TAAN, VNY Secretariat sign MoU

Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) and Visit Nepal Year (VNY) 2020 Secretariat have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for organizing various programs both at home and abroad to meet the objectives of Visit Nepal Year 2020 campaign.

TAAN President Khum Bahadur Subedi (left) and VNY 2020 National Coordinator Suraj Vaidya sign MoU at TAAN Secretariat.
Photo Courtesy: TAAN

 

Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) and Visit Nepal Year (VNY) 2020 Secretariat have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for organizing various programs both at home and abroad to meet the objectives of Visit Nepal Year 2020 campaign.

TAAN President Khum Bahadur Subedi and VNY 2020 National Coordinator Suraj Vaidya signed the MoU on behalf of their respective institutions.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, President Subedi highlights activities organized by TAAN for promotion of VNY 2020 campaign. He also added that TAAN was encouraging its member agencies to bring around 800,000 tourists next year to support the campaign.

Similarly, Member Secretary, Program Executive Committee of VNY 2020 Secretariat, Bachchu Narayan Shrestha, said the secretariat has requested TAAN to work for promoting Nepal’s adventure tourism products in the international markets. “The role of private sector will be key for the success of the yearlong campaign,” he added.

Also speaking at the program, VNY 2020 National Coordinator Suraj Vaidya said said VNY is not just a yearlong campaign but an ongoing process. “I request associations like TAAN to work for bringing more tourists to the country,” he added.

Nepal Airlines gets permission for Guangzhou flights

Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) has received go-ahead from China Civil Aviation Administration (CAAA) to operate scheduled flights to Guangzhou.

 

An Airbus A380 aircraft sits on the tarmac of Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport in this file photo. (Photo: www.eTravelPress.com)

Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) has received go-ahead from China Civil Aviation Administration (CAAA) to operate scheduled flights to Guangzhou.

According to officials of the national flag carrier, the Chinese aviation regulator approved Nepal’s request to operate flight to Guangzhou after studying necessary documents sbumitted by the airline and also due to diploamtic efforts made by Nepal.

Earlier, CAAA had said that it would allow NAC to operate flights in China only after conducting its safety audit. But the Chinese aviation regulator decided to allow Nepal to fly into Chinese skies without conducting any such audits.

NAC officials say that they would announce flight schedule only after completing other preparations like appointment of GSA and marketing of the destination, among others.

Guangzhou is the third busiest airport in China in terms of aircraft movement. In 2018, it handled 69.7 million passengers and 1.89 billion tons of cargo. Of late it is emerging as a hub for passengers heading to the US and Australia, among others.

Nepal Airlines will have to compete with China Southern for cargo and passengers in Kathmandu-Guangzhou sector. The Chinese carrier is flying two times a day to Kathmandu form Guangzhou.

Nepal and China revised Air Service Agreement earlier in July. As per the agreement, Nepali carriers can operate 98 flights per week to any Chinese airport.

Another Nepali carrier, Himalaya Airlines, has been operating scheduled flights to Beijing.

 

 

JAT-Nepal elects new leadership

Journalists Association for Tourism – Nepal (JAT-Nepal) has unanimously elected a new leadership with Devi Prasad Pant as president.

Journalists Association for Tourism – Nepal (JAT-Nepal) has unanimously elected a new leadership with Devi Prasad Pant as president.

The 8th annual general meeting of the assocaition held in Kathmandu elected Kishor Basnet as 1st vice president, Shreehari Shrestha as 2nd vice president, Hari Sharan Neupane as general secretary, Manuka Kunwar as secretary and Mohan Prasad Mainali as treasurer.

Similarly, Kumar Chaulagain, Shankar Pradhananga, Achyut Regmi, Arjun Pakhrin, Shiva Basnet and Julie Gurung have been elected executive members.

The new executive committee will have a two-year term.

Commenting after his election to the post, President Pant said the effort of the new executive committee will be on involving in tourism promotional works for the success of Visit Nepal Year 2020 program.

Tourist arrivals up 10% in October

Nepal saw a 10% surge in tourist footfalls in October compared to arrival figures of the same month last year.

China overtakes India to become largest tourist generating market for Nepal in October

 

 

Nepal saw a 10% surge in tourist footfalls in October compared to arrival figures of the same month last year.

