Arpana Ale Magar

The contributor for Republica.

Tourism entrepreneurs pin high hopes on Rasuwagadhi border crossing

Published On: September 25, 2017 08:25 AM NPT By: Arpana Ale Magar

KATHMANDU, Sept 25: Tourism entrepreneurs are hoping to cater to more tourists visiting Kailash Mansarovar area in Tibet Autonomous Region of China via Nepal, following the recent announcement to open the Rasuwagadhi border point as an international crossing point.

Domestic airlines to add flights for Dashain

Published On: September 20, 2017 09:29 AM NPT By: Arpana Ale Magar

KATHMANDU, Sept 20: As the festive season is nearing, domestic airlines are in a rush to accommodate the increased number of passengers from Kathmandu to their homes across Nepal.

Experts call for constitutional clarity on tourism tax

Published On: September 19, 2017 07:59 AM NPT By: Arpana Ale Magar

KATHMANDU, Sept 19: Experts and tourism entrepreneurs have said that clarification in the constitution was required to address disputes about who should collect tourism tax. They have suggested that sharing of revenues after collecting it at the central or provincial level would be the best option.

Tourism entrepreneurs flay decision to levy new entrance fee on trekkers

Published On: September 18, 2017 08:03 AM NPT By: Arpana Ale Magar

KATHMANDU, Sept 18: Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) has asked the government to clarify whether local units can levy fee on foreign tourists for entering their boundaries.

Tourist spending decreases despite increase in arrivals

Published On: September 12, 2017 07:59 AM NPT By: Arpana Ale Magar

KATHMANDU, Sept 12: Nepal has welcomed around 500,000 tourists in the first half of 2017, signifying an increasing trend in tourist arrival over the past few years.

Buddha Air pays Rs 592m in different taxes

Published On: August 30, 2017 01:57 AM NPT By: Arpana Ale Magar

KATHMANDU, August 30: Buddha Air paid a total of Rs 592.25 million in different taxes to the government in Fiscal Year 2016/17.

Buddha Air to start daily flights between Chitwan and Pokhara

Published On: August 24, 2017 04:17 AM NPT By: Arpana Ale Magar

KATHMANDU, August 24: Budhha Air has announced to recommence a daily flight service from Pokhara to Bharatpur from September 15 after a gap of several years. Talking to Republica, Binita Thapa, marketing manager of Buddha Air, informed that they have started daily flights between the two tourist cities considering the flow of tourists. These flights will benefit the passengers who have no option other than making a cumbersome journey via Narayanghat-Mugling road section, which is in bad condition due to road expansion.

Over 40 percent of air tickets for Dashain already booked

Published On: August 24, 2017 03:13 AM NPT By: Arpana Ale Magar

KATHMANDU, August 24: Passengers have started booking air tickets for Dashain even though the festival is still about a month away.

Domestic airlines benefit from poor state of Narayangarh-Mugling road

Published On: August 22, 2017 02:28 AM NPT By: Arpana Ale Magar

KATHMANDU, Aug 21: Domestic airlines are cashing in on the poor state of Mulging-Narayanghat road as more people prefer to fly rather than take the ordeal of traveling through the landslide-prone road which is undergoing expansion for past two years.

Airlines companies resume flights to Biratnagar

Published On: August 20, 2017 08:10 AM NPT By: Arpana Ale Magar

KATHMANDU, August 19: Airlines companies partly resumed their flights in the Kathmandu - Biratnagar sector on Saturday, after a weeklong halt due to massive rainfall and floods in the eastern part of the country that had closed down Biratnagar airport.

Crops worth Rs 3.64 billion damaged in floods: MoAD

Published On: August 17, 2017 04:00 AM NPT By: Arpana Ale Magar

KATHMANDU, August 17: Recent floods and landslides in different parts of the country affected crops worth Rs 3.64 billion, data compiled by the Ministry of Agricultural Development (MoAD) shows.

Heavy rainfall disrupts domestic flights, Biratnagar airport submerged

Published On: August 13, 2017 08:47 AM NPT By: Arpana Ale Magar

KATHMANDU, Aug 12: Flights to Biratnagar and Bhadrapur in the eastern Nepal from Kathmandu were halted Saturday due to heavy rainfall since the past few days. Incessant rains have completely inundated the airport of Biratnagar while there were no flights to Bhadrapur due to poor weather.

Registration of 3-wheelers increase by 7 times, e-Rickshaws decrease

Published On: August 10, 2017 11:51 AM NPT By: Arpana Ale Magar

KATHMANDU, Aug 9: The import of diesel-operated three-wheelers has jumped by nearly seven times in Fiscal Year 2016/17 as compared to the previous year.

Ideas and inspiration

Published On: August 4, 2017 02:02 PM NPT By: Arpana Ale Magar

This 25-year-old thought of joining the hospitality industry but wanted to do something other than just open another regular sit-eat-leave joint. So, a year ago, Sahaj Nath Khadka took over Around the Corner restaurant in Bansbari, Kathmandu, added his unique touch to it, and reopened it for the public. This multi cuisine restaurant and event venue is a perfect place for nature lovers. The theme of this restaurant is ‘Dine in Nature’.

NMA, TAAN join hands to promote unclimbed peaks

Published On: August 1, 2017 05:00 AM NPT By: Arpana Ale Magar

KATHMANDU, July 31: The government has opened more than 400 peaks for climbing. However, many of them have not been explored yet, let alone climbing.

Tourist arrivals up 28 percent in first half of 2017

Published On: July 29, 2017 02:06 AM NPT By: Arpana Ale Magar

KATHMANDU, July 28: After facing many ups and downs in the past couple of years, foreign tourist arrivals recorded a healthy growth of 28 percent in the first half of 2017. According to the Department of Immigration, Nepal welcomed a total of 460,304 foreign tourists via air in the first six months of 2017, compared to 359,672 in the first half of 2016.

New zipline coming up in Nuwakot

Published On: July 26, 2017 05:00 AM NPT By: Arpana Ale Magar

KATHMANDU, July 25: Durbar Adventure Zipline Pvt Ltd is building a zipline in the historic Nuwakot Durbar area.

Mountain workers deprived of mountaineering certificate

Published On: July 25, 2017 09:05 AM NPT By: Arpana Ale Magar

KATHMANDU, July 24: A proposal of Department of Tourism to provide certificate of mountaineering expedition to the high altitude workers is awaiting cabinet approval since the last three months.

ICAO drops Nepal from safety concern list

Published On: July 21, 2017 07:58 PM NPT By: Arpana Ale Magar

KATHMANDU, July 21: The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has removed Nepal from its Significant Safety Concern (SSC) list.

NA planes fly with empty seats while tickets are hard to get

Published On: July 19, 2017 11:30 AM NPT By: Arpana Ale Magar

KATHMANDU, July 18: Former chair of Federation of Nepalese Journalists (FNJ) Dhermendra Jha had to struggle to get a ticket from Nepal Airlines (NA) to fly from Dhangadi to Kathmandu on July 7. He felt relieved when he got a ticket with support from a friend as NA officials told him that all seats were already booked.