Bhutan opposes “mass consumption” of the heritage

Weekly round-up of adventure travel and tourism, and the Himalayan travel and tourism news for Feb 4-10, 2013 

February 4, 2013

Spice Jet plans to fly on Delhi-Chandigarh-Dharamshala (Gaggal Airport) route to meet the demand for air services that came to a halt due to Kingfisher crisis. 

NTB and NATTA at FITUR 2013

Nepal Association of Tour and Travel Agents (NATTA) and Nepal Tourism Board (N.T.B.) promoted the attractions at the FITUR 2013, tourism fair held at Madrid, Spain during January 30-February 3, 2013. The participation helped Nepal to reposition itself as a “value for money” and safe destination.

Chapman forms partnership with Drukair

Chapman Freeborn Airchartering formed an alliance with Drukair Royal Bhutan Airlines to improve access to Bhutan via private jets. As per the agreement, Chapman can operate air charter service to the country, helping Bhutan in attracting the upper crust. Chapman specializes in aircraft charter services. Drukair is the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bhutan.

February 6, 2013 

Nepal would host Rara Festival in March/April to bring tourists to attraction-rich Rara region in Mugu District. 

February 7, 2013 

  • Kongdori (Kangdori) in Jammu and Kashmir gets a helipad, skiing control room and bio-digested toilets.
  • Jammu and Kasmir plans to resume heli-skiing in Gulmarg. The state is awaiting clearances for resumption.
  • India plans an eco-sensitive zone in the Sohelwa Wildlife Sanctuary located on the international border with Nepal to protect the wildlife.
  • Winter Games Federation of India and Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Department are hosting 4-day National Level Junior and Sub-Junior Skiing Championship in Gulmarg from February 11, 2013.

Inauguration of Harmukh, a big ski-lift at Gulmarg

A big ski-lift with capacity of 720 skiers / hour, Harmukh Ski Lift, installed at Gulmarg to accommodate more skiers. Gulmarg, thus,  currently has four ski lifts. The new state-of-the-art lift at about 2,674 meters (8,823 feet) at the foot of Apharwah Mountain features 66 bars. The 450-meter-long lift is built by Jammu and Kashmir State Cable Car Corporation (JKSCCC).

Bhutan opposes mass tourism 

2013. Bhutan balances beauty and development. Bangkok Post Opinion.

The author reviews and appreciates tourism development strategy of Bhutan. The mountainous country does not permit “mass consumption” of the natural and cultural heritages and resources. The country welcomes only high-end tourists. They have to travel with a licensed tour operator, ensuring controlled movement of the tourists. Read the full story.

February 9, 2013 

  • Salle Airport in Nepal is closed temporarily due to construction work.
  • National Manali Winter Carnival inaugurated at Manu Kala Kendra in Manali, Himachal Pradesh.
  • Up gradation of the Katrain-Manali road and Manali Maga Tourism Circuit worth INR 50 crore are proposed.
  • Hoteliers in Himachal Pradesh are demanding a cut in the luxury tax to 5% from existing 10% and an increase in hotel room tariff limit for 7.42% service tax to INR 3,000 from INR 1,000.
  • Nepal participated in the National Multicultural Festival in Canberra, Australia to create awareness about the adventure, cultural and natural attractions and tourism products of the country.

February 10, 2013 

Up gradation of Gautam Buddha Airport (G.B.A.) in Nepal delayed. 

Flights to Kangra may resume 

From March 31, 2013, flights from Delhi to Kangra (Gaggal Airport) are likely to take off. Alliance Air, a subsidiary of Air India Ltd., would operate one flight daily, whereas SpiceJet, an India based private airline, two flights daily. The airlines would serve the route until October 26.


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