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Marriott set to Launch First Hotel in Kathmandu

Marriott International Hotel Chain Company will open its first entity in Nepal next month, the company says. Fairfield in Thamel will also become the first international hotel chain to come in Nepal in a decade. The hotel's guests will mostly be middle level manages and short term travelers, says General Manager. The hotel has 115 rooms (71 Deluxe king bedrooms and 43 deluxe bedrooms). All the facilities in Fairfield, Kathmandu will be up to standards set by Marriott.

Manaslu Region of Nepal Flocked with Tourists

Nepal trekking route restored has resulted the flow of tourist at present. The Manaslu Region of Nepal is being flocked with tourists this year. Tourist's arrival has revived as complete repair and maintenance works at the trail, although we fear landslides may once again cause damage to the trail. The trekking trail to renovate the international standard width of trail to 2 metres, Machikhola and Lapu, trails are being widened the consumer groups along Sardibas and Chumchet. The Manaslu Conservation Area only keeps records of international visitors the number of domestic tourists visited the area is not known. Most of the tourists visit the area in the month of April, May, September October and November.

High Speed Internet coming to Everest, Annapurna Regions

Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA) is planning to expand the service from Lukla to the Everest Base Camp and to the Annapurna Range Base Camp two the major trekking areas of the country. Internet connectivity to these places to increase tourist footfalls in the country and can promote tourism in the international market. Nepal needs quality Internet facility to get in touch with their friends and family back home.

New Species of Dragonfly Named after His Royal Highness The Gyalsey

A new species of dragonfly have been named after His Royal Highness The Gyalsey, Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck to mark the first birth anniversary of His Royal Highness. Ministry of Agriculture and Forests have named the dragonfly-Gyalsey Emerald Spreadwing. The dragonfly is a newly found species discovered during a joint Bhutanese-Dutch expedition in Trongsa Dzongkhag in 2015. The species was undocumented earlier. The emerald refers to its bright green colour while spreadwing refers to its habit of resting with the wings outspread. According to a news release from the Agriculture and Forests Ministry, "a new species of dragonfly have been named in honor of the Gyalsey, Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck as a symbol of appreciation and gratitude for the extraordinary leadership of Bhutan in biodiversity and environmental conservation"

The young stages of dragonflies live in the water and are dependent on good water quality. They are often called guardians of watersheds. The new species are found only in the mountains of Asia.

Out of more than 150 estimated species, 113 species of dragonflies are confirmed to be found in Bhutan. The discovery of Gyalsey Emerald Spreadwing was the part of the project for "establishment of a knowledge base for invertebrates in Bhutan and the institutional and human capacities" which was funded by Bhutan Trust Fund for Environment and Conservation. The project is spearheaded and coordinated by the National Biodiversity Centre in collaboration with various institutions.

Bhutanese Airlines can now fly to the UAE

Bhutanese airlines can now fly to the UAE following the signing of an Air Services Agreement (ASA) between Bhutan and UAE on February 13.

The ASA was signed between the information and communications ministry's secretary, Dasho Karma Wangchuk Penjor, and the director general of UAE General Civil Aviation Authority, Saif Mohammad Al Suwaidi in Dubai.

Meanwhile, the national airline will conduct a feasibility study this year to some airports in Japan to be its eastern most hub in east.