According to data compiled and released by Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), altogether 143,870 foreign tourists entered Nepal in the review. Of the total arrivals, 123,267 visitors came via air, whereas 20,603 came overland.

With this, Nepal has welcomed 975,557 foreign tourists over the first 10 months of 2019. According to the board, 820,499 came via air.

China was the largest visitors generating market for Nepal in October with 15,037 visitors, followed by India (12,707). Chinese arrivals grew by 11.5% compared to October last year, number of tourists from India grew by 9.1%.

However, India continues to the largest tourist generating markets for Nepal, contributing 169,952 visitors over the first 10 months of 2019, followed by China (134,281).

Arrivals from Asian countries like Bangladesh, Thailand, South Korea and Japan also increased during the month.

The European arrivals also surged in the review month with 42,297 total arrivals. United Kingdom, Germany and France were the top three visitors generating market for Nepal in October with 8,672, 7,308, and 6,777, respectively, arrivals. Total European arrivals over first 10 of 2019 reached 199,003.

According to the data, Nepal welcomed 12,109 visitors from the US in October. With this, the total arrivals from US in the first 10 months of 2019 have reached 77,798 – a rise of 5% compared to arrival figures in the same period of 2018. Likewise, Nepal welcomed 5,625 visitors from Australia and 2,624 visitors and Canada in the review month.

Commenting on the arrivals pattern, Deepak Raj Joshi, CEO of Nepal Tourism Board, said that the growth in international tourist numbers was due to synergy between private sector, diplomatic missions, Nepalese diaspora, media and other stakeholders.

Khum Subedi elected TAAN president

Khum Bahadur Subedi of Unique Adventure Treks International Ltd has been elected the president of Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN).

Khum Bahadur Subedi of Unique Adventure Treks International Ltd has been elected the president of Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN).

In the election for the new executive held in Kathmandu on Friday, Subedi defeated his opponent Anjan Thapa of Asahi Treks Pvt Ltd.

Subedi is the incumbent senior vice president of TAAN, while Thapa is a former treasurer.

Senior vice president, 1st vice president and 2nd vice president were also elected from Subedi’s panel. Nabin Trital of Expeditions Himalayan, Cholendra Bahadur Karki of Himalaya Joy Adventure, and Bharat Sapkota of Breakfree Adventure were elected to the post of senior vice president, 1st vice president and 2nd vice president, respectively.

Similarly, Sarita Lama of Off the Wall Trekking, Damodar Dhakal of Mission Nepal Holidays, Ritu Gyamdan of Nepal Female Guides Treks and Surya Kumar Shrestha of Himalayan Trekking and Tours were elected to the post of general secretary, secretary, treasurer and joint treasurer, respectively.

While General Secretary Lama and Dhakal from Thapa’s panel, Treasurer Gyamdan and Joint Treasurer Shrestha are from Subedi’s panel.

Likewise, Ngima Diki Sherpa from Thapa’s panel has been elected woman member.

Of the eight open members, four are from Subedi’s panel and four from Thapa’s panel. Mingma Tenzing Sherpa of Rolbaling Excusion, Ram Bahadur Gurung of Yatra Himalaya Adventure, Prem Bahadur Lama of Tibet Holidays and Thakur Prasad Sapkota of Asiana Treks and Tours have been elected executive members from Thapa panel.

Similarly, Sonam Gyalzen Sherpa of Asian Alpine Treks and Expeditions, Sikbir Ghale of Himalaya View Treks, Kanchha Shepa of Nima Adventure Treks and Expeditions, and Sanam Shepa of All Around Treks and Expeditions have been elected executive members from Subedi’s panel.

Talking to media after his election to the post, President Subedi said his focus would be on implementing programs and policies included in the panel’s election manifesto.

Enhancing marketing expertise of member agents, lobbying with the government to introduce one-door window for all permits, group insurance of all trekking staffers, ensuring effective management of TIMS to control illegal operation of trekking business, enforcing ‘no trekking without guide/porter provision’, putting in place online system for issuance of TIMS cards, providing needful training to trekking support staff, lobbying with the concerned government agencies on VAT issue, organizing adventure travel mart in Nepal, making TAAN debt-free by searching for income generating activities, among others, were some of the programs included in election manifesto of Subedi’s panel.