Weekly Official e-Newsletter of Nepal Tourism Board
(Printable version)
January 24, 2014
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Nepal participates CMT in Germany
Nepal shows up prominently in Vakantiebeurs 2014
Important Notice Regarding usage of Nepal Tourism Boards Logo
TIMS counter opens from 7 am to 7pm
Tara Air conducts test flight to Taplejung
International film festival from Jan 27
TIA to have new arrival hall, parking facility within a year

Nepal participates CMT in Germany

This year’s Caravan, Motors and Tourism (CMT) 2014, international travel fair held from 11-19 January 2014 in New Stuttgart Trade Fair Centre (Near Stuttgart Airport), Stuttgart, Germany concluded successfully on 19 January 2014. Nepal made its active presence in Nepal Stand: Hall No. 4 B 11 in this fair.  Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), in coordination with Nepal German Chamber of Commerce & Industry (NGCCI) and Nepalese Private Travel Trade Sector Companies participated in this fair. High level government officials of Nepal Mr. Madhav Prasad Regmi, Secretary of the Ministry of Commerce and Supplies, the Joint Secretaries of the Government of Nepal Mr. Sishir Dhungana, Mr. Deepak Subedi and Mr. Jeet Bahadur Thapa, and Mr. Prakash Mani Paudel, Charge d`affaires a.i. of the Embassy of Nepal, Berlin, Germany were also present in the Nepal Stand on the inauguration day of the fair. Mr. Keshab Prasad Bimali, Under Secretary of Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation attended the fair as an observer. Mr. Anup Bahadur Malla, General Secretary of NGCCI represented officially in the inauguration of the fair and also honored the Tourism Minister of the Federal Republic of Germany.

CMT, with more than 1,900 exhibitors, is Germany’s largest caravanning motors and tourism fair. It is one of the Europe's largest leisure and tourism consumer fairs with a combination of motor and caravanning show held in Stuttgart, Germany every year. The official data of the visitors visiting this year’s CMT is yet to come but it is expected that around 300 thousand visitors visited this year’s CMT. Serbia was the partner country for this year’s CMT and India will be the next year’s partner country according to the organizer.

Nepal stand located at very prime location at the entrance of the main touristic hall in front of this year’s CMT partner country, Serbia and nicely decorated with Nepali wooden crafted doors, pillars and stone lions attracted many more visitors. Nepal Stall was crowded with the keen visitors throughout the fair with lots of queries and travel plans to Nepal. Nepal’s participation in CMT 2014 has been successful to give positive vibes among potential European travelers. Most of the queries during the fair were related to trekking, cultural tours, spiritual tourism, air connectivity and sightseeing. Even there were queries about the political situation of Nepal. The most interesting fact about the visitors visiting Nepal stall was that most of them were repeated visitors and some of them turned to be several time visitors to Nepal. Many repeated visitors also showed their keen interest to visit Nepal in the near future.

Nepal Tourism Board provided the visitors with the necessary information about Nepal. Travelers Information, Lumbini, Nepal Map, City Map, National Parks, Heritage Sites of Nepal, Adventure Sports in Nepal, Rafting in Nepal, Cultural Treasures of Nepal were the main promotional collaterals distributed to the visitors during the fair. Similarly the visitors were gifted some typical Nepali souvenirs.  

The participating Nepali travel trade companies in this year’s CMT were Himalayan Heart Treks & Expedition Pvt. Ltd., Himalayan Encounters Pvt. Ltd., Jomsom Travels Pvt. Ltd., Nepal Trailblazer Trekking Pvt. Ltd and Royal Mount Trekking Nepal Pvt. Ltd. NTB and NGCCI along with the participating companies made their active participation at the Nepal Pavilion:  Hall No 4 B 11 of this year’s CMT fair.  

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Nepal shows up prominently in Vakantiebeurs 2014

Nepal Tourism Board along with five Nepalese private travel companies namely Himalayan Rocks Tour Trekking and Expeditions, Firante Treks and Expeditions, Dolpa Trek, Outdoor Expeditions and Himalayan Ecological Trekking successfully participated in the one of the biggest traval shows known as Vakantiebeurs from January 14 to 19, 2014 in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Situated in a prime location and open from three sides, Nepal booth experienced a large number of footfalls throughout the fair. In addition, Nepal presentation at the center stage made by Laxman Gautam, Manager of NTB for three days from January 15 at 17 am only not drawing attention of the visitors but also made the presence of Nepal prominent. The Hononory PR  of Nepal Tourism Board Mr. Shashi Paudyal was always cooperative in making the Nepal participation a success. Nepal featured Lumbini, Khaptad and Ilam as important destinations, in addition to traditional nature, culture and adventure products. Visited by around 10 thousand people, Nepal booth was able to attract quite a large number of potential travelers from Holland. Dutch people being adventure lovers, it was worthwhile to promote Nepal in that market. 

