A total of 10 climbers have died this season on the world’s highest peak – Mt. Everest. A British climber Robin Haynes Fisher, 44, reached the summit on May 25, but collapsed and died only 150m down from the peak. Climber Kevin Hynes, 56, from Ireland died on May 24 on the northern Tibet side. Other deaths from this week include four from India, one person from Nepal, an Irish, an Austrian and an American.
The Everest summit is too crowded this year. Nepal is facing scrutiny for issuing a record 381 permits, at $11,000 each, for this year’s Spring season. Rising numbers of people climbing and dying on Everest has led for calls for permits to be limited. The number of people climbing Everest in 2019 could exceed last year’s record of 807 people reaching the summit, according to BBC.
NATO condemns all forms of violence
The Nepal Association of Tour Operators has condemned all forms of violence and expressed concerns about the incidents of explosion by a splinter group of the Nepal Communist Party recently.
NATO has urged all political players to find a common ground through negotiations and other peaceful means to address their grievances.
“ In light of the Visit Nepal Year 2020 and the Government of Nepal’s stated objective of hosting 2 million visitors that year , NATO calls on the Government of Nepal and its agencies to ensure a violence free atmosphere in which tourists can visit and enjoy the beauty of Nepal.”
NATO is a non-governmental, non-profit making and non-political organization dedicated and committed to promoting in-bound quality tourism, and developing new and exciting tourism products.
HAN elects new executive body
Kathmandu : The 46th annual general meeting of Hotel Association Nepal (HAN) has unanimously elected its new executive committee under the leadership of Shreejana Rana. Rana, the Executive Director of Hotel Annapurna. has become the first woman President of HAN. Likewise, Binayak Shah, Prabin Bahadur Pandey , Sajan Shakya and Vishal Kumar have been elected as Ist vice-president , 2nd vice-president , secretary and treasurer respectively.
The members in the new executive committee are – Amar Man Shakya (Immediate Past President), Dinesh Bahadur Bist, Bidhata Shrestha, Dinesh Tuladhar, Binod Shanker Shrestha, Biplav Poudel, Gopal Rana, Tseten Tsatultsang, Ram Kumar Puri, Yubaraj Shrestha, Thakur Prasad Pokharel, Rajendra Bhatta, Gyandra Kumar Bist, Rajan Sbrestha, Rahul Shalcya, Hem Bahadur Gurung, CP Shrestha, Asit Shamsher Jung Bahadur Rana, Rahul Choudary and Bhataraj Parajuli.
Tourist arrival up in Bhaktapur
Bhaktapur: A total of 253,863 tourists visited the ancient town Bhaktapur in 2075 BS. The number of tourists coming to observe the historic heritages within the municipality has increased by 34,834 in 2075 BS as compared to the previous year. A total 219,029 tourists including 93,530 from SAARC countries and China, and 125,499 from other countries visited Bhaktapur in 2074 BS while 253,863 tourists including 115,906 from SAARC countries and China, and 137,957 tourists from other countries visited the ancient town in 2075 BS, the Bhaktapur municipality’s Tourism Information Centre stated.
In 2075 BS, the municipality collected revenue of Rs 265 million in terms of tourist entry fees. The municipality charges Rs 500 per person to tourists from SAARC countries and China, and Rs 1,500 per person to visitors from other countries as tourism fee.
MoCTCA formed a taskforce to investigate trekking irregularities
The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation ( MoCTCA ) has formed a taskforce to investigate into the claims for insurance based on fake documents about the emergency rescue of trekkers from high altitudes. The 5- member task force has been given the deadline of June 25 to carry out the investigation into fake documents of trekkers. Some of the trekking agencies, helicopter companies and hospitals are said to be involved in cheating the trekkers making them ill during their trek to different parts of the country.