HTM Conference

Who will participate in the HTM Conference?

World renowned, distinguished Speakers from around the world will be talking about their experience in connection with the trends of Tourism on Innovative Marketing, Digital Marketing, Aviation, Hospitality, Human Capital, Trend in the Himalaya and Event Management.



HTM Conference at Soaltee Crowne Plaza, Kathmandu

Time                          Program

0830 – 0900             Gathering of Invitees/Guests/Participants

0900 – 0930             Registration

0930                           Dignitaries requested to take seat on the dias/special row

                                      Chief Guest, Secretary of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Mr. Shankar Adhikary

                                      Mr. Deepak Raj Joshi, CEO, Nepal Tourism Board

                                      Mr. Suman Pandey, Chairman, PATA Nepal Chapter

                                      Mr. Andrew Jones, PATA Chairman

                                     Mr. Mario Hardy, CEO, PATA

                                     Mr. Swadesh Kumar, Founder of Shikhar Group of Companies, India

                                     Foreign Delegates

                                     Government Officials of Nepal

                                     Presidents/Delegates, Travel Trade Associations of Nepal

0940                           Welcome Speech and Program Highlights by Mr. Suman Pandey, Chairman, PATA Nepal

0948                            Word of Wishes by Mr. Andrew Jones, PATA Chairman

0953                            Word of Wishes by Mr. Swadesh Kumar, pilot, entrepreneur of tourism

1000                            Address by Secretary, MoCTCA

1010                            MC expresses Thanks and adjourns the 1st Session followed by Tea Break      

1030                            2ND SESSION BEGINS

1030                            MC resumes the session by calling upon dias Mr. Dipendra Purush Dhakal as Chairperson of the Session,

                                       and hands over the floor to the Chairperson

                                    Talks are classified under two rubrics: Himalaya and Mountaineering and Innovation and Marketing


1035                          Chairperson invites Mr. Daniel Levine

                                    (Founding Director of Avant-Guide Institute Trends Consultancy, global editor of wiki trends – US):

                                  What Travellers to the Himalayas Really Want… , and How to Give It to Them (30 mins)

1105                          Mr. David Lim

                                   (Leadership Coach, Leader of first Singapore Everest Expedition 1998- Singapore) :

                                 Lessons from Mt. Everest, the Success Principles (20 mins)

1125                       Ms. Julie Lewis

                                  (Founder of Mountain High, speaker and author, leader of mountain expeditions – Dubai, UAE):

                                 Five Essential Skills for Peak Performance and Productivity in Business, Mountaineering, Sports and Life

                                  (20 mins)

1145                       Mr. Prachanda Man Shrestha

                                  (Former CEO NTB and DG, MoCTCA – Nepal)…   (15 mins)

1200                      Mr. Robin Marston

                                  (Founder of Mountain Travel, wildlife conservationist, promoter of Nepal tourism – UK):

                                 Innovation to Industry, Nepal’s Role in the Creation of Trekking and Adventure Travel in Today’s World

                                   (20 mins)


1220                          Mr. Bert van Walbeek

                                   (Hotelier, motivational speaker – Thailand):

                                 Build Back Better (20 mins)

1240                       Mr. Damian Cook

                                   (Founder and CEO of e-Tourism Frontiers – South Africa ):

                                 Digital Destination (20 mins)


1340                         Mr. Mario Hardy

                                     (CEO PATA, investor and entrepreneur – Thailand ):

                                   The Art of Story Telling (15 mins)

1355                            Mr. Michael Zhou (President Tang Dynasty Tours – China):

                                   Cross bound Tourism, a New Type of Tour Business (15 mins)

1405                            Ms. Sarah Matthews (Head Destination Marketing and Sales at Trip Advisor –Hong Kong, China ):  

                                   Trends, Scope and Future of Experential Tourism (20 mins)

1425                            Mr. Subash Goyal (Former President IATO and Chairman Stic Travel Group – India):

                                  Recent Indian Initiatives for Poverty Eradication and Job Creation through Tourism (15 mins)


1440                            Chair opens the floor for questions and answers, comments and suggestions (one hour)

1540                            Chair sums up the whole presentations and concludes the session

1540 – 1830             Tea Break. Free time. Inaugural Ceremony starts at sharp 1900 hrs.


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