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Thamel to be 'vehicle free' from October 22

The main tourist hub of Kathmandu, Thamel, will be made vehicle-free from October 22. The Metropolitan City Traffic Police Division and Thamel Development Council informed that the general vehicles apart from most essential ones w ...[more]...

Pokhara brimmiong with domestic tourists

Pokhara witnessed significant rise in domestic tourist footfalls this Dashain season.Popular tourist sites in and around Pokhara are brimming with foreign tourists. While Lakeside area is jampacked as usual, other tourist sites like Fewa Lake, T ...[more]...

New hotels, resorts going up in Dhulikhel

Dhulikhel - a small hill station adjoining the Kathmandu Valley - is attracting new investments in hospitality industry. Until few years ago, only the local people were investing in hotels and resorts. But, with the increase in to ...[more]...

Visit Nepal Year in 2020

As the government has set a target to bring in two million tourists each year by 2020, the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) has planned to organise ‘Visit Nepal Year’ in 2020 to attract more tourists to the co ...[more]...

Tourist spending decreases despite increase in arrivals

Nepal has welcomed around 500,000 tourists in the first half of 2017, signifying an increasing trend in tourist arrival over the past few years. Tourist arrival had stood at 359,672 in the first half of 2016, whereas the number wa ...[more]...

Tilicho Lake's glory remains undimmed

The splendour of the alpine Tilicho lake located 4,919 metres above the sea level at Nesyang rural municipality – 9 of Manang district continues to enchant the visitors. The lake offers a panoramic view of the great Himalaya ...[more]...

Tourists flow to flood-hit Sauraha gradually picking up

CHITWAN, Aug 20: Tourism in Sauraha, which was battered by last week's floods, is gradually returning back to normalcy. Lodges and resorts have reopened, and jungle activities like elephant safari has resumed. Number of touris ...[more]...

Sauraha hotels preparing to resume operation

CHITWAN: : Inundated resorts and jungle lodges of Sauraha are preparing hard to resume their operations at the earliest. Floods in Rapti and Budhi Rapti River due to incessant rains since Friday morning have inundated many resorts ...[more]...

Nepal : A Paradise for Adventure Tourists

Nepal has a lot to offer to adventure seekers of the world who look for adrenaline thrust through adventure tourism. However, the country is yet to realise the potential in this regard. Home to hundreds of peaks including eight of ...[more]...

New hotels worry old players

Nepal is seeing an unprecedented boom in hotel construction that will add 4,000 star category rooms by 2020. The building spree has spread concern among the existing hoteliers who fear that the new entrants will eat into their markets. ...[more]...

Domestic airline operators to marginally cut fares from today

Domestic airlines are set to marginally reduce the airfare to different destinations following the decision of the Airlines Operators Association of Nepal (AOAN) to cut fuel surcharge effective from Wednesday.The AOAN meeting today decided to sl ...[more]...

Chitwan's Patihani emerging as tourist hub

CHITWAN: The inflow of tourists in Patihani, Chitwan has been on the rise in last few weeks. Situated near the main office of Chitwan National Park, Patihani offers a scenic view of different types of birds and endangered animals. ...[more]...

Arabian guests, new attraction for Pokhara's hospitality industry

POKHARA, July 4: A few months ago, a different type of restaurant opened in Lakeside of Pokhara. It was later known that the restaurant, Koyla Lounge, had landed here after doing brisk business in China and Dubai. And its target in Pokhara was t ...[more]...

Bandipur as attractive shooting location

There are certain things one has to look for if s/he is directing a film. And location is one of the vital elements in film making. If the location has captivating natural and cultural heritage, then such location will definitely ...[more]...

Nepali diaspora in Spain to invite 1 m tourists to visit Nepal from Spain

A group of Nepali living in Spain is set to invite about 1 million tourists visiting Spain’s tourist city Barcelona to visit Nepal via posters from the second week of July. They have set themselves the task of attaching post ...[more]...

Tourism promotion campaign in neighbouring cities of India

Western Regional Hotel Association, Pokhara, is all set to launch its annual tourism promotion campaign ‘Let’s go to Pokhara’ in bordering Indian cities from Friday. According to campaign coordinator and WRHAP Ch ...[more]...

Etihad Airways wins three awards

Etihad Airways has bagged three major awards for its first class service at the Skytrax World Airline Awards held on Tuesday. Issuing a statement, the airlines said it won the awards under World’s Best First Class, Best Firs ...[more]...

The bewitching sites of Kakani

Situated away from the bustling city of Kathmandu in the Nuwakot District, Kakani is a settlement of nature lovers. This hill-station provides a peaceful and quiet place to relax and explore. Aside from all the different kinds of ...[more]...

Ilam visited by 62,000 tourists as of April 13 in current fiscal

ILAM: As many as 62,000 tourists have entered the Ilam district as of April 13 in the current fiscal year. According to Kolbung-based Tourism information Centre, the inflow of tourists this year 2016/17 is four-fold higher than th ...[more]...

Guardian names Nepal as No 1 travel destination

Nepal has secured the top spot in the list of 10 best places to travel published by the British newspaper The Guardian. In its report titled, ‘How to plan a post-Brexit holiday—from Serbia to the Lake District’, the online edit ...[more]...

Pokhara in the list of 'World's Best Spring Trips'

Pokhara has made it to the list of the destinations not to be missed in the spring of 2017. The National Geographic travel magazine has recommended 12 destinations around the world to visit in this spring.   &q ...[more]...

Everest region welcomes more tourists as winter approaches end

SOLUKHUMBU: As the winter season has almost come to an end this year, the influx of foreign tourists has increased in the Everest region. The inflow, which was almost nil in the mid of winter, is getting thicker in Khumbu region f ...[more]...

Hotel occupancy rate rebounds to 60 per cent

The country’s hotel occupancy rate has improved in the spring season (March to May) for the first time after the earthquake of April 25, 2015, along with the rise in the inflow of tourists.Tourist standard hotels have been operating at 60 ...[more]...

Meghauli Serai featured among the best new hotels of 2017

Travel & Leisure magazine has featured Meghauli Serai, -- a Taj Safaris lodge -- as one of the best new hotels of 2017. Meghauli Serai is a part of CG Hotels & Resorts - a hospitality portfolio arm of Chaudhary Group (CG). ...[more]...

To escape the crowd

There are always two ways of traveling and discovering a place: There is the tourist’s route and then there is the local way. Even when you are trying to navigate your way through the same location, you will be surprised at the disparity i ...[more]...

Go camping- Trekking in Nepal

The gears you require are a tent, sleeping bag, few basic utensils, and windproof warm clothes for the mornings and evenings. If you need a break or want to have an adventurous weekend, then camping around the valley might be exac ...[more]...

High speed Internet coming to Everest, Annapurna regions

Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA) is planning to expand broadband internet service in the Everest Base Camp and the Annapurna Base Camp - two major trekking areas of the country. Speaking at 'Nepal Broadband Forum 2017- ...[more]...

2.31 million visited Narayanhiti Durbar Museum in 8 yrs

A total of 2.31 million people from home and abroad visited the Narayanhiti Durbar Museum so far since the former royal palace was changed into the museum in 2009. The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation had opened the ...[more]...

Over 63,000 travelled to Chitwan National Park in 6 months

CHITWAN, Feb 4: The number of tourists arriving at Chitwan National Park crossed 63,199 in the first six months Fiscal Year 2016/17. According to data from Chitwan National Park authorities, on average, more than 10,000 tourists entered the nati ...[more]...

Top 10 hotels in Nepal

Trip Advisor, a popular online travel portal, has announced top 10 hotels in Nepal. Hotels from Kathmandu, Pokhara and Nagarkot have been included in the Traveler's Choice 2017 list. Two hotels from Pokhara, seven hotels from ...[more]...

Ghodepani hotels filled to the brim with Chinese tourists

The hotels and lodges in the renowned tourist hotspot at Ghodepani of Ghar VDC – 1 are filled to the brim with Chinese tourists celebrating their New Year holidays. The influx of Chinese tourists at this time of the year to ...[more]...

Pun Hill listed as top 10 destinations in Nepal

MYAGDI, Jan 20: The Pun Hill – situated at Ghorepani of Ghar VDC 1 in the foothills of the majestic Annapurna mountain range – has been selected as one of the must-see tourist destinations, suffusing the local tourism entrepreneurs w ...[more]...

Nepal Airlines regains numero uno position

Nepal Airlines has taken the top spot in international passenger carriage for the first time in years, flying 275,701 travellers during the first nine months of 2016. According to Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), the nationa ...[more]...

Nepal tourism makes spectacular rebound

Nepal’s tourism experienced a dramatic turnaround last year after being hit by the twin disasters of a devastating earthquake and crippling trade embargo in 2015. Foreign tourist arrivals to Nepal jumped 39.71 percent to 753 ...[more]...

3rd Begnas Fish Festival to be held from Feb 24

The Hotel and Restaurant Association, Lekhanath is organising the third edition of the Begnas Fish Festival from February 24 at Mandare Park, Begnas Lake of Lekhanath Municipality in Kaski district. In the five-day event, fish lov ...[more]...

10 domestic travel destinations you can't afford to miss in 2017

The tourism industry was hit hard by the earthquakes and India’s trade embargo in 2015. Foreign tourist arrivals fell to a six-year low of 538,970 in the year, representing a sharp drop of 32 percent, compared to 2014 figures. The year 201 ...[more]...

Visit Nepal-Europe 2017 campaign on the cards

Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) has announced it will celebrate and campaign 2017 as a Visit Nepal Year in Europe. The announcement came at a function held in Kathmandu on Saturday to mark NTB’s anniversary. NTB sai ...[more]...

Demonetisation in India to hit tourism in Nepal: NRB

The central bank, in its monthly macroeconomic update launched today, has said the recent demonetisation of Indian high value banknotes is likely to adversely affect tourism and export of agro products to the southern neighbour. T ...[more]...

Cable car to be built along Sedibagar-Sarangkot hub

Pokhara, December 14: Annapurna Cable Car Pvt Ltd is all set to develop cable car facility along the tourism hub Sedibagar–Sarangkot from Phewa lake in Pokhara within one-and-a-half years.Nepali entrepreneurs will share 85 per cent of the ...[more]...

10 best momo places in Kathmandu

Momos are our go-to snack. It’s cheap, easily available and yummy. What more do you want? Here are some of the most delicious momo serving places in our list. In no particular order, these places should be visited at least once for mouthfu ...[more]...

Inflow of foreign tourists up 32pc

Nepal’s tourism industry, which took a major hit following the deadly earthquake in 2015, is witnessing signs of recovery as the number of foreigners visiting Nepal by air increased by 32 per cent in the first 11 months of 2016 as compared ...[more]...

Domestic airfare comes down

Domestic airfare has come down by as much as Rs 310. A meeting of Airlines Operators Association of Nepal (AOAN) held on Tuesday decided to reduce domestic airfare by Rs 90 to Rs 310, depending on routes. The umbrella body of dome ...[more]...

Himalayan Travel Mart to kick off from June 1

Pacific Asia Travel Associ-ation (Pata) Nepal Chapter has said it will hold the Himalayan Travel Mart 2017 in Kathmandu from June 1. The four-day event aims at redefining adventure tourism and establishing Nepal as gateway to the ...[more]...

Launch of 'Experience Nepal' tourism campaign

Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) has announced the launch of 'Experience Nepal' tourism campaign in partnership with American Express and Himalayan Bank Ltd (HBL). According to a press release issued on Wednesday, the campaign ai ...[more]...

Tourism Ministry plans to prepare fresh DPR of SIA

The Tourism Ministry on Sunday told a joint meeting of the Parliamentary Finance and Development committees that it has initiated process to prepare another Detailed Project Report (DPR) of the proposed Second International Airport (SIA) in Bara ...[more]...

Tourism Ministry plans to prepare fresh DPR of SIA

The Tourism Ministry on Sunday told a joint meeting of the Parliamentary Finance and Development committees that it has initiated process to prepare another Detailed Project Report (DPR) of the proposed Second International Airport (SIA) in Bara ...[more]...

Kathmandu Metropolis honours mountaineers

The Kathmandu Metropolitan City has honoured national and foreign mountaineers who have summited Mt Makalu and Mt Kanchanjanga at different times. More than 20 climbers were honoured at a special programme organised at Narayanhiti ...[more]...

Tourists complain of mismanagement in Rara

Tourists trekking to the country’s largest lake Rara have complained of management problems on the trek to the lake.“There are no publicity materials or guideline maps. There are no proper roads either,” complained both domesti ...[more]...

UNESCO concerned about reconstruction of world heritage sites

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation has expressed concern about the rebuilding of historical world heritage sites in Kathmandu Valley.Christian Manhart, UNESCO representative to Nepal, expressed his concern about ...[more]...

Lonely Planet says Nepal the world's best value destination for 2017

Nepal has been ranked as one of the best countries in the world to visit in 2017, according to Lonely Planet’s annual Best in Travel list. Publishing the travel list for 2017 on Tuesday, the world’s renowned travel gui ...[more]...

Solo trekker missing for a week in Annapurna Circuit

POKHARA: Israeli national Amit Mosche Reichman, 42, has gone missing while trekking along the Annapurna trekking circuit. Reichman had last contacted friends and families a week ago and was reported to have been trekking along the Mardi Himal tr ...[more]...

Tourists flood Ilam

Ilam's beauty is breathtaking even on an average day. And it grows by manifold when rain drenches the green hills of the district and dense fog starts to glide down the vast stretch of tea estates and opens them to blue sky. This is exactly ...[more]...

Lomanthang attracting domestic tourists

MUSTANG: The number of domestic tourists visiting Lomanthang, known as a virgin destination, is increasing of late. One can reach Lomanthang in two days from Mustang headquarters Jomsom. “To reach Lomanthang i ...[more]...

Surkhet expecting influx of visitors

New hotels are sprouting in Birendranagar, Surkhet in anticipation of an influx of travellers with massive infrastructure projects getting underway in the Mid-Western Region. Surkhet is the gateway to the Karnali region, and direc ...[more]...

Dearth of tourists steals Pokhara's tourism day fanfare

POKHARA, Sept 27: There is little excitement in Pokhara, one of the top tourist destinations in the country, while the world is celebrating 37th tourism day. Tourism entrepreneurs are disappointed with the number of tourists they are catering to ...[more]...

Govt's plan to bar Nepalis from using tourist vehicles draws flak

Pokhara: The government's preparation to limit 'tourist vehicle service' only to foreigners has saddened tourism entrepreneurs in Pokhara.  Not letting internal tourists travel in luxurious buses with green number plates will ba ...[more]...

Pokhara faces shortage of professional guides

"Lack of professional tourist guides in tourism hub Pokhara" POKHARA, Sept 8: Pokhara started welcoming tourists in 1970. Nearly half century down the line, Pokhara is among the nation's topmost tourist dest ...[more]...

International airlines post strong bookings

International airlines have posted strong inbound bookings beginning from the second week of Sept from major gateways connecting Nepal—Delhi, Abu Dhabi, Doha, Kuala Lumpur and China. According to travel agencies, almost all ...[more]...

Tourism added Rs85b to Nepal's GDP: WTTC

The direct contribution of Nepal’s travel and tourism to its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) stood at Rs85.3 billion, or 4 percent, last year and is forecast to rise by 7 percent to Rs91.3 billion this year, the World Travel and Tourism Counc ...[more]...

Tourist arrivals jump 13pc in first half of 2016

Tourist arrivals to Nepal jumped 12.77 percent in the first six months of 2016, showing incipient signs that the tourism industry is stirring back to normal after suffering a series of disasters last year. According to Department ...[more]...

TAAN to build tourism memorial park in Kavre

Names of trekkers, mountaineers and support staff, who lost their lives during trekking and mountaineering activities in Nepal, will be inscribed on a monument atop a hill in Timal Region (1900 meters) of Kavre if things go as planned. ...[more]...

Chandragiri Cable Car service opens

Chandragiri Hills on Monday officially opened the Chandragiri Cable Car service to the general public amid a Vedic ceremony. Locals of Chandragiri Municipality in Kathmandu and Chitlang and Fakhel VDCs in Makwanpur were among the ...[more]...

NTB passes Rs1.12b budget to revive crippled tourism

A record budget of Rs1.12 billion has been approved for the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) for fiscal 2016-17 to allow it to rev up promotional activities and revive the country’s tourism industry which was knocked to the ground by last year&rs ...[more]...

Nepal among 10 places that deserve more travellers: NatGeo

Nepal has been placed on the list of the top 10 places that deserve more travellers by the National Geographic. The UK-based popular travel publication in its June issue has placed Nepal on the top 3 spots among the round up of 10 ...[more]...

Accommodation cost rises on Annapurna Base Camp trek route

The Hotel Entrepreneurs’ Association’s decision to increase the cost of accommodation and to introduce advance booking system along the Annapurna Base Camp route has drawn flak from stakeholders in Kaski of late.Local Tourism Managem ...[more]...

Programme organised to promote tourism

Tourism Entrepreneurs and experts today held a discussion on introducing Pokhara in the world market as a tourist destination. Pokhara Tourism Council organised a programme inviting a professor Brijesh Thapa of University of Flori ...[more]...

Nepali makes record in paragliding from Europe's highest mountain

Nepali paraglider Sanobabu Sunuwar has made a history by doing a paragliding from the highest mountain of Europe, Mt Elbrus. Sunuwar, who has a credit to his name for paragliding from the highest mountain in the world, Mt Everest ...[more]...

Number of visitors declining at Pokhara museum

The number of foreign tourists visiting the regional museum at Nayabazaar of Pokhara, Kaski, has dropped remarkably in the last fiscal compared to the year before that. s many as 5,920 foreigners visited the museum in the fiscal 2 ...[more]...

Pashupati, Lumbini, Janakpur slated for major dev

Three key heritage sites in the country—Pashupati, Lumbini and Janakpur—have been slated for major infrastructural development this fiscal year in a bid to pump up religious and cultural tourism after poor budget expenditure in the l ...[more]...

TIA should be made tax-free zone: Airlines

Domestic airlines have urged the government to declare Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport a tax-free zone to boost the flagging aviation industry when it amends Aviation Policy 2006. The Aviation Policy comes up for its second fiv ...[more]...

Tourism Minister lauds role of Sherpas in Nepal tourism

Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Ananda Prasad Pokharel on Thursday said that Sherpa community played a significant role in the development of Nepal tourism sector. Addressing a function organised to mark the first ...[more]...

One flight a day rule enforced for paragliding pilots

POKHARA, July 13: Blue Sky Paragliding Ltd, one of the oldest paragliding operators in Pokhara, has four pilots. But the company is not allowed to operate more than four flights a day because of a new provision enforced by Nepal Air Sports Assoc ...[more]...

Districts getting more tourists given less budget

Rasuwa district is one of the popular destinations for foreign tourists. Based on foreign tourist footfall, the district should have been in government's priority while allocating budget for district-wise tourism infrastructure development p ...[more]...

Tourism entrepreneurs take Chinese language training

Tourism Entrepreneurs in Pokhara have started taking Chinese Language Training as the number of Chinese tourists visiting the city has increased of late.The Western Hotel Association, Pokhara started Chinese Language training in Pokhara from tod ...[more]...

Himalaya Airlines launching daily flights to Doha

Himalaya Airlines (H9), a Nepal-China joint venture airline, is all set to operate daily direct flights to Doha, Qatar from July 11.   Issuing a press statement on Thursday, the airlines company said (that) it has decided to ...[more]...

Tourism board to promote Nepal on CNN, BBC World

The Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) has said it will be conducting consumer publicity programmes through popular global media outlets like CNN International and BBC World to attract a larger number of tourists to Nepal. The promos on BB ...[more]...

Whoopee Land set to begin operations

Tucked away in the southern rim of the Valley near Chobhar, 3.5 km away from Balkhu, Whoopee Land, will be welcoming patrons beginning today. The newly-constructed amusement and water park will be the second water park in Valley after the Sangha ...[more]...

'India ready to assist in Nepal's tourism development'

Pokhara: Indian Ambassador to Nepal Ranjit Rae on Tuesday said that India was ready to offer assistance to develop tourism in Nepal. Speaking at an interaction organised by the Nepal-India Friendly Association in Pokhara today, th ...[more]...

Tourist spending, stay rise as arrivals plunge

Tourist spending and length of stay rose sharply in 2015 despite arrivals plunging to a six-year low of 538,970 due to the April 25 earthquake and subsequent Tarai protests. According to the Tourism Ministry, the average length of ...[more]...

Hotel association flays power tariff hike

Pokhara: Western Regional Hotel Association, Pokhara, has condemned the government decision to hike power tariff, calling the decision ‘unfortunate and inopportune’.“At a time when the entire nation, including the tourism secto ...[more]...

Hike to promote tourism in Nepal

In a bid to promote Nepal’s tourism in the aftermath of the earthquakes that struck the country last year, a hiking event is being organised in Hong Kong. The 13 km hike being organised on July 24 as part of with the theme & ...[more]...

Domestic airlines reduce airfares

One-way domestic airfares will go down by up to Rs 384 with effect from tomorrow, as the Airline Operators Association of Nepal (AOAN) has reduced fuel surcharge following reduction in price of aviation turbine fuel. Nepal Oil Cor ...[more]...

International flights affected due to bad weather

International flights have been affected due to bad weather caused by monsoon at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) on Friday monring. Two international flights have diverted after they could not land at the TIA on Friday m ...[more]...

Documentary 'Nepal is Safe for Tourism' prepared

Singer and tourist guide Ensu Rai has come up with a documentary ‘Nepal is safe for Tourism Forever’. The documentary spanning three minutes and 11 seconds has shots of ascents to the world’s highest summit Mount Everest ...[more]...

Pokhara best value city for budget visitors

If the Price of Travel’s Backpacker’s Index is anything to go by, Nepal will be seeing frugal travellers flocking to the country in the near future. In its list of 20 best value cities for budget travellers that cost l ...[more]...

Argentine celeb dedicates Everest victory to promotion of Nepal tourism

A Latin American actor who returned from the summit of Mt Everest said on Wednesday that his team came to Nepal this spring to give the world a message that the Himalayan country was all safe to travel in the aftermath of devastating earthquake. ...[more]...

Indian tourist arrivals up in Pokhara

The number of foreign tourists has increased in Pokhara of late.Tourists from India, especially from cities in northern India, have been visiting Pokhara in recent days. Businessmen in Pokhara said guests from Gorakhaphur, Luckhnow, Kanpur, Vara ...[more]...

Free entry for tourists to Swayambhunath on Buddha Jayanti

The Swayambhu Management and Conservation General Committee is providing free entry to foreign tourists coming to visit the Swoyambhunath Stupa area on the occasion of the 2560th Buddha Jayanti on May 21. Visitors from the South A ...[more]...

Tourists, students will require less documents for US visa application

The US Embassy in Kathmandu said it will begin reduced-document processing for tourist and student visa applicants from June 1. Applicants for tourist and student visas will have to take a few required documents only for their vis ...[more]...

Ireland lifts travel warnings against Nepal

The government of Ireland has lifted its strict travel warnings to its citizens from visiting Nepal which was put in place following the devastating earthquake on April 25 last year. Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) Public Relations Repr ...[more]...

97 mountaineering teams off to different peaks

A total 97 mountaineering expedition teams comprising 1,432 members from various countries have set out to different peaks including the world’s highest Mount Everest, this season. Of them, 34 have set out to the Mt Everest. ...[more]...

289 climbers in bid to scale Everest

Two hundred and eighty nine climbers are in a bid to exploit a short window of good weather, which formally begins next week, to stand atop Mt Everest. Among the bidders, 160 are new climbers. Dambar Parajuli, president of Expedit ...[more]...

Ireland urged to relax travel restrictions on Nepal

Nepal has urged Ireland to relax the travel restrictions on the country one year after it was hit by a devastating earthquake. Acting Nepali Ambassador to Ireland Tej Bahadur Chhetri made the request in a meeting with Asia Pacific ...[more]...

NTB announces 2073 as 'Ghumphir Barsa'

Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) on Monday announced Bikram Sambat 2073 as ‘Ghumphir Barsa’, which means travel year, in a bid to promote domestic tourism. The initiative is part of the government’s preparations to organize Internatio ...[more]...

Meghauli Serai Jungle Lodge opens in Chitwan

CG Hotels and Resorts, under Chaudhary Group, has started operation of Meghauli Serai Jungle Lodge at UNESCO World Heritage-listed Chitwan National Park. CG has signed a management contract for Meghauli Serai with Taj Safaris, the ...[more]...

International passenger traffic drops for first time in 13 years

International air passenger traffic through Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) dropped for the first time in 13 years as travellers stayed away due to the April earthquake last year and a jet fuel shortage caused by an Indian trade embargo. ...[more]...

Foreign tourists spend USD 50 a day in Pokhara: Study

POKHARA, April 5: Foreign tourists spend a maximum of US$ 50 per day in Pokhara, a survey commissioned by Pokhara Tourism Council (PTC) also showed that foreign tourists live in Pokhara Local tourism entrepreneurs have attributed ...[more]...

Prince Harry coming back to Kathmandu today

GORKHA: British Prince Harry is scheduled to return to Kathmandu today from Lapu village of Gorkha district, where he was volunteering for a school reconstruction. The British Royal, who arrived in Lapu on Thursday, contributed to ...[more]...

China to construct world's tallest Buddha idol in Damak

The private sector companies in China have expressed their desire for constructing International Cultural Centre along with the tallest idol of Lord Buddha at Damak of Jhapa district. During the meeting with Prime Minister Oli on ...[more]...

Nepal is a country you really have to come and visit: Prince Harry

source: the himalayan times,23 march 2016 -- Nepal is a country you really have to come and visit: Prince HarryExtending his five-day Nepal visit by six more days, Prince Harry of the United Kingdom has called upon people f ...[more]...

Prince Harry arrives in Bardiya

Visiting UK Prince Harry arrived in Bardiya on Monday morning for the sight seeking of Bardiya National Park. After his arrival in the national park, Prince Harry enjoyed a rafting for almost 40 minutes in local Khauriya River. ...[more]...

Visit Nepal; Nepal is open for business: Prince Harry

Visiting British Prince Henry Charles Albert David 'Harry' has urged all those people around the world who want to help Nepal that this is a country open for business. "So please come and visit again," he added. ...[more]...

Prince Harry to visit Pokhara

Prince Harry, who is on a five-day visit to Nepal, is scheduled to visit Lamjung and Pokhara via helicopter on March 21. During his stay in Pokhara, Prince Harry will meet family members of Gurkha Army personnel. He will observe G ...[more]...

Himalayan Airlines welcomes new Airbus

Himalayan Airlines, a Nepal-China joint venture, on Wednesday welcomed its first Airbus amid a special ceremony in Kathmandu. The new aircraft, with the registration number 9N-ALM, had landed at the Tribhuvan International Airport ...[more]...

Tourism sector on road to recovery

After a dismal period that threatened to push the tourism sector to the brink of collapse, hotel entrepreneurs can finally breathe a sigh of relief, as the sector may be on the way to recovery. According to the Hotel Association N ...[more]...

Prince Harry's itinerary includes trekking, watching sunrise, rafting

Prince Harry will engage in various activities including observing earthquake recovery work during his visit to Nepal from March 19-23.He will also interact with Gurkha families, enjoy rafting, watch sunrise over the Himalayas, and visit heritag ...[more]...

Govt preparing to amend National Parks and Wildlife Act

The government is making preparations to amend the National Parks and Wildlife Act-1973 to allow the general public to keep and breed certain species of wild animals. An official at the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Co ...[more]...

US lifts Nepal travel warning

The US Department of State on Monday cancelled its travel warning for Nepal. The travel warning was issued on October 8 last year citing geological instability following the earthquake and the monsoon season, unrest in the Tarai r ...[more]...

Govt extends 2015 spring climbing permits by two years

A day before the spring climbing season begins in the country, the government decided to extend the climbing permits of 103 different expeditions by two more years, waiving the permit fee for all 801 world climbers who had abandoned their expedi ...[more]...

Domestic airfare slashed by as much as 18.31 percent

Within hours of the Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) reducing the Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF) price, domestic airlines have slashed airfare by as much as 18.31 percent effective from Thursday. A meeting of the Airlines Operators Associ ...[more]...

Proposal to extend validity of climbing permits stuck in finance ministry

The government's failure to take decision on a proposal to extend climbing permit of mountaineers, who abandoned their expedition last spring because of the devastating earthquake, could hit the expedition business this spring, according to ...[more]...

Nine lakes on Ramsar list

Pokhara: The government of Nepal has recently listed nine more lakes in Kaski district under the Ramsar Convention. The lakes are located in Pokhara and Lekhnath.Pokhara Valley Lake Protection Committee and District Development Committee ...[more]...

Nagma crowned 3rd runner-up at World Miss University 2016

Nagma Shrestha, Miss Nepal Earth 2012, has been crowned the third runner-up and Miss Fitness in the 27th World Miss University 2016 held in Beijing of China on Wednesday. Shrestha is also a goodwill ambassador of Child Reach Nepal ...[more]...

Number of trekkers down only 6 percent in 2015

Though total tourist arrivals fell by 30 percent in 2015 mainly due to earthquake, Tarai unrest and Indian blockade, number of trekkers during the period fell by only 6.05 percent compared to figures of 2014. Data compiled by Nepa ...[more]...

Entrepreneurs hopeful of better tourism prospects in 2016

The number of Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) cards issued by Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) fell by a marginal 7.61 per cent to 71,300 in 2015 — a tumultuous year for tourism, which was affected ...[more]...

Domestic airfares cut slightly

A meeting of Airline Operators Association of Nepal (AOAN) held today has decided to slightly cut fare for all sectors, after adjusting fuel surcharge.The reduced fare will be effective from Wednesday for all flights on trunk routes like Kathman ...[more]...

Tourism ministry told to immediately start construction of second international airport

A parliamentary committee has directed the government to start construction of second international airport at Nijgadh of Bara as soon as possible. The International Labor Relations Committee has issued directives to the Ministry ...[more]...

Nepal wins Best Decoration Award at Travel and Tourism Fair (TTF)

Nepal's stall has received 'Best Decoration Award' at Travel and Tourism Fair (TTF) held at Bengaluru, India from January 15 to 17. Issuing a statement, Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) said Rajiv Agrawal, joint managing dire ...[more]...

Permit extension to benefit 801 climbers

Mountaineers who had abandoned expeditions in the last spring season following the devastating April earthquake are set to get their climbing permits extended for two more years, according to a high-level official at the Ministry of Culture, Tou ...[more]...

Visitor numbers in 2015 not so low but tourism suffered

A total of 554,747 people visited Nepal in the year 2015, according to data from the Department of Immigration (DoI). The data does not include figures from the Tatopani border since the April earthquake as the entry point was totally damaged. ...[more]...

Govt to waive visa fee for Chinese tourists for five months

In its attempt to attract more Chinese visitors to Nepal, the government has decided to waive visa fee for Chinese tourists for a maximum of five months. Issuing a press statement Sunday, the Ministry of Home Affairs said that Chi ...[more]...

Nepal has formally implemented the on-arrival visa fee-free policy for Chinese tourists

The first batch of the Chinese mainland tourists received the free on-arrival travel visa at the Consulate General of Nepal in Lhasa in southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region, on January 1.The new policy is only applicable to tourist vi ...[more]...

