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 Nepal Press release 8/02

Book on Nepalese Climbers on Mt. Everest Released

As part of Mt. Everest Golden Jubilee Celebrations, Hon Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Mr. Bal Bahadur K.C. released a book entitled "Nepalese Climbers on Mt. Everest" written by Mr. Ang Phurba Sherpa and Dr. Ramesh Raj Kunwar on June 10, 2002. Detailed information on Nepalese climbers of Mt. Everest has been incorporated in the book.

FNCCI & FICCI to Extend Mutual Cooperation in Tourism

His Majesty King Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev's recent state visit to India from June 23-June 28, 2002, has given great boost to the joint efforts in cooperation and consolidation in trade and tourism between the two countries.

In the presence of His Majesty King Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev, Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FNCCI) and Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) signed a MOU on June 25, 2002 in New Delhi, on setting task forces for mutual cooperation in the field of tourism. FICCI and FNCCI have reached an understanding in giving priority to Nepal as a tourist destination. FNCCI and FICCI are also to work together to organize programs and conferences for developing Nepal as an attractive tourist destination and to promote package programs being offered by Nepal.

World Environment Day Celebration

On the occasion of World Environment Day 2002 an interaction on " Impact of Tourism on Environment " was held on 5th June at the auditorium of NTB. The programme was organized by Tourism for Rural Poverty Alleviation Programme (TRPAP) and promoted by NTB.

Hon'ble Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Bal Bahadur KC inaugurated the program. Speaking on the occasion Minister KC highlighted the importance of tourism in national economy. He said once the tourism takes assenting step the economic benefit accrued can be distributed to the advantage of the poor.

Mr. Shanker Koirala, Joint Secretary MOCTCA stressed on the importance of nature in Nepalese tourism and highlighted the various rules formulated for quality tourism.

Mr. Subash Nirola, Director - TP&RD said that all the types of tourism activities can not sustain for a long period if the activities do not take needful consideration upon the ensuing environmental impact and stressed for more responsible tourism for its sustainability.

Also speaking on the occasion were Mr. Mingma Sherpa (TRPAP), Surya Prakash (TAAN), Tara Nath Dahal (NJF), Binod Bahadur Shrestha (FNCCI), Pusushottam Dahal (RSS) and Hiranya Pd. Shrestha (SEJ-Nepal).

The programme was managed by Society for Environment Journalist-Nepal (SEJ-Nepal).

Nepal Tourism Board

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