Weekly Official e-Newsletter of Nepal Tourism Board
(Printable version)
February 15, 2013
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Nepal Participated OTM, TTF Mumbai, 2013
'Kathmandu- a Novel' by Gerry Virtue launched at Yala Maya Kendra
CAN Info- Tech 2013 concludes
Far Western trade, tourism fest from March 4
President Bill Clinton to keynote WTTC Global Summit, Abu Dhabi, 9-10 April

Nepal Participated OTM, TTF Mumbai, 2013

Indias largest international Travel and Trade Fair (TTF) took place in Bombay Exhibition Centre, Mumbai from 8  to 10 February 2013.  Participated by over 900 exhibitors from 26 countries, Nepal was one of the feature countries along with Canada, Philippines, Maldives, Egypt, Macau, Indonesia and Russia. Other countries in the fair were Bhutan, China, Dubai, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Mexico, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey and USA.

Nepal featured its pavilion with colorful graphics with special focus on pilgrimage and soft adventure for Indian visitors. A lot of visitors during the three days fair enquired about the Lord Pasupatinath Temple, Manakamana, Muktinath and other holy places.  The younger visitors were more enthusiastic about soft adventure like trekking and leisure.  They also expressed their desire to visit Nepal in near future, and asked about the frontier formalities. 

Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) distributed its promotional collaterals such as travelers information, adventure attraction brochures, national parks, pilgrimage sites, posters on Pasupatinath Temple, Bhaktapur, Janaki Temple, Rara Lake, Mt. Everest, information and religious DVDs, and typical nepali souvenirs.
A major attraction, the leading brands of the global cruising industry showcased its products and services under its Cruise Hub. Star cruises, Norwegian Cruise line, MSC cruises, Silver sea, Holland America Line, Sea bourn Cruises, Windstar, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity cruises, Azamara Club Cruise and Costa Cruises formed their hub.
Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) represented by Mr. Dhruba Rai, Sr. Manager and Mr. Suman Ghimire, Officer along with its nine private trade participants viz. Abhiwadan Holidays, Dharma Holidays, Eco Treks Nepal, Fishtail Tours & Travels, Life & Journey Tours & Adventure, Ojha Holidays Tours & Treks, Samrat Tours & Travels, Scenic Mountain Travels & Tours and Explore Kailash Treks.
All the private participants were hopeful that the fair was good enough to strike new deals and enhance their business relation to Indian counterparts.

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'Kathmandu- a Novel' by Gerry Virtue launched at Yala Maya Kendra

Kathmandu, a Novel- Book One, a book about “dreamers, schemers, heroes and holy men” by writer Gerry Virtue, was launched amid a ceremony at the Yala Maya Kendra,Patan Dhoka on February 12,2013.

The novel is the first of two linked novels of adventure and intrigue set in Kathmandu and Nepal following the turmoil of recent times and the increasing uncertainty of the future, the author said speaking during the book launch ceremony.

Virtue’s novel starts when aid worker Andrew,newly arrived in Kathmandu,receives a seemingly innocuous letter by mistake and thereon finds himself caught in the web of a covert ortganisation controlled by Merrick,a menacing and dangerous Englishman.He finds his life threatened.A nine-year-old kitchen boy, Ashok,from the hotel where Andrew is staying enters the scene.He takes Andrew and Kate,the protagonist’s girlfriend,for help to the boy’s teacher, Sadananda,an old sadhu who holds court in Kathmandu’s most famous old meeting house.

Sadananda becomes a‘wise helper’to the tense and agitated Andrew. The old sadhu eases their fears, and calms them with tales of the ancient Himalayas. He relates these tales,along with sage advice,at significant moments in the novel, and they give Andrew and Kate useful insights into their predicament and suggest possible solutions.

While Merrick’s secretive group devises a covert operation that will tear the subcontinent apart, the hunt for Andrew and Kate intensifies. Then young Ashok goes missing and the fugitives are drawn further into a frightening world of conspiracy, deception and death.

The writer said that the book’s sequel will be out in mid-2013 and will feature an explosive climax in which Andrew comes face to face with Merrick.

Published by Vajra Publications Pvt. Ltd, the novel is available at leading book stores in Kathmandu.

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CAN Info- Tech 2013 concludes

The 19th edition of CAN Info-Tech 2013 organised by the Computer Association of Nepal (CAN) successfully concluded here at Bhrikutimandap in the capital on February 11, 2013.

The six-day event was organised with an aim to disseminate information and awareness on the IT sector and to showcase the latest innovations in the field among the general people.

According to the organiser,the ICT fair was visited by over 400,000 while there were some 219 stalls focusing on Hardware Sales & Maintenance, Power Solutions, Mobile Accessories,Dealer & Distributors,ISP,Telecommunication,ICT College & Training Institutions,Software Solutions,Payment Solutions among others of various companies.

Similarly,the computer association also organised CAN ICT Conference 2013 on the sideline of the event with the theme 'E-Democracy' at Hotel Yak and Yeti from February 8-9.

The two-day event was organised to share and exchange the experiences and developments of the sector. There was a participation of ICT experts from national and international level.

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Far Western trade, tourism fest from March 4

Far Western Industrial Trade Fair and Kanchanpur Tourism Festival 2013 is schdueld to start from March 4 in Kanchanpur.

Kanchanpur Chamber of Commerce and Industry in association with Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry along with other partners in the district are joinly organising the event with an aim to promote agriculture and tourism industry in the area, said the organisers in a press meet on Monday.It will run till 14 March.

The main focus of the event will be agriculture and forestry, automotive, ayurvedic and herbal products,food and beverage, furniture and furnishings among others of the local area.

Similarly, the trade fair and tourism festival will also have the stalls focusing on employment generation, increase in the services of banking and financial institutions, information and technology, said the organisers.

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President Bill Clinton to keynote WTTC Global Summit, Abu Dhabi, 9-10 April

President Bill Clinton, Founder of the William J.Clinton Foundation and 42nd President of the United States,will deliver the keynote address at the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Global Summit which takes place in Abu Dhabi, 9-10 April 2013.

Other Summit speakers include more than 40 leading public figures, including Sir David Frost, British journalist and media personality, Daryl Hannah, American actress and activist, Sir Jonathon Porritt,environmentalist,David de Rothschild,adventurer and environmentalist, David Scowsill,President and CEO, WTTC, and James Hogan, President & Chief Executive Officer, Etihad Airways.

Co-hosted by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) and Etihad Airways, the Global Summit will be held in Abu Dhabi’s five-star Jumeirah at Etihad Towers with a Gala Dinner taking place at the magical Emirates Palace hotel.

David Scowsill,President & CEO WTTC, said: “The 2013 WTTC Global Summit will explore the implications of our dramatically changing world economy and growing population on the Travel & Tourism industry. Four months after the world celebrated its one billionth international traveller,it will examine what we need to do collectively to prepare for the next billion.”

James Hogan, President & Chief Executive Officer, Etihad Airways, said:” The WTTC Summit provides an extraordinary opportunity to showcase the remarkable emergence of Abu Dhabi as a global economic centre and a tourism and aviation hub. In facing today’s global challenges, the emirate is a living example of what is possible when vision is backed by investment, commitment and decisive action.”

Attendance at The Global Summit is complimentary and by personal invitation only to bona-fide journalists. Those journalists wishing to express an interest to attend the Global Summit should send an email to media@wttc.org.

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Sarad Pradhan     Asst. Editor: Sudhan Subedi

Media Center | Nepal Tourism Board

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