Nepal placed on top of 10 must-see countries

Nepal has been placed at the number one spot in the list of 10 countries to visit this year by UK-based Rough Guides, one of the leading travel publishers in the world. “With varied landscapes—from the Himalayas to jun ...[more]...

Supreme Court allows NMA to issue climbing permits for 33 peaks

The Supreme Court on Sunday said that the Nepal Mountaineering Association could issue climbing permits to world mountaineers for expedition on 33 mountains of the country. After a discussion with the government attorneys, officia ...[more]...

A forgettable year for tourism ?

Uncrowded tourist destinations, empty hotel rooms, fewer trekkers and mountaineers, and less hustle and bustle at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA). These things describe how the year 2015 was for Nepali tourism industry. Even ...[more]...

Thamel to stay open round the clock from New Year's Eve

The partygoers and tourists are in for a major treat this New Year with the prime tourist hub in the Kathmandu Valley to remain open 24 hours a day. Thamel will now remain open 24 hours a day beginning from coming New Year’ ...[more]...

Nepal waives visa fee for Chinese tourists

The government has decided to waive off visa fee for Chinese nationals with the objective of bringing more tourists from the northern neighbor to Nepal.The decision will come into effect from January, 2016. Dinesh Kumar Thapaliya, ...[more]...

Honey Guide Apps Your guide to a convenient trekking experience in Nepal

Whether you're heading for Annapurna, Everest or Ghorepani, wouldn't you love your phone giving you an early warning about the possible avalanche ahead or a Snow Leopard crossing? And not only that, HoneyGuide, a complete tour-guide app, ...[more]...

Sauraha, Pokhara announce different programs to woo domestic tourists

Tourism entrepreneurs of two major tourist destinations -- Chitwan and Pokhara -- are organizing different programs on the occasion of Christmas and New Year to attract domestic tourists. They have been organizing various programs ...[more]...

Nepal in Nat Geo's Cool List amid tourism gloom

A drop in hotel bookings, empty airplane seats and fewer trekkers are what Nepal has experienced since the April 25 earthquake and subsequent trade embargo by India that has led to massive losses in the tourism industry this year. ...[more]...

Rafting competition to promote adventure tourism

Nepal Association of Rafting Agents (NARA) is organising the 14th Himalayan White Water Challenge Competition starting from November 27 for the promotion of adventure tourism in Nepal. NARA shared that continuity has been given to ...[more]...

Tourism minister for buying more planes

Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Ananda Prasad Pokharel on Friday said it is important for Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) to expand fleet as air service is vital for land-locked country like Nepal. Stating that t ...[more]...

Five-star hotels turn to firewood as LP gas gets scarce

Five-star hotels in Kathmandu have started using firewood or induction heater to continue operation after supply of LP gas - a popular cooking fuel - worsened. These hotels, which had earlier downsized their menu, were forced to u ...[more]...

Number of domestic tourists visiting Mustang increasing

At a time when foreign tourist flow has reportedly declined, following devastating April 25 earthquakes and frequent agitations in Nepal, Mustang is not likely to suffer from this incident with the flow of domestic tourists increasing in the tou ...[more]...

Popular Ghorepani-Poonhil trek route upgraded

Hotel and tourism entrepreneurs of Ghorepani have come together to upgrade the popular trekking route of Ghorepani-Poonhil. In the past three years, more than Rs. 7 million has been spent in improving the condition of the trekking ...[more]...

Domestic air passenger traffic growth dips in H1

Domestic air passenger traffic growth dropped 5.48 percent to 668,740 in the first six months of 2015, largely due to higher airfares and winter fog during the January-February period. Airline officials have cited the April 25 earthquake that af ...[more]...

Domestic airlines to halve flights as fuel crisis bites

As the aviation fuel shortage worsens, domestic airlines have decided to cancel more than half of their scheduled flights on Sunday, entirely cutting air connectivity with the Eastern Tarai belt. Except flights to Nepalgunj, Dhangadhi, Bhairahaw ...[more]...

International airlines losing revenue, goodwill in Nepal

As the fuel crisis worsens with the ongoing obstruction at the Nepal-India border points, international airlines operating in Nepal today said they were facing a hard time continuing their operation in the country due to lack of aviation turbine ...[more]...

Nepal is beautiful, safe, say foreign tourists

The tourists visiting Nepal in the aftermath of the massive earthquake have opined that Nepal’s pristine beauty has remained intact while the tourist destinations are safe for travel. Australian photographer Beniji Santa Mar ...[more]...

Tourism in dire straits, say entrepreneurs

Tourism entrepreneurs on Monday said the tourism industry was in dire straits due to the protracted Madhes agitation and no let up in the ‘unofficial trade embargo’ imposed by the Indian government. Speakers at an inte ...[more]...

Pokhara wears deserted look in peak tourist season

Lakeside area of Pokhara is wearing a deserted look in this peak tourist season. Though many foreign tourists canceled their trips because of negative media coverage of April 25 earthquake and undeclared economic blockade by India ...[more]...

Government working to amend Tourism Act

The government is planning to amend the Tourism Act 1978 and update it to meet the current needs of the tourism industry. Speaking at the 37th annual general meeting (AGM) of the Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN), Dine ...[more]...

Hotels cut services to deal with fuel shortage

If you visit Kathmandu Guest House, one of the oldest hotels in Thamel, for lunch, all you can order are sandwich and salad. The three-star hotel, which used to serve a range of dishes from Continental and Chinese to Indian during ...[more]...

10:55 am of Oct 22 is most auspicious time for Dashain Tika

The Nepal Panchanga Nirnayak Samiti has determined 10:55 am of October 22 as the most auspicious time for receiving the Badadashain Tika. According to the Samiti, the auspicious time for Gatasthapana, the first day of the 10-day c ...[more]...

40pc of hotels, restaurants shut

Hotels and restaurants in the Capital are facing difficulties to provide cooked food to customers, with some even having to shut operations, owing to the present shortage of cooking gas.Following India’s unofficial trade blockade on Nepal, ...[more]...

Nepal stall at JATA Expo attracts steady flow of visitors

Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) had participated in the JATA Tourism Expo Japan 2015 held at Tokyo International Exhibition Centre from September 24 to 27. Over 150 countries from the region and all over the world had participated in this edition of t ...[more]...

Bookings for bus tickets likely to open October start

The Department of Transport Management (DoTM) has begun to get ready for the annual Dashain travel rush and is likely to open advance bookings for bus tickets in the first week of October. The department has prepared an action pla ...[more]...

Travel buyers interested in knowing status of Nepal

PATA Travel Mart: Nepal’s participation helping boost confidence among travel buyers and sellers BENGALURU, Sept 8: Travel and trade entrepreneurs have been able to find new buyers not only from India but from acros ...[more]...

Nepal hopes for more Indian tourists for rapid recovery

BANGALORE: Only a third of a total 30,000 seats a week under an air service agreement with India is available due to the limited number of flights between Nepal and India. Tourism entrepreneurs say that gap needs to be cut airlines to help Nepal ...[more]...

Continuous strikes have hit tourism sector

Pokhara: At a time when the tourism sector was gradually reviving after the massive April tremor and subsequent powerful aftershocks, it has been further hit by continuous strikes and curfews in various parts of the country. Pokha ...[more]...

'Super deluxe' buses to ply Pokhara-Kathmandu route

A transport entrepreneur in Pokhara has launched “super deluxe” buses in order provide better services to passengers. According to Keshav Prasad Adhikari of Jagadamba Travels, two such vehicles were imported from India’s ...[more]...

NAC's Kathmandu-Bangalore service resuming from today

Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) is resuming its Kathmandu-Banglore sector service from tomorrow after a gap of almost a decade. The national flag carrier will be flying to Banglore with the promotional one-way fare of Rs 10,092, including taxes ...[more]...

New logo, slogan launched for tourism recovery

To convey the message that Nepali is open for business and is ready to welcome tourist in autumn, National Tourism Promotion Committee (NTPC) has unveiled a new promotional logo and slogan 'NEPAL: BACK ON TOP OF THE WORLD'. ...[more]...

Japanese climber first to attempt Everest after quake

10 teams receive permits for different peaks Japanese mountaineer Nobokazu Kuriki, 33, is attempting to become the first summiteer to climb Mt Everest this year. This is the first Everest p ...[more]...

Kathmandu among cities where liveability has improved the most

Agence France Presse liveability reportLondon, August 18 Kathmandu is among the 10 cities where liveability has improved the most in the last five years, according to a respected British study publ ...[more]...

Nepal sees 1,635 trekkers after the earthquake

Even though the number of foreign tourists has gone down drastically after the devastating earthquake of April 25, adventure lovers are still enjoying trekking in the mountains of Nepal. Altogether 1,635 foreign tourists enjoyed t ...[more]...

UK diplomats trek to promote Nepal's tourism

With an aim to promote Nepal’s tourism, which is staggering in the wake of the April 25 earthquake, top British diplomats stationed in Nepal on Saturday embarked on a trekking in the Annapurna region. British Ambassador to N ...[more]...

Tourist length of stay down to 5-year low in 2014

Average length of stay of foreign tourists in Nepal dropped to five-year low of 12.44 days in 2014. Statistics compiled by Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation shows tourists' length of stay decreased by 1.29 percen ...[more]...

Naturally Nepal needs tourists now more than ever, says Peter Athans

In the wake of the devastating April 25 earthquake and its subsequent aftershocks, one of the world’s foremost high-altitude mountaineers Saturday appealed to foreign visitors to come to Nepal as the country was in need of tourists now mor ...[more]...

Qatar Airways promotional sale in Nepal

Qatar Airways has announced a seven-day promotional sale in Nepal, reinforcing its commitment to its valued customers. Travellers can now book tickets in advance, enjoy the special rate benefits and save up to 30 per cent during this exciting sa ...[more]...

Domestic airline operators cut fuel surcharge, airfares slashed

Domestic airline operators have decided to cut the airfare by adjusting the fuel surcharge in line with the decline in the price of aviation fuel. Airlines Operators Association of Nepal (AOAN), today, took a decision to slash fuel surcharge by ...[more]...

Nepal's Gadhimai temple 'bans mass animal slaughter'

Agence France Presse In a victory for activists, Nepali temple authorities said Tuesday they would end a centuries-old Hindu tradition of mass animal slaughter that attracts hundreds of thousands of worshippers. Th ...[more]...

Occupancy rate of international airline companies down

The impact of the devastating earthquake of April 25 and the recent row on free visa and ticket provision have adversely affected the flow of air passengers. The Board of Airlines Representatives in Nepal (BARN) said that international airlines ...[more]...

Foreign airlines fly high in Nepali skies

Domestic airlines saw a 6 percent drop in passenger traffic, but foreign carriers connecting Nepal recorded a double-digit growth of 11.82 percent in 2014. This marks the 12th consecutive years of growth for international airlines ...[more]...

I/NGOs offering jobs to tourists face action

The government has decided to take action against national and international non-governmental organisations that illegally offer jobs to foreigners entering here on a tourist visa. A circular has been sent to the concerned ministr ...[more]...

Airlines in descent due to high airfares, slump

Nepal’s domestic air passenger movement continued to shrink for three straight years, dropping 6 percent in 2014, as high fares, bad weather conditions and a slowed economy dented demand, according to the data of Tribhuvan International Ai ...[more]...

Most villages on Everest trail unaffected by quake: Report

A report prepared on the basis of structural, geotechnical earthquake damage and trekking safety assessment has concluded that most of the villages on the Everest Base Camp trail do not appear to have been affected by landslide hazards. ...[more]...

Pata to hold travel mart, bloggers meet

Pacific Asia Travel Association (Pata) Nepal Chapter on Wednesday announced two major international conferences, namely Himalayan Travel Mart 2016 and Bloggers Conference 2015, to be held in Kathmandu in a bid to revive the tourism industry thro ...[more]...

KMC to create more open spaces in Kathmandu

The Kathmandu Metropolitan City is all set to create more open spaces for the safety of people during disasters. At present, there are 83 open spaces in Kathmandu which the metropolis said were not enough for temporary settlement ...[more]...

Govt allocates Rs 91 billion for reconstruction drive

The government has allocated a total of Rs 91 billion to kickstart its reconstruction drive from next fiscal year. It has set a target to complete reconstruction works within the next five years, under the slogan ‘after Earthquake: ’ ...[more]...

Nepal in Lonely Planet's best travel destinations

Nepal has been included in the top list of the best places to travel this October by the world’s leading travel guide Lonely Planet. “Everyone has seen the news reports from the April 25 earthquake in Nepal , but most ...[more]...

Lonely planet recommends trekking in Annapurna

Popular travel guidebook Lonely Planet has included Annapurna Region in the list of 'Best Places to Travel in October 2015'. Entrepreneurs say this is good news for the tourism industry in Nepal as the earthquake-stricken ...[more]...

Five-star hotels record 61pc average occupancy in 2014

Five-star hotels recorded an average occupancy of 61 percent last year, up from 58.85 percent in the previous year. According to Tourism Ministry statistics, out of 523,453 room nights produced by the luxury hotels, 319,284 were s ...[more]...

Chinese tourists expected to return to Nepal in Aug

“You go first, and we’ll follow.” This is what Chinese travellers say to tour and travel operators selling Nepal packages. Although, the Chinese government has not restricted its citizens from travelling to Nep ...[more]...

27th Rafting Festival on July 11

The Nepal Association of Rafting Agents (NARA) is going to organize the 27th Rafting Festival on July 11 in the Trishuli River. Organizing a press conference here today, President of NARA Chandra Bahadur Dahal shared that the fest ...[more]...

Social media campaign to woo visitors

As Nepal picks up the pieces and rebuilds, the narrative is changing on the ever growing social media. Once filled with calls for donations to Nepal through fundraising sites, the digital platform is now abuzz with appeals urging people to visit ...[more]...

KMC uses app to locate heritage

Disaster Reporting, an app developed to collect disaster-related information, has been used by the Kathmandu Metropolitan City to collect information on culturally significant buildings in Kathmandu . According to Srijhu Pradhan, ...[more]...

Foreign Ministry directs embassies to encourage foreigners to visit Nepal

"Campaigning with the slogan Nepal is safe for tourists" In a bid to promote Nepali tourism in the post-earthquake scenario, all Nepali embassies and diplomatic missions have been directed to launch campaigns to ...[more]...

Tourism industry demands tax cuts to boost recovery

The National Tourism Promotion Committee, which is chaired by Tourism Minister Kripasur Sherpa, has taken a number of measures to revive Nepal’s tourism which hit rock bottom after the earthquake. The 36-member high-level co ...[more]...

Bid to revive tourism gains momentum

A high-level national committee led by Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Kripasur Sherpa has decided to bring country’s tourism industry back on track. “National tourism promotion committee has taken sig ...[more]...

Foreigners with non-tourist visa flood country

The government has allowed nearly 3,000 foreigners, 60 per cent from China, to work in different sectors, while the international non-governmental organisations offered lucrative jobs to over 166 third-country nationals, who arrived here along w ...[more]...

UNECSO takes monuments out from 'In Danger List'

UNESCO has voted not to include Seven Protected Monument Zones of the Kathmandu Valley World Heritage Property damaged by devastating quake of April 25 in its ‘In Danger List. The decision was made during the 39th session of ...[more]...

Pokhara tourism promotion in China, India

POKHARA, JUL 05 - In a bid to boost tourist arrivals, tourism entrepreneurs in Pokhara have launched a campaign to promote of the popular tourist city in India and China. The entrepreneurs are planning to conduct two campaigns -- “Chaliye ...[more]...

Experts say Nepal tourism will need time to recover

Nepal tourism will need time to recover from the direct hit it took from the April 25 earthquake, travel traders said. The tourism industry has been hard at work staving off negative publicity and trying to convince potential trav ...[more]...

Nepal tourism year campaigns to assure visitors: PDNA report

The Post-Disaster Needs Assessment report has urged the government to announce 2017 and 2018 as Visit Nepal Year to assure visitors that reconstruction and rehabilitation will be completed by then. The comprehensive report recently prepared by t ...[more]...

Pata urges visa-free travel policy

Nepal should waive visa fees or introduce a visa-free travel policy for selected tourism generating countries for a certain time as it attempts to boost flagging visitor numbers, the Pacific Asia Travel Association (Pata) has suggested. ...[more]...

Govt, pvt sector issue 51-point declaration for tourism recovery

POKHARA, June 22: Government and tourism stakeholders on Monday announced number of schemes, including discount on trekking permit fees, in an attempt to revive quake-hit tourism industry. The 51-point declaration issued on Monday ...[more]...

Tourism promotional campaign in Phuket, Thailand

The Nepali Embassy in Bangkok held an event in Phuket of Thailand under its campaign to help promote tourism in the Nepal under the slogan - 'Nepal is Safe: Visit, Enjoy and Help Nepal.' Organizing a program in the popular ...[more]...

Bringing the tourists back

Government preparing action plan for tourism recovery 'Naturally Nepal, Once is Not Enough!' has remained slogan of Nepali tourism since 2006. Though the slogan is catchy and carries Nepali tourism's ...[more]...

MoCTCA seeks funds for safety audit of tourist sites

The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) has said it does not have the required funds to conduct safety audit of tourist sites following the devastating earthquake of April 25 and subsequent powerful aftershocks. ...[more]...

Airlines launch fare war in bid to fill empty seats

Domestic airlines have launched an air fare war in a bid to lure passengers as they have had to fly with rows of empty seats. Faced with shrinking occupancy on the Nepalgunj and Bhairahawa sectors, the carriers are offering discounts and promoti ...[more]...

Nepal could lose 'over 300k' visitors this year

Nepal could lose more than 300,000 tourists this year as a result of the April 25 earthquake and its aftershocks which forced mass departure of tourists and prompted many to change their travel plans. Tourism Ministry spokesman Mo ...[more]...

Govt requesting embassies to remove negative travel advisories

After the earthquake, many countries updated their travel advisories to Nepal, warning their citizens to not travel to Nepal unless essential, saying that aftershocks still persist and that there has been huge damage to building and infrastructu ...[more]...

China says Mount Everest shifted 3 cm southwest due to Nepal earthquake

Agence France Presse BEIJING: The world’s tallest peak, Mount Everest, moved three centimetres (1.2 inches) to the southwest because of the Nepal earthquake that devastated the country in April, Chinese state media reported ...[more]...

Is Nepal ready to welcome tourists?

Shradha Pal We stumbled, fell, but now we are trying to get back on our feet. Everything is gradually crawling back to ‘normal’. It has to, though the fear of another shake looms. Perhaps the day when ...[more]...

Tourism Board begins hunt for new CEO

The Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) has begun hunting for a new chief executive officer (CEO) after being without a head for the past three and a half years. The key post is expected to be filled by July 17. The NTB has started the appo ...[more]...

Patan Durbar Square, closed after April 25 earthquake, opens for visitors today

Lalitpur Sub-Metropolitan City has decided to reopen Patan Durbar Square, listed in the UNESCO world heritage sites, for the public and tourists from tomorrow. The historical, archaeological and cultural structures seriously damag ...[more]...

Kathmandu in the list of world's top tourist destinations

At a time when the country is grappling with reconstruction challenges in the aftermath of the earthquakes, here is some good news for Nepal’s tourism sector.TripAdvisor.com, the world’s largest travel site, has included Kathmandu, t ...[more]...

India okays scheme for govt staff to travel to Nepal

Fulfilling a commitment made by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the SAARC summit held in Kathmandu in November, the Indian government has approved a proposal to allow more than two million government employees to travel to Nepal, Bhut ...[more]...

Quake inflicts loss of Rs 43.99 billion on tourism sector

Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) has said that the earthquake of April 25 and the aftershocks thereafter have inflicted loss of Rs 43.99 billion to the tourism sector. The ministry presented loss estimates, ...[more]...

India okays three new air routes

The Indian government has approved three new “bidirectional” cross-border air routes at Janakpur, Bhairahawa and Nepalgunj points. The air routes are envisaged to serve the proposed Second Internat-ional Airport (SIA) ...[more]...

Visit Lumbini exhibition

To promote tourism in post-earthquake scenario, tourism entrepreneurs of Siddharthanagar (Bhairahawa) are going to organise the photo exhibition of Buddhist sites in Nepal in Wat Saket Buddhist Shrine in Bangkok on Sunday. As per ...[more]...

Annapurna trekking route not affected by earthquake

LAMJUNG: Though the April 25 great earthquake and recurring aftershocks partially damaged some parts of Manang district, Annapurna Circuit, the world- famous trekking trail in northern Nepal has not suffered any damage. Devendra L ...[more]...

90 percent of Valley hotels declared safe to stay

Though many high-rises in Kathmandu Valley have been declared unfit for living, most of the hotels here have received green stickers from authorities, meaning they are safe to stay. Of the 30 hotels monitored so far by the Departm ...[more]...

Pokhara hotels unaffected by quake

Hotels and restaurants of Pokhara have not suffered any damage due to the earthquake of April 25. Tourism entrepreneurs of the lake city say all hotels, ranging from five-star to tourist standard, are safe. Bharat Raj Parajuli, pr ...[more]...

There is enough room to make tourists visit Nepal this autumn: Andrew Jones, vice-chairman, PATA

Andrew Jones is a vice-chairman of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (Pata). An experienced crisis management expert, he has worked as a key person in various countries that have suffered disasters like the 2002 Bali bombing, 2004 Thailand tsu ...[more]...

Tourism entrepreneurs slash prices to revive arrivals

SAURAHA :  Tourism entrepreneurs in Sauraha have launched discount schemes in a bid to bring back tourists after arrivals took a plunge in the wake of the April 25 Great Quake. The highly popular jungle safari destination in ...[more]...

Lesson of the earthquake: Remodelling Kathmandu

"The new planning must encourage compact and higher densities; and facilitating public transportation and walking options. Specific architectural styles and street pattern should highlight the importance of diversity and mix that reflec ...[more]...

Some heritage sites of Kathmandu valley to open from June 15

The government is opening heritage sites in Kathmandu for tourists from June 15. According to Tourism Recovery Committee (TRC), the meeting of the TRC with joint secretaries of the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation ( ...[more]...

Everest Hotel gets red sticker

The government on Tuesday pasted red sticker on The Everest Hotel building after it was found to sustain major cracks following April 25 earthquake. A team comprising Senior Divisional Engineer Department of Urban Development and ...[more]...

Hollywood actress Susan urges tourists to visit Nepal

Oscar-winning Hollywood actress Susan Sarandon is urging tourists to come to Nepal, where two powerful earthquakes in the last month killed thousands of people and raised concerns that the nation's vital tourism industry could be seriously h ...[more]...

Damaged heritage sites continue to attract visitors

With life gradually returning to normal after the devastating earthquake almost a month ago on April 25 and a major aftershock on May 12 in the Kathmandu Valley, cultural heritage sites too have started seeing visitors — foreign as well as ...[more]...

Domestic airlines reduce flights by half

Domestic airlines have reduced number of flights by up to 50 percent, citing drop in number of passengers following the earthquake of April 25. Officials of domestic airlines said they had to reduce number of flights as the number ...[more]...

NTB deposits Rs 100m as seed money in Tourism Recovery Fund

For restoration of the monuments, cultural heritage and other tourism infrastructures that suffered damages in the devastating earthquake of April 25, the Tourism Recovery Committee (TRC) led by the director general of Department of Tourism had ...[more]...

Panel to study quake's impact on tourism

In a bid to study the impact of the April 25 Great Earthquake on the country’s tourism, the Tourism Recovery Committee (TRC) has been formed under the chairmanship of Tulsi Prasad Gautam, director general at the Department of Tourism (DoT) ...[more]...

Reviving tourism is high priority- PM Koirala

Prime Minister Sushil Koirala has said that the government has given high priority to the tourism sector as it is the foundation of nation development. While receiving the relief assistance provided by the Hotel Association Nepal ...[more]...

Nepal moves up 10 spots to 102nd position-Travel and tourism competitiveness 2015

Nepal moved up ten spots to the 102nd position in terms of travel and tourism competitiveness, largely due to the purchasing power parity of tourists becoming a key factor in attracting tourists, according to the Travel and Tourism Competitivene ...[more]...

Lumbini, untouched by quake, keen to greet guests

Informing that no temple or monument has been affected in Lumbini region, the birthplace of Lord Buddha, in the devastating April 25 earthquake, the Lumbini Development Trust (LDT) called tourists to continue their visit to the holy site. ...[more]...

Patan Durbar Square limping back to normalcy

Patan Durbar Square , which used to be a major tourist hub, now wears a deserted look. Most of the ancient temples and structures of the historical town turned into rubble after the catastrophic earthquake of April 25. Police have prohibited mov ...[more]...

Tourism envisions rebound plan after deadly quake

The devastating earthquake of April 25 has left the country’s fragile infrastructure in ruins, its popular trekking trails scarred by landslides and iconic World Heritage Sites in tatters. In just one short week, almost all the foreign sig ...[more]...

Starting from scratch: Determined to rebuild from the rubbles

An earthquake could hit Kathmandu anytime. That much was certain. Such a quake could reduce most of the cultural heritage sites into debris. That was also another known fact. And true to that expectation, the centuries-old world heritage address ...[more]...

Rising from the rubbles: The three Durbar Squares of the Valley

This earthquake has not only resulted in loss of human lives but a loss of culture as well. Nepal had to witness its centuries- old heritages shatter in matter of seconds. Thus of late, the internationally recognized monuments have become a matt ...[more]...

Post-quake renovation works begin at Patan

The authorities have initiated the renovation of the collapsed structures at Patan Durbar Square from Tuesday. Local volunteers and Durbar Square staffers have begun the renovation of the Mahadev Temple that was partially destroye ...[more]...

Everest expeditions called off this year too

The Everest expeditions for this year have been cancelled too, following the avalanches triggered by the Great Earthquake, which killed 19 climbers, including high-altitude guides and helpers at Base Camp and the Khumbu Icefall, on April 25. A n ...[more]...

80 percent tourists cancel reservations in quake's wake

Hoteliers have reported that 80 percent of “spring breakers” have cancelled their reservations after a 7.9 magnitude earthquake rattled the country on April 25, causing widespread devastation. The future of Nepal’s high-end tou ...[more]...

Entrepreneurs ask tourists to continue Nepal visit in wake of quake

Tourism entrepreneurs have called foreign tourists not to change their plan of visiting Nepal, in wake of the devastating April 25 earthquake. Issuing a press release, the Nepal Association of Tour Operators (NATO) said, “Th ...[more]...

TICC established

Department of Tourism, under the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation has started an initiative to gather information about tourists who have gone missing, are dead or injured in the devastating earthquake and the avalanche in the Him ...[more]...

Chariot procession begins for 12 year Rato Machhindranath fair

Lalitpur:  The chariot procession of the Rato Machhindranath festival that is observed once in 12 years kicked off on Wednesday at Bungamati in Lalitpur. Rato Machhindranath is worshipped as the god rain and good harvest by b ...[more]...

Government to set up mountain tourism workers welfare fund

The government is to establish a welfare fund targeting mountaineering tourism workers. Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation has decided to set up the Mountain Tourism Workers' Fund in commemoration of those Nepali ...[more]...

Evana Manandhar crowned Miss Nepal 2015

Evana Manandhar was crowned the Fanta Miss Nepal World 2014 in a gala grand finale of the national beauty pageant organised by Hidden Treasure at Hotel Annapurna on Saturday. Manandhar was selected among 19 finalists. She also cla ...[more]...

Swelling tourism draws investors to Sauraha

NARAYANGADH:Shambhu Prasad Mali of Bachhyauli who used to operate a hotel in rented property has built his own hotel at a cost of Rs140 million. The Hotel Royal Safari in Sauraha contains 38 air conditioned rooms and a conference ...[more]...

Pokhara gets 15 new paragliding companies

Pokhara: Fifteen new paragliding companies have received permission to start services in Pokhara in the last three months. With the increase in the number of Chinese tourist who go for paragliding, tourism entrepreneurs have been increasingly in ...[more]...

Tourism board calls emergency meeting today

As its senior officials as well as a few board members were suspended due to the graft case filed against them yesterday by the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) at the Special Court, Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) is goin ...[more]...

Durbarmarg to open 24 hours

Durbarmarg, the heart of Kathmandu metropolis and a major business hub, is all set to open for 24 hours starting the Nepali New Year day on April 14 and the Thamel area will follow suit the following month, authorities concerned said. ...[more]...

Sichuan Airlines starts daily flights to Kathmandu

Chinese carrier Sichuan Airlines has started daily flights on Chengdu-Kathmandu-Chengdu route via Lhasa from Wednesday.The airlines conducted had operated test flight on the route as per the rule of the Chinese government on Tuesday. ...[more]...

Nepal tourism generated 487k direct jobs in 2014

Nepal’s travel and tourism sector directly generated 487,500 jobs last year representing 3.5 percent of the total employment in the country, the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) said. This figure is estimated to grow ...[more]...

Govt partners with IFC to develop greater Pokhara region

The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) and International Finance Corporation (IFC) — the private sector wing of the World Bank Group - have joined hands to promote Greater Pokhara Region (GPR) as part of implementatio ...[more]...

Kathmandu in TripAdvisor's top destinations list

At a time when tourist arrival is decreasing, here is good news for Nepali tourism industry. TripAdvisor, world's largest travel site, has listed Kathmandu in the list of 25 destinations in its 'Travelers' Choice Desti ...[more]...

Tourism sector generated 487,000 jobs in 2014- Report

Nepal's tourism sector is providing 3.5 percent of the total employment in the country, directly providing 487,000 jobs in 2014, according to a research report published by World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) and research partner Oxford ...[more]...

New religious structures add to Lumbini's appeal as pilgrimage site

LUMBINI: A dozer was clearing a plot of land in Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha, on Saturday afternoon. The preparation was for the construction of a sanctuary in the shape of a lotus flower on the eastern part of the Monastic Zone in Lum ...[more]...

TIMS card made mandatory of all trekking areas

Foreigners will now have to take Trekking Information Management System (TIMS) cards to trek in all trekking areas of the country. A new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for implementation of TIMS signed between Nepal Tourism Boa ...[more]...

Nepal participates at tourism expo in Moscow

Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) along with five private travel companies participated in the 22nd Moscow International Travel and Tourism Exhibition (MITT) held at Expocenter Fairgrounds, Moscow, from March 18-21.According to the participating Nepali ...[more]...

Individual Everest permits also extended for 5 years

The government has made amendment to Mountaineering Regulations, allowing mountaineers, who took individual permits to climb Mt Everest in spring last year, to use the permit over the next five years. Earlier, the government had e ...[more]...

Five-year tourism master plan prepared

MUSTANG: Mustang District Development Committee has prepared a five-year tourism master plan. The master plan has been charted out to increase inflow of domestic and foreign tourists to Mustang by two-fold.Program Officer at Distr ...[more]...

Durbarmarg, Thamel to open round-the-clock

The local administration, that had clamped restriction on nightlife business citing security reason, is now planning to give permission to run business at major touristic and commercial hubs of the capital round-the-clock. The Dis ...[more]...

Tourist arrivals by air slip 0.3 percent

Tourist arrivals by air to Nepal dropped 0.3 percent to 585,981 in 2014 compared to 2013, largely due to reduced traveller movement from India and Europe, the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) said. This is the second consecutive drop aft ...[more]...

