Weekly Official e-Newsletter of Nepal Tourism Board
September 30, 2013
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34th World Tourism Board observed with fanfare
Nepal observed 34th World Tourism Day by organizing various events and programs throughout the countryon September 27, 2013.
Addressing the funcation, Minister for Agricultural Development Mr. Tek Bahadur Gharti Magar, who was also looking after the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation said that the country could achieve high economic growth if we promoted water resource by linking it with tourism. Perfection of water is also important for sustainable development of the tourism sector, he said. Minister Gharti Magar Minister also stressed the need of enhanching the capacity of the private and government sectors to develop tourism and extend its benefits to rural people.
Speaking on the occasion, Secretary Ghimire underlined the need to increasing tourist spending by introducing innovative tourism products. “Our national flag carrier is not being able to support tourism industry because of aircraft shortage,” he said, adding, “But good thing is that we have already placed order to buy two aircraft for China.” Ghimire also said preparations are underway to place orders for two small aircraft.
Addressing the program, Subash Nirola, Acting CEO of NTB, expressed commitment to move forward for the betterment of tourism industry. He also said the NTB management will put its focus on effective promotion of tourism and products and services in both domestic and international arena.
“Nepal needs to focus on agro tourism and eco tourism for the sustainable development of the tourism industry,” Ramesh Dhamala, president of Trekking Agencies´ Association of Nepal (TAAN), said. He also asked the government to do the needful in controlling illegal operation in tourism business.
In the program, Mohan Krishna Sapkota, joint secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA), said the government is doing internal homework to dedicate certain river segments for adventure tourism activities.
Similarly, NTB appointed Chimmi Sherpa, first Miss Sherpa 2012 and Min Bahadur Serchan - the oldest Nepali to climb Mt Everest - as the Honorary Goodwill Ambassador of Nepali tourism industry. NTB also provided certificate of appreciation and cash prize of Rs 10,000 to its security guard Tulsi Pokharel.
Minister for Agricultural Development Tek Bahadur Gharti Magar, who was also looking after the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, and Secretary of Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Mr. Sushil Ghimire inaugurated Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) Counter and newly structured Help Desk and Information Centre built in NTB premises. Minister Thapa also launched the ´Great Buddhist Biking Trial´ identified by Buddhistcircuits.com and Chitlang village in Makwanput district as ´Village Tourism Destination 2013/14 by Village Tourism Promotion Forum (VITOF). He also unveiled publications like ´Nepal Tourism Year 2011´ and the souvenir ´Gorkha Tourism´.
Earlier, a colourful rally was taken from Thamel to Basantapur Durbar Square via Durbar Marg. World Tourism Day was also celebrated in Pokhara, Bahirawa, Kailali, Kakirvitta, Bhaktapur and Mahendranagar by welcoming the guests.
New executive committee of TAAN assumes office
The newly elected executive committee of Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) assumed office amid a function held at TAAN Secretariat on September 25.
Chief Election Officer Tulsi Bhatta administered the oath of office and secrecy to the newly elected President Ramesh Prasad Dhamala. Dhamala later administered the oath of office and secrecy to the newly elected office-bearers and executive members of TAAN.
Acting CEO Of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) Subash Nirola handed over ‘elected’ certificates to President Dhamala, Senior Vice-President Keshav Pandey, 1st Vice-President, Kami Rinji Sherpa, 2nd Vice-President Kul Bahadur Gurung, General Secretary Sagar Pandey, Secretary Pasang Sherpa, Treasurer Gopal Babu Shrestha, Joint Treasurer Tilak Bahadur Thapa Magar and Executive Members Dhan Prasad Gurung, Ang Pemba Sherpa, Pasang Tendi Sherpa, Palsang Tamang, Rajendra Sapkota, Nilhari Bastola, Namaraj Gauli, Meghnad Timalsina and Gokul Sapkota
On the occasion, outgoing President Mahendra Singh Thapa handed over the keys of TAAN Secretariat to new President Ramesh Prasad Dhamala. Similarly, outgoing General Secretary Mohan Lamsal handed over minute-book of TAAN to new General Secretary Sagar Pandey, while outgoing Treasurer Anjan Thapa handed over the association’s checkbooks to new Treasurer Gopal Babu Shrestha.
Speaking on the occasion, outgoing President Thapa thanked members of his executive committee and stakeholders of Nepali tourism industry for their support to the association during his tenure.
Newly appointed Senior Vice-President, 1st Vice-President, 2nd Vice-President and General Secretary also spoke on the occasion.
Former Presidents Suman Pandey and Deepak Mahat congratulated office-bearers and members of the new executive committee and asked them to work in the interest of trekking entrepreneurs.
Acting CEO of NTB Subash Nirola said TAAN is an important stakeholder of Nepali tourism industry. He wished the new executive committee for a successful tenure.
Speaking on the occasion, newly elected TAAN President Ramesh Dhamala said the new executive committee would work as per the interest of trekking entrepreneurs. “We have short-term, mid-term and long-term programs. We will implement them gradually,” he said, adding that the new executive committee will give continuity to programs initiated by the outgoing executive committee. He also expressed commitment to implement the programs that his panel had unveiled before the election. “We will discourage all attempts to politicize TAAN,” he said before concluding.
