What is ITBMC?

An event where professional International Travel Bloggers, International Media, Travel Photographers and a dynamic line up of National and International thought leaders from across the world will be share their views and experience on the impacts of Blogging and Media on Destination Marketing and Branding.

Message from Matt Gibson, CEO- XPAT Media & President of Professional Travel Bloggers Association

“I’m happy and excited to welcome you to the the first Himalayan Travel Mart. Two years ago I helped organize a part of the Nepal Now project that connected travel bloggers with local businesses to promote tourism in the country. The response from travel bloggers was overwhelming. The nearly ubiquitous desire among travel bloggers — some of the most seasoned travelers in the world — to visit Nepal left no question about the country’s appeal as a destination. When I was asked to help organize a group of travel bloggers to visit for the Himalayan Travel Mart I was happy to do so. I was excited and proud to offer travel bloggers another opportunity to visit Nepal, and I’m hopeful this event will help to show the rest of the world why my travel blogging colleagues feel so passionate about Nepal.”






Time                          Program

0830 – 0900           Gathering of Invitees/Guests/Participants

0900 – 0930           Registration

0930                          Arrival of the Chief Guest, Hon. Jitendra Dev, Minister for Culture, Tourism & Civil Aviation

0935                          Chief Guest and Dignitaries requested to take seat on the dias/special row

                                     Hon. Jitendra Dev, Minister for Culture, Tourism & Civil Aviation

                                     Mr. Shankar Adhikary, Secretary for Culture, Tourism & Civil Aviation

                                     Mr. Deepak Raj Joshi, Chief Executive Officer, Nepal Tourism Board

                                     Mr. Suman Pandey, Chairman, PATA Nepal Chapter Chairman, PATA

                                     CEO, PATA

                                     Foreign Delegates

                                    Government Officials of Nepal

                                    Presidents/Delegates, Travel Trade Associations of Nepal

0940                          National Anthem

0943                          Welcome Speech by CEO of NTB, Mr. Deepak Raj Joshi

0948                          Hon’ble Minister to be requested to inaugurate the program by releasing the Special Edition of Himalaya Travel Magazine

0952                          Program highlights by Mr. Suman Pandey, Chairman, PATA Nepal

0957                          Words of Wishes by Mr. Mario Hardy, CEO, PATA

1005                          Address by Hon. Minister of Culture, Tourism & Civil Aviation

1010                          Vote of Thanks and Adjourning of the 1st Session followed by Tea Break

1030                          2ND SESSION Begins. (MC opens the Session by calling upon the Chair,…. ……. on the dias,

                                    Chair takes up the floor and invites the Speakers for their presentations)

1035                           Mr. Alan Arnette (Everest Summiteer 2011- US) :

                                   Mt. Everest and More (15 mins)

1050                          Ms. Archana Singh (Award winning solo traveler, brand specialist and story teller – India):

                                   How to Turn your Passion into Profession? (15mins)

1105                           Mr. Damian Cook (Founder and CEO of e-Tourism Frontiers – US):

                                   The Power of Positive Opinion (30 mins)

1135                            Mr. Juergen Steinmetz (Chairman of ICTP and Publisher of e-Turbo News – Germany):

                                   Ways to Maximize Effective Audience on a Global Scale for International Travel Media (15 mins.)

1150                           Mr. Leonid Myasnikov (Sales specialist, NTB HPRR Russia and

                                    a licensed Rescuer of the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situation – Russia): ….. (15 mins)

1205                          Mr. Matt Gibson (Award winning travel blogger, widely published travel writer and photographer – Thailand ): (20 mins)

1225                          Mr. Mike Shubic (Travel writer and video blogger – US):

                                  Video not the Future; it’s Here and Now ! (30 mins)


1325                          Ms, Phoebe Smith (Editor, Wanderlust magazine and Author of several books – UK ):

                                  How can the ever-changing Media Help Nepal’s Tourism Industry? (20 mins)

1345                          Ms. Shailee Basnet (Leader of 7 Summit Women’s Team) :

                                  Challenges faced during the seven summit (15 mins)

1400                         Mr. Shane Dallas (Social media specialist, traveler and photographer – UK):

                                  How to Build a Strong Online Community (15mins)

1415                           Questions and Answers, Comments and Suggestions (Forty Five mins.)

1500                         Session concludes. Tea/Coffee. Free Time

1900                        Dinner

(This is a tentative proceeding, and is subject to revision.)


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