The Embassy of Nepal, Bangkok and the Honorary Consulate of Nepal in Phuket jointly organised a tourism promotion programme in Phuket, one of the beautiful tourist destinations in Thailand, on 5 January 2017. Non-Resident Nepali Association and Thai-Nepali Association in Phuket also contributed to coordinate the programme. A large number of travel agents/tour operators, media persons and representatives of Nepali associations, totaling more than 100 persons, participated in the programme. High level Government officials from Phuket, including Vice Governor Mr. Sanit Sriwihok, Chief of Public Relations Department, President of Sports Association, and President of Phuket Tourism Board attended the programme.
The Hon. Consul welcomed the participants, and spoke about tourism attractions in Nepal, including Lumbini. She said that the people of both countries were the true link for the strengthening of Nepal-Thailand relations. She called upon the participants to visit and/or encourage people to visit Nepal and thus help Nepal.
Addressing the programme, H. E. Ambassador Dr. Khaga Nath Adhikari thanked the media and tour operators for their cooperation in promoting Nepal’s tourism industry. He mentioned tourism attractions in Nepal, including Lumbini, trekking, mountaineering and cultural sites, and encouraged Thailand to be ranked first by sending more tourists to visit Lumbini.
Counsellor Mr. Janga Bahadur Gurung, in his detailed presentation, focused on tourism opportunities in Nepal covering nature, culture and adventure. He gave a detailed presentation on natural beauties covering the Himalayas, hills and the Terai region; cultural attractions including temples and monasteries, and arts and culture; and adventurous activities available in Nepal.
First Secretary Mr. Ramesh Kumar Charmakar, made a detailed presentation on ‘Trekking in Nepal’ covering the trekking destinations in Nepal and disseminating full information on procedures to get trekking permits, selecting the trekking routes as per the trekker’s interest, budget, availability of time etc. He also urged the audience to visit Nepal for trekking to see the diverse natural & cultural attraction and to have a lifetime experience of the serenity of nature, breathtaking panoramic landscape, the Himalayas, green forests, waterfalls & lakes.
Vice Governor Mr. Snith Sriwihok, NRNA representative Mr. Prem Danai and a world traveler from among the audience, a Thai trekker who is planning to visit Nepal for trekking soon, also addressed the gathering.
In view of the increasing interest among Thai nationals in trekking, the Embassy this time focused on trekking in Nepal. Besides detailed presentation on trekking in Nepal, an information sheet was also distributed to the participants.
The programme is believed to have greatly contributed to publicising Nepal around the area, and thus contributing to promote Nepal’s tourism, cultural understanding between Nepal and Thailand, and encouraging Thai nationals to go for trekking in Nepal.
In the afternoon of the same day, H. E. the Ambassador also met the Governor of Phuket and talked about matters of mutual interest. He specifically thanked the Governor for Phuket Administration’s help and support for Nepalese people in the province, and requested him for the same in the days ahead, too.
Embassy of Nepal
9 January 2017