Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Yeti Airlines crashes, Nepal Tourism Board expresses its condolence

Yeti Airlines crashes, Nepal Tourism Board expresses its condolence

It is a big shock for us to know about the tragic incident of aircrash at Lukla in the morning of October 8, 2008. Nepal Tourism Board expresses its heartfelt condolence to all bereaved family members of deceased persons. May their souls rest in peace.

A twin Ottor plane of Yeti Airlines carrying 16 passenger and three crew members crashed on landing at Tenzing Hillary Airport in Lukla in Nepal's Everest region, at 7:21 am on October 8, 2008, says Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) in a press release issued here today.

The aircraft, flying from the capital Kathmandu to Lukla in eastern Nepal, burst into flames after crash-landing on the sloping airstrip. The airport is 140 kilometres (90 miles) north east of Kathmandu and it is a gateway to Everest Region, Nepal's most popular trekking destination.

According to press release of CAAN, despite bad weather, a rescue helicopter has been dispatched at 10:21 am. A rescue operation is being undertaken by army at the airport. Meanwhile, issuing a press release, Yeti Airlines confirmed the death of 16 passengers and 2 crew members. Nepalese Pilot Mr. Surendra Kumar Kunwar is miraculously survived. Of the 19 passengers on the plane, 14 were foreigners and five were Nepalese.

Nepal Tourism Board is coordinating with Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal in regard to rescue operation and obtaining detail information about the crash and deceased persons. It will provide up-to-date information as soon as it gets it.

Name of deceased persons are as follows:
Name - Nationality
1. Mr. A. Frick - Australian
2. Ms. C. Katc - Australian
3. Ms. Monika Wiess - German
4. Mr. Harry Wiess - German
5. Ms. Andrea Thiele - German
6. Mr. Thomas Krause - German
7. Ms. Silke Krause - German
8. Mr. Uwe Thiele - German
9. Mr. Thorsten Berger - German
10. Mr. Andreas Blomke - German
11. Ms. Sabine Blomke - German
12. Ms. Nadine Jankoster - German
13. Ms. Annelotte Langanke - German
14. Mr. Johannes Sauter - German
15. Mr. Santosh Adhikari - Nepali
16. Mr. Gobinda Sharma - Nepali
17. F/O Bikash Pant - Crew Member
18. Ms. Sunita Shrestha - Air hostess.

Nepal participates in JATA World Travel Fair ­ 2008 in Tokyo

Nepal participates in JATA World Travel Fair ­ 2008 in Tokyo
News Release
September 23, 2008

Nepal Tourism Board in co-ordination with the Embassy of Nepal in Tokyo participated in the JATA World Travel Fair 2008 in Tokyo from 19-21 September 2008. Other participant was The Malla Hotel Pvt. Ltd. The JATA World Travel Fair is the largest annual travel show being organized by Japan Association of Travel Agents. National Tourism Organizations, Travel Tour Operators, Airlines, Hoteliers and Resorts, Cruise Liners and Transport Operators from around the world exhibited their products and services in the fair.

Nepal stall was decorated with flex posters picturing Mt. Everest, Lumbini and other various natural and cultural attractions of Nepal. JATA World Travel Fair 2008 was a very effective platform for Nepal to interact with Japanese outbound travel trade companies and other visitors for gaining their confidence for travelling to Nepal. Along with the restoration of peace in Nepal, the confidence of Japanese travellers towards Nepal is increasing. The Japanese tour operators seemed very keen to generate tourism business in Nepal. Nepali souvenirs and other various Nepal promotional collaterals were distributed to the Japanese travel trade, media and public visitors at the stall.

Japan having 18 million outbound travellers annually aims at increasing Japanese outbound travellers to 20 m by 2010 with visit world campaign. Japan with total number of 10684 registered travel agencies has always remained as a major tourist generating value market for Nepalese tourism. Currently there has been a major shift from group tour to FIT among the Japanese travellers.

The major concern of the Japanese visitors to Nepal stall was about the lack of direct flight connectivity between Nepal and Japan and lack of air seats to Kathmandu sector. Nepali Diaspora living in Japan also expressed their sincere enthusiasm and commitment to promote Nepalese tourism in Japan.

World Tourism Day observed with various programmes On the occasion of World Tourism Day which is being observed with the theme "Tourism Responding to

World Tourism Day observed with various programmes
On the occasion of World Tourism Day which is being observed with the theme "Tourism Responding to the Challenge of Climate Change", Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation Ms. Hisilan Yami planted the first sapling of Mulberry(kimbu) at Jalbinayak, Chobhar. The sapling was planted as a part of Climate Neutral Planet Fund being set up by Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoTCA) and Nepal Tourism Board to mitigate the impact of climate change. Secretary of Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation Mr. Leela Mani Poudyal and Chief Executive Officer of Nepal Tourism Board Mr. Prachanda Man Shrestha along with others also planted the sapling. The tree plantation programme was being coordinated by Jalabinayaka Community Forest Users' Group.

The fund was launched with Rs 100,000 contributed jointly by MoTCA and NTB. The contribution of tourists sponsoring trees will go into this fund. The fund will be used for tree plantation by community forest users' groups in all 75 districts and will also help contribute to sustainable development.

In process of celebrating the World Tourism Day, 15 tourists coming from Qatar Airways flight which was first flight to Tribhuvan International Airport were honoured with Khada, T-shirt and garland by the members of Trekking Agents Association of Nepal and Everest Summitters' Association. Similarly, a cycle rally was organized in Kathmandu by Nepal Cycle Association. It was started from Nepal Tourism Board and went around Putalisadak, Thapathali, New Road, Basantapur. Around 40 cyclists participated in the rally. In the Pashupathi area, first tourists visiting the area were greeted with Newari music, tika and garland.

In Sunauli, nine Indian tourists and five foreign tourists who entered Nepal in the morning were felicitated with Nepali cap and garland. A procession was also taken out by the tourism entrepreneurs, the government officials, local development officials to mark the occasion.

"Tourism Responding to the Challenge of Climate Change"

"Tourism Responding to the Challenge of Climate Change"
A call for Action to a Climate Neutral Planet

Government of Nepal, Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Nepal Tourism Board and all tourism related stakeholders have expressed their solidarity to help to achieve this noble objective by creating a special fund "Climate Neutral Planet Fund- Nepal" on the occasion of World Tourism Day.

You can also be a part of this campaign by becoming a Responsible Tourist & donating any amount of support in this fund:

A/C No: 6219200 (Current Account)
Nepal Investment Bank
Durbarmarg Branch

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