World's highest mountain facing feces problem

ASSOCIATED PRESS Human waste left by climbers on Mount Everest has become a problem that is causing pollution and threatening to spread disease on the world´s highest peak, the chief of Nepal´s mountaineering associat ...[more]...

More festive holidays

Governments come and governments go, but holidays, it seems, remain forever.The Ministry of Home Affairs published a new holiday calendar for the year 2072 BS in Gazette on Monday, giving continuity to tradition amid calls to readjust the number ...[more]...

Tourists from 120 countries trekked Annapurna Circuit in 2014

POKHARA: Tourists from 120 countries enjoyed the Annapurna Circuit Trek in 2014. Junu Pun, tourism assistant at Dharapani check post of Annapurna Conservation Area project (ACAP), said the popular trekking trail received visitors ...[more]...

Places to hang out in Kathmandu Valley

There seems to be no place in the Kathmandu Valley that hasn’t been breached upon by the ambitious will of a domestic adventurer: That funky restaurant? Oh no, you went there last time with your peeps. That cool place to hang out? Nah, wen ...[more]...

Pokhara hoteliers eye more Chinese tourists

Tourism entrepreneurs in Pokhara are redecorating their hotels in Chinese themes to attract more tourists from China. Not only that, they have also started appointing Chinese-speaking staffers and serving Chinese cuisines in their restaurants. ...[more]...

Flush tourists trigger growth of luxury hotels in Chitwan

CHITWAN: With an upsurge in the number of domestic and foreign tourists in Chitwan, many tourism entrepreneurs have shown interest in building top-class hotels and resorts in the district. Over the past one and a half years, Kasar ...[more]...

Turkish Airlines flying to three new destinations from March

Turkish Airlines is adding three international destinations -- Abuja (Federal Republic of Nigeria), Manila (Philippines) and Taipei -- in its network. "With existing services to 37 destinations in Africa, Turkish Airlines add ...[more]...

TAAN to organize Lhosar festival on Feb 17

Trekking Agencies´ Association of Nepal (TAAN) is celebrating ´TAAN Lhosar Festival´ in Thamel -- the tourist hotspot in Kathmandu Valley -- this year in a bid to promote Lhosar festival as a cultural tourism product. ...[more]...

NAC finally gets new aircraft for int'l air service

Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC), the national flag carrier, finally received a new aircraft for international air service, on Sunday. This has happened after 27 years and many hurdles along the way to add new planes to the NAC fleet. ...[more]...

New dreams for Miss Nepal 2015

It’s that time of the year again! The Hidden Treasure has announced its applications are open for the Miss Nepal 2015 Pageant. Chairman of the organization Gopal Kakshapati informed that the team will also hol ...[more]...

10 best momo places in Kathmandu

Momos are our go-to snack. It’s cheap, easily available and yummy. What more do you want? Here are some of the most delicious momo serving places in our list. In no particular order, these places should be visited at least once for mouthfu ...[more]...

Lack of information centre haunts tourists in Far-West

KAILALI: Tourists visiting the Far-Western region have been facing difficulties to get information due to lack of an information centre. The information about the religious, historical and naturally beautiful places, the tourists ...[more]...

Nepathya to perform in Oz

Nepal’s much loved folk rock band Nepathya is going on a musical tour to Australia in April on the occasion of the upcoming Nepali New Year. Myagdi Sewa Samiti Australia is organizing Nepathya Australia Tour 2015, and the ba ...[more]...

Four Pokhara hotels in TripAdvisor's top Nepali hotels list

Pokhara:Popular travel services rating website TripAdvisor has included four hotels in Pokhara in ´Nepal´s Top 10 Hotels´ list. Remaining six hotels in the list are from Kathmandu. According to the site, Shambali ...[more]...

Four countries issue travel alerts

Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States of America have advised their citizens to exercise high degree of caution while traveling to Nepal, citing increase in strikes in the periphery of deadline for making constitution on Ja ...[more]...

Malindo Air to fly to Nepal from Feb 6

Malaysia-based Malin-do Air is beginning scheduled-flights on Kuala Lumpur-Kathmandu sector from February 6. The airline has appointed Yeti Incentive Travels, a member of Yeti Group, as its general sales agent (GSA) in Nepal. ...[more]...

Sonam Lhochhar being marked with fanfare today

Sonam Lhochhar, a great festival of the Tamang community in Nepal, is being celebrated with fanfare and zeal across the country on Wednesday. During this festival, the houses and vicinity are kept clean, holy clothes hoisted and p ...[more]...

Jiri to be developed as green tourism city

DOLAKHA:  Widely popular as Nepal´s own ´Switzerland´ and also as the gateway to Mt. Everest, Jiri Valley will now be developed into a green tourism city. With an aim of preserving nature and greenery in Jir ...[more]...

Pokhara aspires to become international city

POKHARA: The initiative to develop Pokhara as an international city has picked up momentum. As many as ten formulas have been mooted by an all-party meeting to be coordinated by the regional office for the tourist city’s dev ...[more]...

Regent Airways starting Dhaka-Ktm flight from Feb 1

Regent Airways of Bangladesh is starting scheduled flights to Kathmandu from February 1. The Dhaka-based carrier has appointed Harvest Moon Travels &Tours as its general sales agent (GSA) for Nepal. Officials of ...[more]...

Thai hospitality chain Dusit to manage Hotel Annapurna

Bangkok-based hotel and resort chain Dusit Thani International will now manage Hotel Annapurna. The two parties on Thursday signed a management contract, under which the five-star property will be renamed as “The Dusit Thani ...[more]...

Momo Station investing Rs 500m to open 200 outlets

Momo Station has unveiled plan to invest Rs 500 million to open 200 momo outlets across the country.Resam Lama, CEO of Momo Station, said his company was opening a factory and three outlets within two months. Thereafter, the company will be addi ...[more]...

Two Nepali airlines among world's unsafest airlines

Two Nepali Airlines have been listed as the unsafest airlines in the world, according to the annual aviation survey report on air safety released by AirlineRatings.com. T ...[more]...

Govt to bring National Tourism Strategic Plan

The government is all set to launch the 10-year National Tourism Strategic Plan (NTSP) along with a five-year action plan to boost the tourism sector of the country by conducting the required reforms in policies, institutional changes and infras ...[more]...

Tourists visiting Lumbini up by 40.57 pc

BHAIRAHAWA : Number of tourists visiting Lumbini, the birth place of Lord Buddha, increased by 40.57 percent to 1.19 million in 2014. According to the data of Lumbini Development Fund (LDF), a total of 849,273 tourists had visited ...[more]...

International passenger movement through Nepal up by 12.73pc

The total number of international air passengers arriving and taking off from Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) increased by 12.73 percent over the first 10 months of 2014. According to the data of TIA, a total of 2.88 million ...[more]...

Investment booming in Pokhara hospitality

A group of four entrepreneurs, who have been operating Atithi Resort, a four-star property in Lakeside, Pokhara, is launching a high-end Italian restaurant this week. They have invested Rs 50 million in the restaurant that has a c ...[more]...

Domestic air pax number down

The number of domestic air passengers declined in the first nine months of 2014 due to various factors such as extended road network that has cut the travel time to many remote destinations. According to Tribhuvan International Ai ...[more]...

Tourist accommodation expands by 5,000 rooms

Rising travel demand prompted tourist standard hotels and lodges across the country to add more than 5,357 new rooms in the last fiscal year, revealed a survey entitled Economic Activities Report 2013-14 conducted by Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB). ...[more]...

SpiceJet cancels 50 flights to Kathmandu-With schedule

Indian budget airlines SpiceJet has cancelled 50 flights to Kathmandu for the month of December. The cash-strapped airlines has informed the cancellation of 1,861 internal flights too. As per the schedule, there should have been f ...[more]...

3 more foreign airlines plan to serve TIA from Jan

Three new international airlines are poised to serve Kathmandu ’s Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) from January. Malaysia-based Malindo Air, Dhaka-based Regent Airways and Chengdu-based Sichuan Airlines have applied for operation auth ...[more]...

Number of hotels, lodges up by 15 percent

The number of tourist standard hotels and lodges across the country increased to 1,792 in fiscal year 2013/14, up from 1,565 in 2012/13. According to the ´Economic Activities Study Report´ published recently by the Nep ...[more]...

Tourism Vision 2020-Where do we stand?

The government unveiled Tourism Vision 2020 in 2012 with the target of welcoming 2 million visitors and creating 1 million new jobs, among others, by 2020. The vision was launched right after the completion of Nepal Tourism Year 2011 campaign to ...[more]...

Nepal listed on ten coolest places to visit in 2015

Nepal has been listed as the top ten coolest countries in the world to visit in 2015 by the famous Forbes magazine based in the US. Nepal, a country with the most diverse topography with the highest peak in the world to tropical l ...[more]...

Hoteliers elated as Saarc Summit boosts occupancy

The 18th Saarc Summit has given much-needed boost to Kathmandu -based hotels, and the hoteliers are eying record-high occupancy this November. The summit programmes officially started on Saturday. The high occupancy has also boost ...[more]...

Hoteliers elated as Saarc Summit boosts occupancy

The 18th Saarc Summit has given much-needed boost to Kathmandu -based hotels, and the hoteliers are eying record-high occupancy this November. The summit programmes officially started on Saturday. The high occupancy has also boost ...[more]...

NTB has no info on tourist arrivals since July

KRITI BHUJU  It is very surprising to know that neither the Immigration Office at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) nor the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) maintain data of tourists visiting Nepal. The Nepal Tou ...[more]...

TAAN opens TIMS counter in Thamel

Trekking Agencies´ Association of Nepal (TAAN) has opened Trekkers´ Information Management System (TIMS) counter at Manang Plaza, Thamel. Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Suresh Man Shre ...[more]...

Raveena Tandon says she is here to promote Nepali culture, jewelry

Bollywood actress Raveena Tandon is in the capital on Tuesday as an ambassador to the Jewelry Fashion Show and Expo 2014 that starts from Wednesday. At a press meet organized by Nepal Gem and Jewelry Association (NGJA), Tandon sai ...[more]...

Bhaktapur sees tourist numbers rise 12.6pc

BHAKTAPUR : The tourist hub of Bhaktapur received 290,891 visitors last fiscal year, up 12.6 percent year-on-year. Officials said neighboring India and China accounted for the majority of the visitors. Tourist Information Center B ...[more]...

Festival of lights begins

Tihar , the five-day Hindu festival of lights, began from Tuesday. The festival, also known as Yamapanchak, is celebrated from Trayodashi of Kartik Krishna Paksha (13th day of the waning moon in the month of Kartik) to Dwitiya of ...[more]...

Kathmandu Guest House- A journey from budget to boutique hotel

SANGAM PRASAIN The legendary Kathmandu Guest House (KGH) in Thamel, the flagship of the KGH Group of Hotel s and Resorts, is shedding its budget hotel image. It now caters to a wider range of guests ranging from budget travellers to bouti ...[more]...

Chinese arrivals rising steadily

Nepal is seeing a steady a rise in the number of Chinese tourists this season. According to tourism entrepreneurs, more than 60 percent of total foreign tourists visiting the country, excluding Indians, are from China. ...[more]...

New Goma Air plane to begin flights next week

Goma Air on Saturday said that it will put its new 19-seater aircraft into service starting next week. The aircraft will serve the short take-off and landing (STOL) airfield, including tourist sectors like Lukla and Jomsom, with i ...[more]...

Foundation stone laid for 17-storey luxury hotel

Prime Minister Sushil Koirala on Saturday laid the foundation stone of the Sheraton Kathmandu Hotel, a new five-star luxury hotel to be constructed in the heart of the city. The Rs 8 billion, 17-storey luxury property promoted by Australian-base ...[more]...

Jazzmandu calling

Music aficionados get ready for the ‘biggest jazz party in the Himalayas’! The weeklong jazz festival will kick off from October 16 and bring jazz artists from all over the world to Kathmandu. Popular as Jazzmandu, thi ...[more]...

Sightseers throng Rara during Dashain break

The number of sightseers visiting Rara Lake during the Dashain holidays has increased significantly. Around 30-40 domestic and international tourists visit the biggest lake in the country over Karnali Highway daily. Youths from Su ...[more]...

Sightseers throng Rara during Dashain break

The number of sightseers visiting Rara Lake during the Dashain holidays has increased significantly. Around 30-40 domestic and international tourists visit the biggest lake in the country over Karnali Highway daily. Youths from Su ...[more]...

Bollywood actor Aamir Khan visits Kapilvastu

KAPILVASTU, Oct 8: Bollywood actor Aamir Khan visited Pakadi Health Post in Kapilvastu and attended an event organized by United Nation’s Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Wednesday. The actor, who arrived in Kathmandu on Tuesday, is in hi ...[more]...

Hotels report buoyant bookings

With the onset of the tourist season, bookings in hotels is on the rise. Gupta Giri, Front Office Manager of Shangrila Hotel, told Republica that the hotel has received almost hundred percent bookings for October and November. The ...[more]...

World Tourism Day marked with fanfare

Nepal marked the 35th World Tourism Day (WTD) under the global theme of “Tourism and Community Development”, focusing on the ability of tourism to empower people and provide them with skills to achieve change in their local communiti ...[more]...

Kathmandu hotels expect occupancy to rebound in Oct-Nov

SANGAM PRASAIN September has been a slow month for five-star hotels in Kathmandu largely due to a sharp fall in Chinese and Indian arrivals, but the outlook for October and November is much better, said industry watchers. H ...[more]...

HAN to hold general meeting in Bangkok

A 63-member delegation representing the hospitality sector led by BK Shrestha, president of the Hotel Association Nepal (HAN), is scheduled to depart for Bangkok, Thailand on Friday to hold its half-yearly general meeting. The ape ...[more]...

Nepali outbound surges, Thailand top destination

SANGAM PRASAIN Travel agencies selling outbound tour packages have reported a surge in bookings pointing to a rebound from last year’s slump thanks to rising disposable incomes among Nepalis. October-November ...[more]...

Air bookings cross 70pc before Dashain rush

Domestic airlines have reported a surge in bookings even as they brace for the Dashain travel rush when people return to their homes in hordes to celebrate the festival with their families. According to operators, reservations on ...[more]...

Chinese envoy says poor air links hindering tourism

Chinese Ambassador to Nepal Wu Chuntai on Wednesday said that the limited capacity of Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) and lack of other international airports in Nepal had stood as a major hindrance to increased air connectivity between Ne ...[more]...

Taan blasts union threat to send back tourists

The Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (Taan) on Monday condemned the All Nepal Revolutionary Tourism Workers’ Union (ANRTWU) for threatening to send back tourists handled by four particular travel agencies. The ANRTWU, ...[more]...

Pokhara paragliding companies fully booked for a week

POKHARA: Even though June-August is regarded as off-season for tourism business, paragliding companies in Pokhara are having hard time arranging flight for foreign tourists. According to paragliding operators, the number of Chines ...[more]...

Pokhara paragliding companies fully booked for a week

POKHARA: Even though June-August is regarded as off-season for tourism business, paragliding companies in Pokhara are having hard time arranging flight for foreign tourists. According to paragliding operators, the number of Chines ...[more]...

35245 tourists visit Khumbu area in last fiscal

SOLUKHUMBU: The number of tourists visiting the Khumbu area of Solukhumbu district has slightly gone down. A total of 35,245 tourists visited the Khumbu area in the fiscal year 2070-71 BS while it was 36,650 in the fiscal year 206 ...[more]...

Highest number of tourists visits CNP in fiscal year 2070-71 BS

RATNANAGAR,Chitwan: The highest number of tourists visited the Chitwan National Park (CNP) in the last fiscal year 2070-71 BS. A total of 173,000 domestic and foreign tourists visited the Chitwan National Park during the period, w ...[more]...

Paragliding pilots allowed to operate only three flights a day

Pokhara: Paragliding operators have fixed the number of flights that a pilot can fly in a day in a bid to minimize accidents. Officials of Aviation Sports Association Nepal (ASAN) said they have asked paragliding operators to allo ...[more]...

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan coming to Kathmandu

Kansai Paints Nepal is bringing Khan, the brand ambassador of Kansai Nerolac Paints, to Kathmandu in conjunction to a consumer scheme offer. According to the company, Khan will arrive in Kathmandu after Dashain festival. ...[more]...

Modi visit expected to bring more Indian tourists

With Indian tourist arrivals declining, the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has brought a ray of hope to tour and travel operators of Nepal as his visit endorsed Nepal as the ´best destination for cultural and religious visit& ...[more]...

Air routes to be expanded to link upcoming airports

Nepal and India will be reviewing their airspace agreement to provide more cross-border entry and exit points for airlines that will be serving the proposed Second International Airport (SIA) in Bara, Nijgadh and the regional international airpo ...[more]...

3 cities to be developed as world heritage sites

Experts have agreed on conserving and developing three sites: Tilarakot and Nigrodharam in Kapilvastu, and Ramgram of Nawalparasi that have historical significance pertaining to Lord Buddha, with a view to turning them into tourist destinations. ...[more]...

Nepal locations popular for foreign film shoots

At a time when many Nepali films are being shot in foreign lands, Nepal´s own natural beauty and rich cultural heritage have been attracting many foreign film and documentary makers to do their shooting here. Not only that, various televis ...[more]...

Nag Panchami being observed across the nation

Nag Panchami festival is being observed across the nation on Friday.The festival falls on the fifth day of the bright half of the Nepali month of Shrawan as per the lunar calendar. On the occasion, pictures of snakes containing ma ...[more]...

Pokhara gets 23 new hotels

SANTOSH POKHAREL Pokhara: Nearly two dozen hotels started operation in Pokhara in the past year. Tourism entrepreneurs have been increasing investment in the hospitality sector as tourist arrivals to lake city continue to p ...[more]...

Taan says government positive to ban on solo trekkers

The Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (Taan) has resumed lobbying for a ban on solo or free independent trekkers due to safety concerns, and this time the government has taken kindly to its proposal. Taan President Ramesh Dha ...[more]...

TAAN to fix qualification of guides, porters

The Trekking Agencies´ Association of Nepal (TAAN) is working to fix minimum qualification for guides and porters in its bid to enhance the quality of service provided to trekkers. According to TAAN President Ramesh Dhamala, ...[more]...

Private sector proposes two-tier board for NTB

The private sector has proposed two-tier board for Nepal Tourism Board (NTB)—NTB Council and NTB—in a bid to ensure its effective functioning, mobilisation of resources and supervision. As per the private sector’ ...[more]...

Minister Acharya admonishes tourism entrepreneurs

Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Bhim Acharya today came down heavily on the private sector, accusing the latter for its immature behaviour, which, he said, was ‘tarnishing the image of the country’s tourism industry& ...[more]...

Air passenger traffic down 7.76 percent

Domestic air passenger movements dropped 7.76 percent in the first three months of 2014. Fourteen domestic airlines, including helicopters, flew 332,853 passengers in the first quarter, or the airlines received 28,017 less travell ...[more]...

Department of Tourism on the cards

The government is all set to revive a powerful department to look after all tourism-related activities.The Department of Tourism (DoT) will be formed under the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Joint Secretary Mohan Krishna Sapkota said re ...[more]...

16 domestic carriers grounded

Sixteen domestic airlines, including the national flag carrier, will be grounded from Wednesday as the regulator did not renew their air operator certificates (AOC) on Tuesday—the deadline for AOC renewal. The Civil Aviation Aut ...[more]...

Indians and Chinese remain top tourists

Indians continued to visit Nepal in large numbers, making our southern neighbor the top source-country of tourists between mid-December 2012 and mid-December 2013, according to the Economic Survey 2013/14 unveiled Thursday. Indian tourists, who ha ...[more]...

Tourists spending declined by 1.25pc

Per day spending of tourists who visited Nepal during the period of mid-January 2013 to mid-January 2014 has come down. Tourists spent $34.49 a day on an average, which is a fall by 1.25 per cent compared to the corresponding period of last year. ...[more]...

Tourist arrivals by air drop in June

Tourist arrivals by air in June dropped by 0.30 percent to 41,137, according to the statistics released by Immigration Office, Tribhuvan International Airport. The South Asian market segment registered negative growth of 1.04 percent. ...[more]...

Tourist arrivals rise by 15.74 per cent

Tourist arrivals, via air, jumped by 15.74 per cent year-on-year in May, as the inflow of travellers from India, China, the US, the UK, Bangladesh and Australia went up. The country received 51,105 foreign visitors in May this year, a ...[more]...

Hoteliers seek meaningful tourism promotional programs

Hoteliers have sought result-oriented tourism promotional programs of national and international level from the government side. A delegation of Hotel Association of Nepal (HAN) on Wednesday met with Minister for Culture, Tourism and ...[more]...

Thamel to see first five-star hotel-commercial complex within two years

The face of Thamel, a backpackers’ hub, will change within the next two years, as the establishment of a five-star hotel and commercial complex on 14 ropanis (76,608 sq ft) of land is expected to increase the flow of high-end tourists in the ...[more]...

Hoteliers seek tax exemption for expansion in remote areas

Hoteliers have demanded construction of adequate infrastructures so as to be able to attract more tourists into the country. Forwarding its suggestions on the new budget to the Ministry of Finance (MoF), the Hotel Association Nepal (H ...[more]...

Trekking entrepreneurs seek budget to explore new routes

Trekking entrepreneurs have urged the government to include tourism as one of the priority sector in the upcoming budget and allocate sufficient funds for exploration of new destinations. Saying that most of the political parties have ...[more]...

Tourist length of stay hits four-year low in 2013

Travel trade entrepreneurs said that short-break leisure activities had affected traditional long-stay holidays in Nepal.  “Due to an increased number of tourists from the neighbouring countries of China and India who norm ...[more]...

Selena Gomez in Nepal

Teenage heartthrob singer Selena Gomez was in Kathmandu on Wednesday. Sources say she was here in an UNICEF´s mission as she is the UNICEF US´s Goodwill Ambassador. She stayed at Dwarika´s Hotel in Batti ...[more]...

Fresh Rs 1 billion investment in Pokhara hotels

Pokhara: Fresh investment of around Rs 1 billion has been made in different hotels in Pokhara. Local entrepreneurs are opening new hotels and expanding capacity of the existing ones, thanks to growing number of tourists in the lake ci ...[more]...

Historic ponds drying up in key tourist hotspot

SANKHUWASABHA:  Dozens of ponds with historical and religious importance at Tinjure-Milke-Jaljale (TMJ) in Sankhuwasabha district are drying up. TMJ is also known as the capital of rhododendrons. According to locals, dozens of po ...[more]...

Hotels inquire on taxes

The major hotels based in the Capital have started making inquiries at their respective wards after the Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) charged them of ignoring property taxes for more than a decade. The metropolis has renewed the w ...[more]...

Tourism bodies to intensify stir against NTB

Joint Tourism Coordination Committee has threatened to close Trekkers’ Information Management System Counter for Free Individual Trekkers at Nepal Tourism Board from tomorrow onwards to press for the fulfilment if its demands. S ...[more]...

Tourist arrival in Mustang may go down

Tourist arrival in Mustang is likely to go down by 30 percent as tourist vehicles and taxis have not been allowed to enter the district due to the strike called by Mustang Bus and Jeep Entrepreneur Committee (MBJEC). MBJEC has not all ...[more]...

HAN, KMC lock horns over house, land tax

Hotel Association of Nepal (HAN) has taken exception over the recent move of the Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) to collect house and land tax from hotels, claiming that such tax was against the ´Land and Building Tax Act 2019 BS´. ...[more]...

Akshay frenzy grips Captial- Fans, onlookers throng Thamel

On May 2, a photo of Boudhnath Stupa was uploaded on instagram. It was by King of Bollywood Akshay Kumar! Then there was no stopping — his facebook, instagram and twitter pages were hounded by his Nepali fans. That was not all. ...[more]...

Women reach the top in Nepal's trekking industry

Pokhara: When Lucky, Dicky and Nicky Chettri tried to break into Nepal´s male-dominated trekking industry 20 years ago, competitors tried to run them out of business. They say men threatened them, harassed them - even filed bogus police repo ...[more]...

NTB calls off planned tourism fair after sit-in

The Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) has been forced to cancel the planned Sixth National Tourism Fair after various travel trade associations held a sit-in on its premises on Wednesday in protest against alleged financial irregularities.The country&rsqu ...[more]...

NTB misusing resources by amending Financial Bylaws

The Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), which has been entrusted with the task of promoting the country’s tourism in the national and international arenas, has been found to be misusing resources by amending its Financial Bylaws. A copy ...[more]...

70 percent climbers quit Everest expedition

At least 70 percent climbers have abandoned their Everest climbing mission as of Saturday noon.Various attempts of the government to persuade the high-altitude guides to continue the climb this season have failed as there are only 14-15 expedition ...[more]...

Twenty travel agencies to boycott NTB programmes

Twenty travel trade organisations have decided not to get involved in any national and international programmes organised by the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), accusing NTB officials of engaging in massive irregularities of funds collected from touris ...[more]...

Air ticket prices reach sky-high as travel demand swells

Fares on almost all the international carriers serving Kathmandu have taken off with hordes of travellers chasing scarce air seats. Airlines from the Gulf, India, China and Malaysia, in particular, have jacked up their ticket prices. What’s ...[more]...

Patan Museum to reopen next week

An extended Patan Museum will open for public from the first week of Nepali New Year. After four years of rigorous work, the restored Mulchowk and Sundari Chowk on the southern block of the existing museum is ready to welcome heritage aficionados ...[more]...

Tourism Min wants to take over stalled SIA

The Tourism Ministry has said that it will take ownership and control of the second international airport (SIA) project in Nijgadh as Investment Board Nepal has been sitting on the proposal for the past two years. The SIA scheme envis ...[more]...

Ram Nawami being observed

Ram Nawami, the birthday celebration of Sri Ram—a divine figure in Hinduism, is being observed throughout the country with full religious devotion and gaiety on Tuesday. The festival falls on the ninth day of waxing moon in the month of Chai ...[more]...

Seto Machhindranath Jatra begins today

Considered one of the biggest festivals celebrated in Kathmandu, Seto Machhindranath Jatra, a chariot procession dedicated to the god of rain, begins from Monday. The festival kicks off with the temporary shipment of an idol of Seto M ...[more]...

Entry fees for Patan Museum increased

Patan Museum is all set to increase the entry fee from April 14, an official with the museum said. Museum officer Suresh Man Lakhey said the museum had to take this measure as it was difficult to run the museum from the current source ...[more]...

Syndicate alleged on Century trekking trail

Trekking guides and porters have to pay for meals whether they have taken them or not. Tourists have to settle their hotel bills not at the hotel counter but with the people designated by the Century Tourism Entrepreneurs Committee. Guides and por ...[more]...

Spiritual tourism has potential in country

‘Spiritual tourism’ can help bring in high-end tourists to Nepal provided the country can develop infrastructure and organise publicity campaigns in India. Delivering a keynote speech in a programme, ‘Spiritual Tourism in Nepal: ...[more]...

TAAN starts Ruby Valley project

Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) and SAMARTHA/Nepal Market Development Programme (NMPD) — funded by UKAID/DFID — has started the Ganesh Himal (Ruby Valley)-Manaslu Tourism Development Project. The six-m ...[more]...

Millions of rupees collected through TIMS remain unutilized

Pokhara: Though Trekkers´ Information Management System (TIMS) has been enforced for the trekkers´ safety and security four years go, millions of rupees collected as TIMS fees remains unutilized. TIMS was implemented with ...[more]...

5-star hotels upbeat over advance booking trends

Hoteliers have reported a gradual rise in advance bookings for April-May and expect March to end with an average occupancy of 75 percent due to positive political developments following the November election. They have projected a bu ...[more]...

For Sunny Leone Nepal's the hottest destination

"Kathmandu has such a different vibe from other cities I have been to" Bollywood's hottest property Sunny Leone set Twitter and Facebook into a tizzy in Nepal with her tweet “Morning everyone!! Happy Sunday! O ...[more]...

NTB eyes historic palaces, ponds for tourism sites

The Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) said that it would be transcending its traditional role of promoting and marketing Nepal by formulating a five-year tourism plan.  Among the different proposed projects, it is considering taking ove ...[more]...

Upbeat about tourism, pvt sector pours money in hospitality sector

As the government accords high priority to infrastructure projects to woo foreign tourists and investors, the private sector is increasingly attracted to the hospitality industry. There are about a dozen star-rated hotels, including f ...[more]...

Tourism supported 504k jobs in Nepal in 2013

Nepal’s travel and tourism sector directly supported 504,000 jobs in 2013. The figure represents 3.2 percent of the total employment in the country, and this share is expected to rise by 6.4 percent in 2014, according to the Travel and Touri ...[more]...

Airlines jack up surcharge after fuel price hike

Domestic airlines did not wait long to jack up the fuel surcharge after Friday’s hike in aviation fuel prices by Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC). On Monday, the carriers raised the fuel surcharge by Rs 65 to Rs 235. Airlines are allowed to incre ...[more]...

Airlines to raise airfare

Following the government´s decision to raise the price of petroleum products, private airline operators of the country have announced that they will hike the airfare effective from Monday. The government on Friday had increased ...[more]...

Airlines to raise airfare

Following the government´s decision to raise the price of petroleum products, private airline operators of the country have announced that they will hike the airfare effective from Monday. The government on Friday had increased ...[more]...

Tourism Ministry plans major restructuring

The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation plans to open two departments and an Aviation Safety Investigation Bureau in a bid to streamline the country’s tourism and aviation sectors. The two departments and the bureau will function ...[more]...

Chance to show Nepal to the world

Dhaka:  The Nepali cricket team arrived here on Monday for the ICC World Twenty20 and skipper Paras Khadka believes that it would be a wonderful opportunity for his side to showcase their talent to the world. The Nepali team is o ...[more]...

Govt plans to lease out Himalayan peaks

The government is planning to lease out a number of unclimbed Himalayan peaks to private parties who will manage them and collect fees from mountaineers. There are more than 1,600 virgin summits in the Nepal Himalaya. As per the Minis ...[more]...

Buy Nepali products and cut imports, says Prez

President Ram Baran Yadav on Thursday urged the people to use Nepal-made products and services in order to reduce the country’s ballooning imports. He added that Nepali products and services could penetrate the global market if the necessary ...[more]...

Pokhara hotels on expansion drive

Kaski: Encouraged by swelling investment prospects, hoteliers here have been diversifying their investment portfolio to other part of the country like Chitwan, Lumbini and Mustang more aggressively. Sauraha, Chitwan-the heart of Nepal ...[more]...

Kathmandu among world's least expensive cities

Although Kathmanduites are persistently haunted by ever-rising prices of commodities, Kathmandu is one of the least expensive cities in the world. Kathmandu is among the least expensive out of 131 cities across 93 nations, according t ...[more]...

No change in number of holidays-Public Holidays in Nepal

Governments come and governments go, but holidays, it seems, remain forever. The Ministry of Home Affairs has published a new holiday calendar for the year 2071 BS that gives continuity to tradition amid calls to readjust the number of public holi ...[more]...

Ghyalpo Lhosar being observed

The Sherpa people living in the mountainous region are celebrating the Ghyalpo Lhosar (New Year) in different places of the country on Sunday. Although it is not known from when this festival actually began to be celebrated, etymologi ...[more]...

