Weekly Official e-Newsletter of Nepal Tourism Board
(Printable version)
May 11, 2012
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Korea Sales Mission concluded
Dawa Steven Sherpa wins ever WWF International President's Award
Nepalese Embassy in Korea participated Seoul Friendship Fair 2012

Korea Sales Mission concluded

Nepal Tourism Board in collaboration with Nepal Association of Tour Operators (NATO), Cathay Pacific, Dragon Air and Cathay Holidays organised the Korea Sales Mission 2012 in Seoul Press Center in Seoul and Lotte Hotel in Busan on 9th and 10th May respectively. The Nepalese private sectors Shangri-La Tours, Amravati Travels Pvt. Ltd and C&K Nepal Travel and Tours participated in the Sales Mission.

Korea, having more than 10 million inbound/outbound tourists is gradually becoming a promising potential market for Nepal. The event on the first day in Seoul was graced by His Excellency, Kaman Singh Lama, Ambassador to Republic of Korea amidst 70 prominent media and travel trade. Mr. Rajaram Bartaula, Deputy Chief of the Mission at Nepalese Embassy in Korea participated the second day program in Busan amidst 45 participants.

The Sales Mission program was an ideal platform for exchange of new ideas, new market segments and to showcase diverse tourism products and services to increase prospective travellers. The program at both the cities were highlighted with a presentation on Nepal by Mr. Hikmat Singh Ayer, Director, NTB followed by questions and answers from the potential buyers.

The participants made queries regarding the Nepal Government campaign Visit Lumbini Year 2012, its programs, immigration formalities and visa procedures, and easy accessibility to Lumbini. The need of promotional materials in Korean language was another major issue discussed in the program.

The B2B session, followed next was very participatory. The interaction between Nepal/Korea business participants was optimistic in seeing the visitor numbers surge in the coming days.

The Sales Mission led by Mr. Ayer was participated by Ms. Ranu Shah, Sr. Officer and Ms. Janaki Upadhyay, Asst. Officer.

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Nepal Tourism Board organized a sales mission in the East Indian States of Guwahati, Kolkata & Bhuwaneshwor from April 30 – May 04, 2012. Mr. Mani Raj Lamichhane had led the delegation of the Nepalese tour operators and the hotel for the program. Florid Tours & Travel participated in all the three programs, The Everest Hotel participated at Guwahati & Kolkata, Jai Mata Di Travels & Tours participated in Guwahati, Sunrise Tours & Travel & Dream Indo Nepal Tours & Travel participated in the program at Kolkata.

Program at Guwahati, Assam

Nepal Tourism Board was the first national tourism organization which organised the road show for the first time in the North Indian East State of Assam. The program was well attended by the tour operators and travel agents and was well received by the media people.

A large number of media had attended the program as it was very big news for them having a tourism board showing keen interests on Guwahati market. There were at least 45 media personnel including cameramen with the breakup of 5 news channels, top 6 publications, travel magazines and story writers who wanted to showcase Nepal as the next destination after Thailand in the Guwahati market.

Guwahati people were extremely happy to see Nepalese Tourism Board showing keen interest on their state and had also expressed a good promotion of Nepal to the tourist of Guwahati.

The major concern raised by most of the travel agents /media was the connectivity of Nepalese cities from Guwahati. Most of the agents /media mentioned that at least one flight a week if arranged would ensure the movement of the tourists towards Nepal. Many agents / media inquired if Nepalese Airlines (RA) or Buddha Air could start its operation to their capital.

Almost all the media including print & TV had given special coverage about our road show which was published in the following day.

Program at Kolkata, West Bengal

Kolkata also showed good response to the sales mission where the event was attended by large number of the tours operators and travel agents and some media. The show began with the addressing of the Consul Mr. Rameshwor Paudel. Mr. Paudel on his speech urged the Indian nationals to spare their valuable time for some days to visit the pilgrimage sites of Nepal with the special mention of Pashupatiath - known as one dham out of four great dhams, Lumbini - the birthplace of Lord Buddha, Janakpur - the birthplace of Janaki Mainya and Muktinath - a holiest dham situated at an amazing altitude.

He also invited Indian tourists for their time to see the highest peak of the world, visit the hill stations or enjoy the shopping, rafting, paragliding, jungle safari, soft adventures and so on.

