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Gyrocopter Service Set to Fly in Pokhara Skies

A new adventure tourism product in the first time in the skies Heli Air of Pokhara Lake city, Nepal is launching a gyrocopter, a one passenger rotary aircraft. Heli Air has already bought two such aircraft and another one is on the way, the aircraft will be used for sightseeing. A gyrocopter can't take off vertically like a helicopter. It can land depending on wind speed within a distance of zero to 30 meters and can deal with strong winds and turbulence in mountainous areas. Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal Pokhara chapter, the aircraft to be safe as it can fly in any season it will be a new adventure tourism product.


Nepal Expects More Tourists from China - NATTA

Nepal Association of Tour and Travel Agents (NATTA) have been promoting Nepal in China regularly in cooperation with NTB for the last several years. Nepal promotional campaign concluded in four major cities of China - Chengdu, Guangzhou and Hangzhou and Beijing. On the occasion, General Secretary of China chamber of Tourism Xu Lejiang, Nepali envoy to China and high level officials, 65 Chinese tour operators, media representatives and local tourist attended the function.



455 reach Everest Summit this Spring

The Summit of Everest from the Nepal side since Edmund Hilary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa first conquered the world's tallest mountain in 1953. More than 5000 climbers have set foot on the Summit Everest. This spring season the fourth highest number of successes with 455 climbers making it to hallowed peak, the total number of Everester has reached 5,324. The climbing season was delayed by a few days. The Gorkha Everest Expedition set the pace by mounting the first bid on May 15. The 14 summiteers in the team include soldiers serving with the Brigade of Gurkhas and high altitude mountain guides.

Everest Hospitality to Launch Five – Star Deluxe Marriot in Naxal Next March

Everest Hospitality and Hotel has announced that its 235-room five-star deluxe hotel in Naxal is slated to open next March. It will be managed by Marriott International, a leading hotel chain based in Maryland, US. This is the second hotel in Nepal being managed by the international hotel chain management company after the Fairfield by Marriott Kathmandu. They have a target of making a soft launch of the hotel in eight months. The proposed hotel will be the first five-star deluxe hotel in Nepal after its completion.




Bhutan most peaceful in the region – GPI

Bhutan is the most peaceful country in South Asia according to the latest Global Peace Index report 2017. Founder and Executive Chairman of the international think-tank Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), Steve Killelea, launched the report at the Centre for Bhutan Studies and GNH Research in Thimphu.

Steve Killelea said Bhutan made steady progress to rank 13th out of 163 countries in GPI 2017, jumping 10 places in the past seven years.

The GPI has 23 indicators clubbed under three domains of ongoing conflict both international and local, internal safety and security, and levels of militarisation.

On the GPI, Bhutan is one of the more fascinating countries, he said.

In the long term, Bhutan has to focus on the factors that actually create peaceful society like on levels of corruption, functioning of government and equitable distribution of resources so that there is conducive environment for peace.



Thousands attend K-Pop concert on 19th June

As part of celebrations of 30years of diplomatic relations between Bhutan and the replubic of Korea, The fans poured in thousands at the Changlimithang stadium in Thimphu hours before the first ever K-pop concert began.

Scorching mid-day sun and drizzle in the evening did now deter the crowd. Nor the disappointment over the cancellation of four bands that had confirmed to perform earlier.

It was a long wait because the set was yet to be completed. Technicians were fixing connections to microphones, sound systems, and lights in haste as show managers came barking about, pointing at their watches. The show was delayed by more than an hour.

The first performance was a Bhutanese tradition song, Jogay Jogay Charo Tshu, a light fusion of traditional and the modern. Then came on The Buds, Idiocracy, Shaw, and Singye, performing some covers and their original songs.

Five K–pop bands – Double Eight, Badkiz, Seven O'clok, Steller, Classy and Fresh Boyz enthralled the audience to the full even through Park Jea-Sang, popularly known as PSY, pulled out at the last moment.

Diplomatic relations between Bhutan and the Republic of Korea (RoK) was established on September 24, 1987.



Festival to strengthen Bhutan-Thailand relations held on 09th June

Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen graced the opening of the first Bhutan-Thailand festival at the Bhutan Youth Development Fund's (YDF) multipurpose hall in Thimphu.

Thai delegation from the Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Tourism and Sports and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, led by the Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand, Tanasak Patimapragorn was in the country to attend the festival.

The festival, held to celebrate friendship and goodwill between the two kingdoms with common spiritual heritage and shared cultural and traditional values, was open for public until June 11.

The festival held exhibitions showcasing food fair of traditional cuisines, exhibition of silk products and agro products from the two countries, cultural performances, and Thai boxing.

Foreign minister Damcho Dorji said the festival is a testimony to the excellent bilateral relations the two kingdoms continue to enjoy. "The relations between our two kingdoms is marked with tremendous goodwill, affection and understanding. Our two kingdoms share common spiritual heritage, shared reverence to the institution of monarchy, close people to people contact, and a proud legacy of sovereign independence."

The agreement will encourage and promote exchange of programmes, experiences, skills, techniques, information and knowledge in training and competition of young athletes; collaboration in the area of sports research and development; and interaction through meetings, conferences and symposia, among others.

Bhutan and Thailand established formal diplomatic relations in 1989.