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Naturally Nepal Evening garnered invigorating response at New Delhi
Turkish Airlines inaugurates Istanbul-Kathmandu service
AGM of Nepal Tourism Board organized
Increase in International tourist arrivals
Taleb Rifai reelected as UNWTO Secretary-General
Dr. Basnyat appointed as Hon. Consul of Canada to Nepal
Dr. Jose- new Hon. Consul of Nepal in the Philippine

Naturally Nepal Evening garnered invigorating response at New Delhi

Nepal Tourism Board organized "Naturally Nepal Evening" at New Delhi on 30 Aug 2013. The programme was mainly focused on press and tour operators meet.

Mr. Subash Niroula, Acting Chief Executive Officer, Nepal Tourism Board expressed that by organizing such kind of programme NTB is looking at actively promoting Nepal in India and viewed "Naturally Nepal Evening" as a platform to reinforce and build relationships with prospective and current Indian partners. He further reiterated that Nepal is looking to tap the Indian market by being more reachable, regular and proactive with the Indian travel trade and media as well, and will be focusing more on B2B tourism programme in upcoming days.
In his welcome address, Mr. Bishnu Prasad Lamsal, Minister (Economic), Nepal Embassy in India, expressed each product in Nepal is unique and special.  Further on he added that the event has created a platform to discuss on tourism prospects between Nepal and India and further strengthen economic diplomacy.  Highlighting various tourism products of Nepal, Mr. Lamsal shed light on the uniqueness that each product area carries in terms of tourism appeal.
On the occasion, Mr. Subash Goyal, President of Indian Association of Tour Operators, expressed Nepal has tremendous advantages in terms of non-requirement of visa, easily easily acceptable currencies, similar culture, no language barriers, etc. Hence Indian tour operators need to take advantage out of it. He also recollected fond memories and regaled participants. In the end he added on that Nepal is a must see destination gifted with nature
Other dignitaries in attendance included Mr. Yogesh Srivastav, Senior Secretary of PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry, India;  Mr. Gour Kanjilal,  Executive Director of Indian Association of Tour Operators;  and Mrs. Kumkum Manaktala, Head of Tourism -Confederation of Indian Industry.

The Nepalese private sector tour operators opined that participation at this particular programme has gained them a number of inquiries for Nepal and they hope they can convert the same to strong business ties. Such kind of platforms helps them to explain the products in detail to create a better understanding and develop the right perception.
In the end, Mr. Prakash Raj Pant, Honorary PRR of NTB in India expressed earnest gratitude to the dignitaries and participant attending the event.
Last year, Indian visitor arrivals by air to Nepal were 165,815 as compared to 149,504 in 2011.

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Turkish Airlines inaugurates Istanbul-Kathmandu service

Turkish Airlines conducted its maiden flight from Istanbul to Kathmandu on September 2, 2013.

The carrier said it would be operating four weekly flights between the two cities. Flights will depart from Istanbul on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday and arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) at 7:15 am. They will depart from Kathmandu on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.  

The Kathmandu-Istanbul flight will be the longest non-stop commercial flight (7 hours) from Nepal to Europe. The carrier said that introductory round trip fares from Istanbul to Kathmandu start at 406 euros (including taxes and fees).

“We expect that the direct connectivity will enhance bilateral, cultural and economic relations between the two countries,” said Mr. Sezgin Saglam, senior vice-president, marketing and sales, of Turkish Airlines. The carrier currently serves 223 destinations in 104 countries and is the world’s fourth biggest carrier in terms of destinations. The carrier said that it would be coordinating with the Nepal Tourism Board to promote Nepal.

Director General of the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal Mr. Ratish Chandra Lal Suman said that the Istanbul connection would be an important landmark for the country’s tourism at a time when Nepal’s national flag carrier Nepal Airlines has been unable to connect Europe.

Similarly, Director of Nepal Tourism Board Mr. Aditya Baral said that the direct scheduled flight to Europe has opened lots of avenues to increase promotion of Nepal as a tourist destination. The carrier has targeted 95 percent transit passengers for Europe and the United States from Nepal. Nepal and Turkey signed an air service agreement (ASA) in September 2010.

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AGM of Nepal Tourism Board organized

Annual General Meeting of Nepal Tourism Board Employee Union took place on September 5, 2013 amid a function.  Addressing the function, Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation said that he was putting all effort to resolve the problem  of appointing Chief Exectuive Officer at Nepal Tourism Board. He also outlined initiation taken by him to break the stalemate.

