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Govt mulls free-visa regime in 2011
In a bid to bring in more visitors during Nepal Tourism Year 2011 campaign, Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation has proposed the government to waive visa free for foreign visitors at least during the campaign period. Nepal has set a target to welcoming at least one million foreign tourists in 2011. More than half a million foreign visitors had visited the country in 2009. According to Tourism Ministry sources, the proposal has been forwarded to the Finance Ministry to incorporate it in the budget for fiscal year 2010/11. The sources further informed that the proposal to introduce visa-free regime was worked out by the Nepal Tourism Year 2011 National Coordination Committee. It is learnt that the Finance Ministry officials are positive about introducing free-visa regime in 2011. The government collects around Rs 200 million as revenue from visa fee. As a part of attracting more visitors to the country, the government has already offered free visa to Everest summiteers for two years.

Dragon Air doubles flight to Nepal
Hong Kong based Dragon Air announced on August 1 that it would add three more flights in its Hong Kong-Kathmandu route, making its flights on the route to six a week from September 1. Alasdair Boyd, country manager of the airline, said Dragon Air was increasing its flights to Kathmandu taking into consideration growing number of passengers on the route. He also expressed the hope that increasing number of flights would be helpful in achieving Nepal's target of welcoming one million tourists to the country during the Nepal Tourism Year 2011 campaign. Cathay Pacific - the sister airlines of Dragon Air - will also extend its full cooperation in achieving the targets, Boyd said, addressing a press meet on August 1.

Dragon Air flies with Airbus A 330 on Hong Kong-Kathmandu route. The airline flew in 50,000 tourists the country county last year. The airline flies to 29 destinations in the Asia Pacific with 400 flights a week to mainland China alone.

Direct Kathmandu-Amsterdam flights from October 2009

Arke Fly of the Netherlands is planning to launch direct flight from Holland to Nepal from October 2009. This was announced in a reception held at Amsterdam on 18 June 2009 in honour of a selected group of travel trade representatives, senior government officials, and friends and well-wishers of Nepal. Earlier, Transavia and Martin Air used to fly from the Dutch capital to Kathmandu. Nepali Ambassador to the Netherlands Pramesh Kumar Hamal said that increased air connectivity to Nepal from market hubs of Europe such as Holland would bring positive effect on the resurgence of tourism in Nepal. Stating that Nepal has adopted a liberal and open sky policy in view of the landlocked status of the nation, he said that Arke Fly would be able to tap the already existing market demand for direct air connection to Nepal and that their venture would lead to success. Chief Executive Officer of Arke Fly Steven Vander Heijden spoke of Holland’s past experience in direct flight operation to Nepal and said that the decision taken by his company to launch flight to Nepal from October 2009 draws a lot from those experiences. He underlined the magnetic charms of Nepal as a tourist destination and showed his commitment to launch the flight at the stipulated time. He informed that there would one flight per week in the beginning, which could be increased as per the market demand in the future.

Phurba Wins Everest Marathon

Phurba Tamang (21) from Lukla has won the seventh edition of the Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon on May 29. Phurba, who was the runner-up last year, finished the race in 3hrs, 40 minutes and 46 seconds.
Phurba's elder brother Raj Kumar, finished runner-up with the timing of 4hrs, 7mins and 2 seconds and Sandeep Rai of Solukhumbu finished third in 4 hrs, 9 mins and 48 seconds. The runners participated in the even despite heavy snowfall in the Everest base camp. The snowfall had almost led to the cancellation of the event. The marathon could take place after snow started melting.
In the women's category, Mingma Chemji Sherpa stood first with the timing of 5hrs, 5 mins and 31 seconds. Angfuti Sherpa and Migmafuti Sherpa were second and third completing. Athletes of the Indian Army dominated the foreigner's category with Shyam Kesho finishing first with the timing of 5hrs, 36 mints and 46 secs. Om Kumar and T Ganapati were second and third respectively. The India athletes had prepared for the marathon at the world's highest altitude in Sikkim.
The event is organised every year by Himalayan Expedition to commemorate the first ascent of Mt Everest by Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Sir Edmund Hillary in 1953.

