Weekly Official e-Newsletter of Nepal Tourism Board
May 24, 2013
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Nepal to celebrate diamond jubilee of first Everest ascent
The government is organizing various programs to mark the Diamond Jubilee of the first ascent of the Mt Everest.
“On May 26, International Everest Conference will be held in Khumjung, tree plantation program will be carried out at Hillary Park and paper presentation will be made by experts on mountaineering and climate change,” Subash Nirola, officiating CEO of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), told a press meet on May 22.
National and international experts in tourism and mountaineering have been invited to attend the conference. Similarly, meeting of Sagarmatha Tourism Coordination Forum with the local stakeholders will be held in Khumjung on May 27. On the same day, a photo exhibition on Mt. Everest will be inaugurated at NTB. The photo exhibition will continue until June 1.
Likewise, Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation will distribute Tenzing-Hillary Award on May 28. Similarly, winners of Mt Everest Diamond Jubilee Essay competition will also be awarded on the same day. Journalists Association for Tourism-Nepal is organizing Heritage run in Kathmandu Durbar Square. Trekking Agencies´ Association of Nepal (TAAN) will hand over four different awards - TAAN Sagarmatha Journalist Award, TAAN Sagarmatha Dr Harka Gurung Award TAAN Sagarmatha Pasang Lamhu Award and TAAN Sagarmatha Pema Doma Education Award - on the same day.
Souvenirs of TAAN and Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) will also be released on the same day.
On May 29, a colorful procession will be taken out from NTB premises. The procession will conclude at Kathmandu Durbar Square. Similarly, Everest Diamond Jubilee Celebration medal distribution ceremony will be held at Narayanhity Palace. A gala dinner in honor of Everest summiteers will also be held at Narayanhity Palace on the same day.
Purnachandra Bhattarai, joint secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation said that the government has set aside Rs 30 million to organize various activities in Kathmandu and the Khumbu region to celebrate the 60th year of the first ascent of Mt Everest.
The government has decided to waive off royalty fee to climb mountains in the mid and far western regions for the next five years.( News courtesy: The Republica)
At 80, Japanese climber becomes oldest Everest summiteer
An 80-year-old Japanese mountaineer on Thursday became the oldest person to climb the Mount Everest, as Nepal's Min Bahadur Sherchan (81), who held the previous record, prepared to climb the peak.
Yuichiro Miura reached the summit at 9:05 a.m. Thursday, APF said quoting mountaineering officials and Miura´s Tokyo-based support team. Miura had conquered the 29,035-foot (8,850-meter) peak when he was 70 and 75.
Miura and his son Gota called them from the summit, prompting his daughter Emili to smile broadly and clap her hands in footage on public broadcaster NHK, the report said. "I never imagined I could make it to the top of Mt. Everest at age 80. This is the world´s best feeling, although I´m totally exhausted. Even at 80, I can still do quite well."
Nepalese mountaineering official Gyanendra Shrestha, at Everest base camp, confirmed that Miura had reached the summit, making him the oldest person to do so.
Meanwhile, Nepal's octogenarian climber Sherchan, who set the record of oldest Everest summiteer at the age of 76 in 2008, is also in Everest expedition and expected to start climbing in a few days. Nepalnews.com
Nepal Sales Mission to Buddhist Circuit Market in four cities of South East Asian Countries
Nepal Tourism Board in association with Nepal Airlines Corporation and the Nepal Association of Tour Operators (NATO) organized a Sales Mission in four major cities of South East Asia, namely Bangkok, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Yangon from 14th to 17th May, 2013.
The Sales Mission to South East Asia started on 14th May, in Bangkok, Thailand and travelled to Hanoi and Ho Cho Minh in Vietnam, on 15th May and 16th May, finally concluded in Yangon, Myanmar on 17 May, 2013. The delegation from Nepalese travel trade included Shangrila La Tours, Buddhist Circuits.com, Furusato Himalyan Travel & Tours, Nepal Airlines Corporation, Buddha Air, Yeti Airlines and Soaltee Crowne Plaza, Kathmandu. The business session (B2B) organized for the direct interaction among the potential travel and tour operators from Nepal and the South East Asian countries received positive response on Nepalese tourism packages with significant interest in Lumbini The Birth place of lord Buddha to be included as a starting point of Buddhist Circuit in Nepal.
