In the spirit of cooperation and friendship, PATA and I support this event, and look forward to help in making it memorable for all participants.Read More
On behalf of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), I would like to welcome all delegates to the Himalayan Travel Mart 2017 being held in Kathmandu, Nepal 1-4 June 2017.
This inaugural event, which is an initiative of the PATA Nepal Chapter and hosted by the Ministry of Culture, Tourism & Civil Aviation, is organised with the Nepal Tourism Board, and supported by PATA and other leading Tourism Organizations.
PATA, established in 1951, is celebrating over 65 years of service to the travel and tourism industries, and the PATA Nepal Chapter,since it’s inception in 1975, has on behalf of it’s private and public sector members, and the tourism community, championed thestrategic goals of PATA in terms of Marketing Opportunities, Heritage Conservation, Workshops, Trainings and Seminars. This industry support also included hosting the PATA Adventure Travel and Responsible Tourism Conference and Mart in 2010 and 2011. The Himalayan Travel Mart therefore is a continuation of this commitment to the development of responsible and sustainable tourism in Nepal and the region.
Together with the International Travel Bloggers & Media Conference on the 1st of June, and the HTM Conference on the 2nd of June, including presentations from leading industry advocates, we are sure that this business to business event will attract buyers, sellers and industry professionals from around the world with an interest in Nepal and the Himalayan Region.
I encourage industry delegates attending the Himalaya Travel Mart 2017 to also enjoy the many attractions on offer, from the beautiful mountainous scenery to the UNESCO World Heritage sites, as well as the unique culture and cuisines of the country, while experiencingthe warm and friendly hospitality of the Nepalese communities.
In the spirit of cooperation and friendship, PATA and I support this event, and look forward to help in making it a memorable occasion for all participants. I take this opportunity to wish you all every success for a productive and enjoyable Himalaya Travel Mart 2017.
We believe, the event will speed up the recovery of our tourism and also establish Nepal as the Gateway to the Himalaya.Read More
Himalayan Travel Mart, HTM is being organized from 1-4 June, 2017 in Kathmandu, Nepal and it shall be a grand Tourism Event to put Nepal; Back on Top of the World. We believe, the event will speed up the recovery of our tourism and also establish Nepal as the Gateway to the Himalaya.
Through the participation of International Buyers, Sellers, Media and Travel Bloggers we want to show the world that Nepal is an event friendly destination and a niche destination for Nature, Culture & Adventure. Considering the importance of Travel Bloggers in promotion of a Destination, we have organized the International Travel Bloggers & Media Conference on 1 June, 2017.
For a long time, Nepal has been instrumental in promoting the tourism of the entire Himalayan Region and we are honored to have the International Buyers and Sellers doing business on the Himalaya Region come together in one platform for the first time.
On behalf of PATA Nepal Chapter and the HTM Team, I am delighted to extend a warm welcome to all the participants and wish you all a prosperous and successful event.
Enjoy your stay in Nepal!
“The Himalayan Travel Mart is an opportunity for all of us to explore the new initiatives and avenues in the tourism industry.”Read More
It is a great honor and privilege for me to welcome distinguished Delegates. Guests, Experts , Travel and Tourism Organizations at the Himalayan Travel Mart to be organized from June 1-4, 2017 in Kathmandu- a city of temples and World Heritage Site of Nepal.
The Himalayan Travel Mart is a forum for international travel trade entrepreneurs to exchange creative ideas about their business, to discuss about the changing pattern of doing business and to promote their business. Nepal is not only the hub of adventure activities; it is also a mosaic of different cultures, languages, traditions and scenic beauty. The idea behind Himalayan Travel Mart is also to showcase the hidden treasures of Nepal that have not been fully exposed to international travel trade industry. Nepal is well known internationally as a country of Mt. Everest and Lord Buddha. But there are so many things to see in Nepal apart from mountains and temples. To experience Nepal fully, your presence in Nepal is inevitable.
