6 June 2017: Consulate of Nepal in Victoria says its Nepal Tourism Promotion Night this year has been the single biggest gathering of travel and tour operators since the event was first organised in 2008. The Melbourne-based consulate organises the annual event in cooperation with the Embassy of Nepal in Canberra.
According to its public relations officer Niru Tripathi, over 100 tour operators actively participated in the event organised over the weekend. Some participating operators even contributed to various lucky draws aimed at promoting Nepal as a tourist destination. The sheer number of excited participants this year will no doubt have a positive impact on the Consulate’s ongoing attempt at promoting Nepal, she added.
“After the programme concluded, many came to us and requested to be informed well in advance next year so that they also could contribute to lucky draws. To me, that’s a huge interest in Nepal. Otherwise, why would they make contributions like that?” Ms Tripathi said in a telephone conversation with southasia.com.au. One lucky draw winner received a six-night Nepal package complete with free accommodation, sightseeing and meals courtesy of the Nepal Tourism Board while another participant won a return ticket to Kathmandu courtesy of China Southern Airlines, in association with Everest View Travel.
As the event was to introduce or popularise Nepal among outbound Australian tourists, organisers did not allow participants of Nepalese origin to put in their names for the raffle, it is understood.
Honorary Consul General Chandra Yonzon stressed on a closer Australia-Nepal relations so that more and more Australians are encouraged to visit Nepal to take in its breathtaking country and in the process help local communities as they work and live with them. He said Australia should continue its trade and investment in the young democratic nation.
Speaking on the occasion, NRNA’s global president Shesh Ghale stressed on the need to promote Nepal in the aftermath of the devastating Nepal earthquake of April 2015. “In relation to the earthquake, Mr Ghale addressed of the benefits of philanthropic tourism in Nepal, and the amazing benefits and feelings that both Australians and Nepali people feel in this rewarding genre of tourism,” a press release by the Consulate said.
A two-night stay at Annapurna Hotel in Kathmandu courtesy of Grace Migration and Education Services was also given away at the programme as was a full day guided cultural sightseeing trip of Kathmandu courtesy of Sherpa Tours Australia Pty Ltd. Other prizes included dinners at local Melbourne Nepali restaurants, a two-night stay for two at Symour Motel operated by a Nepali entrepreneur and ornamental masks by Chitrakar Gallery. Australian companies also contributed towards the evening, including travel company Student Flights Australia, and Bunnings Northland Community Group.
Principal multicultural adviser to opposition leader Bill Shorten, Jennifer Yang, and many members of Victoria’s diplomatic corp were present in the June 2 event.