Everest Day marked with gusto
Nepal celebrated 2nd Everest Day amidst great fanfare on May 29. Various events were organised to make the first ascent of Mt Everest on this very day in 1953.
The celebrations began with a morning procession which started from Bhadrakali and passed through major thoroughfares before concluding at Jamal. Hundreds of people including mountaineers, government officials, travel trade people and general people participated in the rally. The participants displayed placards respecting Mt Everest and urging agencies concerned to minimize the risk of global warming in the Himalayas. Various travel trade associations including Nepal Tourism Board, Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal, Nepal Association of Tour and Travel Agents, Nepal Mountaineering Association and others participated in the rally. Meanwhile, a clean-up campaign was also organised in Lukla Airport as a part of observing the Everest Day.

Apa Sherpa Felicitated

Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) and travel trade associations on May 26 felicitated legendary mountaineer Apa Sherpa who set a new world record by climbing Mt Everest for 19th time. Apa reached the summit of Mt. Everest for the 19th time on May 21, leading Eco Everest Expedition, organised to create awareness about the impacts of climate change in Himalayas. Chief executive officer of NTB Prachanda Man Shrestha presented a felicitation letter to Sherpa and congratulated him on behalf of the Nepali tourism industry. Speaking on the occasion, Ram Chandra Man Singh, secretary at the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation hailed Sherpa’s effort in creating history. He also said Sherpa's contribution would help further promote mountain tourism in the country. Meanwhile, President Dr Ram Baran Yadav on May 27 met Apa Sherpa at his residence in Shital Niwas and congratulated him for his exemplary feat. Apa has already left for Salt Lake City in the USA, where he has been living with his family in recent years.

Kazakh mountaineer killed in Everest

At least one Kazakh mountaineer was killed in an avalanche hit in the Everest region on May 27. Sergey Samoilov of Kazakhstan died while he was on his way back from Camp IV to Camp II, said Surendra Sapkota, under secretary at the tourism ministry. Samoilov was trapped in the avalanche when he was returning to a safer place after giving up his Everest bid due to heavy snowfall and storm, Ang Tsering Sherpa, former president of Nepal Mountaineering Association, said.

Meanwhile, a Calgary climber Frank Ziebarth (29) was killed in an avalanche on the Tibetan side of Mt Everest. The avalanche hit Frank when he was descending after his Everest summit. Manuel Pizarro, a member of Frank’s expedition, said Frank died at 8,700m on May 21. According to Sherpa, there have been a total of six deaths, including three Nepalis, in the Everest region this season.

Annapurna 1st climbed
Four members of the Korean Spirit to the World expedition team successfully reached the summit of Mt. Annapurna (8091m) on May 3. This is the first major summit of 2009. According to the mountaineering division of the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, the members include Kang Jung of Korea and Chhiji Norbu Sherpa and Pemba Sherpa of Solukhumbu and Lunga Ongel Sherpa of Sankhuwasabha. The eight-member expedition was led by Park Tea Won.

Tourist Arrival Increases in April
Tourist arrival to Nepal, via air, in the month of April has increased by 15.8 percent as compared to the arrival figure of the same period last year. According to Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), a total of 37,819 foreign visitors entered the country in the month of April. Last year, the arrival in the same period was 32,665. The entire Asian region registered a positive growth except Japan, a statement issued by the NTB stated. India, which constitutes nearly one-third of the total visitors to Nepal, recorded a whopping 27.3 percent growth. Similarly, arrivals from Sri Lanka (61.2%), Pakistan (29.4%) and Bangladesh (1.3%) also increased in April.

Though arrivals from Japan (-1.3%) recorded a slight decline, China (27.3%), Malaysia (68.5%), Thailand (20.9%), South Korea (73%) and Singapore (61.3%) all recorded growth. Arrivals from Europe (23.3%) and the Americas (20.2%) also recorded significant growth. The increase in tourist arrival can be attributed to the beginning of mountaineering season. Hundreds of expeditions are currently attempting different mountain peaks throughout the country. Spring is regarded as the best time for mountaineering in Nepal.

Kin of missing Iranian mountaineer in Kathmandu
Family members of Iranian mountaineer Dr Saeid Bahaeloo, 32, have requested all concerned organizations and individuals to help ascertain his whereabouts. Dr . Bahaeloo has been missing since October 28, 2008, from Tilicho Peak area in the Annapurna Region. Issuing a press statement, the family members have als

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