The Himalayan Travel Mart is an opportunity for all of us to explore the new initiatives and avenues in the tourism industry. It is about everything related with tourism. We seek your participation to make this event productive and beneficial to tourism industry as whole.
Looking forward to see you in Kathmandu.
“I am extremely honored to welcome all the Delegates and Participants of the Himalayan Travel Mart 2017, HTM to Kathmandu, Nepal.”Read More
I am extremely honored to welcome all the Delegates and Participants of the Himalayan Travel Mart 2017, HTM to Kathmandu, Nepal.
The Himalayan Travel Mart is the ideal platform for the Tourism connoisseurs to meet and exchange ideas on the growth of Nepal and the Himalayan Tourism. With the participation of International Buyers & Sellers, Media & Guests, I am confident the HTM will serve the purpose of re-defining Adventure Tourism and establishing Nepal as the Gateway to the Himalaya.
It is my pleasure to inform you that Nepal Airlines Corporation is adding two wide bodied A330 Aircraft to our existing fleet. Nepal Airlines is currently flying to Kuala Lumpur, Doha, Hong Kong, Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai, Bangkok and Dubai. By 2018 we will be flying to 12 routes. We aim to connect Nepal to 10 countries by 2018 and we look forward to serving you on your flights.
My best wishes to you for a successful business venture and enjoy the warm hospitality of the people of Nepal.
Alan Arnette is a Keynote Speaker, Mountaineer and Alzheimer’s Advocate. Everest summiteer in 2011 and oldest American to summit K2 at 58 on his birthday July 27, 2014. Cited as “one of the world’s most respected chroniclers of Everest” by Outside Magazine. He has already climbed three, including Mount Everest, and plans to climb the remaining 11 over the next five years.
Archana Singh is a rare breed of a Life Balancer, straddling a successful Corporate Career and living her passion for travel. On one hand, her Connection Strategies have played a pivotal role in solving marketing problems for brands like Coca-Cola and on the other hand she has inspired people from around the world to travel to offbeat places through her www.travelseewrite.com brand. Her marketing foundation combined with her passion for storytelling has made her stories popular among the readers, brands and critics. She is an award-winning Female Solo Traveler who focuses on offbeat travel and untold human stories.
Ashwani Lohani is Chairman and Managing Director of Air India. He holds a Limca Record for having four “engineering degree equivalents” in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering and Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering from Institution of Engineers, India; a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for successfully running the ‘Fairy Queen Express’, the world’s oldest working steam locomotive. Also served as DRM, Delhi Division; Director, National Rail Museum; Chief Administrative Officer, Rail Alternate Fuels; Commissioner and Managing Director of Madhya Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation and Chairman & Managing Director India Tourism Development Corporation.
Dr. Bert Van Walbeek is the Managing Director of The Winning Edge and an Expert in Tourism Crisis Management. He is actively advocating pro-active risk reduction and re-active crisis management as well as the need for rapid recovery support planning on all levels. His company is presently handling Crisis Prevention and Recovery Management projects in Bahrain, China (PRC), Taiwan, Macau (SAR), Mauritius and Thailand. We believe his presence will highly benefit our knowledge of Tourism Crisis Management.
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E-Tourism Frontiers is a major initiative to develop online tourism and social media in emerging markets. He worked in the tourism and online sectors for 12 years including consulting with the Kenya Tourist Board and other destinations before creating E-Tourism Africa and then E-Tourism Frontiers. He is also a Director of the African Travel & Tourism Association ATTA, and also a USAID development partner in the field of digital tourism.
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He is an authority on business, tourism and consumer trends who regularly works with top companies and destinations worldwide to help them be more relevant, meaningful and profitable. Mr. Levine is also widely recognized as one of the world’s top-rated keynote speakers. His unique presentations and workshops inspire audiences with new vision and provide practical tools to maximize the profit power of trends.
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He is a CSP (Certified Speaking Professional) best known for leading the landmark 1st Singapore Everest Expedition in 1998 and 2001. Since 1999, David has delivered exciting, content-rich motivational presentations in over 30 countries and 71 cities worldwide. He is a world-renowned Motivational Speaker, Consultant, Author, Leadership Expert and a Team Builder.
