1. Jul. 2011
NGCCI Tourism Delegation to Europe, from 06 to 11 March 2011 in Paris and Berlin
NGCCI organized from 06 to 11 March 2011 a Nepalese Tourism Delegation to Paris, France and Berlin, Germany and has realized in 2011 its second activity – besides the Nepalese participation at the tourism trade fair CMT Stuttgart – supporting the common efforts to boost the tourism sector during the Nepal Tourism Year 2011 and to increase substantially the number of foreign tourists to Nepal. France and Germany are major European outbound tourism countries – at 2nd and 3rd position respectively – and strategic markets for Nepal’s tourism sector. Therefore continuously presence, aiming to establish new and to maintain existing business relations is important.
Participating delegates were Mr. Kishore Raj Pandey, Vice President of NGCCI / Head of Delegation and Executive Director of Saathi Nepal Travel & Tours, Mr. Sudama Karki Managing Director of Around The Himalayas, Mr. Arun Regmi, Managing Director of Kathmandu Experience Travels & Tours, Mr. Vishwaraja Gyawali, Founder Director of socialtours – socialtreks, Mr. Birendra Thapa, Chief Executive Officer of Travel Makers Nepal and Mr. Sebastian Metz, CIM-Expert for Export Promotion at Nepal-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NGCCI).
NGCCI organized in France in cooperation with the French Association of Tour Operators (SNAV) a conference program with b2b-Meetings with French tour operators. During the program Mr. Kishore Pandey presented facts and figures about the Nepalese tourism sector and pointed out the latest tourism related developments. Its presentation was completed by showing the NTB tourism promotion clip showing the scenic, cultural and natural diversity and beauty of Nepal. He underlined during the discussion session that a trustful and reliable partnership is crucial in the tourism business and that Nepalese tour operators are aware of their responsibility towards their European partners. During the second part of the conference the participants used the occasion to talk bilaterally in order to establish the first contact with the perspective to generate new business. Mr. Philipp Laloue, General Secretary Adjoint of SNAV, closed officially the program and pointed out that it is necessary to continue the common efforts to bring tourism companies of both countries together. NGCCI thanked the representative of SNAV for the continuous support for the organization of this event.
The delegation program continued with the visit of the ITB Berlin where the participants benefitted from several networking events as well as from individual business meetings. Moreover, some of the delegates were also exhibitors on the official Nepal stand and on individual stands. The representatives from NGCCI, Mr. Pandey and Mr. Metz, used the possibility during ITB to build up new relations with European tourism associations as for example with the German Association of Tour Operators (DRV) in order to widen its network.
Mr. Sebastian Metz from NGCCI presented the participants of the tourism delegation and outlined briefly NGCCI activities and the tourism sector in Nepal during an ITB program which has been organized by SNV / CBI Netherlands in order to promote on a international level “The Great Himalaya Trail”, a common initiative by SNV/CBI and the Nepalese Ministry of Tourism aiming to enlarge the portfolio of existing tourist products in Nepal. Another possibility for networking for the delegates was the Nepal Press Conference during ITB, organized by Nepal Tourism Board. The tourism delegation program ended on Friday evening, March 11th , 2011 highlighted by an invitation for diner organized by H.E. Mr. Suresh Prasad Pradhan, Ambassador of Nepal to Federal Republic of Germany, in his residence in Berlin.
Further information about the delegation program and the detailed profile of the delegates can be found:
Tourism Delegation Flyer
Delegates Profiles for Tourism Delegation