Speakers from left: Mr. Subash Niroula, Mr. Suman Pnadey, MOT Secretary, Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation Nepal, HE Chinese Ambassador to Nepal Wu Chun Tai, Program MC and NATO Chairman
Kathmandu April 09, 2013 On the Nepal China Tourism Exchange Program organized by PATA, the speakers focused on finding the ways to overcome the challenges. The program began with the welcoming note by the PATA Nepal Chapter Chairman Mr. Suman Pandey. Speakers during the program, including the Minister for Tourism Culture and Civil Aviation Mr. Ram Kumar Shrestha and the Chinese Ambassador to Nepal His Excellency Mr. Wu Chun Tai expressed their genuine interests in flourishing the Chinese tourists to Nepal.
PATA Nepal Chapter Chairman Mr. Pandey during his welcome speech urged all the tourism entrepreneurs and the professionals to join the hands with PATA to meet the target oriented objective of 215 thousand Chinese tourists to Nepal by 2015. He also put forward two request to HE Wu Chun Tai on behalf of the Nepalese Tourism Industry: One is to stay close and provide every assistance to Nepalese Tourism Industry in ensuring smooth operation of Foreign and Indian Tourists between Nepal and the Tibet Autonomous region of China and the other is to help Nepalese Tourism Industry in achieving its goal of receiving 215 Thousand Chinese Tourists by the Year 2015.
Minister Mr. Ram Kumar Shrestha stated the fact that the dependency of Nepalese Tourism Industry is slowly shifting from the European and American markets to the Chinese market. He also thanked the tourism personals of Nepal for fruitful participations at Chinese tourism fairs. Mr. Shrestha also made the humble request to the Chinese Ambassador to launch the Chinese airbus to Nepal with the competitive airfare and to remove the possible trading barriers between the two nations.
His Excellency Mr. Wu Chun Tai expressed his deep affectionate towards Nepal. He quoted that Nepal is not merely a tourism destination for the Chinese. China and Nepal has the relationship of brotherhoods- people to people and government to government for centuries. He stated the importance of Nepal to the Chinese in 3S- Smell, Smile and Siddhartha Gautama. He promised to help the Nepalese Tourism Industry in every possible ways he could. He wished for the better infrastructures to be developed to entertain the larger number of tourists and also mentioned China would be happy to support Nepal in building the required infrastructures. He finally, suggested developing and expanding the Chinese Monastery at Lumbini which will no doubt attract the large number of Chinese visitors to the region.
Officiating CEO of Nepal Tourism Board Mr. Subash Niroula requested the private sectors to be proactive and come up with the plan to expand the tourism industry of Nepal to the next desired level.