Nepal received overwhelming response with almost 300 local Tour Operators and media persons in total attending the Naturally Nepal presentation in different venues of respective cities. The program started with a B2B interaction among the tour Operators and travel trade from Nepal and South East Asian Countries. Mr. Subash Nirola, Officiating CEO - NTB made a comprehensive presentation on Nepal highlighting the various tourism products specially focusing on Buddhist Circuit of Nepal in Yangon, Myanmar. Mr. Basant Bidari, Chief Archeologist of Lumbini Development Trust had also given the presentation on Historical and Archeological Significance of Lumbini in Buddhism and various aspect on the life of Lord Buddha.
Mr. Nirola outlined the rationales and objectives of the Buddhist Circuit Sales Mission as well as briefed the media on the Tourism statistics; especially the promising number of arrivals from various markets which clearly reflected the tour operators and visitors, interest and confidence in Nepal. Crucial queries were raised by the journalists and the media persons concerning the contemporary political scenario of Nepal, flight connectivity and additional air services to the emerging markets. All the queries were well entertained by Mr. Subash Nirola, Officiating CEO - NTB concerning the NTBs focus on South East Asian as emerging markets, upcoming plans for Buddhist Circuit development specially Promoting Lumbini as a Staring Journey of Buddhist Circuit along with the issues raised on the connectivity, visa producers and other managerial aspects of tourism industry.
Various Nepal Selling travel and tour operators, representatives of the hospitality industry, dignitaries, corporate and business officials, and potential visitors dropped at the respective venues. The invitees inquired about the tourism products, tourism packages, travel information and air connectivity to Nepal. Most visitors put forth their interest to visit Nepal particularly Lumbini- Lord Buddha Birth Place, Pokhara, Chitwan during vacations. The kit bag containing travel information brochures, map, posters, CD ROMS etc. highlighting the tourism products of Nepal along with souvenirs were distributed to the all the invitees.
Similarly in Bangkok, Thailand and Vietnams two cities Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh citys Mr. Hikmat Singh Ayer ,Director NTB made a comprehensive presentation on Nepal highlighting the various tourism product along with Buddhist Circuit of Nepal followed by a multimedia presentation on Nepal.
The gatherings in the respective cities were well received by the local PR agency appointed by Nepal Tourism Board along with Nepal Embassy in Thailand & Myanmar as the major diplomatic agencies and occasions were graced by His Excellencys welcome address. Mr. Dornath Aryal, Charge deAffaires Embassy of Nepal, Thailand, addressing the gathering in Bangkok assured to initiate the strategic network with the concerned line agencies and airlines for getting more online carriers to quantify the present air connectivity for the Thailand travelers to Nepal.
The Myanmar event of SEA Sales Mission 2013 was graced by Mr. Tara Nath Achrya, Nepali Charge deAffaires to The Union of Myanmar. Mr. Acharya, in his welcome remarks shared that a significant potential exists for Buddhist Pilgrimage to Nepal by the people of Myanmar because Nepal, the birth place of Lord Buddha attaches greater significance and value to its brotherhood with Myanmar - a country predominantly influenced by the ideals and philosophy of Lord Buddha.
Mr. Ashok Pokharel, President NATO delivered the closing remarks in all the cities. On behalf of the Nepalese travel trade he extend his thanks to all the invitees and briefed on various Tourism promotion initiatives and programs carried out by NATO, in close cooperation and support from Nepalese travel fraternity.
Rafting Fest on May 25
The 25th Annual Rafting Festival 2013 is going to held on May 25 in Trishuli river.
The Nepal Association of Rafting Agents (NARA) is organising the event with an aim to promote adventure tourism.
The rafting competition will be held on in Trishuli from the stretch between Belkhu Bridge to Malekhu, the organisiers said.
The organisers said they expects around 700 visitors during the event.
Nepal in Carnival of Cultures Berlin
Nepal took part in Carnival of Cultures Berlin held in Berlin, Germany on May 19. The theme of Nepalese performance this year was Gaijatra: Nepal. This was the second time that Nepal participated this carnival. Various Nepalese cultural dances including Lakhe were performed depicting the cultural tradition of Nepal like Kumari, Buddha and ethnic dresses. Around 60 countries participated this Carnival which was witnessed by more than eight hundred thousand people. RBB television of Germany covered this event live.