Kathmandu, June 23
Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) along with leading Nepali tour operators organised the ‘Nepal Sales Mission’ in major tourist generating cities of Europe like Zurich, Paris and Brussels from June 17-21.
Representative of Nepal to the Permanent Mission to the United Nations, Mani Prasad Bhattarai, Ambassador of Nepal to France Dipak Adhikari and Ambassador of Nepal to Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg Lok Bahadur Thapa delivered the welcome address in Zurich, Paris and Brussels, respectively urging travellers there to visit Nepal.
NTB showcased Nepal as much more than just mountains, focusing on the vast cultural, heritage, spiritual, natural aspects of the country and elaborated on the enhancements and new tourism products being introduced especially during the Visit Nepal Year 2020. It also mentioned that Nepal is characterised by natural and cultural unity and diversity and the unique contrast of tradition and modernity is sure to offer visitors from all over the world a lifetime experience.
The audience was enthralled with multitude of tourism offerings beyond adventure activities and was very appreciative of hiking trail for differently-abled people in Pokhara and the efforts made by Nepal in doubling the tiger population and conservation and expressed full support for the VNY 2020 campaign.
The number of tourists coming from the Benelux countries showed a positive growth trend of over 31 per cent in 2018.
A version of this article appears in print on June 24, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.