Enika Rai

The contributor for Republica.

CAAN prepares to ban Korean Air flights

Published On: September 25, 2023 06:10 PM NPT By: Enika Rai

KATHMANDU, Sept 25: The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) has prepared to ban Korean Air flights.

Boost in domestic tourists gives respite to Nepal’s tourism sector

Published On: September 23, 2023 11:00 AM NPT By: Enika Rai

KATHMANDU, Sept 23: Nepal's tourism sector has found respite through an influx of domestic tourists. In recent years, Nepali residents have increasingly embarked on trips with their families, friends, and relatives, contributing significantly to the promotion of domestic tourism.

New 'Trek Card' introduced in Khumbu region for enhanced tourist services

Published On: July 19, 2023 08:00 PM NPT By: Enika Rai

KATHMANDU, July 19: Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality has taken a significant step towards ensuring the safety and seamless management of tourists visiting the Khumbu region by introducing the innovative 'Trek Card.'

Tourists surge drives hotel expansion

Published On: July 15, 2023 09:20 PM NPT By: Enika Rai

KATHMANDU, July 15: With the Covid-19 pandemic now off the radar, the country's star hotels are slowly reopening. In the past two years, three new five-star hotels have been built in response to the arrival of an increasing number of foreign tourists and their activities in the country.

Phurba Sherpa: From a porter to international award winner

Published On: July 2, 2023 10:00 AM NPT By: Enika Rai

KATHMANDU, July 1: “Even though I hoped to win, I didn't think I would win, but I won. I did not think that I would win because of the best guides from all over the world.” For the first time in Nepal, Phurba Sherpa won the Wanderlust World Guide Award-2023 (Walking and Outdoor) category.

Nepal’s first ‘SkyWalk Tower’ comes into operation in Kathmandu

Published On: June 30, 2023 03:30 PM NPT By: Enika Rai

KATHMANDU, June 30: As a new tourist destination in the valley, the SkyWalk Tower has been constructed with an investment of around Rs 2 billion. The tower has been opened to the public since Thursday. This tower was built with private investment.

Foreign currency earnings from tourists increased by 190 percent in the past one year

Published On: May 29, 2023 01:30 PM NPT By: Enika Rai

KATHMANDU, May 29: The tourism sector, which has shrunk due to Covid-19 pandemic, is gradually improving. With the increase in foreign tourist arrivals, the foreign currency earnings from tourists has also increased significantly.

Mt Everest climber Xuebin Chen dies during oxygen replacement

Published On: May 19, 2023 07:39 PM NPT By: Enika Rai

KATHMANDU, May 19: A Chinese climber has lost his life while climbing Mount Everest. Fifty-two-year-old Xuebin Chen is among the deceased.

400 climbers receive permission to scale Mt Everest this spring

Published On: May 19, 2023 12:00 PM NPT By: Enika Rai

KATHMANDU, May 19: About 400 people have climbed Mt Everest in less than a week after the start of spring climbing this year on Saturday.

Tourist numbers rise, but not the commercial benefits

Published On: May 7, 2023 05:30 PM NPT By: Enika Rai

KATHMANDU, May 7: Even though the number of tourists coming to the country has increased, tourism entrepreneurs are in trouble because commercial tourism activities have not increased. Tourists entering the country after the Covid-19 pandemic do not spend as expected, which has upset the entrepreneurs.

Route construction to second camp of Mt Everest completed

Published On: April 12, 2023 06:45 PM NPT By: Enika Rai

KATHMANDU, April 12: In the spring season of this year, the construction of the route to the second camp (Camp 2) has been completed for those who will climb Mt Everest. The Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee (SPCC) chief executive officer Tshering Sherpa said that the construction of the route to climb Mount Everest that started on March 3 was completed on Thursday, April 6.

Six trade unions jointly padlock NATTA office again

Published On: March 17, 2023 12:00 PM NPT By: Enika Rai

KATHMANDU, March 17: Although the padlock at the Nepal Association of Tour and Travel Agents (NATTA)’s office was removed on Tuesday, the office was padlocked again on Wednesday.

Work for building route on Mt Everest for spring season begins

Published On: March 13, 2023 10:30 AM NPT By: Enika Rai

KATHMANDU, March 13: As the route is prepared for climbing Mt Everest in two seasons every year, this year the work of making the route for the spring season has started. This campaign, which started last Friday, will continuously run for one month.

Nepal adds over a dozen star hotels in the past one year

Published On: March 3, 2023 12:05 PM NPT By: Enika Rai

KATHMANDU, March 3: A dozen new star hotels have been added during the last one year with investors pouring money into the hospitality industry in anticipation of a surge in foreign tourist arrivals.

Nepal not included in Chinese govt’s tourist destinations list

Published On: February 3, 2023 10:00 AM NPT By: Enika Rai

KATHMANDU, Feb 3: China is not only a friendly country of Nepal but also a neighboring country. China has been interested in Nepal's internal and international affairs, but China has neglected the development of tourism here, which is linked to Nepal's economic development.

Bad weather cancels  61 flights

Published On: January 11, 2023 12:55 PM NPT By: Enika Rai

KATHMANDU, Jan 11: As many as 61 domestic flights were canceled yesterday due to bad weather. Teknath Sitaula, spokesperson for the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), informed Republica that all flights have been canceled due to bad weather.

NAC flights resume after agreement with cabin crews

Published On: December 16, 2022 10:00 AM NPT By: Enika Rai

KATHMANDU, Dec 16: After the agreement with the cabin crews (flight attendants), Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) flights have resumed. The agitation of the cabin crews ended after an agreement was reached between the cabin crews and the NAC management. The cabin crews had halted their service demanding the continuation of their services.

From Switzerland to Nepal on foot: A man’s journey for a cause

Published On: December 15, 2022 01:47 PM NPT By: Enika Rai

KATHMANDU, Dec 15: Switzerland's Kellenberger Thomas who recently arrived in Nepal on foot has dedicated his journey to the memory of his mother for charity. This very personal journey of his has been focused on 'Walk for a Cause'. He has now arrived in Nepal after going on a walk to collect financial funds for the charity organization 'Phil Island Kids International Foundation' which he founded. He started his journey from Interlake in Switzerland on August 25, 2021, and it has taken him about 15 months to reach Nepal.

Revenue collection from mountain climbing doubles this year

Published On: December 1, 2022 12:50 PM NPT By: Enika Rai

KATHMANDU, Dec 1: The Department of Tourism, by issuing mountain climbing permits in the fall of this year, has collected twice as much revenue in the season this year as that of last year. The department collected Rs 40.6 million in the same season last year. This year the department has collected Rs 93 million rupees.

Govt collects highest amount of royalty from Mt Manaslu climbing permits

Published On: October 10, 2022 07:00 PM NPT By: Enika Rai

KATHMANDU, Oct 10: The government has collected Rs 65.9 million in royalty so far with the opening of mountain climbing for the autumn season of this year. The government collected the revenue from a total of 31 mountain climbing permits.