopeful that the workshops being organized under the campaign would give valuable inputs to the government, aviation service regulator and airline companies for making Nepali sky safe.

Tourism secretary Sushil Ghimire said some concrete measures should be taken to reduce the number of air accidents. “I would like to assure you that the government would spare no effort to enhance aviation safety,” he said, adding that the government has formulated necessary laws to meet international aviation safety standards.”

Ghimire also said the government has hired foreign experts to help CAAN bring down the rate of non-compliance to International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards below the global average of 39 percent.

Likewise, Rameshwar Thapa, president of AOAN, said latest aviation safety audit has showed Nepal’s position is improving. “But we still have lot more to do in making our sky safe,” he said, adding that they had to work hard to meet the global aviation safety standards.

Workshops on ‘State Safety Program’, ‘Threat and Error Management and Decision Making’, ‘Hazard Identification and Risk Management’, and ‘Runway Safety’ will be organized under the campaign. Captain Peter Budd of ICAO, Captain Peter N. Stein of Flight Safety Foundation, Sue Warner-Bean of University of South California and Ghadier Khattari of Royal Jordanian Airline are conducting the workshops.