Euro III buses on Pokhara roads

POKHARA: Euro III model buses have started plying Pokhara roads from today. Pokhara Bus Entrepreneur’s Committee has brought as many as 17 environment-friendly Euro III mode buses into operation in the first phase. ...[more]...

Tourism windfall likely from shot-in-Nepal China flick

SHENZHEN (CHINA)A new Chinese movie that was mostly shot in Nepal is now winning the hearts of millions of Chinese audience. ´Up in the wind´, a romance-comedy that Teng Huatao directed after his 2011-mega hit ´Love ...[more]...

Hollywood A-listers pledge to help Nepal

Two Hollywood stars from the highly anticipated superhero film ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ have pledged to support two separate conservation projects in the Tarai plains of Nepal. Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone aim to raise ...[more]...

Arrivals could hit 3m with second int'l airport

Lack of aviation infrastructure continues to hurt Nepal’s tourist arrivals, which could hit a three-million mark if the country gets a new international airport and cuts down its overdependence on Kathmandu airport . The country ...[more]...

PADT trying to draw more tourists from abroad

Pashupati Area Development Trust (PADT) is trying to attract more non-Nepali Hindu pilgrims toward Pashupatinath temple to celebrate Maha Shivaratri festival this year. "We have done as much as we could to attract maximum number ...[more]...

Pashupati premises all decked up for Shivaratri festival

Around 700,000 Hindu devotees are expected to visit the Pashupati nath Temple for the Shivaratri festival on Thursday. To manage the sea of people, route their way to the temple while ensuring their safety and convenience, the Pashupati Area Devel ...[more]...

Top 10 Nepalese hotels of 2014

TripAdvisor, one of the world's largest travel websites, awards top accommodations in various countries with the Travellers' Choice award every year. Travel & Lifestyle takes a look at the10 hotels in Nepal that made it to ...[more]...

Govt slashes mountaineering fee to attract more climbers

The government has made massive cuts in climbers’ royalty fee for peaks including the Mt Everest with an aim at attracting more mountaineers. Also, the he government for the first time has introduced separate mountaineering roya ...[more]...

Luxury hotel brands swap keys in India's economic slump

MUMBAI: Less than nine months after opening the first hotel in Mumbai under its brand, Hong Kong luxury chain operator Shangri-La Asia handed the keys back to the owner. Now, US-based Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc is in ...[more]...

Nepal eyes tourism spillover from India's easy visa policy

Experts have said that the proposed visa liberalization by the Indian government will help increase tourist inflow in Nepal.  They added that there were greater chances of tourists visiting India making a trip to Nepal too due t ...[more]...

Caan, NTB at odds over tourism fee hike

The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (Caan) and the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) have been engaged in a bitter dispute over a hike in the tourism service fee levied on outgoing travellers at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA).  ...[more]...

Lukla airport serves 84 thousand in 2013

SOLUKHUMBU: The Tenzing Hillary airport in Lukla saw some 84,000 passengers landing and taking off in 2013. Using flights by various air companies, 40,767 passengers arrived here from Kathmandu while 42,996 passengers left for the cap ...[more]...

More tourists visiting Nepal for mountain biking

The number of tourists coming to Nepal for mountain biking has tripled over the last three years. Ranjan Rajbhandari, director of Nepal Mountain Bike Tours, said the number of foreigners as well as Nepalis preferring mountain biking h ...[more]...

Adventure sport thrills tourists

Pokhara has been seeing a significant increment in investments in adventure tourism. Money has been pouring into sky adventure in particular as it has become a major attraction for tourists and has also helped to lengthen their stay. Investments i ...[more]...

Qatar bags 'Best Business Class' award

Qatar Airways has bagged the "Best Business Class" award at the 25th Annual Best in Business Travel Awards recently held recently in Los Angeles, according to a press release issued on Tuesday. The airline was also honoured ...[more]...

Visa extension via online only-Decision made effective from February 1

 Foreigner travellers seeking to extend their stay in Nepal will soon have to file applications online. From February 1, the Department of Immigration (DoI) will mandate foreigners seeking to extend their tourist visas to file ap ...[more]...

NTB to hike Tourism Service Fee by Rs 500 from March

The Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) is doubling Tourism Service Fee (TSF) levied on foreigners departing from Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) from March 1. It has been levying Rs 500 per tourist so far. Officials of NTB argue that the ...[more]...

Hotel bookings for Feb, March promising

Occupancy rate of five star hotels in the capital for February and March looks promising this year compared to same period last year. Most of the star hotels in the capital have seen 5 to 20 percent growth in their booking figures for February and ...[more]...

Mountaineering revenue dips 7.35 per cent

"Permission sought to scale only 57 of 326 peaks above 6‚000m" Mountaineering revenue in terms of US dollars dipped 7.35 per cent in 2013, as many foreign teams cancelled their trips during the autumn fearing ...[more]...

Ostrich farm boosts domestic tourism

Dang: After starting commercial farming of the world’s biggest flightless bird in the country five years ago, Ostrich Nepal, a Rupandehi-based private company has expanded its business to Beljhundi in Dang as well. The company h ...[more]...

Star hotels to get tax incentives in Lekhnath

Pokhara: Lekhnath Municipality has announced tax incentives to individuals or groups investing on star hotels in Lekhnath area which has so far remained in shadow despite being home to seven beautiful lakes and loads of other tourist attractions. ...[more]...

After snowfall, Jomsom looks even more scenic

POKHARA: After three hours of snowfall, Jomsom, a beautiful hilly town across the Himalayas, looked even more beautiful on Thursday morning. With rays of the sun reflecting off flakes of snow that covered most parts of Mustang distric ...[more]...

Eight star hotels, deluxe resorts coming up

As many as eight star hotels and deluxe hotels are coming up in different parts of the country. According to officials at the Tourism Industry Division under the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA), eight star hot ...[more]...

Number of tourists visiting Bhaktapur increased

Bhaktapur: A total of 264,542 tourists visited Bhaktapur district in 2013.According to the Bhaktapur Municipality, 118,0 81 tourists from SAARC countries and 146,461 tourists from other countries visited the district. Number of touris ...[more]...

Lack of guidelines for hotels hits revenue collection

Rasuwa: The government´s failure to enforce a new guideline for hotel operation in land owned by national parks has affected revenue collection from the hotels and guesthouses operating within the ambit of Langtang National Park. ...[more]...

Maghe festival being observed across the nation

Maghe Sankrati, one of the popular Nepali festivals is being observed across the nation with zeal and keenness on Wednesday. The festival, which is celebrated on the the first day of Magh as per the Nepali canlender is one of the bigg ...[more]...

Nepal among NYT's '52 Places to Go in 2014'

Nepal has been named among the places to go in 2014 by The New York Times, one of the leading newspapers in the world. The New York Times’ “52 Places to Go in 2014” — a list of top 52 destinati ...[more]...

Nepal can accommodate 7.44m tourists annually-NRB report

The number of tourist standard hotels in Nepal swelled 15.4 percent to 1,224 in the last fiscal year, said a study conducted by the central bank. According to the survey entitled Economic Activities Report 2013-14 conducted by Nepal R ...[more]...

Number of trekkers in Annapurna region up

Pokhara: The number of trekkers in the Annapurna region increased to 113,495 in 2013. According to Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP), a total of 106,499 foreign trekkers had visited Annapurna Region in 2012. ACAP ...[more]...

Nepal to attend International Carpet Fair in Germany

Nepal is attending the International Carpet Fair to be held in Hannover, Germany from coming January 11 to 14. The Nepali delegation comprising some 30 carpet exporters led by President of Nepal Carpet Exporters' Association Anup Ba ...[more]...

Mika Singh to woo Kathmandu

Indian singer Mika Singh of the ‘Subah Hone Na De’, ‘Singh Is King’ and ‘Dhinka Chika’ fame will be coming to Nepal to put up a grand performance. ‘Mika Singh Live In Nepal’, to be organized by Moonl ...[more]...

Unlike rest of Nepal, upper Mustang received more tourists in 2013

Though the tourist arrival across the country decreased in 2013 due to political instability, especially general or transport strikes, the number of tourists visiting Upper Mustang actually increased compared to the previous year. Wit ...[more]...

Number of tourists down in Lumbini

Bhairahawa: The number of third country visitors in Lumbini, birth place of Lord Buddha has come down these days. Local business has also been adversely affected with the decrease of tourists and it is not a good signal as the country ...[more]...

Chobhar developing as tourism site

The Chobhar area of Kirtipur Municipility-14 to the south of Kathmandu has been developing into an important site for trekking and sightseeing these days. Hundreds of domestic and foreign tourists visit the site daily for trekking and ...[more]...

Budget airlines flying high with passenger movement up 43pc

Air travellers swarmed around low-cost airlines confirming that ticket prices rule the skies. During the period January-September 2013, passenger mov-ement on budget carriers soared 43.10 percent year on year. According to Tribhuvan I ...[more]...

Cultural Museum Nepal announced

The Cultural Museum Nepal, established with an aim to collect information and artifacts related to the country's culture and history, has been formally announced on Wednesday on the occasion of New Year 2014. It also aims at doing res ...[more]...

Pokhara tourism expects 2014 to herald new era of growth

Kaski: Pokhara tourism is getting ready for 2014 with a positive outlook. Following a sharp drop in the length of stay and tourist spending in the past few years, travel trade entrepreneurs are expecting a rebound with the New Year. M ...[more]...

Tourism disappoints in 2013 after 2-year growth

The tourism boom in 2011 and 2012 had raised the hopes of the travel trade that the good times would continue in 2013, but that did not happen. A series of unfortunate issues dampened the country’s tourism industry—the Eur ...[more]...

Govt to remove 16 peaks from list of peaks opened for mountaineering

A technical team formed under the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) has recommended to the government to remove 16 mountain peaks from the list of 326 peaks opened for mountaineering. Of the 16 peaks, 11 peaks h ...[more]...

Gurung community celebrating Tamu Lhosar today

Gurung community across the nation is celebrating the yearly festival Tamu Lhosar on Monday. The Gurung's celebrate Tamu Lhosar every year on Poush 15 (Nepali date). People from Gurung community visit Buddhist shrines inc ...[more]...

Investment pouring into hotels in Ilam

Illam: Tul Bahadur Dewan, a retired British Army personal, is busy constructing a hotel, which he plans to develop it as a “model” in the region. The hotel, being built with an investment of Rs 80 million, is in final stag ...[more]...

Room bookings at five-star hotels down

Room bookings at five-star hotels in the capital are down in the first two months of 2014 compared to bookings in the same period of last year. January-February and May-September are considered off-season in Nepali hospitality industry. ...[more]...

Flights cancelled as fog blankets country

Thick fog at most airports across the country led to scores of flight delays and cancellations on Wednesday. Airport officials said that at least 45 flights were cancelled from Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), ...[more]...

Hotels offer varied options for New Year Eve parties

Five-star hotels in Kathmandu have been busy preparing special dinners and celebrations to help city dwellers welcome the New Year in style. Buffet dinners accompanied by live performances by popular singers and dancers along with DJs are some of ...[more]...

The emerging trend of celebrating Christmas

When malls and restaurants are decorated with strings of electric lights, figurines of Santa Claus, and colorfully embellished X-mas trees, one simply knows Christmas is here. Unlike in the past, when Christians were the basic celebrators of this ...[more]...

Tourists arrival drops in Sagarmatha National Park

SOLUKHUMBU: Number of tourists visiting Khumbu area in the Sagarmatha National Park during Mangsir (November-December) this year has dropped by 107 in comparison to the same period last year. Total 2,665 tourists visited Khumbu area d ...[more]...

Tourists attraction up towards rock climbing

TANAHUN: Rock climbing is an adventurous game to climb up a steeply rock mountain with the aid of rope. A person with strong determination and courage could enjoy rock climbing. However, Chunpaharo in Bandipur-6 of Tanahun has been a ...[more]...

Govt all set to monitor hotels across the country

The government is all set to begin monitoring of tourist standard and star hotels throughout the country. The Tourism Industry Division under the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) has already recruited a food in ...[more]...

Doramba reclaims its lost glory with home stays

DORAMBA (RAMECHHAP): Being one of the hotbeds of decade-long insurgency in the country, local residents of Doramba VDC in Ramechhap district had hardly imagined that their village could ever recover its long lost fame of being a popular tourist de ...[more]...

Tourist arrivals down by 7pc

Tourist arrivals by air dropped by 7.01 percent in November compared to the same month last year. According to the Tribhuvan International Airport statistics, there were 55,245 international visitors in Nepal in November, which is les ...[more]...

Booking cancellations sound alarm for tourism industry

European tourists planning to visit Nepal have started cancelling their bookings following the European Commission (EC)´s ban on Nepali airlines from flying in the European skies. Tourists have also started enquiring about air s ...[more]...

Lumbini, Pokhara launch joint tourism campaign

Bhairahawa: Tourism entrepreneurs from Lumbini and Pokhara have agreed to launch a joint promotional campaign, and encourage visitors arriving in one destination to visit the other too. They plan to publicize Lumbini as a symbol of peace and Pokha ...[more]...

Pokhara Street Festival to target domestic tourists

Pokhara: Organizers of Pokhara Street Festival, which starts on December 28, are focusing on domestic tourists. The five-day event is being organized by Restaurant and Bar Association of Nepal (REBAN) - Pokhara on the occasion of New ...[more]...

Goma Air to operate new turboprop aircraft from Feb

Goma Air is operating a new Let L410 UVP-E20 turboprop aircraft from February. Issuing a statement, the airline said the 19-seater aircraft made in Czech Republic is a commuter type multi-engine turbo propeller aircraft. “This i ...[more]...

Miss Nepal Earth declared the first runner-up in the Long Gown Competition

Miss Nepal Earth 2013 Rojisha Shahi Thakuri was declared the first runner-up (silver) in the `Long Gown Competition' at the Miss Earth pageant being held in the Philippines, on Thursday. Miss Venezuela won the first place (gold), while Miss Philip ...[more]...

Get ready for Mohit Chauhan, Kathmandu

Award-winning Bollywood playback singer Mohit Chauhan’s concert in Kathmandu is just round the corner. Scheduled to take place on Saturday, November 30, the organizers welcome the singer’s fans to attend the event to be held at Tundikh ...[more]...

Many jungle safari goers drop plans

Chitwan:Travel trade entrepreneurs expect tourist movement in Chitwan to bounce back after the Constituent Assembly election. Arrivals have fallen at the popular jungle safari destination in southern Nepal due to the polls as visitors changed vaca ...[more]...

NTB to provide passes on election day

To facilitate arriving and departing tourists from Tribhuvan International Airport on election day, Nepal Tourism Board has made a special arrangement to provide security and transportation service. “During previous elections th ...[more]...

Rojisha heads to Philippines for Miss Earth 2013

Rojisha Shahi, the winner of Miss Nepal Earth 2013, is all ready to fight at the interna tional beauty pageant Miss Earth 2013. As such this beauty left for Philippines on November 14 to take part in the contest. The event is scheduled to ...[more]...

Rescued dog treks to Everest Base Camp

AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE KATHMANDU, NOV 13 An abandoned puppy rescued from a rubbish dump in India has trekked to Everest Base Camp, becoming what is believed to be the first dog to tackle the peak, his owner said on Wednesday. Former ...[more]...

Mohit Chauhan, live in Kathmandu

From Rang De Basanti’s heartbreaking Khoon Chala to Barfi!’s light-hearted A la Barfi, Mohit Chauhan has lent his voice to some of the most popular and moving songs that have come out of  Bollywood. The singer, who started his car ...[more]...

Govt declares holiday from November 17-20

The government on Monday declared public holidays from November 17 to November 20 in view of the forthcoming Constituent Assembly election. ...[more]...

Nepal's stall major attraction at WTM

The World Travel Market (WTM) - a global event for travel industry - proved fruitful for Nepal at a time when tourist arrivals have declined. According to Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), the four day long travel and tourism exchange platfo ...[more]...

Hotels in Pokhara witness booking withdrawals

Pokhara: Along with sporadic strikes and riots taking place in the country targeting the upcoming election, Pokhara-based hotels have witnessed 15-40 percent booking cancellations for the month of November. Hoteliers attributed the bo ...[more]...

Govt urged to open 166 new peaks for commercial expedition

A report submitted by the panel formed to review mountaineering royalty and mountain tourism has suggested the government to open 166 new peaks for commercial expeditions. According to Ang Tshering Sherpa, honorary member of UIAA (Wor ...[more]...

Tourist arrivals look bleak for next few months

The Nepali tourism industry might again face a rough road for the next three months due to the CA election, which will most likely create a direct impact on the overall tourist arrival figure and tourism activities. In 2012, the count ...[more]...

US, UK, others issue travel alerts-Ask citizens travelling to Nepal to be cautious amid CA polls

Countries including the US, the UK, Australia and Canada have issued travel alert to its citizens traveling to or living in Nepal to exercise high degree of caution amid the upcoming Constituent Assembly (CA) election. The CA election is scheduled ...[more]...

Rafting operators report drop in business

Despite October being the peak tourist season, rafting business dropped by around 15 percent compared to same period last year. The Nepal Association of Rafting Agents (NARA) attributes this to decrease in the number of adventure tour ...[more]...

Embassy Restro and Bar opens

Embassy Restro and Bar (ERB), located at Panipokhari in Kathmandu, has announced its official opening on Friday. ERB, as an ancillary company of Tamarind Restro and Bar, Jhamsikhel was jointly inaugurated by Saurabh Jyoti, director of ...[more]...

Tourist flow to eastern hills rises

TEHRATHUM: With the beginning of the new tourist season, the inflow of tourists to the eastern hills has increased. The number of tourists heading towards Kumbhakarna, Makalu, and Kanchanjunga mountain base camps has increased signifi ...[more]...

Mrs Nepal bags The Philanthropy Award at Mrs Globe 2013

Mrs Nepal 2013 Rajani Thapa is bringing home The Philanthropy Award from her participation at the 18th Mrs Globe 2013 held in Shenzhen, China on Monday, where 62 contestants from all over the world had participated. 26-year-old Thapa ...[more]...

Nine hotels registered in first three months of 2013/14

The number of tourist standard hotels is increasing in recent years, thanks to decline in tourist spending and easy registration process. Nine hotels were registered with the Tourism Industry Division under the Ministry of Culture, To ...[more]...

Etihad doubles flight frequency to Nepal

Etihad Airways -- the national airlines of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) - is doubling its flight frequency to Nepal effective Sunday. Now onwards, the airline will operate 14 flights per week on Kathmandu-Abu Dhabi sector. Iss ...[more]...

NRNA to establish 5-star hotel in Nepal

The Non-Resident Nepali Association (NRNA) has announced to establish a five-star hotel in Nepal with a view to promoting the country's tourism sector. Speaking at a press conference here today, NRNA new President Shesh Ghale shared i ...[more]...

Govt amends hotel regulation

The Tourism Ministry has ame-nded the three-decade old hotel and resort regulation, issuing a new regulatory orders aimed at incorporating changes that have taken place in the hotel industry. Amid criticism that a number of five-star ...[more]...

Miss World Australia in Nepal

Aiming to pro mote Australian education and explore local culture and tradition along with strengthening bilateral ties between two countries, Miss World-Australia and Miss World Oceania 2013 Erin Holland has arrived Nepal. Also the b ...[more]...

Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) can go online only next season

The plan of making Trekkers´ Information Management System (TIMS) card available online this trekking season seems a mission impossible as only the software has been installed as of now while the remaining infrastructures are yet to be put i ...[more]...

Qatar Air's discount

Qatar Airways has offered a discount of up to 25 per cent on return travel in all classes of its aircraft across the entire network from all origins to all destinations. “The promotion begins at 00:00 hrs on October 21 (local time in each ma ...[more]...

Election anxiety might affect room occupancy, say hoteliers

Though most of the five-star hotels in the capital have received more than 90 percent of bookings for November and December, they fear political scenario during the Constituent Assembly (CA) election might affect actual occupancy during the months ...[more]...

New Rupakot resort building enthusiam

Lekhnath: A five-star resort at Rupakot of Kaski financed by a Non-Resident Nepali (NRN) is nearing the completion of the first phase of construction. The first phase of the project is being constructed with a total investment outlay ...[more]...

Is Nepal becoming a cheap destination?

" TOURIST ARRIVALS INVERSELY PROPORTIONAL TO TOURIST SPENDING IN NEPAL" Prakriti Pathak The tourist arrivals to Nepal have seen marked growth since the end of the decade long civil wa ...[more]...

Govt prepares draft amendments for hotel standardization

In a bid to improve the standard of hotels in line with international norms, the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) has made some amendments to the standardization criteria for hotels. The amendments would includ ...[more]...

Ishani comes back to hero's welcome-Shares her experience of glorious victory

Relatives, friends, mentors and supporters — all waited for her at the airport. It was around one in the afternoon and eager yet patient well-wishers were there to get a glimpse of Ishani Shrestha who recently did Nepal proud at ...[more]...

Hotel occupancy rate falls slightly

Room reservation rate at five-star hotels in October failed to meet expectations of many, as lack of international promotional activities, economic slowdown in Europe and shortage of flights to Nepal hit bookings during one of the peak tourist sea ...[more]...

Ghatasthapana bugles formal Dashain start

Ghatasthapana , the first day of the Dashain festival, was celebrated across the country on Saturday. Marking the official beginning of the biggest festival, people sowed seeds of Jamara (sacred plants) at their homes and temples amid ...[more]...

TAAN to develop alternate route in Annapurna region

The Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) is all set to develop an alternate trekking route from Besi Sahar for the Annapurna trekking region. According to trekking agencies‚ due to motorable roads to trekking des ...[more]...

First National Honey Expo begins

The “First National Honey Expo 2070” kicked off in City Hall, Kathmandu, on Thursday. The four-day exhibition organised by Nepal Central Honey Entrepreneurs’ Association in conjunction with the Directorate of Commercial Pest Deve ...[more]...

Best time for Dashain Tika

Panchanga Nirnayak Samiti, the authorised body entrusted with bringing out Nepali calendar, and Dharmodaya Sabha informed on Wednesday that 9.57 am was auspicious timing for receiving Dashain Tika. Senior astrologer and culture exper ...[more]...

Plane shortage limiting tourist movement in Everest region- Travel agencies

Travel agencies reported that due to the shortage of aircraft , tourist movement in the Everest region is likely to be affected this season. With scores of domestic airlines out of service for the last 18 months, the impact has been d ...[more]...

Malls, shopping complexes pull shoppers with attractive discounts

 With Dashain and Tihar at our doorsteps, malls and shopping complexes in Kathmandu Valley are luring customers by offering attractive discounts and gifts. Major shopping destinations in the Valley like City Center, United World ...[more]...

Tourism industry seeks 'no banda' promises

Tourism stakeholders on Friday said the country needed a commitment from the political leaders that they would abandon the tendency to organise strikes, as it could dampen the burgeoning tourism industry in Nepal. Travel trade entrep ...[more]...

Nepal Smiles at Ishani's historical success

“Big Day tomorrow. Actually a day of a lifetime. Very excited and nervous at same time and getting ready for it. Wish me luck.” These are the words of Ishani Shrestha, The Fanta Hidden Treasure Miss Nepal 2013, that she ha ...[more]...

Ishani Shrestha makes into Miss World 2013 finals, wins the title-Beauty with the Purpose

Miss Nepal 2013, Ishani Shrestha has qualified for the final round of the Miss World 2013. Shrestha has been nominated as one of the top 15 contestants in the 63rd edition of the Miss World pageant. Altogether 130 contestants represen ...[more]...

Arrivals up, but length of stay and spending down

Tourists have long flocked to Nepal to see the diversity of natural beauty. Adventure lovers have been attracted by a wide range of activities such as mountaineering, trekking and white-water rafting at the foot of the Himalayan range and home to ...[more]...

TAAN to monitor illegal trekking operators

 The Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) is all set to check and control illegal operations in the trekking industry. Due to the growing number of illegal operators, genuine agencies are losing their goodwill in the internati ...[more]...

Splendid welcome awaits tourists arriving on World Tourism Day

Tourists arriving in Nepal on World Tourism Day on Sept 27 will be honoured with a splendid reception. The government, Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) and travel trade organizations have decided to celebrate the 34th World Tourism Day (WTD) by laying on ...[more]...

Tourism entrepreneurs complain of NTB weaknesses

DUBAI: Entrepreneurs have complained that the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) failed to collaborate with private sector for the promotion of tourism of Nepal in the international arena. Entrepreneurs participating in the semi-annual general ...[more]...

Guidelines for heritage preservation almost ready

The Ministry of Culture‚ Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) is fine-tuning guidelines on the formation of a body under Intangible Culture Heritage Council. “The legal advisory section of the ministry is giving finishing t ...[more]...

TAAN elects new executive committee

The 35th annual general meeting (AGM) of the Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN), held on Friday, elected a new executive committee with Ramesh Dhamala as the new president. The panel led by Dhamala swept the election ...[more]...

Nepal's tourism branding ineffective: Experts

Experts have said the existing branding of Nepal’s diverse tourist destinations has not been effective and that the country has not been able to get the right value for its products. In a conference held here on Thursday to garn ...[more]...

TOP 5 local getaway destinations in Nepal

Apart from the religious and cultural importance of Dashain and Tihar, the festive season is a great time to travel and take a vacation. Here are five popular places in Nepal that are leading holiday destinations. Bon Voyage! ...[more]...

Tourism and aviation conclave held

Hotel de l´ Annapurna Kathmandu, in association with New Business Age, held a seminar on Thursday on tourism and aviation industry in Nepal. The aim of the seminar was to explore prospects of premium tourism models and stronger ...[more]...

NTB promotes leisure, incentive tours in PATA event

Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) promoted leisure and incentive segment in the Pasifict Asia Travel Association (PATA) Travel Mart held in Chengdu, China from September 15 to 17. According to a press statement issued by NTB, NTB and PATA Nep ...[more]...

Indra Jatra celebrated

By the time clock struck 12pm on Wednesday, Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square at Basantapur was already buzzing with excitement. The plinths of the historic monuments within the palace square were already occupied by hundreds of people, who ...[more]...

Hotel reservations show full of promise as booking tops 85pc

After recording low occupancies in the first half of September, advance reservations in five-star hotels have picked up, with most booked at over 85 percent for October and November-the prime tourist season in Nepal. Five-star hotel e ...[more]...

Nepal to seek UN recognition for two intangible cultures

The government is preparing to nominate two indigenous intangible cultures to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site. To date, Nepal has 10 heritage sites, including two natural locations, enlisted in the World Heritage Site. “W ...[more]...

Fewer Lukla flights may hit trekking biz this season

The new tourist season is about to begin but trekking operators have a reason to worry about. They are facing difficulties in booking flights to Lukla - the gateway to Mt Everest - as only one airline is operating in the sector. At pr ...[more]...

Domestic airfare to be dearer from Sunday

Domestic airfare will become dearer by as much as Rs 270 effective from Sunday. The Airlines Operators Association of Nepal (AOAN) on Wednesday raised fuel surcharge by Rs 80 to Rs 270 depending on routes, citing hike in aviation turb ...[more]...

Proposed Pokhara international airport project snags on price tag

The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal ( CAAN ) has said that the decision whether or not to move ahead with the development of a regional international airport in Pokhara will depend on negotiations with the project’s lowest bidder CAMC Engi ...[more]...

International airline bookings surge as peak season nears

International airlines serving Nepal are seeing a surge in inbound bookings with the tourist and festival seasons approaching. According to travel agencies, almost every flight into Kathmandu is 96 percent booked for October while 85 ...[more]...

Soaltee bags Award

Soaltee Crowne Plaza Kathmandu, a preferred destination for business meetings, leisure and all celebrations, has won prestigious Today’s Traveller Award 2013 for Best International Business Hotel. The award ceremony was held in ...[more]...

Nepal, India move closer to historic pact on tourism

Nepal and India are poised to sign a historic memorandum of understanding (MoU) on investment and cooperation in the tourism sector. Stakeholders from both sides gathered here on Monday to discuss a mutually agreed draft MoU, jointly ...[more]...

Buddha's birthplace in Nepal's 100-rupee note

 The Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB)  has introduced a 100-rupee Nepali note featuring Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha. The NRB said the new note would be accessible only during the Dashain, , Xinhua reports. A b ...[more]...

Women celebrating Haritalika Teej today

The Capital city has been overcrowded with women clad in red saris and worshipping Lord Shiva. The Pashupatinath temple area in Gaushala has been bathed in red, the colour of dresses devotee women wore. Married women and unmarried gir ...[more]...

Trekking agencies urge authorities to open restricted areas

The government has turned a deaf ear to the request of tourism entrepreneurs to amend the restriction on some trekking routes. It has already been around five years since people related to trekking and mountaineering businesses urged ...[more]...

Bus ticket bookings for Dashain festival to open by Sept 21

The government and transporters are set to fix a date to open advance ticketing bookings for the Dashain festival within the next two weeks. The Department of Transport Management (DoTM), traffic police and transporters are in consultation to fix ...[more]...

Nepal has vast tourism potential: Chinese veep

HONKGONG:  Vice-President of the People´s Republic of China, Li Yuanchao, has said that there is a huge market in China for Nepal´s vast tourism potential. "Nepal has a world-famous tourism potential, and there i ...[more]...

Nepal to name Himalayan peaks after Hillary? Tenzing

Nepal plans to name two Himalayan peaks after pioneering Mount Everest climbers Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, a senior hiking official said, in a move designed to boost tourism in the beautiful but desperately poor country. N ...[more]...

NTB employee union urges govt for CEO

The employee union at Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), today, during its first annual general meeting expressed its dissatisfaction over the government’s failure to appoint a chief executive officer. During the programme, president of ...[more]...

Hiking options around the Kathmandu valley

Kathmandu valley and its surrounding areas offer perfect day hikes for those with a desire for hiking or easy trekking in Nepal. The valley offers some excellent short treks and walks just outside the urban sprawl of the city . Without having to g ...[more]...

Govt to open 165 new peaks for expeditions

If things go as planned, tourists arriving in Nepal will be able to explore around 165 new peaks. A recent report of the sub-committee formed under the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) has recommended names of 165 new peaks ...[more]...

Panel submits NTB reforms report

A sub-committee entrusted to recommend structural and functional restructuring of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) has suggested changing the existing “definition” of tourist. As foreigners are only known as tourists in Nepal until now, the c ...[more]...

European tourist number plummets

Tourist s arriving in Nepal via air in August grew by 6.34 percent to 47,397, despite a significant fall in numbers from the European market.  According to figures released by the Nepal Tourism Board, an overall negative growth ...[more]...

Father's day marked nationwide

Father’s Day is being marked all over the country on Thursday to celebrate the love and the bond between fathers and their children. The major market places in the Valley have been inundated since early this morning with people ...[more]...

Surge in Chinese arrivals elates trekking entrepreneurs

Trekking agencies that are facing difficult times due to decline in business from the European segment are expecting at least 10 percent rise in business this season, thanks to growing interest of Chinese tourists toward trekking. &ld ...[more]...

Five-star hotel planned on the western bank of Rara

Mugu:A modern five-star hotel has been proposed in the western bank area of Rara Lake, Mugu. Rara Project Private Limited, the company that wants to invest in the hotel, has started a fresh environmental impact study to this effect. T ...[more]...

Call for better tourism? air transport policies

The general debate of the 20th session of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) General Assembly has put a spotlight on the link between tourism and air transport policies. Delegations from the 120 UNWTO member states intervening a ...[more]...

