Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), in coordination with Society of Travel and Tour Operators Nepal (SOTTO-Nepal), arranged Nepal Sales Missions in Hanoi, Phnom Penh and Bangkok, the main cities of Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand on June 10, 12 and 14, 2019 respectively. The Sales Missions were targeted on promoting Nepal as a “Fountain of Buddhism” along with a premier holiday destination in the emerging source market.
‘Nepal Presentation’ featuring on major tourist attractions and actions of Nepal was made by NTB officers in the Nepal Evening Programs in Phnom Penh and Bangkok. The Presentation is used as highlighted on Visit Nepal Year 2020 Campaign and Lifetime Experiences that visitors can have in Nepal. Nepal marketing video that was screened in the programs drew the attention of the audiences and awarded them about destination Nepal. Mr. Ghanshyam Upadhyaya, Joint Secretary of Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, in his comments amid the audiences tried to improve the confidant of the local travel trade people by emphasizing the priority of Government of Nepal for tourism growth. Nepal promotional video made by SOTTO-Nepal was also screened in the programs. Mr. Madhusudhan Upadhyaya, President of SOTTO-Nepal, approaching the audiences requested the local travel trade to join in hands with Nepali counterparts to sell Nepal as a destination choice for Buddhist pilgrims.
The participating travel trade businesses from Nepal had a business to business (B2B) meetings with the local buyers. The customers were found interested in selling Buddhist site-specific packages of Nepal. The meeting helped to enhance confidence among the local outbound operators to maintain Nepal in their travel itineraries.
In the Nepal Evening Program in Bangkok, His Excellency Mr. Ganesh Prasad Dhakal, Ambassador of Nepal to Thailand, showing his satisfaction over the remarkable diplomatic relations existing between the nations since last 60 years, appealed the nearby travel agents to incorporate Lumbini in their outbound packages. Mr. Bikram Pandey, Goodwill Ambassador for Lumbini, had an insightful presentation on ‘Buddhist Circuits on Buddha’s Life across South Asia’. The plan in Bangkok was coordinated by The Embassy of Nepal, Bangkok.