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Three more foreign airlines plan to serve TIA from January

Three new foreign airlines are poised to serve Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) from January. Malaysia-based Malindo Air, Dhaka-based Regent Airways and Chengdu-based Sichuan Airlines have applied for operation authorization, said the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation. All the three carriers plan to operate daily flights to TIA from their respective hubs. At present, TIA is served by 26 international airlines. Ministry officials said that Malindo had applied to fly the Kathmandu-Kuala Lumpur route from January 18 with Boeing 737 aircraft. As the existing air service agreement (ASA) between Nepal and Malaysia allows airlines to operate 21 flights per week, the government has allocated seven additional flights under the temporary operating permits scheme to cope with increased travel demand. Meanwhile, Dhaka-based Regent Airways, a wholly-owned subsidiary of business conglomerate Habib Group of Chittagong, plans to fly to Nepal from mid-January with Boeing 737 aircraft. Which is more focused on the Dhaka-Kuala Lumpur route. Meanwhile, Sichuan Airlines has announced plans to operate a daily service on the Chengdu-Lhasa-Kathmandu sector which will make it the fourth Chinese carrier to link Nepal.

Airbus A320 to Join Fleet of NAC in February

Two Airbus A320-200 aircraft, ordered by Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC), are in the final stage of production. Issuing a statement, NAC said works of constructing the body of the first aircraft has been completed. Ram Hari Sharma, spokesperson of NAC, said that the first aircraft will arrive in February while the second one will be delivered to the national flag carrier in April. Airbus has installed engines produced by International Aero Engines in both the aircraft. Though Airbus A320-200s are configured to carry 150 people, NAC has requested Airbus to install 158 seats, including eight in business class. NAC had signed the purchase agreement with Airbus on June 27, 2013. Madan Kharel, managing director of NAC and Sheel Sukla, senior sales director of Airbus had signed the agreement.

New Hotels with Huge Investments coming up in Rupandehi

The government decision to upgrade Gautam Buddha Airport in Bhairahawa into a regional international airport has worked wonders for hospitality industry of Rupandehi. More than a dozen new hotels have already started operation in Lumbini, Bhairahawa and Butwal, while many more are under construction. The district´s hospitality sector has already seen investment of Rs 2 billion in the past three years. Likewise, many investors are acquiring land to build quality hotels. Not only in Lumbini and Bhairahawa, quality hotels are being built in Butwal also. Local investors say they believe number of tourists will grow once the proposed international convention center starts operation in Butwal "Addition of quality hotels in Butwal will make positive impacts in overall trade and commerce sector of this town," Shree Krishna Pokharel, president of Rupandehi Trade Association, said. "Investments in hospitality sector will increase further once the Gautam Buddha Regional International Airport comes into operation," Shanta Lal Shrestha, president of Siddharthanagar Hotel Association, said.

PATA Adventure Travel & Responsible Tourism Conference & Mart 2015
PATA (Pacific Asia Travel Association)
The PATA Adventure Travel and Responsible Tourism Conference and Mart 2015 is a three-day NICHE event that brings together tourism professionals involved in adventure travel and responsible tourism to discuss creating new opportunities for promoting environmental protection and social sustainability within the industry under the theme "Explore Beyond Tourism – Celebrate Happiness". The conference will take place at Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan.

Textile in Bhutan
Bhutanese textiles represent a rich and complex repository of a unique art form portraying the abundance of colour, sophistication and variation of patterns, and the intricate dyeing and weaving techniques. Today Bhutanese textiles have reached new heights of dynamism and respect; they are valued not only for their economic viability, but also as a symbol of Bhutan's artistic heritage that commands world attention and appreciation. Textile Museum in Thimphu showcases Bhutan's textiles that are an integral part of its cultural and heritage and are unique for their diversity and sophistication. Textile Museum at Thimphu has given a new platform to the nation's textiles and Bhutanese weave rs and boasts of an invaluable collection of antique textile artefacts of Bhutan. Some of the museum's gems are the pearl robe from Tsamdrak Goenpa, crowns of Bhutan's Kings, Namzas (dresses) and other accessories worn by the Royal Family, personal bedding of His Holiness Zhabdrung Jigme Dorji and the first version of the Raven Crown.

Osel – Boutique Hotel in Thimphu
Situated within the heart of the Thimphu valley but just off the main road, Osel is a 35 room 4 star property with 31 Deluxe Rooms & 4 Suites. Osel is proud to be featured among the largest in-class rooms and be among the only few properties within the city limits to still have amazing views, views include the Tashicho Dzong as well as the seated Buddha all of this is in addition to the ever present glorious mountains that adorn all of Bhutan. Being located centrally makes it the perfect starting point for mystic monastery, cultural festival visits or even breath-taking natural scenic hikes.

The amenities include Attached Bath, Cable TV, Choice of double and twin beds, 24 hrs room service, Tea/coffee maker and free Wifi. To delve deeper into Bhutan our restaurant serves up mouth-watering fiery local cuisine which gives you an insight into local tastes. Should you however feel homesick for coffee and a sandwich the coffee shop will set you right with an espresso and Panini. The bar at Osel is where you can unwind and sample local drinks or imported spirits.