7th National Conservation Day highlights snow leopards and Nepal's conservation leaders
The 7th National Conservation Day organized Monday under the leadership of the Government of Nepal was celebrated with the theme of snow leopard conservation and a call to protect the Himalayas.
“The mountain ecosystem is under threat from the pervasive impacts of climate change,” said President Ram Baran Yadav, who graced the day’s celebrations.
“It is heartening to see conservation leaders, who have been duly awarded for their contributions, take up biodiversity protection as their cause and I hope through this recognition they are further motivated to help protect Nepal’s natural riches including key species such as snow leopards and tigers,” the President said.
National Conservation Day provides a platform to recognize the contributions of individuals and organizations in conservation while also helping motivate a new generation of conservationists.
WWF Nepal felicitated one organization and five individuals through the Abraham Conservation Awards, Matthew Preece & Yeshi Choden Lama Young Conservation Leader Award, WWF Media in Conservation Award and a Special Conservation Award.
The award holds a citation and cash prize of Rs 25,000 for individuals and Rs 50,000 for organizations. WWF Nepal also provided scholarships to four students under the Chandra Gurung Memorial Scholarship, Jill Bowling Schlaepfer Memorial Scholarship and Jennifer Headley Memorial Scholarships to help them pursue higher education in forestry.
Bird Conservation Nepal provided a Lifetime Achievement Award to Mr. Hari Sharan Nepali for his outstanding contribution in the field of bird conservation. Jatayu Scholarships were also provided by Bird Conservation Nepal to two students to support their research in vulture conservation.
Similarly, enforcement agencies from Chitwan National Park, Bardia National Park and Kathmandu were felicitated for their seamless efforts in helping curb poaching and illegal wildlife trade.
Likewise a biography on Late Dr Tirtha Man Maskey “Tiger Warden” published by Wildlife Watch Group was also launched at the ceremony.
A special screening of a video on snow leopards, its population and status, threats and conservation interventions, which was developed by the Nepal Forum of Environmental Journalists, was also done on the occasion.
In an effort to highlight sarus crane conservation and build awareness on the key threats to the species, a special drama was presented by sixteen Eco Club students of Lumbini, a project site of WWF Nepal in partnership with Lumbini Development Trust.
The Government of Nepal declared Asoj 7 (23 September) as National Conservation Day in 2008 in memory of the Conservation Heroes who lost their lives in the tragic helicopter accident on 23 September 2006 at Ghunsa, Kangchenjunga. nepalnews.com
TAAN unveils mapping of new trekking trails
The Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) has unveiled the mapping and VCD of new trekking routes in western Nepal.
Inaugurating the 35th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of TAAN in the capital on Friday, Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Sushil Ghimire formally released the mapping and VCD of new trekking routes.
The association has indentified and developed 12 new trekking routes in Humla, Mugu, Rara, Khaptad and Jaljala in the past two years.
The government has also waived the royalty for the mountain climbing in the mid and far-western regions in order to boost up tourism industry, RSS quoted Ghimire as saying.
“As mountain and trekking tourism are identities of Nepal, the government is committed to promote these sectors in corporation with the private sector,” he said.
On the occasion, the Association's Chairperson Mahendra Singh Thapa urged the government to focus on the development of trekking sector.
Meanwhile, TAAN will elect a 17-member executive committee through the AGM.
Jangbu Sherpa and Ramesh Dhamala are candidates for the Association’s presidency, while Mohan Lamsal and Keshav Pandey are the candidates for the post of senior vice-presidents.
Similarly, Ganesh Neupane and Kami Rinji Sherpa are vying for the post of first vice-president while Krishna Hari Khatri and Kul Bahadur Gurung are for the second vice-president's post.
Likewise, Anjan Kumar Thapa and Sagar Pandey are contesting for the post of general secretary, Nima Lama and Pasang Sherpa for secretary, Rajendra Prasad Sapkota and Gopal Babu Shrestha for treasurer and Ram Krishna Timilsina and Tilak Bahadur Thapa Magar for joint-treasurer of the Association.
14 climbers atop Mt Manaslu
Fourteen climbers of the Seven Summits Manaslu Expedition 2013 have reached the summit of Mt Manaslu (8163m) – the eighth tallest peak in the world.
According to a press statement issued by the Tourism Industry Division under the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, the team led by Tunc Findik reached the summit on September 25. Other members of the team were Ji Han from China, Yi Wang from China, Yang Gao of China, Xiangwen Kou from China, Hiroyuki Ishikawa from Japan, Yaskuko Kikuchi from Japan and Nepali climbing guides Satish Man Pati, Panuru Sherpa, Mingma Chhiring Sherpa, Karma Gyalje Sherpa, Pemba Sherpa, Sona Sherpa and Tendi Sherpa.
The division had given the expedition team 75 days, starting September 6, to climb the Gorkha-based mountain.
Date: October 11 to 18, 2013
Venue: Throughout Nepal