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300 new taxis at Tribhuvan International Airport

Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) will be receiving 300 new taxis to cater to airport passengers in the next two months from Airport Air Passenger Transportation Service Management Company (AAPTSMC) which has already started operating 150 taxis in the airport. The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal awarded the tender to AAPTSMC to operate 300 pre-paid green plate taxis and replace the 170 old taxis at TIA.

According to chairman of the company Purosottam Simkhada, due to private vehicles still operating at the airport,  the company is currently facing losses of Rs 0.2 million a month. The company has a monthly expense of Rs 0.6 million and their total income is only Rs 0.4 million.

Many attempts of requesting private vehicles not to carry airport passengers have been completely ignored.  “We, too, cannot check and control the use of private vehicles as there is no security for our vehicles,” said Simkhada, adding that it needs security and proper management along with tax relief.


SpiceJet, a low-fare carrier from India, has appointed Zenith Travels as its General Sales Agents for Nepal and is starting six return flights per week between New Delhi and Kathmandu from October 7, 2010.

SpiceJet is operating a 189 capacity Boeing 737-800 for the purpose and the fares start at INR 1,499.

Zentih Travels and SpiceJet both expect the addition of the carrier will substantially contribute to Visit Nepal 2011 tourism year by increasing incoming Indian travelers to Nepal.


Increasing numbers of Brits are expected to travel on flights to Nepal next year thanks to the country's Tourism Year.

This is according to the nation's tourism board, whose Nepal Tourism Year is expected to attract one million international visitors to the south Asian country, a figure that would represent a significant increase from the 400,000 recorded in 2009.

Nepal Tourism Board spokesman Laxman Gautam said that Nepal is traditionally known among tourists for the Himalayas and its mountain trekking.

"It is equally known to the world that Nepal is the birth place of Lord Buddha and is a treasure house of vibrant cultures and festivals," he commented.

Mr Gautam went on to say that the country is expecting "an unprecedented rise" in the number tourist arrivals from the UK over the course of 2011.

According to the country's tourist board, 24.3 percent more travellers visited Nepal in August compared to the same month last year.

Source: http://www.skyscanner.net

August Tourist Arrivals Surge

Following the trend of last couple of months, tourist arrival in the country witnessed a surge by 24.3 in August as compared with the same period last year. All five-star hotels have recorded over 90% bookings for autumn, which has boosted the morale of tourism industry as a whole.

The increase has shown a considerable growth in arrivals mostly from Asia and Europe. Visitors from Asia alone contributed 34.9 percent increase, out of which 20% were from South Asia. Arrivals from India, Sri-Lanka & Bangladesh jumped by 35.1%, 57%, and 56% respectively. Probably the most positive number has come from China – one of the fastest growing tourism market for Nepal. Chinese arrivals recorded 68.3 growth this month.

European arrivals have also shown a healthy growth, according to Nepal Tourism Board, registering 18.9 percent surge.

Statistics from the Nepal tourism Board show that a total of 34,415 visitors came to the country from the air alone.


After shortening of existing trekking routes due to construction of motorable roads along the route, Annapurna Conservation Area Project ( ACAP ) has now developed new routes in the Annapurna range. The new route will be an addition to Annapurna Trekking Route and will cover major tourist destinations including tintang , Besishahar , Tharchu, Dudhpokhari, Mamunapass, Bhujung, Siurang, Pasgaun, Timang, Ghampokhari, and Ghalegaun.

Work has already commenced in laying out the infrastructure and erecting signboards along the route. Once the route is officially opened for business, ACAP expects tourist spots located in the rural parts of Lamjung and Kaski districts to get more exposure and benefit economically. The new route is expected to take 10 days to complete; from start to finish.

Annapurna Conservation Area last year recorded 80,000 tourists visiting the region.

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