Turkish Airlines starts direct Istanbul to Kathmandu flight

Turkish Airlines, one of the leading European airlines, started direct flights from Istanbul to Kathmandu from today, providing an alternative route to those flying to and from various European countries. The airline will operate roun ...[more]...

Ishani Shrestha to represent Nepal in Miss World 2013

A press conference was held at International Club, Sanepa on Sunday to spread the word about Nepal’s participation in Miss World 2013, Miss International 2013 and Miss Earth 2013. It was informed that Miss Nepal World 2013 Ishan ...[more]...

Tourism expenditure

China and Russia led the growth in expenditure on travel abroad among the top 10 most important source markets in the world in the first half of 2013. According to the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), emerging econo ...[more]...

Turkish Airlines receives overwhelming booking

Turkish Airline, which is beginning scheduled flights to Nepal from Monday, has received overwhelming bookings. The airline will fly four times a week on Istanbul-Kathmandu sector. According to Zenith Travels, the general sales agents ...[more]...

Adventure tourism in Nepal

With the growing number of youths arriving in Nepal, the country has emerged as a preferred adventure tourism destination. The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA)’s recent statistics show that there has been ...[more]...

UNWTO selects hosts for tourism meets

The 20th United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) general assembly has selected Mexico to be the official host country for World Tourism Day (WTD) 2014 and Burkina Faso for WTD 2015. The respective themes will be ‘Touri ...[more]...

Bridge to Mt. Everest base camp swept away

SOLUKHUMBU: A truss bridge over a local stream on the way to Mt. Everest base camp has been swept away by flood on Wednesday afternoon. The truss bridge over the Imja stream was swept away by the swollen stream. It was th ...[more]...

International tourism sees growth

The first half of 2013 observed a five per cent growth in international tourist arrivals as compared to the same period in 2012. According to the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), tourist arrivals in the first half of 2013 reached ...[more]...

Tourism, export-based industries upbeat as rupee falls

Nepali currency may have witnessed a freefall in the past few days, hitting Rs 105.35 against per US dollar and discomforting many, but there are some who say there is no need to fall into a spiral of pessimism. Bharat Joshi, Resident ...[more]...

Krishna Janmastami Gaura Parva today

Hindus throughout the country are celebrating Krishna Janmastami or Krishna Jayanti, considered the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna on Wednesday. According to scriptures, including Mahabharata, Krishna, revered as the eighth avatar ...[more]...

Mystery of the ancient kingdom discovered in Nepal where thousands of caves are carved 155ft off the ground

Hidden within the Himalayas, 155ft from the ground, these man-made caves are one of the World's greatest archaeological mysteries. Thousands of holes are carved into the fragile, sandy-coloured cliff in a gorge so large it dwarfs the ...[more]...

Medical Tourism in Nepal: Oodles of potential

SHREETI DHAKAL It’s no secret today that with science beating the scourges of diseases, especially epidemics, human development indexes have been improving and the longevity of people increasing across the world, slowly but st ...[more]...

Sauraha to get a facelift

Domestic and international tourists will soon find better facilities in Sauraha as the stakeholders are chalking out a master plan for the popular tourist destination in Chitwan. Different associations such as the Regional Hotel Assoc ...[more]...

Visit Malaysia Year 2014 eyes 28m tourists

 Tourism Malaysia and Malla Travel and Trek Services of Nepal are making early preparations to make Visit Malaysia Year (VMY) 2014, which targets to attract 28 million tourists to the South East Asian nation, successful. Accordin ...[more]...

Qatar's new service

Effective from September 1, passengers flying Qatar Airways routes worldwide will have enhanced baggage allowances with additional baggage weight allowed per person. Economy weight allowances have been increased from 23kg to 30kg while Business an ...[more]...

In sign of tourism upturn, hotel projects attract huge investments

Hotel projects have been attracting massive investments from both domestic and foreign investors in what could be termed an investment frenzy in the country’s tourism sector. In the last fiscal year, the government  receive ...[more]...

Nepal opens 5 more 8000m plus peaks for expedition

 Nepal will open five more peaks above 8,000 metres for expeditions when the autumn climbing season begins, a tourism official said Tuesday, raising the total number of such mountains to 13. Nepal currently allows climbers to sca ...[more]...

What to do if you have nothing to do in Kathmandu

Holidays are always nice, that is, if you know how to spend them! Once in a while, doing nothing except eating, sleeping and watching TV can be fun. But, there will come a time when that will get boring and let’s face it, that holiday was pr ...[more]...

Nepal bags best print promotional award in Travel and Tourism Fair 2013 Ahmedabad

Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) participated in Travel & Tourism Fair ,TTF-2013, in the fast rising city of Ahmedabad, in Gujurat held from 16-18 August 2013 with the aim of increasing awareness and educating the Indian traveller on Nepal's tourism ...[more]...

Foreign investment in tourism up fourfold

Foreign direct investment (FDI) in tourism swelled more than four-fold in 2012-13, reflecting rising investor interest in the industry due to higher arrivals following the end of the conflict. According to the Department of Industry ( ...[more]...

Sauraha to have its first star-rated hotel

Chitwan:A two-star hotel with a mini casino is being built for the first time in a famous tourist destination Sauraha with an objective to attract more visitors.The hotel named ´Seven Star´ established with an investment of Rs 150 mill ...[more]...

TAAN to explore new trekking trails in Mahabharat range

The Trekking Agencies´ Association of Nepal (TAAN) is exploring new trekking trails in the Mahabharat Range. A 15-member team of the association will leave for Kavre on August 19 to explore Timal area of Kavre and the Mahabharat Range. Along ...[more]...

Pokhara witnesses boom in hotel industry

Pokhara: With increasing investments in the tourism sector, Pokhara has lately seen a rise in the number of hotels. In the fiscal year 2012-13, nineteen new hotels have been built in Pokhara, according tourism entrepreneurs. With each hotel built ...[more]...

TAAN to study trekking trails

Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) is all set to start exploring two new trekking trails — Great Buddhist Master’s Trail and Mahabharat Rhododendron Trail — in the Timal region of Kavre district, from August 19. ...[more]...

Domestic Air Ticket price Nepal-Domestic carriers hike fuel surcharge

Air travel will became costlier from Thursday. Domestic carriers have raised fuel surcharge on air tickets by up to Rs 385 following an 8 percent hike in aviation fuel prices. On August 10, the state-owned oil supplier Nepal Oil Corpo ...[more]...

Domestic movement at TIA dips 3.6pc with fewer Indian tourists

Domestic passenger movement through Tribhuvan International Airport ( TIA ) dropped 3.60 percent year-on-year to 772,873 in the first six months of 2013. Airline officials blamed reduced tourist movement from India for the decline in ...[more]...

Indian celebs to help promote Nepal tourism

The craze for everything Bollywood is pretty strong here. And to promote the latest Shah Rukh Khan (SRK)-Deepika Padukone starrer Chennai Express, Miss Asia Pacific World 2012 Himangini Singh and Akshitaa Agnihotri, finalist of Femina Miss India f ...[more]...

Indian tourism entrepreneurs demand Mumbai-Kathmandu direct flight

MUMBAI (INDIA),: The tourism entrepreneurs here in Mumbai have complained that the interested tourists to visit Nepal are diverted to other countries owing to lack of enough direct flights to Kathmandu. Tourism entrepreneur of Mumbai ...[more]...

Development of heritage sites on priority list-Govt

The government says developing the Pashupatinath and Lumbini heritage sites as per the master plans in the current fiscal year is in its priority list. The procedures to complete works of both the heritages will be forwarded this year ...[more]...

Room bookings at star hotels go up

Room booking at star hotels and resorts in Kathmandu for this month and the upcoming months look promising compared to the same period of last year. Hoteliers say they have seen 10 to 15 percent increment for October-December compared ...[more]...

Investor confidence reaches new high as Chitwan tourism rebounds

Sauraha: Investments are flowing into construction of hotels in Chitwan in an indication of rising investor confidence in the local tourism industry. Situated in the lush tropical plains of southern Nepal, Chitwan attracts safari goers with its ri ...[more]...

Tourist arrivals from Europe down by 15.6 per cent

Total tourist arrivals from the European market in the first seven months of this year decreased by 15.6 per cent. In the first seven months, a total of 66,535 European tourists visited the country while the number was 78,828 in the same period la ...[more]...

Govt set to establish Integrated Service Center at Everest BC

 The government is planning to establish Integrated Service Center (ISC) at the Everest Base Camp to better manage expedition teams attempting to reach to the summit of the tallest peak on earth. Purna Chandra Bhattarai, joint se ...[more]...

Adventurous sports in Nepal-The emerging taste of Nepali youth

PRITI KHAREL English philosopher Alfred North Whitehead once said, “Without adventure, civilization is in full decay.” At the first read, this statement seems to be absurd, but deep inside it highlights the fact that adv ...[more]...

First seven months of 2013-International tourists decline by 15pc

The number of international tourists arriving in Nepal via air has decreased by 15 percent in the first seven month of current fiscal year as compared to same period of last fiscal year. According to the Immigration Office at Tribhuva ...[more]...

Govt plans to open 70 new peaks

The government is all set to open around 70 new peaks by 2014. A technical team, formed under the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA), is preparing to recommend names of around 70 new peaks for final approval from ...[more]...

Tourists from Norway are 'longest stayers' in Nepal

 Tourist s from Norway were the longest stayers in Nepal last year, spending an average of 25.49 days in the country. According to the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Nepal received 3,280 Norwegian tourists in 20 ...[more]...

Mustang folks seek 60 pc tourism royalty

Baglung: Claiming that they have been deprived of their fare share, the locals of Mustang district have demanded that they be provided with 60 per cent of tourism royalty, which the government collects from tourists visiting Upper Mustang. ...[more]...

New software that keeps trekkers data delayed

Lack of coordination between Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal and Nepal Tourism Board has delayed the launch of much-awaited software that helps in managing data of trekkers at all trekking routes across the country for their security and re ...[more]...

Nepal proposes Lumbini circuit to attract tourists

Senior CPN-UML leader Madhav Nepal has placed a proposal to build a Lumbini circuit connecting four holy places of Lord Buddha in Nepal and India so as to attracts millions of Buddhist tourists to both countries. While addressing a gr ...[more]...

Life jackets mandatory for tourists in Phewa, Begnas lakes

Pokhara:The District Administration Office of Kaski has made life jackets mandatory for tourists boating in Fewa and Begnas Lakes of Pokhara. The rule, however, does not apply to hundreds of locals, though they have to cross the lakes ...[more]...

Tourists arrival in Asia to post strongest growth

 A report ‘Tourism Towards 2030’ prepared by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) predicts strongest growth of tourism in Asia by 2030, but the government here is still clueless about the importance of tourism in ...[more]...

Closure of casino will affect tourism industry

Pokhara: Casinos in Pokhara have started to close operations after the government increased royalty fee by 100 percent. Tourism entrepreneurs say closure of casinos will affect tourism industry in the lake city. They have urged the go ...[more]...

NTB told to change marketing strategy

Travel trade associations in the country have asked Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) to change traditional marketing strategy to cash in on the mobility of tourists from around the world. The made such request during a series of interaction ...[more]...

Panel to cut on suggestions to restructure NTB

Private sector in the tourism industry is all set to forward draft of recommendations to the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) Restructuring Committee to bring about necessary changes in the NTB, the statutory body that looks after development, expansion ...[more]...

36,550 tourists visited Sagarmatha National Park

Solukhumbu: A total of 36,550 tourists visited the Sagarmatha National Park in the last fiscal year 2069/070 BS. According to Chief Conservation Officer of the Park, Ram Chandra Kandel, the highest number of tourist from the United Ki ...[more]...

NTB seeks domestic packages

Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) has urged tourism associations to develop a special package for domestic tourists so as to avail that provision of the budget which encourages domestic tourism. During an interaction organised by NTB, board o ...[more]...

Govt imposes stricter controls on casinos

 The government will keep casino s in a tighter grip as per the new Casino Regulation endorsed by the Cabinet on July 11. The strict measures reflect its policy to clamp down on casino s habitually defaulting on government taxes and disregard ...[more]...

Qatar Airways holds regional meet in Kathmandu

A two-day Regional Conference of Qatar Airways concluded in Kathmandu on Wednesday. A press release issued by Qatar Airways said delegates from seven countries took part in the first ever conference of this kind organized by it in Nep ...[more]...

Bhaktapur collects Rs 173.7 mln from tourists in last FY

Bhaktapur Municipality has earned Rs 173.7 million the last fiscal year as it received the highest number of tourists in the district so far. As many as 258,244 tourists had visited the district in the Fiscal Year 2069/2070 B.S. while ...[more]...

NTB appoints Subash Nirola as acting CEO

A meeting of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), on July 15, decided to appoint Subash Nirola as its acting chief executive officer. Due to repeated disputes over the appointment of a new chief executive officer and the selection process, the ...[more]...

Shrawan fest begins

A month of festivities began today with women, especially Hindu ones, sporting green, yellow and red bangles as well as green sari and mehendi in their hands, all for lasting love from their husbands and would-be husbands. In the Kath ...[more]...

NTB aims to promote Nepal as MICE destination

In order to reposition Nepal´s image in the international tourism market with a strong marketing and promotional strategies, Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) has started parleying with tourism associations and experts to adopt a strategy that penet ...[more]...

Season of windfall beckons tourism industry

Govt's budgetary programme,if implemented,could give a Rs 800-million fillip to the sector.Quite often, the following days of budget are open season on the government for a reason or two, but the domestic tourism industry may in the coming fiscal ...[more]...

Japanese Eel festival starts today

Mako’s Japanese Restaurant at Dwarika’s Hotel, Battisputali, is organizing Japanese Eel festival starting today. With the Japanese belief that consumption of eel cools down one’s body, this festival is set on the month of July, t ...[more]...

Ban sale of liquor at heritage sites

Bhaktapur: Sale of alcohol is rife around Bhaktapur’s heritage sites, including the Bhaktapur Durbar Square, which features on the UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites’ list. Although the Heritage Preservation Act and Local ...[more]...

Infrastructure development is tourism development

PRAWESH GAUTAM After agriculture, tourism is the second biggest contributor to GDP in Nepal. Recognizing the potential of tourism in the country, there are wide arrays of activities ranging from table talks to actual infrastructure ...[more]...

UNESCO again warns of delisting Pashupati from World Heritage Site

For the third time in the past three years, the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has warned of removing the Pashupatinath Temple from its list of World Heritage Sites if the government fails to block a road ...[more]...

Illegal tourism businesses under govt scanner

The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) has once again started an investigation into illegally operated tour and travel agencies in the country. However, people from the tour and travel industry have said that the ...[more]...

NTB needs to be free from politics

Tourism entrepreneurs, at a programme today, urged the government to make Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) free from politics. During the programme, representatives from the private sector expressed an urgent need to make the autonomous body free from po ...[more]...

Tourist arrivals decline

Tourist arrivals in June observed a fall of 4.6 per cent.According to figures released by the Immigration Office at Tribhuwan International Airport, tourist arrivals dropped to 41,259. In aggregate, the South Asian segment registered ...[more]...

Tourist arrivals decline by 3.9 percent

The number of foreign tourists who arrived in Nepal during the last six months ended June has decreased by 3.9 percent compared to the figures reported during the corresponding period last year. Figures released by the Immigration Off ...[more]...

Govt clamps down on illegal travel agencies

Amid complaints that a large number of travel agencies are operating without the government´s due permission, Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) has started monitoring travel agencies operating in the Kathmandu Valley. ...[more]...

Qatar's discounted fares

Qatar Airways has introduced discounted fares of up to 20 per cent on flights from Kathmandu via Doha to selected destinations. The special fares are for sale from July 1-10 and can be purchased from Nepal only, it said, adding seats ...[more]...

NTB promotes Pokhara in Uttar Pradesh

Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) and Paschimanchal Hotel Association, Pokhara, jointly organised a three-city Border Town Sales Mission 2013 with an aim to increase awareness and educate North Indian travellers on Nepal’s tourism products and offer ...[more]...

CNP reports drop in number of tourists

Chitwan: The number of foreign tourists visiting Chitwan National Park (CNP) declined by around 10 percent during the first ten months of the current fiscal year compared to the figures of the same period last year. Tikaram Paudel, as ...[more]...

NTB proposes 15pc increment in new fiscal policy

Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) has proposed an increment of around 15 per cent in its annual budget for fiscal year 2013-14. “For the new fiscal year, we have projected an increment of around 15 per cent in the total budget,” s ...[more]...

Intl symposium on Kathmandu Valley heritage in November

UNESCO and Nepal National Committee of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS Nepal) are organising an international symposium entitled “Revisiting Kathmandu. Safeguarding living urban heritage” from 25 to 29 November ...[more]...

China to support poll, invest in hydropower, tourism

While appreciating Nepal´s proactive measures to contain ´anti-China´ activities and its firm commitment to a one-China policy, China has responded positively to Nepal´s request for investment in hydropower and tourism deve ...[more]...

UNESCO adds 19 sites to World Heritage List

Nineteen new sites have been added to UNESCO's World Heritage list -- the top honor for monuments, buildings, sites or natural features "of outstanding universal value." The UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and ...[more]...

GHTDP, Tara Air agree to promote tourist spots

The Great Himalaya Trail Development Programme (GHTDP) and Tara Air have signed an agreement to promote tourism destinations in Nepal. As per the pact signed on Monday, the airline will include information about GHT on all its boardin ...[more]...

Outbound up 22pc as more rich Nepalis holiday abroad

Nepali outbound rose 22.47 percent to 39,269 departures in 2012. According to the Tourism Ministry, the number of Nepali fun seekers travelling abroad jumped 80 percent in the last five years. In 2008, outbound amounted to 21,899 departures.  ...[more]...

Yeti Airlines opens new offices in Jawalakhel

Yeti Airlines has opened a new branch office at Prera Business Center in Jawalakhel, Lalitpur. According to a statement issued on Thursday, the office will be providing services like ticketing, courier and cargo. “We always make ...[more]...

Tourist spending dips to 16-yr low

Average tourist spending dropped to a 16-year low of $34.93 per day in 2012, according to the Tourism Ministry. The figure was at $39.90 in 2011. The tourist spending has been calculated at the exchange rate of Rs 85.05 per $1. Accord ...[more]...

Tourist arrivals in Chitwan decrease

Chitwan: The number of tourists visiting Chitwan National Park has decreased this year following the closure of half a dozen hotels inside the park. They have remained closed for the last two years after the government terminated their lease citin ...[more]...

79pc of arrivals in 2012 were first-time visitors

Around 79 percent of the arrivals in 2012 were making their first visit to Nepal. According to the Tourism Ministry, there were 803,092 visitors to Nepal last year, among whom 632,767 were first timers. The male-female ratio making th ...[more]...

Bhoto Jatra today

The Rato Machhindranath Jatra will conclude tomorrow with the display of Bhoto — a jewel-studded vest — to throngs of devotees and revellers in Jawalakhel, Lalitpur. The chariot will be pulled to Jawalakhel tomorrow and th ...[more]...

Qatar bags IATA meet

The International Air Transport Association has announced Qatar Airways as the host airline for the 70th annual general meeting (AGM) and World Transport Summit to be held in the Qatari capital Doha, on June 1-3, 2014. The announceme ...[more]...

NTB fails yet again to get new chief

The process to select the chief executive officer of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) has once again come to a standstill. Due to repeated stay orders given by the court because of the writs filed by dissatisfied applicants and members of the board, the ...[more]...

Govt raises insurance cover for mountaineering workers

The government has significantly increased personal accident insurance coverage for people involved in the mountaineering sector, keeping in view the growing incidence of accidents in mountaineering expeditions. According to officials ...[more]...

TAAN to explore new trekking routes in Khaptad

 A seven-member team of Trekking Agencies´ Association of Nepal (TAAN) is embarking on an exploration trip to Khaptad National Park in the far-western region on Friday. According to a press statement issued on Wednesday, th ...[more]...

Pokhara country's cleanest city

Pokhara: Leaving Dharan and Tansen behind, Pokhara Sub-metropolis was today declared the cleanest city in the country. On the occasion of World Environment Day, Solid Waste Management Technical Support Centre, under the Ministry for Urban Developm ...[more]...

Tourist arrivals via air up 3.1pc in May

Tourist arrivals via air in the month of May have increased by a meager 3.1 percent to 44,156 compared to the same month last year. Figures released by Tribhuvan International Airport show a significant rise in the number of Chinese a ...[more]...

Tourism entrepreneurs urge govt to walk the talk

Tourism entrepreneurs today urged the government to walk the talk and accord top priority to the tourism sector. “Though, the Cabinet had decided one year ago to accord tourism sector a ‘priority industry’ status, it has n ...[more]...

Everest Nepal fair kicks off in Tokyo

The Everest Nepal Exhibition kicked off in Tokyo, Japan on Saturday amidst a special function held at the famous Tokyo Tower. The two-day event organized by the embassy of Nepal in Tokyo with active support from various organizations, ...[more]...

Tourist arrivals post marginal growth

Robust arrivals from China pushed total arrivals via air up in May, though arrivals from India has still not improved. May witnessed resilience in visitor arrivals after a decline in March and April, as according to the figures releas ...[more]...

Impossible to change current mountain policy

Though the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation has stressed on the need to change the policy and introduce strict rules to monitor illegal activities in the mountains, people in the sector said that it is impossible to change the polic ...[more]...

Nepali products promotion fair to be organised

The European Economic Chamber (EEC)-Nepal is organizing an event here on Saturday with an objective to promote Nepali products and services. The event will also be a forum for members and non-members to showcase their products, servic ...[more]...

After Sheraton, it's Marriott in Nepal foray

With domestic and inter-regional tourism aiding hotel demand, a range of leading global hotel chains have planned their presence in Nepal. It was Sheraton at first, and now Marriott International, a leading hotel chain based in Maryla ...[more]...

TAAN gives away awards

The Trekking Agencies´ Association of Nepal (TAAN) gave away awards to different individuals on the occasion of TAAN Day and diamond jubilee celebration of the first ascent of Mt Everest amidst a function at Basantapur Durbar Square on Wedne ...[more]...

Hyatt Regency feted

Hyatt Regency Kathmandu — a premier 5-star resort hotel — on Tuesday announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® 2013 Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honours hospitality excellence, is given only to establish ...[more]...

Trendsetters opens in Durbar Marg

Trendsetters, a new fashion store, on Tuesday started operation from Mayalu Centre in Durbar Marg, Kathmandu. Situated on the second floor of the newly opened Mayalu Centre shopping mall, the store has specialised in female attires from well-known ...[more]...

Domestic aviation market down 9pc in Q1-Passenger Movement (January-March)

Domestic air traveller movement in the first three months of 2013 was down 8.89 percent year on year. According to Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), the 12 domestic airlines operating in Nepal flew 360,870 passengers in the first quarter, a d ...[more]...

Indian girl scales Mt Everest on prosthetic leg

LOBUCHE, SOLUKHUMBU, May 26:  Climbing Everest is considered gutsy even for able-bodied people for the risks involved in attempting the feat. But an Indian girl has surprised the whole world by scaling the summit on a prosthetic leg. ...[more]...

Tourism, cultural fest concludes

The Mid and Far Western Tourism and Cultural Festival concluded in the capital on Sunday. Officials of West Women Aware Group (WWAG), the organizer of the event said, in the concluding ceremony that the three-day event was helpful in ...[more]...

Baglung hotels improve services

Baglung: Hoteliers in Baglung have started pouring in more money to develop infrastructure and improve services with the rise in tourist flow in the district. Hotel Peace Palace, which has 70-guest capacity, has invested Rs 10 million ...[more]...

Mt Everest diamond jubilee celebration underway

Of the 22 highest peaks in the world, 16 peaks above 8,000 metres are located in Nepal unlike what has been claimed, say experts. “A recent report states that among the 22 peaks in the world there are 16 in Nepal that are above ...[more]...

Actress Nisha Adhikari climbs Mt. Everest

Film actress Nisha Adhikari has scaled the Mt. Everest on Tuesday morning.According to Gyanendra Shrestha, an officer at Ministry of Tourism, Adhikari reached the summit of the world’s highest peak at 8 am today. Putting aside a ...[more]...

Fire big blow to tourism in Thamel

Tourism entrepreneurs have said Thursday’s fire outbreak in the Pilgrims Book House in Thamel, Kathmandu, is a setback to tourism. According to Ram Sharan Thapaliya, president of Thamel Tourism Development Council, the book hous ...[more]...

Silver Jubilee Rafting Festival 2013 on May 25

As a part of celebrating its silver jubilee, Nepal Association of Rafting Agents (NARA) is organizing ´Silver Jubilee Rafting Festival -2013´ on May 25. At a press meet organized here on Sunday, Nanikaji Thapa, president o ...[more]...

Tourism Merger Plan: Locals seek Unesco help

Agitating locals of Hanumandhoka have handed over a memorandum to Axel Plathe, the head of the Unesco Nepal, appealing for attention concerning an agreement reached by the Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) with a private body to merge the tourist ...[more]...

Turkish Airlines to start Ktm flights from Sept

Turkish Airlines — one of the leading European airlines — will start direct flights to Kathmandu from Istanbul from September. The airlines will be flying on Istanbul-Kathmandu route four times a week, starting from Septem ...[more]...

Paragliding test flight from highest point yields success

Baglung:A team of paragliding pilots led by Sanubabu Sunar has successfully completed paragliding test flight from the highest point in Matelek in Parbat district. The test flight from an altitude of 3,100 meters was carried out in co ...[more]...

Nepali travel agents visting China

In a bid to attract Chinese tourists to Nepal, Nepal Association of Tour and Travel Agents (NATTA) in association with Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) is organizing ´NATTA China Sales Mission 2013´ from May 15 to 24. A group of ...[more]...

Rato Machhindranath Jatra begins today

The chariot procession of the rain god, Rato Machhindranath, is all set to begin in Lalitpur on Monday. Guthi Sansthan, the government body authorised to celebrate the festival, said all preparations for this year’s procession a ...[more]...

Visitors enjoy 4th Ncell Purple Saturday

Excited visitors thronged Kingsway in Durbar Marg on May 11 enjoying the 4th Ncell Purple Saturday. Both sides of the streets were lined with games and food stalls. Purple Ncell balloons were being distributed to the visitors. Sanjeev ...[more]...

Namaste Air to start scheduled flights by mid-June

Namaste Air, a new private airline, said Thursday that it would begin scheduled flights by mid-June. Issuing a statement, the airline said it signed an agreement with Agni Air to start operations of domestic flights. “Two of Agn ...[more]...

NTB plans to make domestic tourism more sustainable-5th National Tourism Fair 2013

Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) is organising the 5th National Tourism Fair 2013 from Friday to promote domestic tourism. “We are trying to make domestic tourism more sustainable,” said manager at NTB Lila Bahadur Baniya. ...[more]...

Mother's day observed nationwide

People across the nation have been observing Mata Tirtha Aunsi (Mother’s Day) on Thursday as a celebration of love and bond between mothers and children. According to Hindu tradition, Mata Tirtha Aunsi is celebrated in the Nepal ...[more]...

Dharahara tourist package opposed

Different organisations have sought cancellation of an agreement signed between Kathmandu Metropolitan City Hanumandhoka Durbar Preservation Programme and Side Walkers Pvt Ltd. The agreement stipulates a tourist package that includes Hanumandhoka ...[more]...

Hotel bookings drop in April

A decline in the number of Indian tourist arrivals has once again negatively affected the overall occupancy of hotels. Hotel bookings were not satisfactory in April, stated Hotel Association Nepal. The Indian market, which is consider ...[more]...

Nepal top backpack destination for college students

StudentUniverse, a technology firm that offers holiday deals for college students, has listed Nepal in No. 1 position in top backpack destinations for college students all over the world. "You are going to have a wonderful experi ...[more]...

Qatar Airways offers special fares

Qatar Airways has announced special fares from Kathmandu to all its destinations in Europe, Africa, and North and South America with discounts of up to 25 percent on base fares. According to a statement issued on Thursday, the sale of ...[more]...

Travel agents threaten to halt air ticket sales

Travel agents today threatened to halt sales of air tickets protesting against the arrest of their friend Shyam Raj Thapaliya, promoter of Thamel-based Osho World Travel Nepal. Police had arrested him last week for selling air tickets ...[more]...

Tourist arrivals via air decline

Though arrivals via air from other destinations increased, the decrease in arrivals from South Asia, especially India, has pulled down overall tourist arrivals in April. Visitor arrivals in April dropped by 8.9 per cent to 54,119 comp ...[more]...

Govt fails to promote adventure tourism

Though Nepal is well known as an adventure tourism destination, the government has failed to do anything substantial for the sector. “The mountains are being further commercialised but the government has not shown any interest a ...[more]...

Number of Indian tourists visiting Mustang doubles

Baglung: With the onset of summer, the number of Indian tourists arriving Mustang has increased drastically. Indian tourists visit the region during this time of the year to pay homage to Muktinath, view mysterious landscape and mountain ranges, a ...[more]...

NTB CEO selection body bounces back

The chief executive officer (CEO) selection sub-committee of the Nepal Tourism Board has resumed the appointment process after 18 months in limbo. On Monday, the sub-committee asked the 12 sho-rtlisted candidates to make their present ...[more]...

Tourist arrival up in Annapurna trekking route

Parbat: The number of tourists arriving to visit the Annapurna trekking area has increased as compared to the last year. The Annapurna trekking route is considered as one of the 10 most famous trekking routes in the world. ...[more]...

Initiative to promote tourism in Chobhar

KIRTIPUR: In a bid to promote tourism in the Chobhar area‚ a south-western belt of the capital city‚ the Jalbinayak Community Forest Users’ Group organised a visit for mediapersons. More than 40 journalists from diff ...[more]...

30443 tourists visit Mt. Everest in 9 months

Solukhumbhu: As many as 30,443 tourists have visited Mt. Everest area during a nine- month period of the current fiscal year 2069- 70 BS. According to the Sagarmatha National Park's Office at Jorsalle entry point, a total of 369 touri ...[more]...

Tourist length of stay down to 12.87 days in 2012

The average length of stay of tourists in Nepal has slipped to 12.87 days in 2012 from 13.12 days in 2011, according to the latest tourism statistics of the Tourism Ministry. Government officials and travel trade entrepreneurs attributed the fall ...[more]...

NTB CEO selection process to end soon

The recently formed two-member sub-committee of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) is preparing to announce names of three shortlisted candidates for the position of NTB chief executive. “We now have only 12 days left to shortlist three ...[more]...

Nisha Adhikari not in Mt Everest expedition team

Solukhumbu: It has been learnt that actors Nisha Adhikari and Arjun Kari, who are currently at the Everest Base Camp to scale the Mt Everest, have not acquired expedition permit from the tourism ministry. According to Sagarmatha Pollu ...[more]...

New norms soon for monitoring tourism biz in Pokhara

Pokhara: Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) is all set to introduce a code of conduct for tourism entrepreneurs in Pokhara. New norms for individuals and organizations involved in tourism business are to be announced Saturday. According to Tik ...[more]...

Pokhara-Sauraha tourist bus service begins Tuesday

Pokhara: A leading travel agency based in Pokhara is starting tourist bus service between Pokhara and Sauraha - two popular tourist destinations in the country - from Tuesday. Mountain Overland Tours and Travels is operating comfortab ...[more]...

