PATA Nepal Students Chapter organizes futsal tourney

PATA Nepal Student Chapter organized ‘PATA Futsal Tournament 2019’ on January 5 with support from PATA Nepal Chapter and Nepal Tourism Board.

PATA Nepal Student Chapter organized ‘PATA Futsal Tournament 2019’ on January 5 with support from PATA Nepal Chapter and Nepal Tourism Board.

The tournament was organized under the theme “Play for Tourism” as inter-college tournament amongst PATA Nepal Chapter Member Colleges with an aim to develop friendship and close working relationships between PATAns\Young Tourism Professionals who seek the opportunity and platform of youth engagement for the sustainable development of tourism, according to a statement issued by PATA Nepal Chapter. Nine colleges participated in the tournament.
Gateway College of Professional Studies (Boys) and Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management (Girls) became champions, defeating Silver Mountain College and NCTTM College, respectively. The winning teams received trophy, medals, certificates, and cash prize of Rs 10,000, whereas the first runners-up teams received cash prize of Rs 5,000.

PATA Nepal Chapter Chairman Sunil Sakya congratulated all the students and PATA Nepal team for the wonderful teambuilding initiative through this futsal tournament, and he emphasized for the need for the same spirit and practices of joint collaboration and forward movements that are very crucial in achieving the envisaged target of 2 million by 2020.

Speaking at the closing ceremony, NTB CEO Deepak Raj Joshi inspired students emphasizing on halth, discipline, and team building as the three fundamentals of each game, and congratulated PATA Nepal Student Chapter team for maintaining and successfully organizing the tournament from all aspects.
PATA Nepal Chapter Suresh Singh Budal informed that the tournament has inspired to foster mutual cooperation, brotherhood, and teambuilding among the members of PATA Nepal Student Chapters at different educational institutions in Nepal.

Buddhist International Travel Mart in Lumbini from Jan 10

A three-day Buddhist International Travel Mart is being organized in Lumbini with the objective of promoting Lumbini as the center of Buddhist tourism activities.
The event will be held in the birthplace of Buddha from January 10-12.

A three-day Buddhist International Travel Mart is being organized in Lumbini with the objective of promoting Lumbini as the center of Buddhist tourism activities.
The event will be held in the birthplace of Buddha from January 10-12.

Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation and Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) are the main organizers of the event while NATTA is the implementing agency.

According to Achyut Sharma Guaragain – the 1st vice president of NATTA and the coordinator of BITM, there will be 50 national and international buyer companies.”Similarly, similar number of Nepali tour operators and other service providers will showcase their tourism products and services before international and domestic buyers,” he added.

Buddhist conference, interaction programs and B2B session are the main features of BITM, according to the organizers.

The organizers are also inviting travel bloggers, influences and media representatives from several countries.

Speaking at the press meet, Tourism Secretary Krishna Prasad Devkota said that the event will help to promote Lumbini as the main Buddhist tourism destination in the international market. “Lumbini is a holy land for millions of Buddhist pilgrims all over the world. But only a few visitors spend night here. The event is aimed at extending their stay in Lumbini,” he added. He also said that the travel mart will also be important for the Gautam Buddha International Airport which is starting operation by 2019.

Likewise, Deepak Raj Joshi CEO of NTB, said that he was hopeful that BITM will promote Lumbini in the international market. “Once the Gautam Buddha International Airport comes into operation, we can attract more Buddhist pilgrims to Lumbini,” he added.

NATTA President CN Pandey said that they intend to make BITM an annual event in Nepali tourism calendar.

Tourist arrivals cross one-million mark

International tourist arrivals to Nepal have crossed the record one million mark.

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International tourist arrivals to Nepal have crossed the record one million mark.

According to Nepal Tourism Board, Nepal welcomed 1,001,930 visitors in the first 11 months of 2018 – a growth of 17 percent over the same period in 2017.

“Further, the figures do not include the number of overland international visitors to Nepal in October and November. Even if the overland arrival figures of last year are assumed constant, the overall growth in January-November period would be 23 percent,” NTB said in a statement issued on Thursday.

Tourist arrivals from India in October and November were 11,566 and 16,167, respectively.  Total arrivals from the southern neighbor in January-November period were 260,124.

