NTB launches website in Chinese language

Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) has launched its website in Chinese language in a bid to attract more visitors from the northern neighbor.

Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Adhikari and Chinese envoy to Nepal Yu Hong jointly launched the new site – cn.welcomenepal.com – amid a function attended by high-ranking government officials, tourism professionals and Chinese diaspora in Kathmandu.

According to a statement issued by NTB, the website includes information about various tourism destinations of Nepal, photos and videos, different activities and things-to-do as well as necessary information for the Chinese nationals.

Speaking at the program, Minister Adhikari said that launching of website and promotional collaterals in Chinese language is expected to help increase more Chinese visitors to Nepal. “Since we are aim to welcome 1.5 million foreign tourists during Visit Nepal Year 2020, this website will play a crucial role in meeting the target,” Adhikari said.

According to a data of Department of Immigration, Nepal received a total of 36,384 Chinese tourists via air in the first quarter of 2018 compared to 34,133 visitors from India.

Adhikari also said that needful preparation was being made to add flights to some new Chinese cities from Kathmandu within few months.

Also speaking at the program, Chinese Ambassador to Nepal Yu Hong said that China attaches great importance to bilateral tourism cooperation and encourages more Chinese nationals to visit Nepal. “Bilateral tourism cooperation will promote people-to-people exchanges and create a harmonious atmosphere for the development of bilateral relations,” she added.

On the occasion, NTB also launched promotional videos of all seven provinces of the country.

Khagendra, Nirkala win 3rd TAAN Langtang Marathon

Nepal Army runner Khagendra Bhatta and Nirkala Kulung Rai of Solukhumbu have won the men’s and women’s category of 3rd TAAN Langtang International Marathon 2018 held in Langtang Region on May 19.

Nepal Army runner Khagendra Bhat and Nirkala Kulung Rai of Solukhumbu have won the men’s and women’s category of 3rd TAAN Langtang International Marathon 2018 held in Langtang Region on May 19.

Bhatta completed the race in 3 hours 49 minutes and 27 seconds, while Bharat Khatri of Nepal Army and Subash

Karki secured second and third position with the timing of 4 hours 6 minutes and 18 seconds and 4 hours 7 minutes and 58 seconds, respectively.

Similarly, in the women’s category, Nirkala finished the race, clocking 4 hours 57 minutes and 13 seconds ahead of Purna Maya Rai from Solukhumbu (5 hours 26 minutes and 19 seconds) and Sarita Basi from Nepal Army (5 hours 52 minutes and 20 seconds) who finished second and third, respectively.

Minister of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Adhikari inaugurated the 42.195-kilometer full marathon amid a function at the Kyanjin Gompa (3,870 m). The marathon trail passes through Ghoda Tabela, Lama Hotel, Rimche, Sherpagaon, and Khangjim before concluding at Syabrubensi.

This is the second time that TAAN organized the marathon from Kyanjin Gomba to Syafrubesi. The first edition was organize as a half marathon from Gosainkunda to Dhunche. TAAN has been organizing the event with the slogan Adventure Sports for Sustainable Tourism’ to spread the message all over the world that  Langtang, which sustained serious damages in the 2015 earthquakes, is now safe for tourism activities.

Issuing a statement, TAAN said that the closing ceremony was held in the chairmanship of TAAN First Vice-  President Jeeban Thapa Magar and the Chief guest was Mohan Acharya, Member of House of Representative of Rasuwa.

A total of 100 participants, including five foreigners, took part in the event. The winners, first runners-up and second runners-up of both the categories took home cash prize of Rs 105,000, Rs 78,750 and Rs 52,500, respectively.

Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Minister Adhikari said that Langtang, which suffered severe damages in the 2015 earthquakes, is now open for tourism activities due to initiatives taken by TAAN.

(All photos by TAAN)

NTB CEO named chief of PATA’s Destination Board

Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) CEO Deepak Raj Joshi has been unanimously selected as the head of Government Destination Board of Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA).

