Nepal mulls tenancy Himalayan peaks to private tourism companies

Nepal is considering a plan to tenancy Himalayan peaks to private tourism companies, an official said on Tuesday, in a bid to ease traffic on Mount Everest and help jump start the economy.

The project would involve hiring out some of the 326 Himalayan peaks that are currently open, in an attempt to lure climbers away from the main draw card of Everest amid fears of congestion.

It is one of several new measures, including lower mountaineering fees, designed to impress more climbers to the impoverished country, which counts tourism as a key income earner.

“We have begun discussion on leasing unclimbed peaks to the private sector, to promote these mountains as new tourism products,” Mohan Krishna Sapkota, delegate for the tourism ministry said.

“We are open to both Nepalese and foreign private companies…we are confident that if the plan goes ahead, it will generate revenues for Nepal,” Sapkota told AFP.

He declined to say when the government would implement the program, adding that the finance and tourism ministries were discussing the number of peaks that could be included and the length of tenancy.

Mir Statement : Tourism now is people’s movement in J&K

The Jammu & Kashmir Tourism Department was recently felicitated at the National Tourism Awards 2012-13 in the category Best State – complete Development of Tourism. On its way for renew and take tourism back to its glorious days in Jammu & Kashmir, the state government has concentrate on creating well spread out infrastructure. As per Ghulam Ahmad Mir, Tourism Minister, Jammu & Kashmir there will be enough infrastructure in place to support all tourist sectors round the year.

“We are happy to share that J&K is registering a record number of domestic and international leisure tourists. The misconception that many people had on the non conducive environment prevalent in J&K to support tourism has dwindled away. Today, J&K offers a better environment than Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, or any other leading tourist destination in India,” statement Ghulam Ahmad Mir.

The Terrorism change that has been brought about and creates a welcoming environment in Jammu & Kashmir is result of a new people’s movement, said Mir. The policymakers, political parties and citizens, he added, very well recognize the importance of tourism in the state and are eager to contribute to make the state a tourist’s paradise.

According to Mir, the infrastructure being created on the ground across the various travel attractions speaks volumes about the commitment of the state to develop tourism. “For the second year running, the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India has valued and appreciated our work done by Jammu & Kashmir Tourism Department by conferring it with the National Tourism Award for the year 2012-13 as the best state for comprehensive development of tourism. We are also thankful to the centre for providing us the support for undertaking strategic tourism projects. One of the major reasons for having won the NTA 2013-14 has been our ability to complete CFA Schemes within the stipulated time, and also put in place mechanisms to monitor the progress of these projects,” he added.

The list of new ideas in the state of J&K is long, explained Mir. The Tourism department has introduced important projects such as the Nagar Mega Heritage Tourist Circuit, Tourist City Centre at Srinagar and also introduced niche activities such as Paragliding and Yachting to add new dimensions to the adventure segment. The Jammu & Kashmir Cable Car Corporation also commissioned a new lift at Makhdoom Sahib Shrine, Srinagar besides installing Ski Chairlift at Kongdori – Gulmarg for encouraging skiing in International Market.

The state of J&K has also successfully conducted development activities in potential markets such as South East Asia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan, Russia and Central Asian Countries of Tajikistan, Kazakhstan and others, Mir pointed out.

On the very excessive increase in air prices in the peak season, Mir said the situation is being monitored. “We are clearly dedicated to make J&K a round-the-year destination so that air prices are reasonable during the year. We will not hesitate to even introduce a maximum cap on the peak season air tariff, if the need be,” Mir concluded.

Malaysia Tourism Award for Best Foreign Tour wins Kuoni-SOTC


Kuoni-SOTC was called Best Foreign Tour Operator – South Asia by Malaysian Tourism at the Malaysia Tourism Awards 2012 & 2013. The Award function took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia recently, as per a release. The Awards identify and honor individuals and organizations for their outstanding contributions to the success of the Malaysia’s tourism industry.

On getting the award Rajeev Wagle (Managing Director, Kuoni India), said, “It is indeed an honour to receive the Award. This Award is recognition of the relentless work of Kuoni-SOTC towards promoting tourism in Malaysia. As a company we have always collaborated closely with Tourism Malaysia to create cutting-edge products and superlative holiday experiences for our customers. The Award enables us to continue to strive for the highest level of service and product quality.”

Japan to loan Peru US$37 million for tourism Improvment


This The japanese Global Cohesiveness Organization (JICA) has granted US$ 37 million towards local govt involving Amazonas, throughout upper Peru, to develop and also put into action a wide tourist hallway in the Utcubamba Valley, it absolutely was claimed Saturday.

Noriji Sakakura, JICA’s rep to be able to Peru, Noriji Sakakura, stated the aforementioned project requires the actual enactment of seven vacationer paths in the north location good large and rich choice of ethnical and pure means viewable with the new points of interest in the Chachapoyas traditions.

Your challenge end is a result of course above 36 months as a result of January 2017 in addition to ideas to back up the actual advancement regarding communities across the two significant tourist areas in your neighborhood which can be the actual Kuelap Fortress along with the Gocta Waterfall.

“The projects embraces the construction of roads and the enhancing of archaeological/tourist sites and waste disposal facilities for taking care of the environment,” he said to Andina news agency.

Also, your project will tackle your institutional strengthening involving regional health systems for an increased managing involving visitor means across the Utcubamba Area, as a result adding to your inclusive outlying financial and interpersonal advancement in your neighborhood.

Furthermore, Sakakura famous the cohesiveness company powerfully sustains the nomination with the Amazing Kuelap Archaeological Intricate because of its introduction to the Globe Traditions Internet site Record.