He also mentioned that such type of program would be instrumental at increasing our travel between India and Nepal.

The questions raised by the tour operators and travel agents along with the media were answered by the Consul and Mr. Mani Raj Lamichhane, Manager of NTB.

During the question and answer session, the primary question raised was the connectively between Kolkata and Kathmandu by fights and by surface transfers. They also raised the question of high airfares and low flight frequency as compared to Delhi. The travel agents urged NTB to look into their requirements in order to increase outbound from Kolkata.

Many agents / media were interested on knowing homestays, tea tourism and the adventure activities that are available in Nepal.

Some of the agents also requested the Consul that they have budget travelers and flying from Kolkata is expensive. They urged the consul to look into the connectivity between Kolkata and Kathmandu by train. And also urged if any of the Nepalese airlines could start services twice /thrice a week between the two cities thereby ensuring the comfortable budget pricing and affordability.

Program at Bhubaneshwor, Orissa

The program was well attended by the equal mix of trade and the media. Top agents from Bhubaneshwor were present who were mainly doing Nepal and would like to increase their business with the help of the participating company - Florid Travels and information provided by Nepal Tourism Board. Many agents had come with some business prospects which was attended by Florid.

Agents asked various questions ranging from connectivity, visa formality, homestays, rail connectivity, taxes on accommodation and packages, suggested itineraries and many more. Most of them were concerned about the flight connectivity and the airfares. It was learnt that it costs INR 950 on train and 12 hours to reach to Kolkata and have to pay min INR 13000 for the return flight to Kathmandu where as it is as low as INR 5500 from Delhi (plus the train ticket of INR 1800). So this was the major issue which was debated. There were many questions on the road travel within Nepal about its safety and comfort. Some of the agents were interested on putting Nepal on their current package of Sikkim & Darjeeling as an extension.

The media also asked the reason for promotion of Nepal in Bhubaneshwor as Nepal was the first international tourism board in the last 10 years. They also asked the questions about the important pilgrimage sites in Nepal which would entice the Orissa tourist to travel to Nepal as Orissa is called the 'city of temples'.

Some of the media were unclear about the birthplace of Lord Buddha which was made clear to them and they were also breifed about the Lumbini Year 2012. Questions were asked on the why Nepal selected Bhubaneshwor in the sales mission and how many tourists they would like to see from Orissa. Questions were asked on the possible tie up between Nepal Tourism Board and Orissa Tourism for developing tourism in both the countries.

Most of the questions were asked on packages, adventure tours, pilgrimage tours and others which were answered successfully by Mr. Mani Raj Lamichhane, Manager of Nepal Tourism Board and Mr. Kamal Dhakal, MD of Florid Travels & Tours.

Mr. Dhakal also made a presentation of his packages which he would like to promote in the Orissa Market. This was well accepted by the trade as well as media.

Meeting with Minister of Tourism, Culture and Cooperation of the Government of Orissa.

After seeing the news about Nepal Tourism Board organizing a program at their place, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Cooperation of the Government of Orissa Mr. Mr. Prafulla Samal had shown his interests on meeting and discussing with the official of Nepal Tourism Board. As many participants had inquired whether NTB could join in hands with the Orissa tourism for the promotion of the tourism of Orissa and Nepal.

During the meeting of the NTB official Mr. Mani Raj Lamichhane, Mr. Samal appreciated Nepal Tourism Board's program at Orissa and thanked NTB for choosing their state for organizing the program there. He had also mentioned that we could also organize a joint program in the future to promote both the places as both the places share the same values of Hinduism and Buddhism and also the both the places have got important Hindu shrines and the Buddhist sites.

NTB official also met the secretary for tourism and culture Mr. Ashok Tripathy who also thanked NTB for the visits to their place and invited to visit Orissa.

Mr. Upadhaya, Director for Tourism mentioned that they would be happy to share and exchange the ideas on tourism of both the countries. He said he would be happy to put the Nepalese promotional materials on display at his places and also mentioned that we could prepare a joint promotional material for Hindu Circuit (for the Dhams) and the Buddhist Circuits.