Over 100 Nepali traders to take part in Kunming fair-China South Asia Expo 2013

More than 100 Nepali traders will be taking part in the first China South Asia Expo 2013 to be held from June 6 in Kunming, Yunnan province, China. The government of Yunnan province organized a promotional event in Kathmandu on Monday ...[more]...

NTB forms team to select CEO

Board members of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) have finally formed a sub-committee to select a new chief executive. The board meeting on Monday decided to form a committee comprising of board members Dhurba Narayan Shrestha and Phurba Gyalzen Sherpa, ...[more]...

Shesh Ghale partners with Sheraton to open 5-star hotel in Nepal

Shesh Ghale, the Australia-based Nepali millionaire businessman, has entered into joint venture with Sheraton to operate a five-star hotel in Kathmandu. An agreement, in this regard, has been signed between Ghale´s MIT Group Hol ...[more]...

Nisha Adhikari to scale Everest

Actress Nisha Adhikari will soon be heading to the highest peak of the world. She plans to scale Mt Everest, and supporting her endeavor is Mega Bank. At a press meet on Monday, Mega Bank’s CEO Anil Keshari Shah announced the co ...[more]...

Bhaktapur braces for Bisket Jatra festival

BHAKTAPUR: The stage is all set for the Bisket Jatra festival here in this ancient town. The Bisket Jatra is a famous festival with cultural and historical significance which commences with the start of the Nepali New Year, every year ...[more]...

Tourist attack leaves hotel staffer with permanent eye damage

A hotel staffer has been left with permanent eye damage after an acid attack by a tourist in a guest house in Thamel on Thursday. The attacker, who has been identified as Sales Ali from US, all of sudden came into the Annapurna Guest ...[more]...

New ultralight flight operator coming up in Pokhara

Pokhara: A new ultralight flights operator is coming up in Pokhara.Pokhara Ultralight Company is commencing operation in the tourist town within one and half months. At present, Avia Club has been operating ultralight flights in Pokhara. ...[more]...

Tourism can reduce trade gap

The increase in the number of Chinese tourists coming to Nepal could help the country balance its trade deficit with China, according to newly appointed ambassador of China to Nepal Wu Chuntai. Addressing a meeting with the Federation ...[more]...

Foreign visitor arrivals by air dip 2pc in March

Foreign visitor arrivals by air in Nepal dropped 2.1 percent to 62,442 in March, one of the major tourist seasons, compared to the same month last year. Drop in travellers from South Asia, particularly from India, has been attributed ...[more]...

Yoga trekking gaining popularity

Yoga trekking, which started about a year ago, is gaining popularity in Pokhara and surrounding areas. According to people promoting yoga trekking, trekkers have liked the new way of trekking that helps relieve fatigue. Purna Yoga and ...[more]...

NTB CEO selection in limbo

Due to disagreements between the private sector members of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), the sub-committee to select the chief executive officer could not be formed once again. The meeting held on Friday, was unable to select members to ...[more]...

TAAN to explore Humla

Trekking Agencies´ Association of Nepal (TAAN) has initiated the process of exploring new trekking routes in Humla district. Issuing a press statement on Sunday, TAAN sayid a seven-member team led by Rana Bahadur Khadka, its 2nd ...[more]...

Festival reflecting way of life in Lalitpur

Lalitpur: Streets of Patan are filled with the smell of Newari dishes and flecked with sparkling colors of traditional costumes even as resounding melodies of folk songs take the visitors back to the historical days. Lalitpur folks ar ...[more]...

New deluxe resort opens in Pokhara

Pokhara: Latest in the series of opening of new resorts with big investment is Atithi Resort and Spa, which came into operation in Lakeside of Pokhara on Friday. The resort, which claims to provide services equivalent to those extended by f ...[more]...

Tourism accounted for 3.6pc of Nepal's total employment

Nepal’s travel and tourism sector accounted for 3.6 percent of the total employment in the country in 2012, according to Travel and Tourism Economic Impact 2012 Nepal published by the World Travel and Tourism Council ( WTTC ). T ...[more]...

NTB board members to hold meeting soon

Board members of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) are set to hold another meeting on Friday to decide on the formation of a sub-committee. Due to repeated failures in forming a sub-committee in any of the board meetings, NTB, publishing a ge ...[more]...

Trekkers cut short length of stay

Due to access to motorable roads to trekking destinations, trekkers have cut short the length of stay. Earlier trekkers usually had at least a 10-day trekking schedule, but the length of both treks and stays has gone down due to motorable roads to ...[more]...

UWTC to get a brand new look

Wait for four months, and you’ll get to see UWTC in a new avatar,” Sandeep Hirachan, managing director of United World Trade Centre (UWTC) said on Friday. “Visitors will get to see a new ambience and structure inside the mall.&rd ...[more]...

Google Maps adds view from Mt Everest

AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE SAN FRANCISCO: Google has added views from some of the world’s tallest mountains to scenes woven into its popular online map service. Arm chair explorers were invited to take virtual adventures with me ...[more]...

24th National Industrial Expo kicks off

The 24th National Industrial Exhibition kicked off at Bhrikuti Mandap Exhibition Hall on Wednesday. The five-day event is being organized by Cottage and Small Industries Development Board (CSIDB) with the objective to promote goods manufactured by ...[more]...

Ishani Shrestha crowned Miss Nepal World 2013

Ishani Shrestha was crowned Miss Nepal World 2013 during the grand finale held at Nepal Academy Hall, Kamaladi on Wednesday evening. “I am beyond happy. Thank you for getting me here. My hard work and determination has paid off, ...[more]...

Time lists Garden of Dreams

Internationally acclaimed weekly magazine Time has rated Garden of Dreams as one of the favourite places to visit in the Soul section of its Travel Special. “If you find yourself in the frenetic Thamel tourist district of Kathma ...[more]...

Time lists Garden of Dreams

Internationally acclaimed weekly magazine Time has rated Garden of Dreams as one of the favourite places to visit in the Soul section of its Travel Special. “If you find yourself in the frenetic Thamel tourist district of Kathma ...[more]...

Fanta Miss Nepal today

“Everything comes to an end‚” shares reigning Miss Nepal Shristi Shrestha‚ who was crowned Miss Nepal 2012 on May 6‚ 2012‚ and whose reign as Miss Nepal comes to an end on March 20 as Fanta The Hidd ...[more]...

Discover the thrill of Everest Skydiving in Nepal

For the adventure junkies, it is always about pushing the limits, exploring new places just so they can feel that adrenaline rush. Be it surfing against the huge waves, skiing down the highest mountains of the world or parachuting from the tallest ...[more]...

Tourism sector plans protest :Say that they will refuse to pay taxes

Due to repeated disturbances in the tourism sector, tourism entrepreneurs, at a press meet, have announced that they will not pay taxes as part of their protest programme. “We are waiting for the government’s move on the i ...[more]...

Guidelines for long-term visa enforced

The government has formulated a new standard to issue long-term visas to foreign investors. Sources at Department of Industry (DoI) say the government will issue a maximum of five-year visa to foreign investors who meet certain terms ...[more]...

Drop in the number of Indian tourists hits hotel occupancy

Hotel room occupancy went down by around 10 percent over the first two months of 2013 mainly due drop in the number of Indian tourists. Hoteliers said room bookings by Indian tourists for the upcoming months (May-June) also do not look encou ...[more]...

Gulf carriers jack up fares on higher travel demand

Air travellers will have to open their wallets wider this season. Airlines from the Gulf serving Nepal have hiked airfares prompted by growing seasonal travel demand, and Indian carriers are expected to follow suit. Travel agencies re ...[more]...

Trekking tourism industry -Challenges and opportunities

"Employees must be given permanent placements‚ appointment letters‚ provident fund and all sorts of facilities an employee should get. One should see from the both sides: from employee's side- how can employees survive ...[more]...

International carriers post 8.33 percent passenger growth

International airlines operating in Nepal posted an 8.33 percent growth in passenger movement in 2012. Figures released by Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) show 29 international carriers, including Nepal Airlines Corporation and ...[more]...

Promotion key to attract tourists

Tourism entrepreneurs have claimed that lack of new innovation in Nepali tourism industry has severely affected the sector. According to Hotel Association Nepal (HAN), there have not been satisfactory arrivals for the Shivaratri festi ...[more]...

Hoteliers eye online channels to boost occupancy, revenue

With competition among hotels increasing, many hotels have started focusing on marketing through online solution providers. The hoteliers, who were limiting their online activities to having their hotel´s webpage and relying on ...[more]...

Govt to create tourism zones

Baglung: The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) has announced its plan to promote tourism throughout the country by creating 18 tourism zones. Speaking at a workshop organized in Baglung, Lok Bahadur Khatri, a jo ...[more]...

Indian tourist arrivals drop

The first two months of 2013 observed a fall in the arrival of Indian tourists.Visitor arrivals from India, which is the largest source market for the country, witnessed a decline of 26.1 per cent in the first month of 2013 and the trend continued ...[more]...

Air travel drops due to high fares, better road transport

High airfares and convenient surface transportation have caused a decline in domestic air passenger traffic in 2012. According to Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), domestic passenger movement dropped 0.55 percent to 1.575 million in 2012. Air ...[more]...

Nepal's women climbers break highest glass ceiling

It´s the world´s highest glass ceiling. Of the 3,755 climbers who have scaled Mount Everest, more than half are Nepalese but only 21 of those locals are women. Aiming to change the all-male image of mountaineering in their ...[more]...

TAAN to promote sustainable tourism

Trekking agencies in the country are adopting environment friendly principles in a bid to contribute toward sustainable tourism development and attract more eco-friendly trekkers. Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN), the umb ...[more]...

Tourist arrivals record six per cent increase

Tourist arrivals in February increased by six per cent to 45,123, as compared to the same month last year. The figure was released by Immigration Office, Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA). Arrivals from Asia — o ...[more]...

Rafting sector braces for rough waters

Drop in the number of adventure tourists is likely to hit rafting business this season. Rafting operators have reported 20 percent drop in booking this season (spring) compared to last year. They, however, are hopeful that last minute ...[more]...

KMC to revive three major parks in capital

For the Kathmanduites, green and well-maintained parks where families can spend quality time together on holidays have always been a distant dream. It is not that there aren´t parks in the capital at all. The city boasts of spac ...[more]...

Time for action to make Kathmandu livable city

Kathmandu used to be a paradise, with everybody dreaming to build a house, get a stable job and live happily. In terms of weather, Kathmandu is one of the best places to live in as far as I have known. But over the past few years, things have chan ...[more]...

Tourism industry optimistic about upcoming season

Travel trade industrialists are expecting good times this peak tourist season (March-May) after witnessing a slowdown in visitor numbers. Tourist arrivals in Nepal dropped in October last year and the growth rate slowed in November an ...[more]...

Sherpa overcomes prejudice for Everest feat

When Chhurim Sherpa was a child she was inspired to dream of scaling Mount Everest by the mountaineers heading to the Himalayan peaks which tower over her village in eastern Nepal. But economic and social pressures stood in her way, i ...[more]...

Ace Hotels investing Rs 250m on Ambassador Hotel

Ace Hotels and Resorts Group is investing Rs 250 million to construct an 8-storied building on the land occupied by Hotel Ambassador in Lazimpat. The group has already shifted operation of the 35-year-old hotel to Chhauni after its bu ...[more]...

Nepali woman in Antarctica expedition

Swati Lohia‚ representing Nepal in the ‘Antarctica Expedition 2013’ is all set for her journey to commence on February 28. The expedition is part of the Golden Jubilee celebration of the first ascent of Mount Everest. ...[more]...

Govt to open 23 new peaks for expedition

To mark the diamond jubilee of the ascent of Mt Everest on May 29, the government is all set to open 23 new peaks. After a series of lobbying by tourism entrepreneurs, the government has finally decided to open 23 new peaks to promote mountain tou ...[more]...

Nepal takes part in adventure travel expo

Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) bagged the first prize in the category of ‘Best Exhibit’ in Adventure Travel Expo held in Melbourne, Australia. The Expo was organised from February 23-24. During the programme, NTB was awarded th ...[more]...

Nepal's Chhurim first woman to scale Everest twice within days

A Nepali climber was confirmed on Monday as the first woman to scale Mount Everest twice in a single season, Guinness World Records said, after she made the second summit within days of the first. Chhurim Sherpa, 29, reached the 8,848 ...[more]...

Foreign airlines 'propose' code-share agreement

A number of foreign carriers have proposed code-share agreement with the Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC), sources in knowledge of the matter have said. The agreement, if signed, is expected to boost Nepal’s tourism sector and a ...[more]...

Nari Wedding and Gift Expo kicks off-Kopila Children Expo, Nepal International Consumer Expo begin too

The seventh edition of the Nari Wedding and Gift Expo 2013 kicked off at Bhrikutimandap in Kathmandu on Thursday. Also, the sixth edition of Kopila Children Expo 2013 and Nepal International Consumer Expo (NICE) 2013 too began at the same venue. O ...[more]...

Supreme Court allows mini casino operations

The Supreme Court has ordered the government to allow electronic gaming clubs (mini casinos) to operate. The court has nullified the now-defunct Public Accounts Committee (PAC) directives to shut them down until a casino regulation is formulated. ...[more]...

Headless NTB resumes efforts to appoint chief

The Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) has resumed efforts to appoint its chief after a 16-month hiatus. Following orders from the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) to the NTB board issued two weeks ago to honour the Supreme Court’s d ...[more]...

New paragliding directives soon

Pokhara: Underscoring the need to manage the booming paragliding business in Pokhara, paragliding entrepreneurs, Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) and aviation sports associations are working out paragliding operational directives. ...[more]...

Nepal participates in Thai Tourism Fair

Nepal has participated in the 12th Thai International Tourism Fair held in Thailand. In the tourism fair, Nepal promoted its various tourist products, especially Lumbini and the Buddha, said Sarad Pradhan, Media Officer at Nepal Touri ...[more]...

Govt to develop two eco-friendly trekking trails

The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) is developing two eco-friendly trekking trails as a part of its tourism infrastructure development project. Once the new trails are developed, Dakchhinkali will be connected ...[more]...

Tourist arrivals could drop this year

Due to the unstable political situation‚ traditional marketing plans‚ and lack of proper strategy‚ tourism entrepreneurs have said that 2013 might observe a fall in total tourist arrivals. Though the length of stay i ...[more]...

Pokhara hotels offer Valentine's Day discounts

Hotels in Pokhara are offering discounts to domestic tourists on both room tariff and food on the occasion of Valentine´s Day. They announced the discount--the first of its kind--in a bid to promote domestic tourism in the western Nepali cit ...[more]...

Sauraha Food Festival from Feb 13

The Restaurant and Bar Association, Sauraha, is organizing Sauraha Food Festival from February 13 to 16 in Sauraha, Chitwan. The objective behind organizing the festival is to promote domestic as well as international tourism, said Ra ...[more]...

Home Ministry fails to cut down on public holidays

In another failure to institute a two-day weekend and cut down on festive holidays , the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) has unveiled public holidays for the upcoming year 2070 BS. Earlier, the government’s plan to allot a two-d ...[more]...

Decreasing tourist stay worries experts

Pokhara: Tourism experts have expressed concern at the decreasing trend of tourist stay period in the Lake City. Transformation of Pokhara as a transit point rather than real destination has worried tourism experts. Experts gathered t ...[more]...

Yeti Airlines, IOM renew agreement

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and Yeti Airlines have extended their partnership. Yeti Airlines, which has been providing exclusive air travel service to IOM since 2008, has once more been selected to be the offici ...[more]...

Tourist arrivals down 16pc in January

Tourist arrivals shrunk 15.9 percent to 35,330 in January 2013. Arrivals from major source markets — China and India — dropped 40.3 percent and 26.1 percent, respectively. The number of tourists from Saarc countries decrea ...[more]...

TAAN eyes GHT management

Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) has requested the Department for International Development (DfID) to allow it to look after the overall management of the Great Himalaya Trail (GHT). GHT is one of the longest and h ...[more]...

Etihad's special fares

Etihad Airways — the national flag carrier of the United Arab Emirates — has introduced special rates for its Coral economy class flight experience, presenting flyers with a great solution to their travel needs, the company said. ...[more]...

Tourism board's campaign fails to gain momentum

Due to the lack of coordination between Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) and the private sector, promotional campaigns of the board have failed to gain momentum. “There is lack of coordination between us and the private sector due to w ...[more]...

TAAN urges bringing back benchmark fee

The Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) has urged the government to reintroduce the benchmark fee for trekkers on popular routes like Everest and Annapurna in a bid to discourage illegal operators. The government has been losing revenue ...[more]...

Rising unionism hits tourism sector

Rising trade unionism backed by political parties has hurt the tourism sector, according to tourism entrepreneurs. “Repeated strikes by politically backed trade unions have hit the tourist inflow growth rate,” said ...[more]...

Qatar Airways announces up to 30 pc discount

Qatar Airways has announced up to 30 percent discount on economy and business class fares to various destinations from Kathmandu. A press statement of the airlines on Monday stated that the offer is available from Kathmandu to destinations like Ho ...[more]...

Tourism promo protested

Dharmodaya Sabha, an organisation of Buddhists, today objected to a tourism promotional material titled ‘The Path’ published by Uttar Pradesh Tourism Board. The Sabha objected to the promotional material for mentioning tha ...[more]...

TAAN to make trekking permits mandatory for all trails

In a bid to make trekking business more organized and ensure safety of trekkers, Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) is mulling over making trekking permits mandatory for all trekking trails across the country. A recent meet ...[more]...

Tourism secretary urges to promote tourism

Tourism entrepreneurs have said that there should be collaboration between tourism entrepreneurs and the press as the role of press for the promotion and development of tourism is important. They expressed the view at a programme orga ...[more]...

Govt to offer tourist bus park space on lease

Pokhara: The government is preparing to offer land being used as tourist bus park in Pokhara to a private party on lease. Tourism entrepreneurs in the lake city has been using the land plot in Rastra Bank Chowk as tourist bus park for ...[more]...

Govt identifies sites for handicraft village

The government has identified Dhangadi, Surkhet, Chitwan, and Itahari/ Biratnagar as potential places to establish handicraft villages. A meeting between representatives from the Federation of Handicraft Associations of Nepal (FHAN), ...[more]...

Hotels slash tariffs as arrivals slump

Major hotels have slashed their tariffs since December last year following slowed growth in tourist arrivals. The room rates of most five-star properties have dropped 10-15 percent while the rest are in a wait-and-watch mode. Accordin ...[more]...

Investors rush to Lumbini as tourist arrivals take off

Bhairahawa: A growth in tourism at the Buddha’s birthplace of Lumbini has sparked a flurry of domestic and foreign investments in the hospitality sector. Demand for hotel accommodation has been rising sharply in recent years in ...[more]...

Qatar Airways launches advanced navigation system

Qatar Airways has achieved another milestone by becoming the first airline in the world to operate an aircraft with a new navigational approach into Nepal utilising the latest aircraft technology. The Doha-based airline implemented a ...[more]...

Domestic, Asian tourists keep rafting biz afloat

Despite rise in the number of rafters, rafting operators saw their revenue go down by around 25 percent in 2012. Rafting operators say the drop in the number of rafters from Europe and US, who prefer longer trips, affected their reven ...[more]...

TAAN for diversification of trekking routes

The Trekking Agents Association of Nepal (TAAN), an umbrella organization of trekking entrepreneurs, has emphasized the need for diversifying the trekking routes to attract more tourists every year. The TAAN is for indentifying furthe ...[more]...

Second international airport project stirs back to life

The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) has asked the National Planning Commission (NPC) to schedule a meeting to discuss expediting development of the proposed second international airport (SIA) in Nijgadh, Bara. ...[more]...

Yeti offers up to 45 percent discount

Yeti Airlines, a leading airline company, has announced discounts of up to 45 percent on airfares to different destinations in Karnali zone from Kathmandu and Nepalgunj. Saral Shamser Rana, deputy director of the airlines, said at a p ...[more]...

TIA to get new domestic terminal next year

Tribhuvan International Airport ( TIA ) will likely get a new domestic terminal with improved and advanced facilities next year. Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Posta Bahadur Bogati on Friday laid the foundation stone for the Rs 1 ...[more]...

Chitwan Park sees less tourists, but revenue doubles

Chitwan: The revenue of Chitwan National Park more than doubled in the first half of the current fiscal year, despite drop in number of tourists at the exotic national park located in central Nepal. The revenue collection of the park ...[more]...

Trekking permit system to go online

Foreign tourists planning to trek will soon be able to collect government permits to embark on the journey from the Internet. The online service will be introduced once the Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) and Nepal Touri ...[more]...

TIA gears up with extension plans

To manage the swelling number of passengers, Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) is gradually moving ahead with its plan to manage the passenger crowd at the country’s only international airport. Among a series of management p ...[more]...

Civil Trade Center opens door to public

Civil Trade Center (CTC), a shopping mall promoted by the Civil Group, formally came into operation on Monday. To mark the occasion, CTC is organizing different events until Friday. Events include cultural programs, CTC Mega Fusion Musical Program ...[more]...

Hotels mull energy surcharge of up to 20 Dollar

Star hotels are preparing to increase room tariff by up to US$20, as prolonged power cuts pushed up their operating cost. According to the Hotel Association of Nepal (HAN), majority of the hotel owners have agreed to push up room fare ...[more]...

Nepal, India to jointly promote domestic religious sites

Nepali and Indian travel agents are jointly launching a travel package to promote Lumbini and other Nepali religious sites, and increase the flow of foreign tourists to Nepal. The religious tourism package is being launched at the Nep ...[more]...

Chinese tourists shine in Nepal's tourism market

Chinese tourists are the newest wrinkle in the domestic tourism sector. Visitors from the northern neighbour are the second largest foreign travelers in the country in the last three years. Tourism Ministry’s preliminary statistics sh ...[more]...

TAAN seeks new trekking destinations

Though figures for 2012 show an increase in the number of trekkers, trekking agents have claimed there still is a need to diversify trekking destinations. “There has been a growth in number of trekkers but trekking in our countr ...[more]...

Tourism promotion

Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), along with five travel trade companies promoted Pashupatinath and Muktinath at the Travel and Trade Fair in Chennai, India, on January 4-6. Visited by more than 10,000 people, 1,000 travel trade companies a ...[more]...

Buddha Air expands

Buddha Air started a daily flight to Surkhet from Thursday. The company will increase the number of flights to the new destination if demand picks up in the coming days, it said, adding that it is the only domestic airline company to fly to Surkhe ...[more]...

Kathmandu listed in Top10 places to visit in 2013

Worldwide renowned travel advisory website--the tripadvisor.com--has listed Nepali capital Kathmandu in its top 10 best places to visit in Asia. Headquartered in the USA, the travel website, which operates internationally, including t ...[more]...

Air traffic down 5% in Pokhara

Pokhara: Air traffic in Pokhara Airport fell by 5 percent in 2012 compared to a year ago. According to airport officials, only 26,730 flights operated from the airport located in the western Nepali city in 2012 as against 28,260 in 20 ...[more]...

Gulf Air to stop flying to Kathmandu from March 25

"From January 11, Gulf Air — in the first phase — will reduce its flights to Kathmandu to five from the current 14 flights a week," according to operation director of President Travels — General Sales Agent of Gulf Air ...[more]...

Sheer love for Kathmandu

DR. DIPAK DEVKOTA I love Kathmandu, and spitting in the streets didn’t mean I didn’t. It was a big ‘no no’ when it came to spitting in the streets in New Zealand. It was frowned upon and it was usually ...[more]...

Holiday season fails to cheer hoteliers

A drop in number of Indian tourists and tepid response made by leisure travelers have pulled down room bookings in star hotels of the country. According to Kathmandu-based star hotels, average room occupancy in November, December and ...[more]...

Mustang to unveil tourism master plan

Pokhara: Mustang is soon coming up with a tourism master plan with the objective of bringing in more tourists in this northwestern Nepali district. The master plan is being prepared by the Mustang District Development Committee, Nepal ...[more]...

Sunauli-Belihiya entry point records 8.4pc growth in tourist arrivals

Bhairahawa: Tourist arrivals through the Sunauli-Belihiya point, the gateway of Lumbini, have increased 8.4 percent to 144,668 in 2012, according to the statistics of the Immigration Office Bhairahawa. Sunauli-Belihiya—a major e ...[more]...

Visit Lumbini Year fails to deliver

Government apathy in promotion and lack of inter-agency coordination have failed to attract one million tourists to Lumbini in 2012, as the year was observed as Visit Lumbini Year to promote Lord Buddha’s birth place internationally. ...[more]...

Tourist arrivals up 45 percent in Pokhara

Pokhara: The number of foreign tourists visiting Pokhara via air in 2012 increased by 45 percent to 84,423 compared to arrival figures of 2011. According to Pokhara Airport, 58,173 foreign tourists had entered Pokhara by aerial route ...[more]...

Simrik Air takes over Guna Airlines

Chopper operator Simrik Air has taken over the management of cash-strapped Guna Airlines.Guna Airlines, owned by Guna Group -- a business conglomerate that promote Guna Colony, Guna Cinema, Guna Cooperative, among others, was in a serious financia ...[more]...

Etihad awards agents

Etihad Cargo — a division of Etihad Airways — organised the ‘Annual Customer Award Programme 2012’ on Monday. Managing director of Nepal Shipping and Air Logistics (GSSA Etihad Cargo for Nepal) Jagat B Khadka, highlighted o ...[more]...

Lumbini welcomed 758k tourists in 2012

Bhairahawa: The number of tourists visiting the birth place of Lord Buddha during the Lumbini Visit Year 2012 grew by almost one-third compared to 2011, but still the arrivals fell short of the target set by the government by over 24 percent. ...[more]...

What's the world's best destination ?

London and New York City were named world's best travel spots based on opinions from the TripAdvisor community. TripAdvisor has honoured 440 outstanding destinations in 37 markets across the globe, including lists for Africa, Asia, Australia, the ...[more]...

Chitwan Festival and Central Industrial Trade Fair from Jan 9

Chitwan Festival and Central Industrial Trade Fair 2012 is being organized in Narayanghat of Chitwan from January 9-18 with an objective of promoting local products. The 10-day event will be held at the exhibition ground on the banks ...[more]...

Civil Mall celebrating New Year 2013

Civil Mall is organizing live concert by various artist on Tuesday on the occasion of New Year 2012. According to a press statement issued by the company, famous artists like Nima Rumba, Adrian Pradhan, Anil Singh, Shubani Moktan and Nepsydaz will ...[more]...

International air passenger up 7.59 percent

The number of international air passengers to and from Nepal increased by 7.59 percent over the first ten months of 2012, recording more than two-fold growth over the global forecast (of air passengers) that International Civil Aviation Organizati ...[more]...

Star hotels launch New Year's Eve packages

Star hotels in the capital have announced attractive packages for New Year´s Eve celebration, targeting local guests. Though the packages start from Rs 2,220, hoteliers are hopeful that they would get bigger crowd compared to la ...[more]...

Lumbini must be rebranded in Japan to attract more tourists

Nepal can mobilise its mission in Tokyo to promote Lumbini — the birth place of Lord Buddha — and to also attract investment from Japanese investors, according to an envoy. Suggesting the Nepali embassy in Tokyo to be more ...[more]...

Chefs play a key role in promoting country's tourism

Chefs as culinary artistes can play a vital role in attracting tourists, according to experts. Speaking at an interaction organised by Chef’s Association of Nepal, minister for science and technology Dr Keshavman Shakya said tha ...[more]...

Bird sightings at Barju lake increase

Chimadi: At a time when bird experts are concerned after birds began falling out from the sky in Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve, the increase in bird sightings at Barju Lake of Chimadi VDC of Sunsari can be taken as a good omen. The lak ...[more]...

Govt to simplify visas for Chinese tourists

The government plans to simplify visa procedures for Chinese tourists in a bid to increase arrivals from the northern neighbour. According to Tourism Ministry officials, a study team formed to recommend ways to ease visa procedures ha ...[more]...

TIA? CAAN fail to start 24-hour service

The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) and Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) are clueless regarding the round-the-clock operation of the country’s only international airport. Both CAAN and TIA have their own reasons be ...[more]...

Entrepreneurs banking on short treks for lean season

Trekking entrepreneurs that so far relied heavily on long trek to reap the most during the peak business season, which ended in November, are now hoping to do better business in a lean period as well -- thanks to the newly developed short trek pac ...[more]...

Mustang among top three regions to travel in 2013

Mustang, a region in northern Nepal, has found spot among the top three regions in Best in Travel 2013 by renowned travel guide book Lonely Planet. In its November issue, Lonely Planet had also featured Nepal as one of top ten Best Va ...[more]...

Domestic carriers see a meagre 1.57pc passenger growth

The growth in the number of domestic air passengers slowed to 1.57 percent in the first nine months (January-September) of 2012. Over the period, the number of domestic air travellers stood at 1.148 million. In the same period of 2010 ...[more]...

Rafting in Nepal:Nepal's most loved adventure sport

When roaring white water current flow beneath the clearest, brightest, blue sky; you know it's the time for some white river rafting, "As all major rivers get flooded during summer, autumn and spring become the ideal time to enjoy this exhila ...[more]...

FCUBE Cinema opens at KL Tower, Chabahil

K-town now boasts of a new multiplex. KL Cinema City on Thursday announced the opening of FCUBE Cinema —a premium multiplex at a newly-opened shopping complex—KL Tower at Chabahil, Kathmandu. KL Tower Chairman Kishan Lal S ...[more]...

Pokhara hotels plan special New Year programs

Pokhara: Hotels in Pokhara are organizing special programs on New Year eve, eyeing both domestic as well as foreign tourists. “We are organizing a special entertainment program till midnight to entertain domestic as well as foreign vis ...[more]...

Airlines to get temporary permits till ASAs revised

The Tourism Ministry plans to continue the temporary operating permit (TOP) scheme for international airlines connecting Kathmandu in 2013. A meeting between the ministry and representatives of the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (C ...[more]...

Macallan Restaurant starts its service

The Macallan Restaurant and Cigar Lounge located on the third floor of Times Square Mall in Durbar Marg officially started its service starting Friday. The cigar lounge along with wine cabinets houses a selective collection of cigars ...[more]...

Bibaha Panchami today

Janakpur: Bibaha Panchami festival, a religious festival among Hindu people, is celebrated across the country with zeal on Monday. Locals and pilgrims who arrived from different parts of the country and from India to Janakpur have bee ...[more]...

NTB board approves budget

The board meeting of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) on Tuesday approved a budget of Rs 570 million. The meeting that took place after more than three months has approved the budget for marketing, publicity, product development and research ...[more]...

Thamel fest kicks off

A two-day street festival kicked off in Thamel on Saturday. CNN Hero 2012 Pushpa Basnet inaugurated the festival organised by the Thamel Tourism Development Council. Organised with an aim to attract both domestic and foreign tourists ...[more]...

TAAN plans alternate route for Upper Manang

Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) will develop an alternate trekking route for Upper Manang trekkers. “We are trying to develop a trekking route that will be separate from the route that is being used for gene ...[more]...

NASA photo error puts Everest in India

The world´s highest mountain should not be hard to spot but American space agency NASA has admitted it mistook a summit in India for Mount Everest, which straddles the border of Nepal and China. The agency said on its website th ...[more]...

