Kathmandu, December 24:
Travelling has never been so comfortable and hassle-free. With all your troubles from providing loan and booking tickets to insurance taken care by a bank, its more than a dream come true for travel bugs.
Laxmi Bank Ltd (LBL), a pioneer in various new products in retail banking, has brought, Laxmi Bank â€“ Travel Related Services, the first of its kind, in Nepal.
â€œIn its five-year long journey, Laxmi Bank has been at the forefront of pioneering a number of new and innovative services and products,â€ said Suman Joshi, chief executive officer (CEO) of Laxmi Bank, adding that the bank is proud to be recognised as an innovative leader in the retail banking sector.
Laxmi Bank â€“ Travel Related Services is the bankâ€™s innovative product packaged with some of the strategic partners like Gandaki Travels, Everest Travels and Rainbow Travels as its ticketing partners and Lalit Mandap Travels & Tours as package tour partner apart from Yeti Airlines, Buddha Air, all the leading players on their own in their respective fields, to offer its clientele a complete travel related services.
Under Laxmi Bankâ€™s Travel Service customers can book air tickets to their required destinations or tour packages â€” domestic or foreign â€” on preferential basis and at special rates and discounts. The customers will also be able to purchase and pay for tickets through the bank in a convenient manner.
â€œIt offers four travel related services bookings, monies, insurance and Loans,â€ added Joshi. â€œWe have joined hands
with Everest Insurance Company as our travel insurance partner.
Laxmi Bankâ€™s branches across the country will distribute Everest Insuranceâ€™s Everest Travel Trip Insurance Policy, a highly popular and extremely flexible insurance solution that is available at a very affordable and convenient manner,â€ he said, adding that travel insurance is an integral part for the travellers.
â€œTravel insurance, though not much in practice in Nepal, is slowly picking up, lately,â€ said Rama Dahal, senior manager at the Everest Insurance, adding that travel insurance is a must for a hassle-free and secure travel.
According to the figures, last year more than 4,00,000 Nepalis travelled abroad. â€œThe number has been regularly increasing in recent days,â€ said Suraj Shakya, chairman of Lalit Mandap Travels & Tours that claims to have brought the culture of package foreign tours among Nepalis.
â€œLaxmi Bank is keen to capitalise on this trend as it continues to expand its businesses, reach and number of customers,â€ said Joshi, adding that Laxmi Bankâ€™s Travel Related Services is thus yet another dimension to its convienance banking theme under which it offers several non-traditional and lifestyle management services such as Bancassurance, complete Internet banking and transaction alerts.
The customers can get this service also by applying online through the Bankâ€™s internet banking channel, Laxmi iBank.
Laxmi Bank â€” to strive forward to its goal of being a one stop provider of financial solutions â€” has emerged as a key player in both retail and wholesale banking segments. Similarly, Laxmi Bank has posted Rs 50 million operating profit for the first quarter of current fiscal year.