Together with four Nepalese private travel trade companies, Nepal Tourism Board participated in the TTE fair held in Kolkatta, India from 16-18 July 2010.The Nepalese stall received an overwhelming response from the visitors.The visitors showed interest on Nepal Tourism Year 2011 and inquired about special packages and incentives. During the event NTB felicitated two Mount Everest climbers from Kolkatta.The summiteers made a power-point presentation made on their journey to Nepal and Mt. Everest.
To promote destination Nepal and Nepal Tourism Year 2011 in South Korea, Nepal Tourism Board organised a sales mission in the two cities of Seoul and Gwangju on 22nd and 23rd June, 2010. His Excellency, Kamal Prasad Koirala, ambassador to Korea pledged his full cooperation and support to the Korean travel industry in their effort to popularize Nepal as a favorable destination among Korean travelers. The Sales Mission also appraised the Korean travel writers and the entrepreneurs about the present growing positive situation in Nepal and how Nepal’s tourism industry has rejuvenated after the launch of NTY-2011.
An exploratory program in Dhorpatan, jointly initiated by Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN), UNDP-MEDEP and Nepal Tourism Board is underway. On 13th May a 17-member team left for Dhorpatan on a mapping and exploratory trip. The team comprises of representatives from TAAN, NTB, UNDP-MEDEP and local organizations along with videographers, photographers and a cartographer. The team will conduct feasibility study on new tourism destinations , develop a trekking route map and collect information about the local community, available services, hospitality, etc. The team will also shoot promotional videos , while on location.
The expenditure for the program is estimated at Rs 1,079,500. TAAN and NTB are contributing 15 percent and 25 percent of the total cost respectively, while the rest will be borne by UNDP-MEDEP.
Nepal Tourism Board in association with Nepal Airlines Corporation and eight travel trade companies participated at the Arabian Travel Market in Dubai from 4-7 May 2010. The fair was inaugerated by HH Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai . On the first day of the fair, his excellency Mr. Arjun Bahadur Thapa (Nepal’s Ambassador to UAE) and Mr. Dipak Adhikari, Deputy Chief of Mission, Nepal Embassy, Abudhabi welcomed VIPs and delegates at the Nepal stall. They also replied to visitors’ queries on visa, traveling formalities & “NTY 2011”. Adventure and cultural products of Nepal seemed to be quite popular among the visitors. ‘Nepal Tourism Year 2011’ also received much attention from the visitors as well as the media.
NTB- TAAN signs deal on TIMS
An agreement on TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) was signed between NTB and TAAN. According to the agreement ( which will come into effect from April 1) a charge of $10 per head will be levied for trekkers booking through agencies and $20 with VAT per head for independent trekkers. The amount collected thus will be used for the welfare of tourism sector workers, exploration of new trekking trails and for funding the infrastructure development on trail routes.This will also control illegal trekking operations and ensure the safety and security of the trekkers through the mechanism of Prompt Information Service (PIS) . Individual trekkers will be given green TIMS cards while trekkers going through companies will be given blue cards.Prachanda Man Shrestha, CEO of NTB and Bachchu Narayan Shrestha, first vice-president of TAAN signed the agreement on 18th March.
The meeting and handling was excellent. Everything worked! Good tents and facilities (dining & toilet tents). For young mountaineers I suggest an extra day/camp between Kyangjin Gompa and High Camp, some where around 4,400m.