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Tourism minister stresses tourism for economic prosperity
Scandinavia Sales Mission 2014 Concludes
Nepal Promoted in MATTA 2014
Nepal may install ladders on Mount Everest's Hillary Step
Security up for Bisket Jatra
Driver Returns Bags Left in Taxi by Foreigners
News Coverage of Naturally Nepal Presentation at ITB Berlin on March 6th, 2014 on Travel Daily News website

Tourism minister stresses tourism for economic prosperity

Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Bhim Prasad Acharya , has said the state should link tourism to economic prosperity , changing the traditional nature of tourism development practiced in the country.

Speaking at a press meet organised by the Press Chautari Nepal in Baglung on March 17th, Minister Acharya said it was necessary to develop infrastructure for promoting tourism that would in turn help country's economic prosperity .

Minister Acharya said, "The government plans to recognize and declare around 40 tourism places across the country and it would pay main attention to mobilizing the means and resources for the same."

He urged the district dwellers to prepare a concrete plan immediately and send it to the Ministry by explaining the need and importance of tourism development of Dhorpatan and other tourism places in the district.

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Scandinavia Sales Mission 2014 Concludes

In an effort to expand its promotional activities across the world to attract tourists to Nepal, Nepal Tourism Board organized Nepal Sales Mission 2014 in the Scandinavian countries of Denmark,  Norway and Sweden after the conclusion of ITB 2014, Berlin. The citizens of the Scandinavian countries possess a good amount of disposable money for travelling and luxury, and they are travelling in different parts of the world. Since outbound tourism market of Scandinavian countries has not been explored much yet, it was a good opportunity for Nepal Tourism Board to feel the market potentiality. The Nepal Sales Mission program was held in Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm on March 11, 13 and 17 respectively.

Speaking in the program in Copenhagen and Oslo, Secretary of Ministry of Culture, Tourism ans Civil Aviation and Chairman of NTB Mr. Sushil Ghimire told the invited media and travel trade operators that Nepal government had given high priority to tourism promotion and development and was taking various policy decisions to attract both visitors and investment in the tourism sector. He reiterated that the new stable government would give further inputs for the tourism sector of Nepal to move forward.         

The Nepal Tourism Board was represented by Mr. Subash Nirola, Acting CEO and Mr, Diwakar B. Rana, Sr. Manager at the Sales Mission. The six private sector companies taking part in the programs were: Outdoor Expeditions (P.) Ltd, Wonderland Travels Nepal (P.) Ltd., Asia Adventure Excursions Pvt. Ltd., Yeti Travels Pvt. Ltd., The Explore Nepal P. Ltd. and Royal Mountain Travel Pvt. Ltd.

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Nepal Promoted in MATTA 2014

Nepal Tourism Board along with 14 Nepalese tourism companies and Nepal Airlines participated in 37th MATTA Fair, Malaysia’s leading and premier consumer tourism show from 14-16 March 2014 at Putra World Trade Center in Kuala Lumpur. The tourism show, organized by Malaysian Association of Tour &  Travel Agents ( WISM MATTA) and inaugurated by the Malaysian Tourism and Culture Minister, Dato Seri Mohamad Nazri bin Abdul Aziz, succeed to attract the footfalls of around 90 thousands visitors in the three day fair.

Nepal’s stand sprawled in 72 square meter space was exquisitely decorated with all the natural, cultural and adventure sports attractions. Throughout the fair, Nepal was highlighted as an exotic Himalayan destination with soft trekking in the foothills of Himalayas and with a blend of pristine nature and culture for Malaysian travelers. During the tourism fair, Nepal stall received queries on Hinduism and Buddhism pilgrimage sites from the keen Hindu and Buddhist Malaysian travelers and also on the other tourism activities in Nepal.

With the strong air connectivity between Kuala Lumpur and Kathmandu by Malaysian Airlines, Air Asia and Nepal Airlines, Malaysia is emerging as a promising and potential tourism market for Nepalese tourism industry.

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Nepal may install ladders on Mount Everest's Hillary Step

Nepal may install ladders on Mount Everest's Hillary Step, the final rock wall which climbers have to scale to reach the summit, in a bid to ease congestion, the government said on Monday.

Expedition organisers announced last week that extra ropes would be fixed on congested ice walls like the Hillary Step, where mountaineers have faced frustrating delays in the past.

Now Nepal's tourism ministry says it is considering going one step further in a move that it says would improve safety and end logjams.

"There is a traffic jam at the Hillary Step during the main climbing months between April and June, so for the safety of mountaineers we are considering fixing ladders there," said ministry spokesman Mohan Krishna Sapkota.

He said officials are yet to decide on a timeline for the proposal.

"It will be a difficult task to fix the ladders, but we are considering it for the future," he said.

In addition to fixing extra ropes at various spots deemed "danger zones", Nepalese authorities have said they will station soldiers and police at Everest base camp whom climbers can approach in the event of any trouble.

The 12-metre-high (40 feet) Hillary Step is named after Sir Edmund Hillary, who, with Tenzing Norgay, scaled the peak for the first time in 1953.

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Security up for Bisket Jatra

With the Bisket Jatra, the biggest festival of Bhaktapur, less than a month away, police have put in place additional security measures.

According to Bhaktapur District Police Office, hundreds of police personnel in uniform and civvies will fan out across the core areas of Bhaktapur with special focus on crowded areas to prevent any untoward incident.

“In the wake of clashes and other unpleasant incidents during previous years’ celebrations, the law enforcement agency has stepped up security this year,” said DSP Ramesh Thapa, Spokesperson for Bhaktapur DPO.

The DPO is working with various stakeholders, including Guthi Sansthan officials, local clubs and other organisations, to celebrate the festival in a peaceful manner, he added.

The nine-day long annual festival is observed by pulling a three-storey chariot of Bhairav prepared in Taumadhi on Nepali New Year day.

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Driver Returns Bags Left in Taxi by Foreigners

Krishna Pandit, a taxi driver, has returned bags left by three tourists from Poland on Thursday. The tourists had travelled from Jyatha based Friend Home Hotel to New Road and returned to the hotel in the same taxi but forgot to take their bags. The bags contained cameras, goggles and medicine among other things. When Pandit found the bag, he returned them to metropolitan Police Range, Durbar Marg. From there, the police contacted the tourists and handed over the bags.

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News Coverage of Naturally Nepal Presentation at ITB Berlin on March 6th, 2014 on Travel Daily News website


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