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Dawa Steven Sherpa wins ever WWF International President's Award

Dawa Steven Sherpa, 28-year-old mountain guide and adventure pioneer from Nepal, has been awarded the first ever WWF International President's Award during a special ceremony at global conservation organization WWF's Annual Conference in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Now a professional guide, mountaineer and conservation activist in the Himalayan region where he grew up, Dawa Steven Sherpa is a graduate in business administration and heads an adventure trekking company that encourages respect for nature among mountaineers and explorers. He had climbed four 8,000-metre peaks by the age of 24 - including Mount Everest, twice.

The new WWF International President's Award has been created to acknowledge and encourage outstanding achievements of young people under the age of 30 who are making strong and compelling contributions to nature conservation around the world, stated a press release issued by the WWF to inform about Sherpa winning the award.

"It is my great pleasure to present this inaugural WWF International President's Award to such an inspiring and exceptional young individual as Dawa Steven Sherpa - who has already inspired so many to take action to save the planet," said Yolanda Kakabadse, WWF International President.

"This new award enables WWF to shine a light on brilliant young people who are working in the field to protect the natural world, and my dearest wish is that it inspires others with the energy and ambition to achieve great heights too. We desperately need young leaders and pioneers in nature conservation. If anyone can inspire others to do their bit for the planet, it is Dawa Steven Sherpa."

"Dawa Steven was WWF Nepal's Climate Ambassador under the 'Climate For Life' campaign in 2010 in which Dawa joined hands with legendary mountaineer Apa Sherpa to embark on an expedition through 10 European cities to raise awareness about the impacts of climate change in the Himalayas," stated Mr. Anil Manandhar, Country Representative of WWF Nepal. "The WWF International President's Award to Dawa Steven underscores the potential of today's youth in Nepal to be the change they want to see," he added.

Raised in Kathmandu, Nepal, Dawa has been organizing successful Eco Everest Expeditions since 2008 - drawing international attention to the impact of climate change on Himalayan people and their environment. His expeditions use solar cookers, and he started a 'cash for trash' scheme where climbers are paid to bring garbage back down off the mountain; 15,000kg of waste has been collected since 2008 through the scheme. He also works with local youth to inspire and empower them to become active in mountain protection. Most recently, Dawa got together with ApaShrepa again and walked a distance of 1,555km in a span of 99 days across the length of the whole country to understand and raise awareness on climate change and its impacts on the local communities and the environment.

The WWF International President's Award will be presented annually, and nominations are invited via WWF offices around the world.

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Nepalese Embassy in Korea participated Seoul Friendship Fair 2012

The Embassy of Nepal in Seoul participated in a two day Seoul Friendship Fair 2012 at the City Centre in Seoul today. As a mega event organized by the Seoul Metropolitan City, the Fair was attended by more than 80 diplomatic missions stationed in Seoul and non-governmental organizations of Korea. The Fair was inaugurated by the Mayor of Seoul in a fanfare with gala show. The attraction of the Fair was distinct culinary of the participation nations, handicrafts and country promotional materials as well as cultural performance of each participant countries. Despite Nepalese food and handicraft exhibition, the Embassy of Nepal in collaboration with local Nepalese artists also presented two performances including Manjushree dance to a large audience, which was acclaimed by many.

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24th Grand Annual Rafting Festival 2012
Date :-

19 May 2012

Venue :- Trishuli, Dhading
Organizer :- Nepal Association Rafting Agents ( NARA)
Namche Festival 2012
Date :- 27 -29 May 2012
Venue :- Namche, Solukhumbu
Organizer :- Namche Festival 2012 main Organizing Committee
5th International Sagarmatha (Mt. Everest) Day
Date :- 29 May 2012
Venue :- NTB & nationwide
Organizer :- Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation, NTB & other tourism associations
Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon ( Highest marathon in the world )
Date :- 29 May 2012
Venue :- Solukhumbu
Start Point :-

Everest Base Camp ( 17,598 ft.)

Finish Point : -

: Namche bazar ( 11306 ft.)

Organizer :- Himalayan Expiditions
The Teechi Festival
Date :- 29-31 May 2012
Venue :- Upper Mustang
Tamang Mahotsav 2069
Date :- 31 May - 2 June 2012
Venue :- Tudikhel, Kathmandu
Organizer :- Nepal National Tamang Ghedung, Kathmandu

Sarad Pradhan     Asst. Editor: Sudhan Subedi

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