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Juergen Thomas Sternmetz is a publisher of eTurboNews (eTN), one of the world’s most influential and most-read travel and tourism publications. He is also Chairman of ICTP. His experiences include working and collaborating with various national tourism offices and non-governmental organizations, as well as private and non-profit organizations, and in planning, implementing, and quality control of a range of travel and tourism-related activities and programs, including tourism policies and legislation. His major strengths include a vast knowledge of travel and tourism from the point of view of a successful private enterprise owner, superb networking skills, strong leadership, excellent communication skills, strong team player, attention to detail, dutiful respect for compliance in all regulated environments, and advisory skills in both political and non-political arenas with respect to tourism programs, policies, and legislations.
Julie Lewis is the Founder of Mountain High based in the UAE. She has 30 years experience in the field of wellness, adventure and personal leadership and has lead 58 expeditions to more than 20 countries to include the Arctic and Antarctica. On a personal level she has climbed 19 high altitude mountains. Julie is a sought after speaker, published author of “Moving Mountains” and is passionate about empowering individuals, teams and organizations to be happy, healthy, adventurous and resilient.
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Leonid Myasnikov is an experienced Sales Specialist. Worked as Regional Sales Representative in Russia for various international companies. Since 2014, he has been working as regional representative of Nepalese inbound travel operator and since 2016 – as Nepal Tourism Board Honorable PR Representative in Russia, telling about Nepal to the interested people, making presentations and seminars, promoting Nepal as travel destination for Russian travel operators and agencies. He had organized several FAM trips to Nepal in cooperation with airlines, including high level press-trip to luxury hotels. He is an active member of Russian Geographical Society, a licensed rescuer of the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations and a Goodwill Ambassador of HTM 2017 to Russia and CIS countries.
Mark Wright serves as Managing Director and the Founder of The Adventure Connection. He is also the founder of Chameleon Worldwide. He has a passion for inspiring people to travel, to challenge themselves, experience Nature and live life to the fullest. He has spent over 30 years as a business owner, Managing Director and marketer in the travel and tourism sector, working with tourist boards, airlines, accommodation providers, local suppliers and agents, DMCs, tour operators and travel agents. Strategic planning and goal setting come very naturally to Mark, but he firmly believes that everything in business starts with understanding the needs and motivation of the customer. During his long career, he has developed several market leading products, created new brands and run several companies from start-up to sale. He has travelled all over the world, has a passion for Nature and the outdoors and has a strong belief in responsible tourism.
An investor, entrepreneur and senior executive with more than 30 years of combined leadership, corporate development and change management experience. He received an honorary Doctorate of Letters from Capilano University for his philanthropic work in Cambodia. He is a true global citizen who lived in 3 continents, 7 countries and has over 12 years experience working in Asia.
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An award-winning travel blogger, a widely-published travel writer and photographer, and an online travel marketing consultant. He also lived in Taiwan for six years and founded and ran Xpat Magazine, a quarterly country-wide English publication. He is the President of Professional Travel Bloggers Association.
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Michael Zhou is the Founding CEO and President of Odyssey Tours. An avid explorer, he has turned his passion for travel into a lifetime career: founding Tang Dynasty Tours in China’s Guilin. With 10+ year growth, the company now boasts two prominent travel brands: My Odyssey Tours (MOT) for the English speaking market and Wowoyoo for the Chinese speaking market. MOT is a pioneer in cross-bound customized tour business, using e-commerce to take natives of English-speaking countries to a third or multiple countries for a journey of lifetime. Nepal, along with the Himalayan Region, is among the 20+ destinations that MOT has been exploring and actively promoting. Michael calls his previous visit to Nepal “a memorable discovery”. He believes there are more to be made the most of the “Gateway to Himalaya” and benefits for all in many ways. He has a firm focus on creating boundary-free tourism for worldwide travelers.