In his address, Mr. Sushil Ghimire, Secretary at Ministry of  Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation and Chairman of Nepal Tourism Board Exectuive Committee  said that as one of the architects of Nepal Tourism Board he felt that it was high  time to make paradigm shift  in the modus operandi of Nepal Tourism Board as things have changed dramatically in Information and Communcation Technology. He also expressed his happiness about the union not being polarized on party basis.

Acting  Chief Executive Officer of Nepal Tourism Board Mr. Subash Nirola, expressing his view, said that he was always ready to implement  new changes in the Nepal Tourism Board and would show the strategies changes to Ministers and others in the future. Member of Exectuive Committee of Nepal Tourism Board Mr. Dhurba Narayan Shrestha and Mr. Phurba Gyaljen Sherpa and expressed their respective view about the present problem faced by Nepal Tourism Board.

Mr. Janardan Bhattarai, President of Union of Public Services in Nepal said the union’s work should be complementary to the management and further said that anything can be achieved if union and management worked together.

During the programme, president of the Nepal Tourism Board employee union Pradip Basnet urged all concerned to solve the problem of appoint CEO at Nepal Tourism Board at earliest. Mr. Gobinda Oli, Vice President of the union presented vote of thanks.

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Increase in International tourist arrivals

The figures released by Immigration Office, Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) reveal that visitor arrivals in the month of August 2013, compared to the same month last year, have increased by 6.34.% to 47,397.
In aggregate, the South Asian segment has registered positive growth of 10.%. Arrivals from Bangladesh , Pakistan and Sri Lanka have increased by 83.14%, 36.92% and 59.64% respectively. India which constitutes the major market of Nepal, has recorded negative growth of 1.67 %.
Arrivals from Asia (other than South Asia) have recorded positive growth of 21.92% in aggregate. The visitor arrivals from China increased by 21.50% compared to the same month last year. Similarly, the arrivals from Japan and Singapore and Malaysia have also increased by 34.54%, 51.66% and 73.89% respectively. However,  Thailand saw decline of 8.53%.
An overall negative  growth of 17.37% has been observed from the European markets.  Arrivals from markets such as the UK, Germany, France are  up by 2.22%,  10.38%,  and 2.45% respectively. However, arrivals from Spain, Italy and the Netherlands  have declined by 9.53%, 50.56%, 3.95%  respectively compared to the same month last year.
Tourist arrivals from Australia, Canada and the USA have increased by 39.23%, 6.78% and 16.05% respectively. However, arrivals from New Zealand have decreased by 3.64%.
A total of 59,335 foreign tourists departed from TIA in August 2013. The number of Nepalese arrivals stood at 62,200 while 75,200 Nepalese departed from TIA in August 2013.

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Taleb Rifai reelected as UNWTO Secretary-General

Taleb Rifai was reelected for a second term as UNWTO Secretary-General (2014-2017).

The announcement was made yesterday at the 20th Session of the General Assembly in Livingstone, Victoria Falls.

The confirmation follows the decision by the 95th session of the UNWTO Executive Council (Belgrade; Serbia, 28 May) to recommend Mr. Rifai as a nominee for the Secretary-General post for the period 2014-2017. In accordance with UNWTO statutes, his candidature was presented by Jordan, of which Mr Rifai is a national.

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Dr. Basnyat appointed as Hon. Consul of Canada to Nepal

Dr. Buddha Basnyat has been appointed as Hononary Consul of Canada in Nepal. Mr. Basnyat is the founder of Nepal International Clinic (NIC).  Its primary focus is to provide modern ambulatory care in the field of travel and mountain medicine. He is a well known physician in the field of mountain medicine and is also a medical director of Himalayan Rescue Association.

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Dr. Jose- new Hon. Consul of Nepal in the Philippine

Dr. Jose Paulo E. Campos has been appointed as Honorary Consul of Nepal in the Philippine.  He  has established the new consulate office at the 8th Floor Arcade of Pearl Manila Hotel and has been providing outstanding assistance to Nepalese citizens in distress in the Philippines.

He is keen to promote Nepal’s tourism through his office. However, the Consul Office is facing a hurdle due to inability to issue Nepali Visa.

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