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Prez Bhandari honors mountain climbers

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KATHMANDU — President Bidya Devi Bhandari has honored mountain climbers amid a function held to mark 60-years of ascent of Mount Manaslu and Mount Lhotse on Saturday.

President Bhandari feted Pasang Lamu Sherpa, the first Nepali female mountain climber to summit Mount K2; Minoru Higeta, the the first mountaineer to summit Mount Manaslu; and Junko Tabei, the first female mountaineer to summit Mount Everest.

At the Diamond Jubilee Celebration jointly organised by the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation and Nepal Mountaineering Association, President Bhandari expressed confidence that the recommendations to be furnished by experts during the conference will be important in mitigating the impacts of climate change.

On the occasion, the president paid tributes to national and international mountaineers, researchers and guides, who lost their lives during mountaineering expeditions. She also extended condolences to their bereaved families.

Also speaking at the event, Minister for Information and Communications Sherdhan Rai reaffirmed that the government had accorded high importance to the development and promotion of tourism.

Similarly, Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Prem Kumar Rai expressed his belief that the conclusion of the conference would be helpful in tackling the effects of climate change.

Likewise, Member-Secretary of NMA Ang Tshering Sherpa said the diamond jubilee celebrations would help reinvigorate the tourism sector by disseminating a positive message that Nepal is a safe destination.

Japanese Ambassador to Nepal Masashi Ogawa said the celebration would be fruitful in further strengthening the ties between Nepal and Japan.

Japanese mountaineer Higeta who scaled Mount Manaslu said his fascination for Nepal was growing since his first successful ascent of Mount Manalsu 60 year ago. The event saw participation of several national and international mountaineers as well as the high-ranking officials of the Government of Nepal.

Mount Manaslu, the eighth highest peak in the world, was first scaled in May 9, 1956 whereas Mount Lhotse, the fourth highest, was scaled in May 18 the same year.

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NAC aims to bring more tourists

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KATHMANDU — Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) — the national flag carrier which bought two wide-body aircrafts — is exploring new destinations in Europe, North America and South East Asia to bring in more tourists to the country.

The NAC, with the new destinations, expects to increase its business and carry 400,000 tourists on board the NAC planes to Nepal every year.

The NAC’s move is expected to serve largely for the government’s announcement to mark 2020 as Nepal Visit Year.

The NAC is also planning to procure narrow-body planes that would make regional flights while the wide-body planes would fly to the new international destinations.

For the new destinations, the NAC has appointed issue manager.

With the agreement, the NAC planes would make flights to 14 destinations in a week. If things go as planned, the NAC planes would fly to Narita and Tokyo in Japan, easing the tourists visiting Nepal from there.

After getting approval from Japan and South Korea for flights, the inclusion in the significant safety concern list by the EU to Nepal would remove automatically while the flights to South Korea shall open up the golden door for Nepal Airlines.

South Korea is regarded as the safest country in the world in terms of civil aviation. Likewise, the ICAO has already removed Nepal from its blacklist.

Furthermore, the NAC is preparing to operate flights to bring in tourists from Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Indonesia and Vietnam.

Similarly, Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Adhikari has directed the NAC for announcing new business plans by targeting the Indian and Chinese tourists, realizing the crucial role of the national flag carrier to make the Nepal Visit Year 2020 a success.

“Top priority has been given to the NAC as it is the major basis to bring in tourists,” Minister Adhikari shared.

Likewise, Minister Adhikari shared that expansion of services and facilities of the Tribhuvan International Airport has been prioritized.

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