Mike Shubic is an award-winning travel writer and seasoned road trip travel video blogger. Mike has been publishing Mikes Road Trip for over seven years and has worked with the Travel Channel, USA Today, Yahoo Travel and is currently a Gnomad for Travelocity. He also has his own ROKU channel and later this year his content will appear on DirecTV as they roll out a new streaming technology.
Phoebe Smith is the editor of Wanderlust Magazine. She is as passionate about travel as she is about the outdoors. She has worked on and writes for a range of newspapers and magazines in UK, Canada, Australia and the USA. She is author of several books including Extreme Sleeps: Adventures of a Wild Camper, which charts her quest to explore the remote places of Britain – with just a trusty tent in tow and a walking guidebook to The Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path (Cicerone). In 2013, she was shortlisted for the Visit England Award for Excellence in travel writing for an article she wrote for Wanderlust magazine about the Peak District.
Mr. Shrestha was engaged in policy planning for tourism development and promotion in Nepal under Ministry of Tourism for more than two decades. A strong advocator in promoting mountain based adventure tourism, community based rural tourism, and event based special interest tourism in Nepal, He led Nepal Tourism Board for four years (2007-11), implementing national campaign of Nepal Tourism Year 2011 which succeeded in doubling the arrivals bringing tourism back on track as an important economic sector during post conflict situation of Nepal. Recently, he is engaged as a senior advisor and consultant in many national Tourism related Associations and Academic Institutions.
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Robin Marston is one of the prominent names among many foreigners who explored the beauty of Nepal like Swiss Geologist late Tony Hagen. One of the founders of Mountain Travel, associated with Tiger Mountain, Summit Hotel and Temple Tiger Group, Robin came to Nepal traveling overland from UK 35 years ago and he has been living in Nepal since then promoting Nepal’s tourism sector. His contribution to Nepalese tourism, particularly eco-tourism, is very big. Thanks to his efforts, thousands of tourists come to visit Nepal for trek that is supporting the local as well as the national economy. Along with promoting tourism, Marston is helping wildlife conservation. Supported by the Howman Family Trust and the UK based charity the ‘World Pheasant Association’, they now aid wildlife conservation on the flanks of Machhapuchchhre (the Fish Tail mountain) and in the Annapurna foothills.
Cpt. Swadesh Kumar mountaineer, explorer and an environmentalist. He was also appointed the President of Adventure Tour Operators Association of India (ATOAI) 2016-18. He is also the founder of Shikhar Group of Companies, India (1979). He is the man with multi-faceted personality and a steadfast mission. Driven by his desire to go beyond commercial matters, his emphasis has always been on involving the communities with which he deals, so that they can grow, progress, prosper, and share in the gains, be they material or otherwise. In particular, he wants to do his bit for underprivileged children.
Having worked with Hong-Kong Tourism Board to having key clients like South Africa Tourism and Greek National Tourism, Sarah Mathews is abundance of knowledge when it comes to tourism marketing. She is currently heading the Destination Marketing of the world’s largest travel site, TripAdvisor . We are certain that her presence will take our Tourism Marketing skills to the next level.
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Shane Dallas (The Travel Camel) is a Social Media Specialist, trainer and travel photographer who has visited 100 countries and inspires people to take the road less travelled. He is a founder of #TRLT – the Road Less Travelled Twitter chat – the world’s premier weekly travel Twitter chat. Shane has more than 25 years of public speaking experience across five continents, and his travel tips and tales can be regularly heard on radio stations such as Dubai Eye and American Forces Radio.
Subhash Goyal is a visionary business leader and is respected as one of the foremost spokespersons in the Indian travel and tourism business fraternity. With several years of association with IATO, his august leadership has been guiding the association to work relentlessly towards shaping the tourism industry in India. Besides spearheading Stic Travel Group, (one of India’s premier travel and tourism service providers with offices across all over the country), Subhash holds important positions in various government and corporate organizations, devoted to the cause of the development of tourism in India.