Discounts galore await tourists visiting Pokhara

Pokhara: In view of the upcoming Christmas and New Year, tourism entrepreneurs in Lake City, Pokhara, have collectively introduced a new scheme under which all hotels and restaurants will offer discounts in their menu in order to lure more tourist ...[more]...

Civil Mall hands over prizes

Civil Mall on Wednesday handed over prizes to the winners of its ´Civil Mall Dashain Tihar Malamal Festival´ which it organized on the occasion of Dashain and Tihar. Gurinder Singh, country manager of Tata Motors, handed o ...[more]...

3-year tourism plan aims to double arrivals to 1.5m

The government has prepared a three-year tourism plan designed to stimulate economic growth, create jobs and boost private sector investment. The comprehensive strategy will be implemented from fiscal 2013-14 to 2015-16. ...[more]...

Qatar launches flight to Poland

Qatar Airways launched its scheduled flights to Warsaw, Poland. The flight is its latest entry into Central Eastern Europe and 12th new route of the year. Despite the chilling weather, Qatar Airways’ Airbus A320, operating flight number QR 9 ...[more]...

Phaplu air terminal operational after 11 years

Solukhumbu: The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) -- airlines regulator -- has brought a flight terminal building into operation at Phaplu airport after three years of maintenance works. The terminal was damaged in a Maoist att ...[more]...

Airlines urged to apply safety standards seriously

The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) has urged all airlines to apply safety standards seriously if aviation is to continue to deliver on its immense promise. Speaking at a programme to mark International Civil ...[more]...

Increased tourist arrivals push NTB's budget up to Rs 616m

Nepal Tourism Board’s (NTB) projected budget for this fiscal year has jumped 59 percent to Rs 616 million as a result of surging tourist arrivals. The country has been seeing a continued growth in the number of tourists for the last three ye ...[more]...

Tourism board fails to promote country in international market

Destination Nepal has failed to achieve the desired result due to the failure of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) to select appropriate stakeholders while promoting the destination in the international market. “The participation of sta ...[more]...

NAC to get new aircraft for first time in 25 years

Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) usually hits the headlines for management fiascos and habitual flight cancellations and delays. However, the state-owned carrier has been in the news recently for a more cheerful reason. The government has recently ...[more]...

Casino Nepal to operate under new management

Casino Nepal, the oldest casino of the country, is resuming operations from December 26 under new management. Sikkim-based Mahjong Entertainment has already signed an agreement with Soaltee Crowne Plaza for the operation of the casino ...[more]...

Tourist arrivals by air reach all-time high

Tourist arrivals via air in the first 11 months of 2012 reached an all-time high of 553,430. According to the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), arrivals during the period January-November was up 10.4 percent year on year. Arrivals from India ...[more]...

Tourist arrivals rebound in November

The upward trend in tourist arrivals by air continued in November after a slight dip in October. According to the latest figures released by the Nepal Tourism Board, arrivals in November rose 2.2 percent to 59,411. Arrivals had dropped 7.3 percent ...[more]...

Aslam charms the Valley

The crowd was already going crazy. The collective voice for his name made a song in the air! There were cheers and screams in his name and it was getting tense by the minute. And finally the wait was over; he was in sight! The voice behind the sou ...[more]...

30% of tourists in Pokhara enjoy paragliding

Pokhara: Around 30 percent of foreign tourists visiting Pokhara come to the lake city to enjoy paragliding, according to Nepal Air Sports Association. “Of around 300,000 tourists visiting Pokhara, more than 100,000 enjoy paragli ...[more]...

Namaste Nepalese Air gets AOC

Namaste Nepalese Air (NNA) has received the go ahead from Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) to operate flights on different domestic routes. CAAN awarded Air Operator´s Certificate (AOC) to the carrier after completing it ...[more]...

Two airlines eye struggling Agni Air

Debt-ridden Agni Air is in ‘serious talks’ with prospective buyers. Multiple sources said two airline companies—Yeti Airlines Domestic Pvt Ltd and Swift Air Nepal—are in the race to acquire the struggling domestic carrier. ...[more]...

Nepal bags best destination award at IITM

Nepal received the best destination award at India International Travel Mart (IITM) in Maharashtra state of India last week. The India International Travel Mart — organised on November 23-25 — highlighted Nepal as the home ...[more]...

Kathmandu International Arts Festival begins

Lalitpur: The month-long Kathmandu International Arts Festival began here on Sunday. Exhibitions in different museums and art galleries of Kathmandu and Lalitpur and symposium are organised under the festival organised by the Siddhart ...[more]...

TAAN to promote honey hunting

Trekking Agencies´ Association of Nepal (TAAN) is studying the prospects of adding honey hunting and canyoning in trekking packages in Lamjung, a statment of the assocaition said on Sunday. A delegation of TAAN participated in t ...[more]...

Tourist Arrivals by Land (Jan-0ct) 2012

Bhairahawa top gateway for overland travellers Tourist arrivals via surface route have increased 8.82 percent to 162,549 in the first 10 months of 2012, according to government statistics. The country welcomed 656,568 tou ...[more]...

Soaltee Crowne Plaza bags WTA

Soaltee Crowne Plaza Kathmandu has won the prestigious World Travel Awards (WTA) 2012 — also described as the ‘Oscars of the travel industry’ by the Wall Street Journal — for ‘Nepal’s Leading Hotel’. ...[more]...

Tourism entrepreneurs press for more budget for international promotion

Tourism entrepreneurs related to various sub-sectors of the hospitality industry have asked Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) to raise its currently budget for promoting Nepal in the international and domestic market by 60 per cent in the current fiscal y ...[more]...

Tourism board to approach apex court

Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) has finally decided to request the Supreme Court to find a way out to end the year-long selection process for a chief executive officer (CEO). “We have decided to approach the Supreme Court to g ...[more]...

NTB to focus on Scandinavia, CIS region in 2013

In its bid to increase tourist arrivals from new market segment, Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) on Sunday announced that it would focus its promotional campaigns on Scandinavian and CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) in 2013. Though ...[more]...

Nepal among Top 10 value destinations for 2013: Lonely Planet

With airfares likely to increase through the new year, travelers are looking to get the biggest bang for their buck. Lonely Planet's "Best value destinations" for 2013, part of its "Best in Travel" annual series, m ...[more]...

Tourists make a beeline to Sandakpur

Ilam: Hotels in Sandakpur of Ilam are brimming with domestic as well as foreign tourists. Not only Sandakpur, hotels in other neighboring areas like Chhintapu, Alahatar and Jaubari are also filled with visitors. Tourists started visit ...[more]...

Monthly tourist arrivals fall for first time in three years

Nepal witnessed a negative growth in monthly tourist arrivals for the first time since June 2009. Arrivals via air dropped 7.3 percent to 67,901 in October, the peak tourist season, according to the monthly tourist arrival figures released by the ...[more]...

Mustang among top 10 in Best in Travel 2013

Mustang among top 10 in Best in Travel 2013 Mustang in north central Nepal has been named one of the world’s top 10 regions in Best in Travel 2013, published by Lonely Planet, the largest travel guide book and digital media publ ...[more]...

Number of tourists up in Tatopani

DHUNCHE: The number of tourists visiting Rasuwa district for trekking around the Tamang Heritage Circuit has been growing day by day. Similarly, more and more tourists are coming to enjoy the hot spring bath at Tatopani and for sight- ...[more]...

Occupancy at star hotels grew 5% in Oct

Star hotels in the capital reported a nominal 5 percent growth in room occupancy in October - the peak tourist month, compared to October 2011. They, however, reported significant growth in revenue during the month. Hoteliers say the ...[more]...

Dhulikhel resorts brimming with Chinese tourists

Banepa: Resorts and lodges in Dhulikhel in regular days are generally preferred for hosting domestic and regional seminars and meetings. But this Dashain, they became a favorite destination for Chinese tourists. Resorts operators said ...[more]...

Paragliding operators doing brisk business

Pokhara:Another flying season is here and hoards of paragliders have crowded the airspace of the lake city. Sarangkot, Pame and Khapaudi in Pokhara see over 300 flyers daily. Considered one of the top five paragliding destinations in ...[more]...

Decline in domestic tourism hits elephant safari

Chitwan: Though hoteliers in Sauraha are upbeat amid an impressive rise in overall tourist arrivals, a decline in the flow of domestic tourists, who account for the most number of customers for elephant safari, has pushed down business for elephan ...[more]...

Dashain, tourist season boost airlines business

Domestic airlines have reported around 30 to35 percent more business during Dashain festival, which coincided with the onset of the main tourist season in the country, compared to normal times. The operators, who were not so hopeful o ...[more]...

14 new tourist buses added on Kathmandu-Pokhara route

Pokhara: Seven travel agencies have added more than a dozen tourist buses on Kathmandu-Pokhara route to cater to the rising number of domestic as well as foreign tourists visiting the lake city. Bluesky, Sahara, Loyal, Rainbow Safari ...[more]...

Nepali investors purchase Summit Hotel

Two Nepali investors have purchased Summit Hotel from Foundation Nepal Holland House (FNHH). The Dutch group had been running the three-star hotel since 1978. According to Beed Management, which was hired as an advisor to the seller, ...[more]...

Let's visit Lumbini!

BISHNU PRASAD DEVKOTA The Government of Nepal is celebrating Visit Lumbini Year (VLY) 2012 to promote the Buddha’s birthplace, and I’m just curious to know how many Nepalis may have visited Lumbini. The othe ...[more]...

Lumbini hotels target domestic tourists

Lumbini: Hotels in Lumbini -- the birthplace of Gautam Buddha -- that so far concentrated on foreign tourists for their business have lately shifted their focus and taken initiatives to lure and cater to the needs of the domestic tourists. ...[more]...

Festive season: Domestic tourists throng Begnas

Lekhnath: The trend of visiting different places during the festive season has been increasing. Pokhara and its adjoining areas are among other several tourist destinations where domestic tourists are coming in their hordes. The pl ...[more]...

Dashain begins, Ghatasthapana today

Hindu people across the nation have been observing Ghatasthapana , the first day of Dashain festival on Tuesday by sowing seeds of Jamara (sacred plants) at home and temples. Dashain , the greatest festival of Hindu’s, is dedica ...[more]...

VLY 2012 campaign fails to double Lumbini visitors

Lumbini: The total number of tourists visiting Lumbini has increased by just 20 percent during the last nine months compared to the number recorded during the same period last year despite the government´s commitment to double the number of ...[more]...

Trekking workers to get revised pay

Trekking workers will now receive the revised trekking charges effective from January 1, 2013. “We have resolved the conflict between unions, and on mutual understanding, we agreed to give increased wages to trekking workers fro ...[more]...

Qatar Airways joins oneworld alliance

Qatar Airways, which is one of the world’s fastest growing and most highly rated airlines, has joined oneworld, the world’s leading quality airline alliance. Its election as a oneworld member designate was announced in New ...[more]...

Dashain Bazaar 2012 kicks off

The 5th Dashain Bazaar 2012 kicked off at Direction Exhibition and Convention Center (DECC), Tripureshwar on Wednesday. The five-day fair is being organized by DECC to make Dashain shopping easier for people. Chitra Paudel, coor ...[more]...

Malls, shopping complexes announce schemes to attract Dashain shoppers

With Dashain at our doorsteps, malls and shopping complexes around the valley have announced special schemes to attract customers who go on a shopping spree during the festival. Leading malls and shopping complexes like Civil Mall, Pe ...[more]...

Trekking workers to get pay raise from Jan

Trekking Agencies´ Association of Nepal (TAAN) and three trade unions of tourism workers have agreed to raise daily wage of trekking staff by Rs 200 effective from January, 2013. The two sides signed an agreement to this effect ...[more]...

Turkish Airlines to fly direct to Kathmandu by year end

Turkish Airlines is most likely to start direct flights on Kathmandu-Istanbul route by the end of this year. “After a long lobbying, the direct flights between Istanbul and Kathmandu is going to start by the end of 2012 or the e ...[more]...

NTB sans chief executive officer for a year

Though it has been almost a year, members of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) are still clueless regarding its chief executive officer (CEO). The chief executive’s post has remained vacant for about one year after the retirement of Pra ...[more]...

Emphasise on attracting Chinese buddhists to visit Lumbini

The Nepal-China Friendship Society, Lumbini has stressed on the need to attract Buddhists from China to visit Nepal and especially Lumbini in order to make the Lumbini Visit Year 2012 successful. The Society has suggested facilitating ...[more]...

Int'l carriers' pax numbers up 11.63pc

International airlines serving in Nepal saw an 11.63 percent rise in passenger movement in the first six months (January-June) of 2012 compared to the same period last year. The rise has been attributed to the increment in the number of Nepalis de ...[more]...

Happy Deals Trade Fair throws doors open

The Kathmandu Post Happy Deals Trade Fair 2012 kicked off on Thursday at Exhibition Hall, Bhrikuti Mandap. The expo features more than 50 stalls offering a variety of items ranging from ICT products, automobiles, fashion wear and garments to handi ...[more]...

Pokhara to get new three-star hotel

Kaski:  Pokhara, of late, is witnessing an increased investment in the tourism sector. Among the latest big projects is a luxury three-star hotel—Atithi Resort and Spa. Four siblings—Ram, Laxman, Bharat and Shatrughan ...[more]...

New jungle trail for tourists in Sauraha

Chitwan:Sauraha-based tourism entrepreneurs on Thursday opened a new jungle trail for tourists on the occasion of 33th World Tourism Day. The new jungle trail connects Sauraha with Marchauni Khola through Purano Padampur alongside the ...[more]...

Clear policy stressed for rural tourism

Lalitpur: Need of a clear policy for development of rural tourism has been stressed. The need was pointed out at the three-day national conference on development of rural tourism here on Wednesday. It is essential to generate employme ...[more]...

'Guerrilla Trek' unveiled to promote tourism

With the objective to promote ´War Tourism´, Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) and Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) along with local organizations have jointly unveiled the "Guerrilla Trek". UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Puspa ...[more]...

Airlines not recieving impressive booking for Dashain

Domestic airlines are expecting a normal business during the festive season as they have not received impressive booking so far. Following normal enquiry, the operators have not unveiled their plans to add the flight frequency which was a normal t ...[more]...

Indian, Chinese tourists top Nepal arrivals list

India and China sent the highest number of tourists to Nepal via air in the first nine months of 2012. Indian and Chinese visitors accounted for 41.2 percent of total arrivals over the period (January-September). Arrivals from the sou ...[more]...

Trekking workers padlock TAAN offices

Three trade unions of trekking workers padlocked Kathmandu-based head office and Pokhara-based regional office of Trekking Agencies´ Association of Nepal (TAAN) on Monday, citing delay in implementation of an agreement that among others incl ...[more]...

Hoteliers to adopt eco-friendly measures

With the objective to contribute towards sustainable tourism, hoteliers have expressed commitment to adopt more eco-friendly measures in their operation. In a recent program organized by Hotel Association Nepal (HAN), the hoteliers stated that the ...[more]...

Sauraha hotels see impressive booking up to December

Chitwan: Most of the hotels in Sauraha, which are busy accommodating the rising number of tourists, have reported that they have received impressive booking for this season up to December. “We have been witnessing rising crowds ...[more]...

33RD WORLD TOURISM DAY: Special welcome, packages greet tourists

With the theme of ´Tourism and Sustainable Energy Powering Sustainable Development´, tourism entrepreneurs on Thursday celebrated the 33rd World Tourism Day (WTD) organizing various functions across the country. They also unveiled spec ...[more]...

Govt refuses tax benefits for tourism

Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation will not provide discounts in tax and royalty to tourism businesses. Addressing the 33rd World Tourism Day, minister for culture, tourism and civil aviation Posta Bahadur Bogati said tha ...[more]...

Travel Agency opened in Jhapa

KAKADBHITTA: A woman of Char Ali in Jhapa has opened a travel agency with an objective of promoting tourism of the eastern development region. Uma Shrestha of Char Ali Bazaar has opened the travel agency Yujal Green World Travel and T ...[more]...

TAAN preparing to include Humla as new trekking destination

Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) is preparing to operate trekking at Humla. TAAN had identified five new destinations — Taplejung, Gorkha, Solukhumbu, Dolpa and Humla. The association has already started trek ...[more]...

Today is 33rd World Tourism Day

The 33rd World Tourism Day is being celebrated worldwide today with the theme ‘Tourism and Sustainable Energy: Powering Sustainable Development’ set by the United Nations World Tourism Organization. The day is celebrated e ...[more]...

Ghodepani folks gear up for trekking routes construction

MYAGDI: Tourism entrepreneurs of Ghodepani in Myagdi district have geared up for the maintenance of old trekking routes and construction of new ones in different parts of the villages. Most of the trekking routes available in the vill ...[more]...

Transporters open bookings for Dashain

National Transport Entrepreneurs Federation of Nepal (NTEFN) -- the umbrella organization of transporters -- has opened advance booking for passangers travelling to different destinations to celebrate the Dashain festival. One can boo ...[more]...

Holiday inside Nepal? Not a bad idea AT ALL!

With bungee jumping, paragliding and zip-line, local tourism has flourished greatly over the last few years. Apart from adventure sports, village home stay programs have also helped in elevating local tourism. Traveling within Nepal now is far mor ...[more]...

Civil Mall launches 'Malamal' offer

Civil Mall has launched ´Dashain Tihar Malamal Festival´ offer in which customers can get various gift hampers through a lucky draw. According to Nishant Shrestha, head of marketing and communication at Civil Mall, customer buying good ...[more]...

Airlines, travel agencies to defy Pokhara airport shut down

Airlines and travel agencies have decided to defy the ´airport shut down´ strike by locals and resume regular flights and other services in Pokhara from Wednesday. Though the operators and travel trade entrepreneurs in the ...[more]...

16 temples at Hanumandhoka Durbar opened for visitors

The Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) has opened 16 different temples situated on the Hanumandhoka Durbar premises to the general public and visitors. These temples were not opened for the public prior this. The temples opened for vie ...[more]...

Dashain Carnival in town

To usher in the festive season, Partynepal—one of the oldest and most renowned event management houses in the country—is pulling out all the stops. A mega event has been planned for the end of the month, to get partygoers and families ...[more]...

More climbers visited country this spring

A total of 3,005 climbers came to Nepal this spring.Among them, some 2,225 mountaineers climbed peaks recommended by Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA), and 780 climbed expedition peaks that are under the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil ...[more]...

Third anniversary celebrations: Ace Travels creates history; opens 12 branches in a day

AceTravels.com marked its third anniversary on Friday, inaugurating 12 new branches across the country. This is first time that a Nepali travel agency has opened a dozen branches in a day. The new branches have been opened in Biratnag ...[more]...

Big hotels enter high season with major makeover

Kathmandu’s five-star hotels have completed major refurbishment projects in time for the peak tourist season which got underway recently. Guests can look forward to new look rooms and added amenities. Some of the hotels have renovated their ...[more]...

Nepal promoted at China Hunan International Festival

The China Hunan International Festival organised in Hunan, a major city of China, concluded on Thursday. The festival was organised with the objective of promoting Nepal-China relations at the people's level. Ten countries including N ...[more]...

NTB board to use 25pc of last fiscal's budget

The first board meeting of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) after the reinstatement of its board members has decided to use 25 per cent of the budget of 2011-12. “NTB had a budget of Rs 380 million in the last fiscal year, and the boar ...[more]...

Special offers, discounts to mark World Tourism Day

Hoteliers on Wednesday announced a discount of up to 50 percent on accommodation and food for foreign tourists for a week from September 23 to mark the 33rd World Tourism Day. Tourism entrepreneurs also announced free dinner and free ...[more]...

Domestic airlines carry 801k passengers in H1, 2012

Domestic air passenger movement grew 5.35 percent to 801,769 in the first six months of 2012 compared to the same period last year. Aircraft movement, however, dropped 9.42 percent during the same period. Aviation watchers have attrib ...[more]...

Travel agencies unveil outbound tour packages for festive season

Kathmandu: As the biggest festival Dashain approaches closer, travel agencies have unveiled attractive overseas tour packages targeting the Nepalis who prefer to move out to the foreign destinations during the holidays. Under the new ...[more]...

Offers galore greet festive shoppers

Targeting the Dashain festival when people indulge in a major shopping spree, traders have started to launch attractive schemes. Offers have been introduced on almost all major consumer items—from garment and electronics to automobiles. ...[more]...

Pashupatinath Temple gears up for festivities

The Pashupati Area Development Trust (PADT) has completed preparations for the Teej festival, which is on Tuesday. “We have completed all preparations for the festival,” said Shila Pant, coordinator of the main organising ...[more]...

The Beatles to rock Kathmandu TODAY

After 10 shows spread out over a month, the Golden Moments grand finale is taking place on September 13, 2012. The series of Golden Moments was especially dedicated to The Beatles and was strategically planned to coincide with the bir ...[more]...

Bahrain Air resuming flights to Ktm from Friday

Bahrain Air, which suspended its flights to Kathmandu on June 11, is resuming operations to the Nepali capital from Friday. According to a senior airline official, the flight will resume operations with two flights a week. “We d ...[more]...

BEATLES lands in Kathmandu for Golden Moments

The Golden Moments, which kicked off on August 15, 2012, is heading towards its grand finale this week with Gary Gibson and Richard Neale all set to rock Kathmandu with their world class impersonation of John Lennon and Paul McCartney. ...[more]...

Declining casino business hits star hotels' revenue

While the mismanagement and labor issue continues to disturb the casino business, it has also hit the business of the star hotels. The statistics provided by the hoteliers suggest that they have observed the business down by up to 35 ...[more]...

BB Airways to start service from Oct 11

Nepali startup BB Airways on Saturday announced its scheduled flights to Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong from October 11 with its Boeing 757-200 aircraft. The carrier also announced charter flights to Seam Reap, Cambodia and Narita, Tokyo. ...[more]...

Domestic airlines announce ticket booking for Dashain

Domestic airlines operators have opened booking for Dashain, more than a month ahead of the start of the biggest festival. Increasing competition amongst operators and computerized booking system has encouraged operators for advance sales. ...[more]...

Declining tourist arrivals from India, China worries entrepreneurs

The declining number of Indian and Chinese tourists has worried tourism entrepreneurs expressing fears that the trend was likely to continue in coming months as well. Tourist arrivals from India and China, which was observing sustaine ...[more]...

Room tariff of Pokhara hotels up by 25%

Pokhara: Pokhara based hoteliers have increased room tariff by as much as 25 percent. Hoteliers said the booking for the peak season was received with the increased tariff ranging from 15 to 25 percent compared to same period of last year. ...[more]...

Domestic airlines hike fuel surcharge

The Airlines Operators Association of Nepal (AOAN) has decided to increase fuel surcharge on all domestic flights from September 5 following the hike in aviation fuel price on Sunday. The Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) hiked the aviation ...[more]...

Nepal-Malaysia tour fair opens

Nepal-Malaysia Travel Mart 2012, organised by the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) and Tourism Malaysia, opened here on Sunday with the objective of providing a marketing opportunity for tour operators of the two countries. According to the ...[more]...

Tourist arrivals grow by a meagre 2.5pc

Nepal witnessed a meager 2.5 percent growth in tourist arrivals in August, thanks to a negative growth in visits from India and China — the major source markets. Decline in arrivals from the long-haul markets — Germany, Switzerland, Sp ...[more]...

Malaysia Airlines launches direct flights between Kathmandu and Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia Airlines has commenced direct flights to Kathmandu from Kuala Lumpur on Saturday. The national flag carrier of Malaysia will operate three times a week on Kuala Lumpur-Kathmandu-Kuala Lumpur route. The airlines is using a two ...[more]...

Top five trekking agencies awarded

Trekking Agencies´ Association of Nepal (TAAN) has awarded top five trekking agencies in the country amid a program in the capital. The association awarded Royal High Mountain Treks as the top agent for the fiscal year 2011/12 i ...[more]...

Int'l airlines offer special fares for Hajj

International airlines flying from Kathmandu have started competing for passengers going for Hajj to Mecca. Qatar Airways, which operates four flights from Kathmandu to Doha, and two flights a day from Doha to Jeddah is offering a spe ...[more]...

Efforts lacking to tap potential for adventure sports in the country

Nepal’s rugged terrain and natural beauty should make it a popular destination for adventure sports enthusiasts. Thousands travel the world over in search of adrenaline rushes from falling off of cliffs or jumping out of planes. Despite Nepa ...[more]...

Hotel booking for peak season encouraging in Chitwan

Chitwan:Sauraha based hoteliers are overwhelmed with the hotel booking for the upcoming peak season. Hoteliers said although the peak season was beginning from October, rooms in most of the hotels were already booked. Chitwan is consi ...[more]...

Stores woo shoppers with clearance sales

Various apparel outlets in the capital have announced stock clearance sales, offering discounts of up to 50 percent, as they prepare to bring in new products targeting Dashain festival as well as winter season. Central Retail - the au ...[more]...

Golden Moments to rock Thamel

Golden Moments 2012 is back with a big bang to rock the city. One of the most awaited music series, Golden Moments – Tribute to Rock, started from August 15, 2012. As a part of the event, Dinesh and The Usual Suspects have perfo ...[more]...

Mega Bank Photo Exhibition 2068 to go on tour

Mega Bank Photo Exhibition 2068 is being organized by the Photo Journalist Club and Janchetanaka Lagi Sanchar Manch Nepal Pokhara. The exhibition will display 25 selected photos each from four categories such as News, Daily Life, Tour ...[more]...

Flights into KTM almost booked out for autumn

International airlines serving Nepal are seeing a surge in inbound bookings. Almost every flight into Kathmandu is 90 percent booked for October and November while 75 percent of the seats have been booked for September, said travel agents. ...[more]...

TAAN urges for compulsory guide system

The government is planning for a compulsory guide or porter system for individual trekkers in the Langtang region only. Trekking agencies have requested the government for a compulsory guide or porter for individual trekkers in all th ...[more]...

Tourism ministry says no entry to Nepalis in casinos

Tourism ministry that had vehemently been pushing for allowing affluent Nepalis in casinos has retracted from its stance and has instead proposed barring entry to Nepalis, according to a draft of Casino bylaw that the Ministry of Culture, Tourism ...[more]...

Room bookings in Pokhara Hotels hit 100%

As the peak season for tourism nears, most of the hotels in Pokhara have received 100 percent booking. The hoteliers said they were having tough time managing rooms for October and November as the booking in many days of these months had hit 100 p ...[more]...

HAN asks ministry to implement suggestion

Hotel Association Nepal has urged the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation to implement the suggestions of the high level committee. The high level committee — formed by prime minister Dr Baburam Bhattarai to study th ...[more]...

Nepal promoted in London

London: Nepali community residing in London on Sunday participated in a business expo to promote Visit Lumbini Year (VLY) 2012. Nepal is participating in the event since 2010. Most of the Asian countries have set up their stalls in the expo. ...[more]...

Govt lifts ban on solo trekking

The government has decided to put its decision to ban independent trekking on hold until further notice. It had earlier decided to make support staff mandatory for independent trekkers, citing trekkers´ safety. Issuing a notice, ...[more]...

Muslims' biggest festival Eid al-Fitr today

Muslims across the country on Monday are celebrating Eid al –Fitr with much gusto and fanfare. The day marks the end of Ramadan, the holy festival of the Muslim community. The Muslims observing this festival stay on fast for sel ...[more]...

Tourism industry seeks flexible renewal policy

Tourism entrepreneurs have urged the government to develop a flexible policy for the licence renewal of registered travel and trekking agencies. According to the travel and trekking agencies, the licence renewal process for travel and trekking age ...[more]...

Big hotels sprucing up for peak season

With the peak tourism season round the corner, hoteliers are gearing up for renovation and upgradation. Besides, regular renovation, hoteliers are also preparing to add power supply alternatives and other amenities. Peak tourism seaso ...[more]...

Hotels plan tariff hike as bookings pour in

Most of the five-star hotels in Kathmandu have been planning to hike their tariffs by up to 20 percent with the peak tourist season starting from September. Some of them have already upped the rates encouraged by increased bookings. H ...[more]...

Father's day marked nationwide

Father’s Day is being marked all over the country on Friday to celebrate the love and the bond between fathers and their children. The major market places in the Valley have been inundated since morning with people shopping for ...[more]...

Trekkers from SAARC to pay less

Trekkers from South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries can now trek at a revised trekking charge that is about 72 per cent lower than current trekking charge. Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) along with Trekking Age ...[more]...

Teej Festival next week

Women´s Creation - a community based non-profit organization working for the empowerment of women - is organizing ´11th Dabur Special Jasmine Teej Festival 2012´ from August 23-16 at Direction Exhibition and Convention Center (DE ...[more]...

NTB to propose new destination :Planning to promote Nepal in BRICS

Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) is planning to identify Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) as an emerging tourism market for Nepal. “We are planning to propose BRICS as a promising tourism market at the NTB board me ...[more]...

Soaltee Crowne Plaza bags 'Best Intl Business Hotel' award

Soaltee Crowne Plaza has won the Today´s Traveller Award 2012 for Best International Business Hotel in Nepal, a statement of the hotel said. The hotel had received the award for best business hotel in the year 2008 as well. &nbs ...[more]...

HAN to promote tourism in Sri Lanka

With the objective of attracting foreign investment in tourism sector, Hotel Association of Nepal (HAN) is organizing a promotional program in Sri Lanka. The program is also targeted at attracting Sri Lankan tourists to visit Nepal. & ...[more]...

TAAN to develop trekking trails in Dolpo

Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) is all set to promote existing trails and other adventure tourism activities in the Dolpo region. A team led by TAAN President Mahindra Singh Thapa after completing a 28-day exploration in ...[more]...

Paragliding reaches new heights in Pokhara

Seven more paragliding companies in Pokhara have been given operating licenses in the last one year as a testimony to the fast rising popularity of the adventure sport. According to the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN), there ...[more]...

Pokhara's tourism industry attracts Rs 300m new investment

Pokhara: Tourism industry in Pokhara attracted fresh investment of more than Rs 300 million over the past year. The new investments came mainly on hotel, travel and trekking sub-sectors, according to Pokhara Tourism Office. According ...[more]...

Dragon Air to increase frequency to Kathmandu

Dragonair — the sister airline of Cathay Pacific — will increase its flight frequency between Kathmandu and Hong Kong from September 1, with a daily flight. “With a daily flight we will again offer better convenience ...[more]...

Lack of effective promotion hits home stay tourism

Despite growing interest of tourists toward home stay, tour operators are not being able to sell home stay packages in the lack of effective promotion. Though many villages across the country provide home stay service, tour operators ...[more]...

Made in Nepal Products and Service Exhibition 2012in Sept

Nepalese Young Entrepreneurs Forum (NYEF) -- a representative body of young Nepali entrepreneurs -- is organizing the fourth edition of Made in Nepal Products and Service Exhibition 2012 in the capital in the first week of September. ...[more]...

Promoters unveil tourism development plan

Chautara: Amid concerns about the world’s popular white-water rafting being threatened by the planned 102MW Middle Bhotekoshi Hydropower Project (MBHP) in Sindhupalchowk, the project on Thursday unveiled plans to expedite inclusive tourism p ...[more]...

Tourism professionals feted

Gantabya Nepal -- a tourism fortnightly magazine -- has felicitated Subash Nirola, officiating CEO of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), with Tourism Man of the Year for 2012 award for his contribution in tourism promotion. Ministry for Cultu ...[more]...