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Important Notice Regarding usage of Nepal Tourism Boards Logo

This is to notify that Nepal tourism Board has restricted the  use of Nepal Tourism Boards logo by individuals, companies, associations and organizations. It has come to the Boards notice that various tourism related companies have been using the logo without the consent and/or knowledge of the Board in their business cards, letterheads, websites and other promotional and marketing materials. Any usage of the logo by other  entities henceforth will be subjected to legal action based violation of  patent rights of Nepal Tourism Board.

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TIMS counter opens from 7 am to 7pm

TIMS Counter at Nepal Tourism Board at Bhrikutimandi, Kathmandu opens from 7 am to 7 pm on weekdays and 10 am to 5 pm on public holidays effective from January 19, 2014.

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Tara Air conducts test flight to Taplejung

Tara Air conducts test flight to Taplejung Tara Air successfully operated test flight at Taplejung Airport on on January 20, 2014. The airline´s Dornier Do-228 aircraft commandered by Captain Bodh Raj Niraula and Captain Rajesh Shrestha took off from Tribhuvan International Airport at 9:50 am and landed at Taplejung Airport after 45 minutes, according to a company statement.

The airline plans to start scheduled flight on Kathmandu-Taplejung-Kathmandu route once it receives permission from the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN). 

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International film festival from Jan 27

A five-day international film festival is all set to be organized in Kathmandu from January 27.

The festival to be organized by Nepal Film Society will be held at the Russian Cultural Centre, Kamalpokhari, where a total of 10 films from Nepal, India, South Korea, Spain, Israel, France, Norway, South Africa and Russia would be screened.

Information to this was provided at a news conference in the capital city on Monday.

At the news conference, Society Chairman Krishna Malla said the aim of the festival was to promote Nepal as a place of international film festival and publicize Nepali films in the international community as well.

A Nepali film Jhola, featuring Sati system of ancient Nepal would be shown on the first day of the festival. Other significant films from the participating countries would be screened during the festival.

Every day, one can see two films.

The Sati system was a Hindu custom in which the widow used to self immolate on her dead husband´s pyre in the ancient time. The custom of Sati was believed to be a voluntary Hindu act in which the woman voluntary decides to end her life with her husband after his death.

It was the Rana Prime Minister Chandra Shumsher who abolished the Sati system from Nepal.

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TIA to have new arrival hall, parking facility within a year

Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) will soon have a new arrival hall and arrival parking facility.

Rasuwa KD Company, a joint venture of Rasuwa Construction Company and KD Group, is constructing arrival hall, arrival parking lot and an office building in the premises of TIA. The company is investing Rs 420 million in the project.

Dinesh Prasad Shrestha, general manager at TIA, said the project is being implemented under Build-Own-Operate- Transfer (BOOT) model. “The project developer will operate the arrival hall, arrival parking and the building for 30 years and hand them over to the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN),” Shrestha said.

He further added that the company is paying Rs 7.5 million a year as rental charges. It will also pay five percent of its total revenue in the first five years as royalty fee. The royalty fee will increase by five percentage points every five years.

The two-storied building will have an arrival hall and arrival car parking in the basement and the ground floor. The parking area will have the capacity to accommodate 500 four-wheelers at a time. Likewise, the arrival building will have 60,000 sq ft of office spaces. The company plans to lease out the spaces to aviation related service providers like cargo and courier services, airlines, travel agencies, money changers and manpower companies, among others.

At present, TIA does not have separate arrival and departure car parking area. The existing parking areas can accommodate 200 four-wheelers at a time.

“At present, people have been facing problems as we have a single parking area for arrival and departure. Also, people waiting for the arrival of their friends and families have to stand outside as the arrival lobby has very limited chairs,” Deepak Malhotra, chairman of KD Group, said. “The new facility will end these problems.”

The arrival hall will have different facilities like air conditioning, sofa, TV, Internet facility, coffee shop, books and gift stores, among others. According t Malhotra, they will charge entry fee of Rs 50 per person.

“Construction works, which started last year, is going on in full swing. We plan to bring the arrival hall, car parking and the building into operation by January 2015,” added Malhotra. ( News Courtesy: The Republica)

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International Film Festival

Date: January 27- 31, 2014
Russian Culture Center, Kathmandu


3rd Eastern Regional Tourism Fair

Date: January 30-February 1, 2014
Venue: Damak, Jhapa


Sonam Loshar

Date: January 31, 2014
Venue: All over Nepal



Sarad Pradhan     Asst. Editor: Sudhan Subedi

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