Tourism News October 2014

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Tara Air Conducts Test Flight to Manang  
Tara Air has successfully conducted a test flight to Manang by a German built Dornier Do-228 Aircraft. The flight operated by Captain Bodh Raj Niraula and Rajesh Shrestha took off from Pokhara Airport and landed successfully at Manang Airport.
 
Representatives of Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal led by Captain BM Amatya led the panel to board the flight.  The duration of the Flight was 20 minutes. The report of the test flight will be reported to CAAN and after the approval, the scheduled flight will commence, said the Airline in a statement. 
 
Soaltee Crowne Plaza Awarded with ‘Today's Traveller Award 2014’
Soaltee Crowne Plaza Kathmandu has won the ‘Today's Traveller Award 2014’ for Best International Business Hotel. The award ceremony was held at The Ashok Hotel, New Delhi on September 16. The Chief Guest of the ceremony Shripad Yesso Naik, Minister of State for Tourism and Culture presented the award to Nalin Mandiratta, General Manager of the hotel. Today's Traveller Awards is India's one of the most respected travel and tourism industry awards incorporated in 2007, with an objective of recognizing exceptional achievers and contributors in the tourism, corporate and entertainment industry. 
 
 “The award for our hotel is an appreciation towards the dedication, hard work and service oriented attitude of all Soaltee team members. I thank everyone for their valuable efforts in providing efficient service delivery to our guests,” said Mandiratta after receiving the award. 
 
Earlier this year in August, Soaltee Crowne Plaza Kathmandu also received Safari India South Asia Travel Awards 2014 for Best Luxury Hotel, organized by Pacific Area Travel Writers Association (PATWA) in Delhi and TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award 2014.  
 
Etihad’s Dashain Tihar Offer
Etihad Airways is celebrating the festive season of Dasain and Tihar by offering complimentary gift vouchers to its customers. All the passengers flying First and Business Class to any destinations in Europe, USA, Canada, Africa or Middle East will receive a complimentary gift voucher for American Tourister luggage. The gift voucher can be redeemed at Samsonite and American Tourister showrooms at Pulchowk and Jamal.  To avail the offer, customers purchasing first and business class tickets need to forward the ticket and contact details to MarketingNP@etihad.ae. The offer is valid for sale and travel from 15th September until 30th November 2014. 
 
Cathay Pacific to Start Service to Boston
Cathay Pacific Airways has announced that it will launch a new four-times-weekly non-stop service from Hong Kong to Boston, Massachusetts from May 2015. The new service will provide the first direct link between New England and Hong Kong.
 
With this, Boston will become Cathay Pacific’s sixth gateway in the United States, and eighth in North America. The airline currently serves Chicago, Los Angeles, New York (JFK), Newark, San Francisco, Toronto and Vancouver. The Boston service will be operated by Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in a four-class configuration featuring First Class, Business Class, new Premium Economy and long-haul Economy Class seats. 
 
"We are very pleased to be able to add Boston to our growing international network. There are strong business, educational and cultural ties between Hong Kong and Boston. We believe there will be considerable demand for a high quality travel experience on this new long-haul route,” said Cathay Pacific Chief Executive Ivan Chu. 
 
Dragonair’s Cabin Crew Makes Charitable Donations 
Dragonair’s cabin crew members serving the Hong Kong-Kathmandu route along with local staffs in Kathmandu made donations to various social organizations in Kathmandu on 28th July and 26th August. The team donated various school uniforms and groceries to Bal Sarathi, an organization at Gaushala dedicated to offering formal education to children who cannot afford to study.  
 
Similarly, Saphalta Sikhsha Sadan, an organization providing shelter and formal schooling to underprivileged children infected with HIV was visited next by the Dragonair team. The organization was provided with toys and stationery for the children. The team also visited Ama Ghar, a home for the elderly and presented various gifts to its residents. The team also donated warm clothes, toys and various items to Bal Mandir.  

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