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Deepak Raj Joshi

Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) CEO Deepak Raj Joshi has been unanimously selected as the head of Government Destination Board of Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA).

Joshi, who led efforts to reposition Nepal’s destination image in the international market after the 2015 earthquakes and subsequent border blockade, is the first Nepali to be nominated to the post in nearly five decades of the country’s association with PATA, a statement issued by NTB said.

Speaking at the PATA Annual Summit held in Gangneung, South Korea, Joshi said that he would make efforts for quality growth in tourism sector of all member countries of PATA, including Nepal, during his tenure at the Government Destination Board.

At the program, PATA felicitated Basant Raj Mishra, chairperson of Temple Tiger Group, with the Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his 25 years of affiliation with PATA.

PATA has more than 95 government members and destinations, 25 airlines and airports, 108 hospitality institutions, 65 educational institutions, 36 chapters. Hundreds and thousands of tourism businesses are affiliated with its local chapters.

NATTA, NTB promoting Nepal in China

Altogether 10 Nepali companies are participating in China Outbound Tourism Market (COTTOM) 2018 that kicked off in Beijing of China on April 16.

The Nepal Pavilion at COTTOM 2018. Photo Courtesy: Bikram Pandey

Altogether 10 Nepali companies are participating in China Outbound Tourism Market (COTTOM) 2018 that kicked off in Beijing of China on April 16.

The three-day event will continue till April 18.

Nepal’s participation in COTTOM 2018 is being coordinated jointly by Nepal Association of Tour and Travel Agents (NATTA) and Nepal Tourism Board (NTB).

Now in 14th year, COTTOM is regarded as one of the largest tourism shows for the outbound tourism market of China.

The Nepali travel delegation will also attend a special program organized by the Nepali Embassy in Beijing, according to Sudarshan Nepal, coordinator of Nepal China Sales Mission 2018.

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Photo Courtesy: Bikram Pandey

Along with COTTOM, NATTA is organizing Nepal China Sales Mission in four Chinese cities – Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Chengdu. A total of 20 Nepali travel companies are participating in the Sales Mission, according to NATTA.

“These companies will participate in B2B sessions with Chinese travel companies of the four cities,” Nepal said in a press meet organized in Kathmandu before the team left for China.

Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Rabindra Adhikari, is also expected to participate in the sales mission.

China has emerged as a dependable tourism market for Nepal in recent years. According to Department of Immigration,

Total tourist arrivals from China grew by 38.04 percent to 40,976 in the first three months of 2018, compared to 29,684 in the same period of 2017.

Thai Lion Air gets permission to fly to Kathmandu

Thai Lion Air — a low cost airline — has received permission to operate scheduled flight on Bangkok-Kathmandu-Bangkok sector. The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) took the decision to this effect last Monday. The carrier will fly to Kathmandu from Don Mueang International Airport — one of the two international airports in […]

etravaelpressThai Lion Air — a low cost airline — has received permission to operate scheduled flight on Bangkok-Kathmandu-Bangkok sector.

The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) took the decision to this effect last Monday.

The carrier will fly to Kathmandu from Don Mueang International Airport — one of the two international airports in Bangkok. According to tourism ministry officials, the budget carrier has received permission to fly to Kathmandu seven times a week.

Thai Lion Air is an associate of Indonesia-based Lion Air. It operates a fleet of 32 aircraft — three Airbus A330-300, 11 Boeing 737-800, 17 Boeing 737-900 ER and one Boeing 737 Max 9. It has placed order for six Boeing 737-800 and eight Boeing 737 Max 9 aircraft.

Thai Lion Air will be the third airlines to link Bangkok with Kathmandu after Nepal Airlines Corporation and Thai Airways.

Lion Thai Air plans to start flying to Nepal from next month. However, it is yet to get slot from the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN).

Meanwhile, Oman-based Salam Air has also applied for permission to operate flights between Muscat and Kathmandu. Tourism ministry officials say no decision has been taken on Salam Air’s application yet.