Tiger Mountain achieves gold

November 6, 2017 by  
Filed under Lens Lines, South Asia

BANGKOK, 6 November 2017: Travelife, the certification agency for the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) has awarded gold status to Tiger Mountain, Pokhara Lodge in Nepal.

The lodge is the first property in Nepal to receive Travelife Gold status through a successful sustainability audit.

Travelife certification complements the ongoing verification by YARDstck Verification UK. Travelife defines the lodge’s performance against GSTC approved standards and YARDstick monitors performance against the lodge’s responsible tourism policy. Read more

Cambodia and Nepal mull two-way tourism

September 19, 2017 by  
Filed under Cambodia, News

PHNOM PENH, 19 September 2017: Cambodia and Nepal’s travel agency associations signed a Memorandum of Understanding, last week, to develop two-way tourism between the two countries.

Travel between the two countries is in its infancy with less than 2,500 Nepalese visiting Cambodia last year and even fewer Cambodians travelling to the Himalayan nation.

The MoU was signed by the presidents of the Cambodia Association of Travel Agents (CATA) and Nepal Travel Agents Association (NTAA) in Phnom Penh, 12 September. Read more

Qatar now four daily to Kathmandu

September 1, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Middle east, News, South Asia

DOHA, Qatar, 1 September 2017: Qatar Airways will add an additional daily flight on its Doha – Kathmandu route, today, 1 September.

The new service will help to meet high demand during Nepal’s festival season, which takes place every year in September and October.

Using an Airbus A320, the extra flight will depart Doha at 0125 and arrive in Kathmandu at 0855. Read more

Nepal attracts China airlines

July 18, 2017 by  
Filed under Asia, Aviation, News

NEPAL, 18 July 2017: Nepal’s Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal has given the green light for China’s Tibet Airlines to fly a four weekly service from Chengdu to Kathmandu.

Once the new service starts Kathmandu will be served by five Chinese airlines.

Tourism officials told news channel, Sify.com, that direct flights from China had resulted in a significant increase in tours from China. Read more

Himalaya taps travel agency channel

July 13, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, South Asia

SINGAPORE, 13 July 2017: Sabre Corporation announced, Tuesday, a new global distribution partnership with Himalaya Airlines.

The partnership will support the airline’s long-term goal to connect Nepal to major cities in Asia and the Middle East.

Currently the airline’s homepage (Where we Fly) identifies daily services to Colombo, Sri Lanka and Doha, Qatar. http://www.himalaya-airlines.com/home. Read more

Marriott opens hotel in Kathmandu

June 7, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, South Asia

KATHMANDU, 7 June 2017: Marriott International marks its entry into Nepal’s hotel market with the opening of the Fairfield by Marriott.

Fairfield by Marriott has close to 850 hotels around the world.

Its latest addition, Fairfield by Marriott Kathmandu, is located in Thamel, a district at the heart of the Nepalese capital’s central commercial hub. Read more

Lukla lives up to its nickname

May 29, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, South Asia

KATHMANDU, 29 May 2017: The co-pilot of a cargo plane that crashed at Lukla a small airport near Mount Everest, killing the pilot, has died from his injuries, Nepali officials said Sunday.

Lukla has been nicknamed the world’s most dangerous airport, but still remains the gateway for Everest trekkers and climbers.

The plane, which had departed from Kathmandu, broke into three pieces when it crashed in heavy fog while trying to land at Lukla airport on Saturday. Read more

Everest claims more lives

May 23, 2017 by  
Filed under Nepal, News, South Asia

KATHMANDU, 23 May 2017: Three climbers died on Everest over the weekend and another is missing, officials confirmed Monday, in one of the deadliest episodes on the peak since an avalanche swept through base camp and killed 18 two years ago.

More than a dozen climbers have been rescued from the 8,848 metre (29,030 foot) mountain in the last three days after running into difficulties on the world’s highest peak, helicopter rescue operators told AFP.

The weekend fatalities appear related to altitude sickness and bring the death toll to five during a season marked by unpredictable weather, strong winds and unusually cold temperatures. Read more

Nepal moves rhinos to new home

April 5, 2017 by  
Filed under News, South Asia

CHITIWAN, 5 April 2017: Conservationists captured a rare one-horned rhinoceros in Nepal, Monday, as part of an attempt to increase the number of the vulnerable animals, which are prized by wildlife poachers.

Five rhinos — one male and four female — will be released into a national park in Nepal’s far west over the coming week in the hope of establishing a new breeding group.

The first, a large male estimated to be around 12 years old, was located by rangers in Chitwan National Park after a four-hour search on elephant-back. Read more

Himalaya to fly to Yangon

January 26, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Myanmar, News

YANGON, 26 January 2017: Himalaya Airlines, a Nepal-based airline, will launch flights between Kathmandu and Yangon in Myanmar, 24 February.

The airline will operate two flights weekly on the route on Monday and Friday using an Airbus 320.

Kathmandu Post confirmed that Nepal had signed an air service agreement with Myanmar in April 2006. Previously, Union of Burma Airways offered flights between Yangon and Kathmandu. Read more

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