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April 06, 2012
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Tourist arrivals surges by 37.2%
Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon in World's most dangerous travel experiences
Tourism Crisis Management Unit establishes in Kakirvitta
International trade fair begins
Mountain climate initiative launched by Nepal demands action at the global level: President

Tourist arrivals surges by 37.2%

Robust growth in International tourist arrivals continues The upward trend which is already seen in January 2012 continues in the third month of the year 2012 showing clearly the rising travel demand towards the destination. Nepal has enjoyed a sustained positive growth in the international visitor arrivals since June 2009.

The figures released by Immigration Office, Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) reveal that visitor arrivals in the month of March 2012, compared to the same month last year, have increased by 37.2% to 63,799.

All regions have shown positive growth in the third month of 2012. The arrivals from South Asian region, have gained overall positive growth of 61.4%. India which constitutes the major market of Nepal, has recorded robust growth of 68.6 % with 6,606 more visitors compared to March 2011. Visitor arrivals from Sri Lanka have gained positive growth with 116.1% along with Bangladesh (19.7%) and, Pakistan (19.5%). India, which is the largest source market for Nepal, has been increasing since the very beginning of 2010. A robust growth of 29.7% has been observed in the arrivals from the South Asian region during the first three months of 2012,in comparison to the same period last year.

Arrivals from Asia (other than South Asia) have also recorded positive growth of 21.5% in aggregate. Visitor arrivals from China, one of the fastest growing tourist markets for Nepal, have sustained the remarkable growth of 47%, compared to the figures in March 2011. Similarly, other Asian countries maintained the upward trend of previous months with Japan (12.3%), Malaysia ( 4.6%), South Korea (24.8%) and Thailand (27.7%).

An overall positive growth of 42% has been observed from the European markets with arrivals from UK, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland,Norway,Poland and Russia up by 27.5%, 85.9%, 109.1%, 13.9%, 183.8%, 103.7%,238.8% and 53.6% respectively. However, the arrivals from France, Italy and the Netherlands have declined by 3.9%, 1.6% and 7.7% % respectively compared to the same month last year.

Tourist arrivals from Australia, New Zealand, USA and Canada and have increased by 5.3%, 16.5%, 13.7% and 38.1% respectively.

In January-March period of 2012, international tourist arrivals to Nepal have risen by 27 % to 148,546.

A total of 59,459 foreign tourists departed from TIA in March 2012. The number of Nepalese arrivals stood at 58,277 while 75,827 Nepalese departed from TIA in March 2012.

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Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon in World's most dangerous travel experiences

The Australian ( theaustralian.com.au), a popular online website has published an article outlining the most dangerous but interesting travel experience for intrepid travelers. It says," So until you can blast off to space or head to the bottom of the ocean in a tiny tomb sorry, "sub", you'll just have to content yourself with these dangerous travel experiences from around the globe." Nepal's Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon has got a place among other six dangerous travel experience. Titled as 'Run the Mt Everest Marathon, Nepal', the website says, " If scaling the heights of the world's most famous peak is either out of your price range or just too damn scary, you can always try the next best thing by entering the Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon.

Run on the anniversary of Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzings summit of Everest on May 29 each year, hardy fitness freaks take on the 42km course from base camp, which features monuments, monasteries and suspension bridges.

With the elevation at 5,000m above sea level, this one is dominated by locals - consider it an achievement if you merely finish upright."

Other adventure experience that got the berth in the article are: Cycle the Road of Death, Bolivia, Organise your own kidnapping, Paris, Surf the Jaws break, Maui, Shoot an AK47, Cambodia, Walk the plank on Mt Huashan, China and Chernobyl Tour, Ukraine. For more detail, log on to

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Tourism Crisis Management Unit establishes in Kakirvitta

An interaction was held in Kakirvitta on April 4, 2012 to discuss about the mitigation and coordination of crisis related with tourists at Kakirvitta- a gateway to Nepal from East. Coordinated by Nepal Tourism Board, the interaction In Pokhara was attended by government officials and head of tourism related associations including Mr. Nagendra Raj Sharma, Chief District Officer of Jhapa district, Mr. Sarad Pradhan, Media Consulotant, Nepal Tourism Board, Mr. Bikram Neupane,Immediate Past President, Himalayan Rescue Association, and representatives from tourism associations, representatives of Nepal Army and Nepal Police. During the interaction, Mr. Pradhan outlined the objectives of the interaction and sought the cooperation from all to mitigate the crisis related with tourists in the border area. Mr. Nagendra Raj Sharma, Chief District Officer of Jhapa district assured all for help and support for tourists and tourism industry when they are in trouble.

A Tourism Crisis Management Unit has been formed in Kakirvitta under the coordinatorship of President of Nepal Tour and Travel Association- Eastern Chapter. The Members of the Tourism Crisis Management Unit Kakirvitta are President-Regional Hotel Entrepreneur Associaiton,. Similarly, the representatives of Nepal Army, Armed Police, Nepal Police, District Administrative office, Department of Immigration and Tourism Office. Incharge of Nepal Tourism Board's Office,Kakirvitta will be its member-secretary.

