News From Nepal

Goma Air brings new aircraft

Chinese arrivals to Nepal crossed the 100,000 mark last year reaching an all-time high of 113,173, largely due to improved air connectivity between Nepal and China, said the Tourism Ministry. The rapid growth in Chinese arrivals is illustrated by the recently revised air services agreement (ASA) between Nepal and China. The new ASA permits Chinese carriers to operate 56 flights weekly with any type of aircraft. At present, Air China and China Eastern operate daily scheduled flights to Nepal, while China Southern operates double daily flights. China Southern links Kathmandu and Guangzhou while China Eastern and Air China link Kathmandu with Kunming and Lhasa respectively. Meanwhile, recently launched Himalaya Airways that plans to fly between Kathmandu and Lhasa from October 28 is also likely to increase tourist arrivals from China, said travel.

Paragliding to start soon in Kathmandu Valley

The super adventurous sport of paragliding will commence officially in the Kathmandu valley after conclusion of the Bada Dashain festival with a joint effort from the South Korean ParaLove Company and the Paragliding And Hand Gliding Company based in the capital city. The paragliding will take place from Bisankhu narayan VDC of the Lalitpur district. At least 10 glider-aircrafts –five double seated aircrafts with pilots and five single seated aircrafts – will be used for the airborne entertainment at Kotdanda, Chapakharka and Bistachap areas of Bisankhunarayan-4. The service that will start with the theme ´Paragliding in Kathmandu´ will be open for public from 8 am to 5 pm.

Tourism Evening at Nepal Embassy in London

A tourism promotion event was organized at the Nepal embassy in London, UK recently to promote Nepal as a tourist destination for all seasons. Addressing the programme, Charge d’ affaires at the Nepali embassy in London, Tej Bahadur Chhetri, said Nepal is a unique tourist destination from religious, cultural and adventure point of view. He said new investments are being made in developing tourism infrastructure in the country.