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.

NMA celebrates 45th anniversary

Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) celebrated its 45th anniversary on Thursday by organizing a ceremony in Kathmandu. Tourism Secretary Krishna Prasad Sapkota inaugurated the anniversary celebration by cutting a cake. Speaking at the program, Secretary Sapkota lauded efforts being put by NMA for the promotion of mountaineering and adventure tourism in Nepal. “I request the association […]

Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) celebrated its 45th anniversary on Thursday by organizing a ceremony in Kathmandu.

Tourism Secretary Krishna Prasad Sapkota inaugurated the anniversary celebration by cutting a cake.

Speaking at the program, Secretary Sapkota lauded efforts being put by NMA for the promotion of mountaineering and adventure tourism in Nepal. “I request the association to come forward with proposal for promotion of new peaks,” he added.

On the occasion, NMA President Santabir Lama gave a brief insight into the history of NMA, and said that the government should give due recognition to efforts put by NMA for production of trained manpower for the adventure tourism industry of Nepal and development and promotion of adventure tourism.

Former Minister of State for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Yankila Sherpa, Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) Board Members Deepak Mahat and Krishna Kumar Aryal, NTB CEO Deepak Raj Joshi and representatives of different travel trade associations were present at the program.

Established in 1973, NMA is the national alpine club of Nepal. Apart from providing mountaineering training and issuing permits of some trekking peaks, NMA operates International Mountaineers Memorial Park at Kakani and International Mountain Museum in Pokhara and provides needful support to mountaineers.

 

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)

C N Pandey elected NATTA president

C N Pandey of Samrat Travels & Tours has been elected the new president of Nepal Association of Tour and Travel Agents (NATTA).

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The newly elected executive of NATTA at a photo call.

C N Pandey of Samrat Travels & Tours has been elected the new president of Nepal Association of Tour and Travel Agents (NATTA).

In the election for new executive held in Kathmandu on Friday, the incumbent 1st vice president, Pandey, defeated D K Sharma the incumbent 2nd vice president of the association.

Similarly, Achyut Guragain, Sangeeta Jirel, Ramesh Thapa, Sabita Bhattarai, Ram Prasad Shrestha and Surendra Bhattarai have been elected as 1st vice president, 2nd vice president, general secretary, secretary, treasurer and joint-treasurer, respectively.

Similarly, Sudarshan Nepal, Devaki Gurung, Phuri Gyalzen Sherpa, Amrit Kumar Dhakal, Ramesh Paudel, Raju Dhakal, Inu Thapa and Gita Dhakal have been elected as Executive Members.

The new executive committee will serve for two years, according to the NATTA Secretariat.