An interaction program was held on ‘Nepal Russia Tourism Exchange’ at Nepal Tourism Board organized by PATA Nepal Chapter in partnership with Nepal Tourism Board on the 12th March, 2014. His Excellency Dr. Sergey Vasilievich Velichkin, The Russian Ambassador to Nepal graced the event. More than 100 people from the travel, tourism colleges and media participated in this event.
Speaking at the program, Aditya Baral, Senior Director of Nepal Tourism Board said, “Russia has immense prospects, we have been losing Russian market because of Aeroflot stopping its flight. Hence, if flights resume between the two countries, we might see a boom in Russian tourists in Nepal.”
Mr. Suman Pandey. Chairman of Chairman PATA Nepal Chapter said, “PATA is an international association of Tourism with Private- Public partnership approach and acting as a Catalyst of the responsible development of Tourism in Asia and the Pacific Region. Today, PATA has 42 chapters active in the world that includes memberships from governments, tourism boards, authorities, airlines, hospitality, travel industry, media and others.”
During the event as Mr. Ang Chhiring Sherpa, president of Nepal Mountaineering Association- NMA said that the Russian veteran mountaineers are so very enthusiastic since the beginning. Nepal has opened its peaks to westerners in 1949 and the most popular activity has always been mountaineering. Since, biggest historical event on 4th may 1982 with 11 Russian people climbing Mt. Everest desire to climb Everest grew even more and lured more westerners. It is a dream of every mountaineer to scale the highest mountain in the world.
Ashok Pokharel, President of NATO put opined that as a country with 140 million people; Russia is the 9th largest market in the market and is the top 5 performers worldwide till 2017. As per Mr. Pokharel, from January to August 2013- drop of 6 percent in Russian tourist was recorded in Nepal. So, he raised a general question that we need to find out if we are the suitable market for Nepal. Russians market is good consumers in terms of food, drinks and shopping and above all a safe market to approach.
His Excellency Dr. Sergey Vasilievich Velichkin, assured that he is very keen in partnering for promoting tourism in Russia. He further stated that Russia takes Nepal as an important partner. His Excellency stated that a successful promotion has already been made in marketing Nepal as a tourism destination but we need to take further more than that. As for Aeroflot, he has made it a lot of effort to resume the flight and will continue to do so.
source: NTB, 14 Mar 2014