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Nepal Airlines to Start Two More Flights to Kathmandu – Delhi Route

Nepal Airlines will be conducting more number of flights through Kathmandu - Delhi route. The Airlines bought two Airbus A320 in 2015; it has been launching flights to eight different destinations which include three cities in India, Dubai Malaysia and Bangkok. The maximum passengers flying through the airlines are towards Delhi and the number of passengers towards Delhi has also increased from last year.

Launch of "Experience Nepal" Tourism Campaign

The campaign aims to promote Nepal as an international tourist destination Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) has announced the launch of Experience Nepal' tourism campaign in partnership with American Express and Himalayan Bank Ltd (HBL). The partnership with American Express is a part of NTB's continuous endeavor to market and promote Nepal in the world tourism map. All Nepali embassies in France, the UK and Japan for promotional programs and HBL being the sole merchant acquire of American Express in Nepal, will be bringing merchant offer across all categories for card members visiting Nepal.

Himalayan Travel Mart to Kick Off from June:

Himalayan Travel Mart 2017 in Kathmandu from June will hold the Pacific Asia Travel Association (Pata) Nepal Chapter a four day event aims at redefining adventure tourism and establish Nepal as gateway to the Himalaya. Himalaya Travel Mart a lunching ceremony was held amid a function in Dhulikhel. The logo of Himalaya Travel Mart was unveiled with participation of around 150 attendees representing Tourism Ministry, NTB, Tourism organization airlines, hotel and corporate houses. Adventure tourism and establish Nepal, as a Gateway to the Himalaya, PATA Nepal Chapter is organizing HTM a business events Europe, North.

Inflow of Tourists in Nepal Up by 30%:

The number of tourists inflow in Nepal has gone by 32 percent in the first 11 months of 2016 Nepal Tourism Industry is witnessing signs of recovery as the number of tourists. The Department of Immigration (Dol), 655,144 foreigners visited Nepal till November this year, Tourism Industry is reviving at a good pace, with the collaborative efforts made by the government , private sector and other stake holders to promote Nepal in the international market.

His Majesty's Addresses the Nation on 109th National Day, 17 December 2016

The 109th National Day was held in Trongsa.

His Majesty The King accompanied by Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen and His Royal Highness The Gyalsey celebrated the 109th National Day with the people of Mangde Tshozhi at the Sherubling High School ground in Trongsa. Trongsa Dzong today represents an important link with Bhutan's precious institution of monarchy. It is the dzong where future Kings formalised their ascension as Chhoetse Penlop before ascending the Golden Throne. It was where the investiture ceremony of His Majesty The King, who was then the Crown Prince, as the Chhoetse Penlop took place on October 31, 2004. The other national significance is the Ta Dzong or watchtower, where a museum dedicated to the Wangchuck dynasty is housed. The museum was inaugurated by His Majesty The King in 2008 when Bhutan celebrated the centenary of the Monarchy. The Ta Dzong, a cylindrical stone structure rising five storeys above Trongsa Dzong, was built in 1652 by Chogyal Minjur Tempa, a task entrusted to him by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel. After more than 358 years, it has been resurrected into a classy museum, that represents a tasteful blend of tradition and modernity.

Making Bhutan the Cleanest Country in the World: 9th Dec

Perhaps for the first time in the country, every citizen was involved in a nationwide cleaning campaign on December 9 to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of His Majesty The King's accession to the Golden Throne.

The day was declared as a national holiday. While volunteers was involved in the campaign, declaring the day as a national holiday provided every citizen an opportunity to take part in this historic national initiative.

Four New Butterflies Recorded in Bhutan

A butterfly survey team from the Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment (UWICE) and the Lhamoizingkha range office discovered four new butterfly species: Khasi Forest Bob (Scobura isota), Pointed Perrot (Niphanda cymbia), Brown Onyx (Horaga viola) and Ambon Onyx (Female) (Horaga Syrinx) recently. With the new discovery, Bhutan now has 732 butterfly species recorded so far. The newly found butterflies are from the family of Lycaenidae (blues) and Hesperidia (skipper). With the finding of four more butterflies, Bhutan now has 177 species of Lycaenidae and 145 species of Hesperidia.