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, Gagan Thapa, Minister for Health

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

                                    Hon. Gagan Thapa, Minister for Health

                                    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 Mr. Deepak Raj Joshi, CEO of NTB

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                        Remarks by Mr. Mario Hardy, CEO, PATA

1005                        Address by Hon. Minister for Health

1010                        MC expresses Vote of Thanks and Adjourns of the Inauguration Session 

1010                         PRESENTATION SESSION Begins. (MC opens the Session by calling upon the Chair,

                                  Mr. Kunda Dixit/Mr. Yubaraj Ghimire/Amit Dhakal on the dias,

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

1st Session

1015                         Mr. Alan Arnette (Everest Summiteer 2011- US) :

                                 Mt. Everest and More (15 mins)

1030                        Ms. Archana Singh (Award winning solo traveler, brand specialist and story teller – India):

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

1045                         Mr. Damian Cook (Founder and CEO of e-Tourism Frontiers – US):

                                 The Power of Positive Opinion (30 mins)

1115                         TEA BREAK (15 mins)

1130                         Mr. Leonid Myasnikov

                                   (Sales specialist, NTB HPRR Russia and a licensed Rescuer of the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situation – Russia):

                                 Experience in Promoting Nepal in Russia, a Case Study (15 mins)

1145                         Mr. Matt Gibson (Award winning travel blogger, widely published travel writer and photographer – Thailand )

                                 Blogging and Tourism Promotion (20 mins)

1205                         Mr. Mike Shubic (Travel writer and video blogger – US):

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

1235                        Chair sums up the Session and adjourns

1245                       LUNCH BREAK FOR AN HOUR

2nd Session

                                  MC calls upon Mr. Mark Wright 

                                  ( Founder and Marketing Director, Adventure Connection) to Chair the Second Session 

1345                         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)

1405                         Ms. Shailee Basnet (Leader of 7 Summit Women’s Team) :

                                 Everest to Empowerment (15 mins)

1420                         Mr. Shane Dallas (Social media specialist, traveler and photographer – UK):

                                 How to Build a Strong Online Community (15mins)

1435                        Experience Sharing by bloggers/media persons (30 mins)

1505                       Chairperson sums up and concludes the Session (10 mins)

1515                         TEA BREAK. FREE TIME

(The program proceeding is subject to revision.)


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ARGENTINA Matador Network, Lonely Planet
AUSTRALIA Fork and Foot
AZERBAIJAN Dayana Persan – Social Influencer
BANGLADESH The Travel World
FIJI Capital Business Middle East Editor in Chief
 FRANCE Luxe Adventure Traveler
GERMANY Fotostrasse
GREECE Dave’s Travel Pages
INDIA Salt and Sandals 
My Travel Diary
Travel See Write 
Ravenous Legs
A Soul Window
Heavenly India 
Freelance-Khursheed Dinshaw 
The World Through Her Eyes 
The Gulf Today, Time Out Sharjah 
Thomson Reuters 
Tele Life and Yoga Life Magazines 
Fashion Designer 
Midtown Motors 
Sudarshan News 
Zee News 
Media Coordinator:Press Club Of India 
AIR(All India Radio) 
ABP News 
Dainik Bhaskar 
Cross Section Media Pvt. Ltd 
Media India Group 
ITALY My Adventures Across the World 
Non Solo Turisti 
Freelance Journalist & Writer 
KOREA Runaway Juno 
LEBANON  Capital Business Magazine 
Executive Women 
Lifestyle Me Magazine 
MALAYSIA Where is Kat Going 
MEXICO Journey Wonders 
MOROCCO Sustain Leadership 
NEPAL Honey Guide Pvt. Ltd 
Birds of Nepal and Honey Guide App 
NEW ZEALAND Tiki Touring Kiwi 
PAKISTAN Travel Trends 
Solitary Wanderer 
POLAND My Travel Affairs 
Miss Tourist 
Freelancer-Ms. Marina Matveinko 
ID Discovery Ltd 
SPAIN Una Idea, un Viaje 
machbel-Viaja a tus sueños 
A World to Travel / The Huffington Post 
Every Steph – Green & Glamorous Travel and Lifestyle 
THAILAND The HoliDaze 
Adventure in You PTE Ltd 
UAE Sorbonne AD 
UK Bibby Media 
Stragetic Solutions 
Hand Luggage Only 
Emily Luxton Travels 
UKRAINE Arsenii Gerasymenko photography 
Hippie in Heels x2 
Where in the world is Nina? 
Little Things Travel 
McCool Travel 
Black Enterprise Magazine 
Kristen Gill Media 
Cheapest Destinations Blog 
GRRRL Traveller 
Globo Treks 
The Travelling Fool 
Travel Photo Discovery 
Foodie Flashpacker 
The Runaway Guide 
A Backpackers Tale 
Go Ma Nomad Travel Mag 
Air Hollyood