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.

 

Kathmandu featured in Lonely Planet’s best cities list

Popular travel guidebook Lonely Planet has included Kathmandu in its ‘Best in Travel 2019: Top Cities’ list.

File photo of Kathmandu Durbar Square.

Popular travel guidebook Lonely Planet has included Kathmandu in its ‘Best in Travel 2019: Top Cities’ list.

Kathmandu features at 5th position on the list of 10 cities across the world “primed to capture travelers’ imaginations”, according to Lonely Planet.

“In the aftermath of the 2015 earthquake, news reports from Kathmandu showed

a city broken and in mourning, but today the narrative is all about reconstruction and rejuvenation,” the guide book writes, adding: “Sure, there’s work to do restoring the magnificent monuments that crumbled during the disaster, but historic sites are being returned to their former glory, and moves to calm the city’s infamous traffic, smog and noise have made Kathmandu more liveable than it has been in decades.

There’s even reliable electricity as wi-fi as bonus creature comforts in the atmospheric and maze-like alleyways of the old city.
Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, tops the list followed by Shenzhen (China), Novi Sad (serbia), Miami (US), Kathmandu (Nepal), Mexico City (Mexico), Dakar (Senegal), Seattle (US), Zadar (Croatia) and Meknes (Morocco).

 

 

World Tourism Day celebration in pictures

Nepal celebrated World Tourism Day 2018 by organizing various programs in different parts of the country. The theme of this year’s celebration was ‘Tourism and the Digital Transformation’. Different travel trade associations joined hands with the government to celebrate the day. Some glimpses of the celebrations:

Nepal celebrated World Tourism Day 2018 by organizing various programs in different parts of the country.

The theme of this year’s celebration was ‘Tourism and the Digital Transformation’. Different travel trade associations joined hands with the government to celebrate the day.

Some glimpses of the celebrations:

Girls draped in traditional attire ready to welcome guests attending a program organized jointly by Tourism Ministry and Nepal Tourism Board.

Nepal Tourism Board CEO Deepak Raj Joshi and others welcoming the first group of tourists landing at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu.

Representatives of tourism enterprises awarded on the day.

Three Best Village Tourism Destinations were also awarded during World Tourism Day celeberations.

Himalaya Expeditions gave away different awards to personalities supporting Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon and Lumbini PEACE Marathon.

Tourism Minister Rabindra Adhikari leading a hiking program organized from Kakani to Suryachaur by Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal.

Nepal Mountaineering Association awarded representative of top agents during its AGM that coincided with World Tourism Day.

PATA Travel Mart underway in Malaysia (Photo Feature)

The 41st edition of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Travel Mart-2018 kicked off in Langkawi, Malaysia from Thursday. Organized by the Tourism Ministry of Malaysia and the PATA Head Office, over 1,000 representatives from 70 countries are participating in the mega event of the tourism industry of Asia-Pacific. Altogether 252 buyers and 200 sellers […]

The 41st edition of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Travel Mart-2018 kicked off in Langkawi, Malaysia from Thursday.
Organized by the Tourism Ministry of Malaysia and the PATA Head Office, over 1,000 representatives from 70 countries are participating in the mega event of the tourism industry of Asia-Pacific.

Altogether 252 buyers and 200 sellers are participating in the event, according to Sudhan Suebdi, senior officer of Nepal TOurism Board, who is a part of Nepali travel delegation.

Altogether 10 travel companies from Nepal are participating in the event. Nepal’s participation in the event is jointly coordinated by NTB, Nepal Airlines Corporation, and PATA Nepal Chapter.

NTB is also the sponsor of Buyers’ Lounge at the PATA Travel Mart.

The event will conclude on September 14.

All photos: Sudhan Subedi/NTB

A Nepali exhibitor deals with buyers.

Representatives of a Nepali exhibitor in talks with a buyer.

Journalists at a media briefing organized by the Nepali travel delegation.

Delegates take a coffee break at the Buyers’ Lounge of PATA Travel Mart. The lounge is sponsored by Nepal Tourism Board.

Sunil Sharma, senior manager of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), informing a buyer about Nepal’s tourism products and services.

 

 

 

Salam Air begins scheduled flights to Kathmandu

Salam Air, a budget carrier from the Sultanate of Oman, started scheduled flights on Muscat-Kathmandu-Muscat from Tuesday.

Salam Air

File photo of Airbus A320 aircraft operated by Salam Air.

Salam Air, a budget carrier from the Sultanate of Oman, started scheduled flights on Muscat-Kathmandu-Muscat from Tuesday.

The maiden flight of the carrier landed at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu at 8 am on Tuesday. The airline will conduct four flights a week on the sector.

The airline has appointed IME Group as its General Sales Agent (GSA) in Nepal.

Speaking at a press meet organized in Kathmandu, Chairman of IME Group Chandra Prasad Dhakal said that he was hopeful that the beginning of Salam Air flights to Nepal will support the Visit Nepal Year 2020 campign.

Dhakal also added that the airline will also bring foreign tourists to Kathmandu.

Established in 2016, the airline operated its first commercial flight in January, 2017. Along with Kathmandu, it operates flights to Jeddah of Saudai Arabia, Khartoum of Sudan, Karachi, Multan and Sialkot of Pakistan, Dubai of UAE, Doha of Qatar, Tbilisi of Georgia, Baku of Azerbaijan, and Dhaka of Bangladesh from its hub in Muscat. It operates a fleet of Airbus 320 aircraft configured to carry 174 passengers.

Similarly, Salam Air CEO Captain Mohamad Ahmed said he was hopeful that the flight will contribute to Nepal’s economy.

Salam Air is the second Omani carrier, linking Kathmandu with Muscat.