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.

 

Tourism ministry forms ‘think tank’ to improve aviation sector

The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) has formed a ‘think tank’ and asked it to suggest measures for bringing about improvement in country’s civil aviation sector.

etravelpressThe Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) has formed a ‘think tank’ and asked it to suggest measures for bringing about improvement in country’s civil aviation sector.

Issuing a press statement on Tuesday, the ministry said that the think tank will identify existing challenges in Nepal’s aviation sector and suggest measures deal with them.

The think tank is chaired by Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Addhikari.

Tourism ministry officials said that the think tank was formed with an objective to utilize the expertise of different people having experience and expertise in the civil aviation sector for improving the entire aviation sector.

Lalit Bikram Shah, former regional director of ICAO; former secretaries Birendra Bahadur Deuja, Nagendra Prasad Ghimire and Yagya Prasad Gautam; aviation experts Hari Bhakta Shrestha, Trichandra Manandhar, Ratish Chandra Lal Suman, Kamal Prasad Rimal; Captain PJ Shah; civil engineer Kamal Kumar KC; and experts Mahendra Singh Rawal, Uday Shrestha, Yubaraj Kumar Bhattarai, Narayan Bahadur Singh Dangol, Libindra Man Shakya, Suman Kumar Shrestha, Mahendra Raj Bhandari, Prabhakar Adhikari, Prabha Baidya and Hemanta Aryal are in the think tank.

The think tank is also expected to facilitate the government in implementation of programs included in the 100-day action plan of the tourism ministry.

Among others, the action plan envisages operating Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) for at least 21 hours a day, address air traffic congestion at TIA, procuring high-tech rescue equipment, enhance capacity of air traffic control unit at TIA and make TIA’s slot management works more scientific.

 

Armyman Shrestha wins title of Lumbini Peace Marathon

Homlal Shresha of Nepal Army has won the title of 4th Lumbini PEACE Marathon organized in Lumbini – the birthplace of Lord Buddha — on March 1.

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Homlal Shrestha crosses the finishing line.

Homlal Shresha of Nepal Army has won the title of 4th Lumbini PEACE Marathon organized in Lumbini – the birthplace of Lord Buddha — on March 1.

Shrestha finished the marathon with the timing of 2 hrs 54 minutes and 53 seconds. Similarly, Nepal Army athletes Hari Prasad Rimal and Khagendra Bhatta stood in the second and third position with the timing of 2:57:24 and 3:03:40, respectively.

The spiritual marathon began from Kudan – the place where Buddha is believed to have met his parents for the first time after his enlightenment. The trail passed through Buddhist heritage sites like Tilaurakot Palace, Niglihawa, Banganga River and concluded at the Lumbini Sacred Garden.

Shrestha received Lumbini Ashoka Peace Prize of Rs 100,000, medal and certificate. While the first runner up received Kapilvastu Xuen Xang Peace Prize of Rs 75,000, and the second runner up received Mayadevi Garden Uthant Prize of Rs 50,000.

The marathon was organized jointly by Lumbini PEACE Marathon Pvt Ltd and Adventure Sports Nepal. It was supported by number of organizations including Lumbini Area Development Trust, Nepal Tourism Board, Vaidya’s Organization of Industrial and Trading Houses (VOITH), Hotel Kasai, Nepal Chamber of Commerce and Buddha Air, among others.

A total of 94 athletes from Nepal as well as India, China, Hong Kong, New Zealand, USA, Germany, South Korea and Sweden, among others participated in the marathon.

HALF MARATHON

Tirtha Pun of Indian Army won the half marathon (21 km) category of Lumbini PEACE Marathon. Similarly, Nepal Army athletes Ramji Basnet and Tikaraj Katwal finished the race as first runner up and second runner up, respectively. While the winner took home Rs 50,000, the first and second runner ups became richer by Rs 35,000 and Rs 25,000, respectively.

5 KILOMETERS RUN

In the five kilometers run organized for students, Sunil Thapa finished first with the timing of 17 mins and 5 seconds, while Sanjay Rai (17:07) and Satendra Yadav (17:24) finished second and third, respectively. While the winner took home Rs 10,000, first and second runner up received cash prize of Rs 7,000 and Rs 5,000, respectively.

Bhikkhu Maitri of International Bouddha Society gave away Lumbini Ashoka Peace Prize, while Chief Monk of the Chinese Monastery presented Kapilvastu Xuen Xang Peace Prize. Similarly, Chief Monk of Myanmar Monastery gave away Mayadevi Garden Uthant Peace Prize, while Chief Monk of the Chinese Monastery.

Speaking at the program, Bikram Pandey, chairman of Lumbini Peace Marathon, said that the main objective of the marathon is to promote Lumbini-Kapilvastu region at national and international level through a spiritual sport. “We are very encouraged with the athlete footfalls. We are hopeful that the event will expand further in the coming years,” he added.

Representatives of Lumbini Area Development Trust, Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), Nepal Association of Tour and Travel Agents, Adventure Sports Society Nepal, among others were present in the closing ceremony.

On the eve of Lumbini Peace Marathon, a three-day cycle rally was organized from Kathmandu to Lumbini. Named the Great Buddhist Trail, the cycle rally saw participation of around 50 cyclists. The event started from Swoyambhu and concluded at Lumbini.

Great Buddhist Trail cycling rally concludes

A three-day Great Buddhist Trail cycling rally concluded in Lumbini – the birthplace of Buddha – on February 28.

GBTA three-day Great Buddhist Trail cycling rally concluded in Lumbini – the birthplace of Buddha – on February 28.

The rally began on the Swoyambhunath Stupa premises on February 26. Altogether 70 cyclists participated in the rally that was organized by National Tourism Foundation (NTF) and Adventure Sports Nepal with the objective of promoting adventure tourism and linking two Budhist heritage sites of the country – Swoyambhunath Stupa and Lumbini.

“As the event tagline – From Swoyambhu to Sakyamuni – suggests, the main objective of this event is to connect two ancient civilizations of Nepal – Swoyambhu civilization of the Kathmandu Valley – and Sakya civilization of Lumbini-Kapilvastu region,” said NTF Vice President Bikram Pandey who conceived the event.

The rally, which began from Swoyambhunath Stupa premises, climbed the Chandragiri Hill and descended to Tistung and Kulekhani before reaching Bhimphedi on the first day. On the second day, cyclists made a short visit to the Chepang settlements in Raksirang before joining the East-West Highway until Kawasoti. And on the third day, they reached Lumbini via Bhairahawa.

Encouraged by the overwhelming participation of cyclists in the first edition itself, the organizers have already unveiled plan to organized the second edition of the event in the last week of February.

The event was promoted by Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), while Nepal Chamber of Commerce, Chandragiri Hills Pvt Ltd and number of other organizations supported it.