The Embassy of Nepal, Canberra, in association with the Consulate of Nepal in Victoria hosted Nepal Tourism Promotion Night 2016 on Friday, 15 July at the Big Belly Asian Café, in Melbourne. The event was organised with the objective of promoting Nepal as a travel destination for holidaymakers and adventure seekers in the travel and tourism sector in Australia.
“Nepal is a country of natural beauty and should be promoted as a major tourist destination not only in Australia but also all over the world,” said Honorary Bruce Atkinson MLC, President of the Legislative Council, and guest of honour at the event.
During his welcome address, Chandra Yonzon, Hon. Consul General of Nepal to Victoria, emphasised the role of travel agencies and media in promoting Nepal as a holiday destination in Australia. The guest of honour and various guest speakers at the event were also honoured in true Nepalese tradition by wrapping the Khada or the silk shawl around them.
During the program, Bhim Neupane and Kshipra Cariappa of Buddha Travels gave a presentation showcasing the diversity of Nepal highlighting tourist attractions and offering valuable tips to the travel agents.
Graeme Kent from Aussie Action Abroad, who recently visited the Himalayan Kingdom, said Nepal is still beautiful despite the earthquake and its aftermath and is still the best place for tourists and holiday makers.
Mark Pinoli from Logged on Foundation expressed his views on the importance of Nepal and outlined their campaign to promote tourism in Nepal and their fundraising activities for Nepal.
Trevor Moyle from Smile High gave a short presentation on Nepal travel for travellers interested in getting involved in Growing Nepal projects—in conjunction with the partners like Smile High, Gandarbha Health Projects and Holy Himalaya Community Trust.
The event also featured a raffle draw with exciting prizes of 2 return air tickets to Nepal, free accommodation packages among others.