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International trade fair begins

Nepal International Trade Fair (NITF) -2012, the country's largest trade fair, begun in Kathmandu on Thursday. Inaugurated by President Ram Baran Yadav, the fair has participation of around 350 domestic and foreign companies. The Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI) is the event host. Addressing the inaugural session, President Ram Baran Yadav said he would convey to the government the private sector's wish for land to build a world-class international convention and exhibition centre. Although the budget for the current fiscal year has mentioned providing land in Kathmandu to erect the proposed expo centre, it has not happened. "I personally have been feeling the lack of an international standard exhibition centre in Nepal as other countries have been developing such centres to enhance local and foreign trade," said President Yadav, addressing the inaugural session of Nepal International Trade Fair 2012 on Thursday. "I promise to deliver the issue to the government." He added that a fully equipped international exhibition centre would allow the private sector to host trade fairs, producers would get a market to sell their products and buyers could buy goods of their choice conveniently. According to him, trade fairs could benefit if they are organised with a specific target. "This fair has been hosted with a view to promote exports of local goods. This fair will be successful in bringing importers and exporters under one same roof."

Speaking on the same occasion, Minister for Commerce and Supplies Lekh Raj Bhatta said that the fair had a big significance for the Nepali business sector as it would provide a platform to learn about demand for products, trends and technologies. FNCCI president Suraj Vaidya complained about the customs procedures in Nepal adding that 20 Korean and 17 Bangladeshi companies cancelled their participation in the fair as their products were not allowed to enter Nepal.

"Nepal not being a party to the ATA carnet, we cannot take out or bring in goods for display at exhibitions without paying the customs duty in full, resulting in extra costs and hassles," he said. "I request the government to join the ATA carnet and authorize the FNCCI to issue ATA carnet certificates."

He added that as trade fairs have proved to be an effective means to bring together suppliers, buyers, producers and consumers and to promote new technologies and products, the FNCCI would organize such fairs on an annual basis.

The fair has separate pavilions for handicrafts manufactured by Small and Cottage Industries and One Village One Product (OVOP) participants, apart from products related to renewable energy, carpet, housing tea, and coffee industries.

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Mountain climate initiative launched by Nepal demands action at the global level: President

President Dr. Ram Baran Yadav has said the mountains all over the world are facing disproportionate impacts of climate change.

Addressing the inaugural function of the International Conference of Mountain Countries on Climate Change that began in Kathmandu Thursday, he said, "Combined with the forces of globalisation, continuing environmental degradation and slow socio-economic development, climate change is making life in the mountains in developing countries more difficult."

The President said, "I have also been told about the melting glaciers, and the scenarios ahead. The bottom line is that if we do not act promptly now, we are likely to face more natural disasters, greater food insecurity, and acute water shortages in the future."

Saying that the Mountain Initiative launched by Nepal is a commitment that demands action at the global, regional and national levels, the President stressed on the need to address the common interest of the mountainous countries and regions and the Initiative can provide a framework and platform for them.

"You have a seemingly impossible challenge ahead of you," President Yadav further said. "But I believe having this group of committed and learned delegates from around the world here in Nepal is the first step towards tackling the challenge. It can be done. We can do it collectively."

The two-day conference organised by the Ministry of Environment kicked off in the capital on Thursday with a vow to step up efforts to find consensus among the mountain countries and work together in the days ahead to meet the challenges posed by climate change.

It is being participated in by more than 70 representatives from about 30 mountain countries and representatives of various donor agencies and host of national and international non-governmental organizations.

Addressing a separate session, Dr. Rajendra Kumar Pachauri, Chairman of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), said that some of the worst impacts of climate change will be on women, therefore, they should be put in forefront while developing adaptation and mitigation strategies by any countries. "The countries within this (South Asia) region have enormous interdependence," he said, "So, they should come up with collective efforts in addressing the environmental issues including the climate change."

The time has come to take initiatives like this to promote collective efforts, he further said. "Because the countries have high stakes to raise the mountain issues and the stakeholders are numerous," he added.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Environment has launched the Nepal Climate Change Support Programme amidst today's conference. The first phase of this Euro 16.5 m (NRs 1.8 billion) programme aims to reduce the vulnerability of two million women and men in the Mid and Far West of Nepal where the impacts of climate change are already being felt.

The programme, with funding provided by the EU (Euro 8.6m) and the UK (Euro 7.9m) and technical support from UNDP, will be the first initiative to put the Government's National Adaptation Programme of Action (NAPA) into practice.

Krishna Gyawali, Secretary at the Ministry of Environment, said, "This programme is the first to put Nepal's Climate Change Policy and NAPA into action, ensuring that at least 80 percent of resources reaches the local level where it is desperately needed." The Ministry of Environment led programme will also be the first to help communities in the Mid and Far West implement most urgent and immediate adaptation actions included in the NAPA through the National Framework on Local Adaptation Plan for Action. The actions include support for irrigation, landslide and flood protection, access to clean energy and introduction of more climate resilient crops.

The first phase of the programme will focus on 14 Districts in the Mid and Far West of Nepal which the NAPA identified as the most climate vulnerable requiring urgent support. The districts are Humla, Mugu, Dolpa, Bajura, Jumla, Jajarkot, Rukum, Achham, Dailekh, Rolpa, Kailali, Bardiya, Kalikot and Dang districts. nepalnews.com

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5th National Tourism Fair
Date :- 15-17th Baishak 2069
Venue :- Bhrikutimandap
Organizer :- NTB


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