Poor booking enquiries worry hoteliers

Lingering political instability in the country is likely to hit occupancy of hotels in the coming season. According to hoteliers, booking enquiries have slowed down by more than 50 percent because the election date coincides with the ...[more]...

Hindu worship serpent god to mark Nag Panchami

People all across the country on Tuesday celebrated the Hindu festival of Nag Panchami worshipping the serpent god and goddess. Devotees thronged religious places like Nag Daha, Tau Daha, Pashupatinath and Nag Pokhari in the Capital t ...[more]...

IATA says agents should pay airlines weekly

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has informed travel agents that they will have to pay the airlines for the tickets they sell on a weekly basis instead of fortnightly as has been the practice. IATA has planned to imp ...[more]...

Nag Pachami being observed today

The festival of Nag Panchami celebrated every year on the fifth day of the waxing moon in the month of Saun according to the lunar calendar is being observed on Tuesday by pasting the pictures of Nag or the serpent deity above the main gate of hou ...[more]...

Int'l airlines sales registers record growth

With the increase in international air passenger traffic, the business of airline companies operating in Nepal recorded an all time high growth last year with the total business volume touching Rs 12 billion, a 20 percent rise. Accord ...[more]...

TAAN mulling compulsory guides for solo trekkers

The Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) said that it was considering making it compulsory for solo trekkers to take a guide to ensure their safety from Sept 1. TAAN said that the government had banned free independent travel ...[more]...

Indian and Chinese tourists have lowest length of stay

Nepal received the highest number of tourists from India and China, but their length of stay is the lowest among all the source markets. According to the Tourism Ministry, visitors from the two neighbouring countries spent 7.99 and 10.14 days resp ...[more]...

Fulbari Resort unveils summer package

Pokhara:Fulbari Resort has unveiled attractive summer package targeting Nepali and Indian tourists. The hotel launched the package that starts from Rs 15,999 to attract tourists during this lean period. At present, The 165-room hotel ...[more]...

Beyond Kathmandu-Pataleban

There are lots of places to go and see in Kathmandu but sometimes why not go beyond the gates of Kathmandu. This is my experience when I did so not long ago. Recently, I visited a beautiful place just 45 minutes drive from Kathmandu, on a bright S ...[more]...

Qatar Airways bags 'World's Best Airline' award

Qatar Airways has been awarded ´World´s Best Airline´ for the second running year at the annual Skytrax World Airline Awards, a statement of the airlines said on Monday. Along with the title of the top airline, the D ...[more]...

Tourist arrivals sees healthy growth

Total tourist arrivals increased to 22.1 percent during fiscal year 2011-12. Along with international promotional programmes and national tourism campaign, Nepal Tourism Year (NTY) 2011, Nepal successfully re-established itself as a t ...[more]...

Average tourist stay jumps to 13.12 days

The average length of tourist stay in Nepal has almost doubled over the past decade and jumped to 13.12 days in 2011/12. The industry earned foreign currency worth Rs 24.61 billion over the first eight months of the fiscal year, says ...[more]...

'Chaliye Pokhara' road show a big hit in Indian cities

Lucknow: Tourism entrepreneurs from Pokhara are setting their sights on tourists from bordering Indian cities to boost their business. The Paschimanchal Hotel Association Pokhara (PHAP) in association of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) recently carried ...[more]...

2nd Kathmandu Literary Jatra to be bigger, better

After gathering huge crowds at its first meet last year, Kathmandu Literary Jatra (KLJ) is back with its second edition. Scheduled to be organized from November 29 to December 2 in and around Patan Museum, the fest this year promises to be ...[more]...

Culture and heritage to get peanuts from budgetary pie

The government has utterly neglected the culture heritage, the identity of the nation, by allocating meagre budget compared to other sectors. While on the one hand, the culture and identity of the nation have been confined to a nar ...[more]...

10pc more Nepali tourists fly abroad

With the increasing popularity of travel culture among Nepalis, the numbers of them going abroad on vacation rose by 10 percent and touched 32,063 in 2011, according to the latest outbound travel data that the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civi ...[more]...

Tourism entrepreneurs in Chitwan grapple with multiple problems

Chitwan: Tourism entrepreneurs in Chitwan have a lot on their plate with increased park entrance fees, a fast-approaching rental deadline and political activists creating havoc. For the past two weeks, they have been engaged in intens ...[more]...

Govt prepares to extend lease term of hotels in CNP

Bowing to pressure from tourism entrepreneurs, the government is preparing to extend the lease term of resorts operating in Chitwan National Park (CNP). The Ministry of Culture Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) is forwarding the pro ...[more]...

Hotel occupancy rate decreases every July

Hoteliers in the country should start marketing alternative packages for July as it is a lean season for them, according to a survey. The occupancy rates of five-star and three-star hotels dropped to the lowest in July last year, acco ...[more]...

Air Asia starts Kuala Lumpur-Ktm flights

Air Asia — a budget airline based in Malaysia — started its scheduled flights on the Kathmandu–Kuala Lumpur route today. “The airlines will operate two flights a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays,” said exec ...[more]...

PHAP launches 'Chaliye Pokhara' campaign

Pokhara: In a bid to attract more Indian tourists, Pashchimanchal Hotel Association Pokhara (PHAP) has launched “Chaliye Pokhara” - a promotional campaign. As part of the campaign, tourism entrepreneurs of Pokhara will vis ...[more]...

Jan-June tourist arrivals reach 294k

Tourist arrivals via air to Nepal in the first half of 2012 have increased 19.8 percent to 294,019 as against the same period last year. According to the figures released by the Immigration Office, Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA ...[more]...

Three-star hotels record highest occupancy rate

Three-star hotels had the highest occupancy rate among star hotels in Nepal 2011. According to the Tour-ism Ministry, the occupancy rate of three-star hotels in Kathmandu stood at 64.4 percent compared to 61.63 percent for five-star h ...[more]...

Tourism business in first half unsatisfactory

Despite sustaining growth in the number of tourist arrivals, tourism entrepreneurs said their overall earnings in the first half of 2012 remained less than the same period last year, as tourists stayed shorter and did not spend much in activities ...[more]...

More Nepalis visit Thailand than vice versa

Bangkok: Nepali travellers to Thailand outnumber Thai travellers to Nepal four to one. According to the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), 25,728 Nepali travellers journeyed to the “Land of the White Elephant” in 2011. I ...[more]...

National parks entry fee hike riles tourism entrepreneurs

Tourism entrepreneurs have criticized the government for raising entry and other fees at national parks and wildlife reserves citing such increments directly hamper tourism-related businesses. They have also warned of launching protests if the gov ...[more]...

Bad weather forces pilot to land chopper on playground

A chopper possessed by Mountain Air was forced to make an emergency landing on a playground in Bijuwar of Pyuthan district at 8: 30 am on Sunday morning after running into bad weather. Mountain Air 9N AJP Chopper, with three ailing pe ...[more]...

The Underground Metal Scene in Kathmandu

UMES SHRESTHA Many believe that the history of Rock music in Nepal can be traced back to the 1960s when the Hippies started making Nepal their ultimate destination. A few murky details about some Nepali bands and the music scene back then ar ...[more]...

Degradation of heritage sites might hamper tourism biz: Experts

Tourism entrepreneurs and experts on Monday expressed concerns over growing degradation condition of World Heritage sites in the country and warned that it might hamper tourism business. Speaking at a program organized in the capital ...[more]...

Number of tourist-standard, star hotels rises 46 percent

The number of star and tourist-standard hotels in Kathmandu has increased by around 46 percent over the last five years. Encouraged by a rise in the number of tourists, especially after the 2008 announcement of the Nepal Tourism Year ...[more]...

TAAN to promote Nepal for all seasons

With the objective to promote tourism in Nepal round the year, trekking agencies are introducing new trekking routes for monsoon. Entrepreneurs are jointly promoting short treks during this period which they hope will help the industry to survive ...[more]...

Bhoto Jatra celebrated

The Rato Machhindranath Jatra concluded with the display of Bhoto — a jewel-studded vest — to throngs of devotees and revellers in Jawalakhel, Lalitur, today. Rato Machhindranath is worshiped as the god of rain and harvest ...[more]...

ChocoBerry opens outlet in Civil Mall

ChocoBerry — the first and only self-serve frozen yogurt outlet in Nepal — has opened its first store in Civil Mall. At ChocoBerry, customers can choose from a wide variety of frozen yogurt such as chocolate, vanilla, blue ...[more]...

Strong dollar cheers travel traders

The continuous devaluation of the Nepali rupee against the US dollar has brought some cheers for the travel trade sector. Strong dollar has not only increased tourism earning, but has also made Nepal a cheaper destination for foreign ...[more]...

Tourism business revenue down by 20 percent

Despite the sustained growth in number of tourist arrivals, tourism entrepreneurs experienced 20 percent loss in revenue in first half of 2012. The statistics of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) shows that there was a growth of 20 percent in ...[more]...

Made in Pakistani Products Expo kicks off

The third edition of ´Made in Pakistan Products Exhibition 2012´ kicked off at the Direction Exhibition and Convention Center (DECC) on Wednesday. The expo is being organized by Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industrie ...[more]...

Tourism industry to be provided with special facilities

The High Level Committee formed to study recognition to be given to tourism industry as national priority industry has recommended to the government to provide special facilities to the tourism industry. The Committee coordinated by L ...[more]...

Airfares soar with fuel costs, higher demand

International airlines connecting Nepal have hiked airfares prompted by mounting fuel costs and strong demand. According to travel agents, foreign carriers serving the Middle East, Malaysia and Indian cities have jacked up ticket prices due to inc ...[more]...

Nepal cheapest destination in South Asia

Nepal is one of the cheapest traditional holiday destinations in South Asia, said MyTravelCost.com basing its assessment on World Bank data. The website has compared travel costs across South Asia based on six major factors of tourist ...[more]...

Number of domestic air travellers up 15.04pc

Domestic airlines have recoreded a growth of 15.04 percent in passengers number in the first quarter of 2012 as against the same period last year. Eleven airlines companies (fixed wings and rotor wings) flew a total of 396,086 passeng ...[more]...

International air passenger movement up 13pc in Q1

International air passenger movement through Nepal rose 13.35 percent in the first three months of 2012 with higher migrant worker traffic and tourist arrivals. According to Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), inbound and outbound ...[more]...

CAN: Dhoni's visit another opportunity to promote Nepal

The Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) is looking to use the Indian cricket star Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s visit to Kathmandu as a platform to promote Nepal in the cricketing world and possibly boost bilateral ties with the Board of Cricket Con ...[more]...

Task force to probe illegal tourism businesses

Tourism Industry Division has formed a task force to investigate illegal tourism businesses operating in the valley. “The task force formed under the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation will start investigating all k ...[more]...

Hoteliers seek facilities in new budget

The Nepalese hotel industry has urged the government to incorporate the various facilities and incentives in its budget for the next fiscal year and implement them immediately in line with the government’s recent decision. The g ...[more]...

Number of domestic trekkers has doubled

Pokhara: Trekking agencies in Pokhara, who lost business due to bandas and strikes in the last week of May, have something to cheer about. Number of Nepalis taking the service of trekking agencies has doubled this season. Agencies sai ...[more]...

FHAN to organise 10th Handicraft Trade Fair in Nov

Federation of Handicraft Associations of Nepal (FHAN) will organise the 10th Handicraft Trade Fair on November 22-26 in co-operation with NTIS programme, Ministry of Commerce and Supplies, and Nepal Trade and Export Promotion Center. ...[more]...

Civil Mall: Redefining mall culture

When it commenced services one and half years ago, Civil Mall was just one of those shopping complexes that came into being during the era of realty boom. It boasted of movie theaters and other special outlets, but struggled to lure shoppers. ...[more]...

May records lowest growth in arrivals: Tourist Arrival Data 2012

Political upheavals have hit tourist arrivals in May which recorded the lowest growth rate in 2012. According to the Nepal Tourism Board’s (NTB) latest statistics, arrivals increased 9.3 percent compared to the same month last year. ...[more]...

Tourist length of stay reaches 13 days

The average length of stay of tourists in Nepal increased to a seven-year high of 13.1 days in 2011. Travel trade analysts have attributed this growth to a decline in strikes and increased tourist arrivals for trekking and mountaineering. ...[more]...

3 new paragliding companies to get operating licenses

Three new paragliding companies are coming into operation as the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) has lifted the restriction on issuance of new operating license. Upon request from tourism entrepreneurs, the government had tem ...[more]...

Quest for records increases accidents at Mt Everest

The rise in the number of people wanting to break past records or create new ones at Mt Everest rather than just for climbing the peak has increased the risk at the highest peak of the world. With the increasing crowd, who want to sum ...[more]...

Soaltee Crowne Plaza hosting Mango Fiesta

To celebrate summer and the rainy season with the arrival of the king of fruits, mango, Soaltee Crown Plaza of Kathmandu is showcasing various exotic and fresh mango delights. Your mango savors are sure to be fulfilled with never-endi ...[more]...

5th International Sagarmatha Day

Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) has unveiled two new trekking trails along with route map and DVD marking 5th International Sagarmatha Day amidst a special ceremony at Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) on Tuesday. Minister of Cu ...[more]...

Everest Marathon kicks off today

The 10th edition of Tenzing-Hillary Everest Marathon is all set to kick off Tuesday morning to commemorate the first successful ascent of Mt Everest by Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Sir Edmund Hillary on May 29, 1953. Over 160 national an ...[more]...

Political instability upset tourism entrepreneurs

Tourism entrepreneurs who were promoting Nepal as safe and politically stable country to visit after May 27, are left disappointed and are in dilemma on how to convince potential arrivals following the failure to draft a new constitution. B ...[more]...

Govt to unveil new trekking routes

The government will unveil new trekking routes on the occasion of the fifth International Everest (Sagarmatha) Day on May 29. On the occasion of the fifth International Everest Day, the government along with the private sector will al ...[more]...

Tourist arrivals in Asia Pacific up: PATA

International arrivals in Asia/Pacific destinations grew by a collective seven per cent year-on-year during the first two months of 2012, according to preliminary data released by the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) today. Acco ...[more]...

Business booms for domestic airlines due to bandas

Domestic airlines have reported a boom summer as travellers have been forced to fly due to the ongoing strikes that have shut down overland transport. Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) handled 170 domestic flights on Tuesday, and all of them w ...[more]...

MoTCA for permitting more int'l airlines

Companies waiting to get license for international flight operations will have to wait a bit longer as the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoTCA) has decided to issue a public notice, inviting applications from firms interested to operate ...[more]...

Air seat shortage hits Ktm-bound passengers

Pokhara: Passengers are facing shortage of air tickets on Pokhara-Kathmandu sector, as demand increased suddenly after tourists in the lake city started cutting their trips short due to indefinite strikes. Airline operators say demand ...[more]...

Hotel Association Nepal demands enhanced coordination

Hotel Association Nepal (HAN) has forwarded a proposal to the Tourism Industry Division to work together to build a proper mechanism for the hotel sector. “We have forwarded a proposal to the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviati ...[more]...

Adventure tourism suffers cancellations due to bandhs

Frequent bandhs has resulted in an unexpected cancellation of bookings for adventure tourism. The adventure tourism industry in the country has recently witnessed about 40 per cent booking cancellations. “Adventure tourism durin ...[more]...

Travellers forced to fly due to road blockade

Nepalgunj: Travellers in west Nepal are taking to the air as overland transport has been shut down by bandas. And with agitators closing down Geta Airport in Dhangadhi, potential air travellers have converged on Nepalgunj. The western ...[more]...

50 percent cancellation in Nepal-Tibet tour package: New Restriction for Tibet Travel Permit

Tour operators selling packages of Kailash-Mansarovar and trekking packages of that region say as much as 50 percent bookings have been cancelled after the Chinese government imposed new provision for issuing permits to Tibet without prior notice. ...[more]...

Fears abound as nervous tourists cancel bookings

With prospect of more strikes and political instability in the run up to the May 28 deadline for the country to promulgate the new constitution, travel industry entrepreneurs says nervous visitors have begun cancelling their bookings and those ...[more]...

Tourism entrepreneurs to jointly promote Pokhara, Lumbini

Pokahra: Tourism entrepreneurs of Pokhara and Lumbini have joined hands to jointly promote both tourist destinations. They have also expressed commitment to identify new destinations and make efforts to introduce direct flight connectivity and int ...[more]...

Global honour for Nepal's pioneer adventurer? mountain guide-Dawa Steven Sherpa

Nepali mountain guide and pioneering adventurer Dawa Steven Sherpa (28) has received the first ever WWF International President’s Award for his contribution to conservation of the mountains. Sherpa got the award during a special ...[more]...

Tourism to be listed as priority industry

The cabinet has finally approved high level committee’s report regarding development of tourism sector as a national priority industry. “The cabinet recently approved the report submitted by the high level committee for de ...[more]...

225,000 tourists arrive, revenue collection up

Bhaktapur: As many as 225,000 foreign tourists visited various heritages in Bhaktapur municipality. The heritages drew total 88,948 tourists from SAARC countries and 126,741 from other countries during 2068 BS (Mid-April, 2011 to Mid- ...[more]...

Ktm-Pokhara tourist bus now operates twice a day

Pokhara: Tourism entrepreneurs have started operating tourist buses services twice a day one Pokhara-Kathmandu-Pokhara route from Monday. So far, they were operating the services only once in the morning. Under the new arrangement, to ...[more]...

2,556th Buddha Jayanti observed

The 2,556th birth anniversary of Gautam Buddha was marked today with various programmes across the country. The Buddhist community offered special prayers to commemorate the birth, enlightenment and death of lord Buddha. Special progr ...[more]...

Shristi Shrestha oozes radiance as new Miss Nepal

Radiating confidence, poise and presence of mind, lovely Shristi Shrestha began her reign as the brand new Pashupati Paints The Hidden Treasure Miss Nepal 2012 in the plush settings of Annapurna Hotel in the capital on Sunday evening. ...[more]...

Hoteliers optimistic about 'Indian Season'

Despite slow increment in booking for May-June period, hoteliers are optimistic of the better season ahead as the average room rates has increased by up to 20 percent. According to officials of Kathmandu-based star hotels, overall bus ...[more]...

Buddha Jayanti today

The 2,556th Buddha Jayanti is being celebrated today to commemorate the birthday, enlightenment and passing away of Gautam Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. Buddha was born, enlightened, and died on the full moon day in the month of Ba ...[more]...

Tourist arrivals up 14.3%

Tourist arrivals to Nepal via air in the month of April increased by 14.3 percent compared to arrival figures of the same period last year. According to figures released by Immigration Office at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), ...[more]...

30 new hotels coming up in Pokhara

Pokhara, the most popular tourist destination of the country, is set to get 30 new hotels in a year, as entrepreneurs are readily investing more money in the hospitality industry to cater to the growing inflow of domestic as well as foreign touris ...[more]...

3rd Heritage Marathon on Saturday

The third Nepal Investment Bank Limited (NIBL) Heritage Marathon will he held on Saturday in an effort to create awareness about the need to conserve the country’s historical monuments. The bank, actively supporting such activit ...[more]...

A night for our heritage

The balmy evening of April 27 saw a true fusion of eastern and western art and culture at the Heritage Night at Le Sherpa. The parking lot of the French restaurant was alit with huge LED screen and revolving spotlights as Kutumba perf ...[more]...

Putt Putt Mini Golf opens at Civil Mall

Civil Mall inaugurated its indoor miniature golf course amid a program on Friday. Putt Putt Mini Golf situated at the ground floor of the Sundhara-based mall will open to public from Saturday. The mini golf is targeted at professional ...[more]...

Woodcraft Festival-2012 to kick off tomorrow

The Nepal-India Woodcraft Festival-2012 is to be held at the Nepal Academy from April 27 to May 2. The festival is going to be organised under the joint aegis of the Embassy of India, Kathmandu; the Government of the Indian State of G ...[more]...

Akshaya Tritiya observed

Hindu devotees across the country observed Akshya Tritiya, a significant date in the Hindu lunar calendar today. Akshya Tritiya is known as the golden day of eternal success.Hindus celebrated the festival by having jauko saatu (a prep ...[more]...

69 things to do in 2069

Life is about being spontaneous and living crazy. This isn't a bucket list.  It is 69 things to do in the year 2069. Feel free to tick off as you go.  1. Shout at the drivers when they don't stop while you are crossing the ...[more]...

Tourism sector awaits proper incentives

The government has been suggested to provide incentives to boost the tourism sector. The report, prepared by the High Level Committee under the coordination of secretary at the prime minister’s office Lila Mani Poudel, includes ...[more]...

Nepathya stops traffic in Sydney

Nepathya wrapped up their Australia tour and has returned home after completing touring four cities in Australia. The band performed in Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney. The last leg of the tour was organized in S ...[more]...

Help promote Nepal's tourism: State Minister Sah

Minister of State for Tourism and Civil Aviation, Jwala Kumari Sah, has urged the West Bengal Government of India to help promote tourism in Nepal. Minister of State Saha, who is on a visit to India, met with Tourism Minister of West ...[more]...

Chinese bring respite to tourism in lean season

Along with the increase in the number of arrivals, Chinese tourists have also become a savior for tourism industry during the current lean season. Pokhara based tourism entrepreneurs said that Chinese tourist have started traveling throughout the ...[more]...

Tamang festival in May

Nepal National Tamang Ghedung is all set to organize Tamang festival at the open theatre, Tundikhel, in Kathmandu from coming May 10-12 on the occasion of 2556th Buddha Jayanti. It has been informed that the festival is to be organize ...[more]...

Travel agents focusing on domestic tour packages

Travel agents and hoteliers say as more Nepalis show preferences to travel to different parts of the country even during off seasons they are making special efforts and packages to serve them in a bid to boost their business during the upcoming le ...[more]...

Nepal eyes Indian MICE tourists

The outbound Meeting, Incentive, Conference and Exhibition (MICE) segment from neighbouring India has been growing in a geometric proportion in recent years. “It will continue to grow in line with the phenomenal economic growth ...[more]...

Peace, NTY stimulate investment in hotels

Nine star-rated and 74 tourist-standard hotels opened in the country between 2010 and 2011 after the government announced the Nepal Tourism Year 2011 (NTY) campaign. According to the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoTCA), the ...[more]...

Bhaktapur revels in tongue-piercing? Sindoor Jatra

Jujubhai Shrestha had his tongue pierced in Bode, Bhaktapur, today as part of nine-day Bisket Jatra celebrations that drew thousands of spectators this time as well. Before tongue piercing with a spike dipped in mustard oil, a blacksm ...[more]...

Patan museum increases entry fee

Lalitpur: The Patan Museum has raised the entry fee effective from today after the Lalitpur sub-metropolis increased the charge for tourists entering the Patan Durbar Square. With the increase, the entry fee charged to a tourist from ...[more]...

Tourist arrival via Gaddachauki goes down

Kanchanpur: Number of foreign tourists entering Nepal through western border checkpoint, Gaddachauki, has witnessed fall this year. Only 297 foreign tourists entered Nepal via this checkpoint this year in comparison to 457 of last yea ...[more]...

Shortened duration, revenue slump hit rafting businesses

Despite rise in the length of average tourist stay, foreign visitors are spending far little time on white-water rafting as most river trips these days wrap up in two days on average compared with 4-5 days in the past. Although operat ...[more]...

Call for promoting domestic tourism

Domestic tourism in Nepal has been reviving gradually together with the recovery of international tourism after the start of the peace process. The number of domestic tourists visiting various destinations inside the country has been on the rise o ...[more]...

Fun park, tent resort for recreational tourism

Pokhara: Country´s first well equipped fun park and tent resort is to be opened on April 14 coinciding with the Nepali New Year in Pokhara with the aim of promoting recreational tourism. Its promoters said the park and resort, s ...[more]...

Shopping malls zero in on New Year customers

Shopping malls in Kathmandu Valley have geared up to organize various programs and offer special discounts for customers on the occasion of the Nepali New Year. Civil Mall, United World Trade Center (UWTC) and City Centre are organizing various mu ...[more]...

Colorful Bisket Jatra begins in Bhaktapur

Bhaktapur: The colorful and boisterous Bisket Jatra, which is ritually marked for eight consecutive nights and nine days in Nepal's ancient city Bhaktapur, has started from Monday. Historical records put that the Jatra was first marke ...[more]...

Tourism created 3.3 percent of all jobs in Nepal in 2011

Travel and tourism has emerged as a major job provider in Nepal with the sector accounting for 3.3 percent of the total employment in the country in 2011. According to the publication entitled Travel and Tourism Economic Impact 2012 Nepal publishe ...[more]...

Traditional Newari art exhibition in London

Nepali artist Sanyukta Shrestha’s traditional painting based on the story of Simhala Sartha Bahu will be exhibited at a mainstream contemporary stage in London from Wednesday. Works of as many as 50 artists, most of them award w ...[more]...

Govt warns illegal tourism firms

Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation has directed tourism businesses that have been operating without a licence to get registered in accordance with the prescribed laws. The ministry has also mentioned that it will fine businesses t ...[more]...

Gokarna Forest Resort's special packages

Gokarana Forest Resort has launched a special ´Barbeque Brunch´ package. The package, inclusive of free swimming in indoor pool, is available at Rs 1,999 per person. Rojin Sapkota, business development manager at Gokarna F ...[more]...

Five countries keen to increase flights to Ktm

As Nepal witnesses substantial rise in number of air passengers, five countries have expressed interest to increase flight frequency to Kathmandu. United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bhutan, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Jordan have approached the government ...[more]...

Tourism revenue falls due to day-trippers: Tourist Arrivals and Spending data

Nepal Tourism Year (NTY) may have brought a record number of tourists in 2011, but their average per day spending has dropped to a 10-year low. Arrivals reached an all-time high of 735,965 in 2011, up 22.1 percent compared to 2010. Bu ...[more]...

64k tourists visit Nepal in March

Tourist arrivals in March surged 37.2 percent year on year to reach 63,799 persons, said the Immigration Office, Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA). Similarly, inbound during the period January-March rose 27 percent to 148,546 against the same ...[more]...

Visitor arrivals register healthy growth

The country has been witnessing an upward trend since June 2009 which has continued in the third month of this year, clearly showing a rise in travel demand. Visitor arrivals in March registered an increase of 37.2 per cent to 63,799 ...[more]...

Tourism entrepreneurs give recommendations

The private sector has submitted a report to the High Level Committee formed under the coordination of the secretary of the Prime Minister’s Office Lila Mani Poudel about policies and plans needed for overall development of the tourism indus ...[more]...

Tourist coaches on Pokhara-Chitwan route from Monday

Pokhara: Tourism entrepreneurs are starting luxury coach services from next week on Pokhara-Chitwan-Pokhara route in a bid to facilitate travel between the two major tourism destinations. The services will begin from Monday. Tour operators said th ...[more]...

Tourism to guarantee million jobs

The travel and tourism industry of the country, in the next decade, is expected to generate more than one million jobs which will account for 8.3 per cent of the total number of jobs available in 2022. “The tourism sector has a ...[more]...

118918 tourists visited Nepal in Jan-Feb

As many as 118,918 tourists have arrived in Nepal in January and February of this year through air and land routes. January welcomed 52,474 tourists while other 66,444 visited Nepal in February both, through air and land routes. ...[more]...

Forbes: Everest 1 of top 10 stunning destinations

Mt Everest, the highest peak in the world, has been enlisted as one of the top ten stunning travel destinations around the world by Forbes, an American publishing and media company. Part of the Mahalangur Himal—a link in the Him ...[more]...

Government plans to amend tourism policy

The government is amending tourism policy to promote sustainable, eco-friendly, responsible and tourist-friendly tourism,” said minister for tourism and civil aviation Lokendra Bista Magar. Speaking at the 39th annual general me ...[more]...

Zenith Travels bags GSA of Turkey airline

Turkish Airlines, the global flag carrier of Turkey, as part of their expansion plans has signed a General Sales Agent (GSA) pact with Zenith Travels effective March 1. Based in Kathmandu, Zenith Travels is licensed to hold the GSA&rs ...[more]...

Pokhara-Kathmandu air ticket booking at 90 percent

Pokhara: As the tourist season peaks, airlines say 90 percent of air tickets on Pokhara-Kathmandu-Pokhara sector have been booked till May. Station Manager of Buddha Air in Pokhara said 90 percent of available tickets have been booked ...[more]...

Govt to hold tourism year annually

Biratnagar: The government has adopted a plan to celebrate tourism year annually focusing on different districts each year in order to promote tourism potential of all 75 districts of the country, said Tourism Minister Lokendra Bista Magar. ...[more]...

Pahanchare festival observed

The cultural festival of Pahanchare celebrated by the Newar community in Kathmandu Valley was observed on Wednesday. This festival is observed a day before the Ghodejatra festival or the horse festival. On the occasion of the Pahancha ...[more]...

Eastern tourism fair in Biratnagar

Nepal Tourism Board is organising the first ‘Eastern Tourism Fair’ on March 22-24 in Biratnagar to promote tourist destinations of the region. The fair will be inaugurated by minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation Lokendra Bista Magar ...[more]...

TAAN to build porter shelters in Everest region

Trekking Agencies Association Nepal (TAAN) says it will start operation of two porter shelters in the popular Everest trekking route to provide food and accommodation to supporting staffs in cheaper price. The shelters will be constru ...[more]...

Tourists arrival via West border transit point up

Kailali: The number of foreign tourists entering Nepal from the west border transit point has increased this year. Five foreign tourists entered the country from the Trinagar transit point and Kailali and 305 from the Gadda Chauki tra ...[more]...

Tourism ministry to study three-star hotel occupancy

Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation is preparing to study the room occupancy rates of three-star hotels across the country. “We will start collecting information from the 25 registered three-star hotels at the ministry from a ...[more]...

Visit Lumbini Year promotion

The Nepali Embassy in London organised a programme to commemorate the successful conclusion of ‘Nepal Tourism Year 2011’ and welcome ‘Lumbini Year 2012’ on Tuesday.   The event, aimed to highlight v ...[more]...

NTB in 46th ITB Berlin Fair

 The Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) along with 21 travel trade companies and hotels from Nepal attended the 46th ITB Berlin in Germany.   The 152 sq.m. Nepal Pavilion showcased the rich traditional architecture and iconic ...[more]...

Trekking agencies for fixing minimum handling charge

Trekking agencies have proposed that the government fix minimum handling charge in order to end unhealthy competition in the business and generate more revenue. Trekking Agencies´ Association of Nepal (TAAN) pushed for enforceme ...[more]...

Five-star hotels enjoyed 61.63pc occupancy in 2011

Five-star hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara achieved 61.63 percent occupancy rate in 2011, thanks to improved tourist arrivals.   Of the 641,670 room nights available in 10 five-star property (eight in Kathmandu and two ...[more]...

Low cost carriers flying high

Discerning air travellers may dislike the services offered by low cost carriers (LCCs), but they are the ones flying high in Nepali skies. According to Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), LCCs accounted for 24 percent of all the passengers carr ...[more]...

Tourist arrivals record healthy growth

Strong South Asian visitor arrivals, especially Indian visitors, pushed the overall international tourist arrivals by 13.7 per cent to 42,716 by air in February.   The arrivals by air enjoyed a sustained positive growth in ...[more]...