Likewise, total arrivals from Chinese over the first 11 months of 2018 reached 134,362. Arrivals from Thailand, Japan and South Korea have also increased significantly, statistics released by the NRB shows.

Flow of tourists from European countries has also grown significantly. Nepal received 9,022 and 7,394 visitors from the United Kingdom in October and November, while number of tourists from Germany in those two months was 7,150 and 4,393, respectively.

The total European arrivals in January-November period reached 224,206.

The number of visitors from Europe has also increased. Total arrivals from the US increased to 11,757 and 9,193 in October and November, respectively. Total arrivals from the US in January-November period were 82,870. Similarly, Nepal welcomed 33,528 visitors from Australia in the review period.

The steady growth in tourist arrivals bodes well for the country ahead of the Visit Nepal Year 2020 campaign. The government has set a target of receiving 2 million visitors during the year-long campaign.

Commenting on the growth, Deepak Raj Joshi, CEO of the NTB said that the image of Nepal as one of the most preferred tourist destinations has been reinforced and that this is well reflected in the extraordinary growth in the visitor arrivals to Nepal. “This also can be attributed to the concerted efforts of the government, Nepal Tourism Board, private sector travel trade and media towards promotion of overall tourism sector in the international tourism arena,” he noted.

Joshi further added that this is the moment to commemorate the milestone in the tourism history of Nepal as it also heralds the potential of tourism sector of Nepal which can be further realized through upcoming national tourism campaign of Visit Nepal Tourism Year 2020.

Download Jan-November total arrivals figure.

PAC forms sub-committee to look into wide-body procurement

The Public Accounts Committee of (PAC) has formed a sub-committee under the leadership of Nepali Congress lawmaker Rajan KC to probe alleged irregularities in the purchase of two wide-body aircraft by Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC).

File photo of Airbus A330-200 series aircraft of Nepali Airlines Corporation.

The Public Accounts Committee of (PAC) has formed a sub-committee under the leadership of Nepali Congress lawmaker Rajan KC to probe alleged irregularities in the purchase of two wide-body aircraft by Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC).

The committee has been asked to submit its repor within 15 days.

Lawmakers Prem Ale, Dharmasheela Chapagain, Meena Subba, Chanda Chaudhary, Pradeep Yadav and Krishna Lal Maharjan are the members of the sub-committee.

The PAC formed the sub-committee based on a monitoring report prepared by the Public Procurement Monitoring Office (PPMO), after studying the all documents related to procurement of the aircraft.

Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) purchased the two Airbus A330-200 aircraft from US consortium AAR Corp. It took delivery of the first A330-200 on June 28, while the second aircraft joined its fleet a month later.

In its report, PPMO has concluded that Public Procurement Act was overlooked while procuring the aircraft. It also notes that the NAC chose to purchase the aircraft without inviting global tender as prescribed in the Public Procurement Act.

NAC had purchased the aircraft by inviting Request for Prposal (RFP) from interested suppliers.

 

NTB CEO Joshi receives global honor

Deepak Raj Joshi, CEO of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), has been honored with IIPT Champions in Challenge Award 2018.

Nepal Tourism Board CEO Deepak Raj Joshi (second from left) with the award.

Deepak Raj Joshi, CEO of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), has been honored with IIPT Champions in Challenge Award 2018.

The award was given away by International Institute for Peace through Travel and Tourism at the International Travel Crisis Management Summit (ITCMS) in London. CEO Joshi is the first Nepali to receive the award.

According to organizer, CEO Joshi has been honored in recognition of his continuous hard work and success in bringing and bouncing back the tourism in Nepal. As Joshi was appointed CEO of NTB during a very crisis period, the award is given to his leadership during the crisis phase.

ITCMS was first organized in 2016. “After the first event, it was clear that not only was an international event needed annually, but also regional events to cover the indigenous requirements in a practical manner through workshops as well as sessions, panels and debates,” the organizers said on its website.

The summit brought together leading figures from across the globe, along with officials, politicians, ministers, PR and insurance professionals, journalists, assistance and crisis management experts, who shared best practices, discuss emergent threats and post-event communications.