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July 12, 2020

NTB Participates in Virtual PATA dream to Travel Festival

Kathmandu: Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) has participated in virtual “Dream to Travel Festival”, launched by The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) from June 22 to July 17, 2020.

The festival that runs for four weeks was an online event that brought together travel trade businesses worldwide to learn network, and celebrate the power of travel during these challenging times.

NTB hosted the VISIT Nepal program in the festival, exhibiting Nepal as a touristic destination for wellness and rejuvenation of body, mind and soul.

The first day of the program saw Nepal destination briefing presented by NTB manager Mr. Bimal Kandel. NTB presented a momo making session, where a master chef demonstrated the cooking of the delicacy, which is a very popular food in Nepal.

On July 7, PATA Dream to Travel Forum shed a spotlight on the importance of spiritual healing and rejuvenation in tourism.

Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Yogesh Bhattarai shared insights on the topic during a live BBC News fireside chat. He was then joined by the NTB CEO- Dr Dhananjaya Regmi, and other officials from Nepal Tourism Board, European Travel Commission, the Government of Nepal, and ACE Hotels in a panel discussion about ways to strengthen the healing and happiness for all tourism stakeholders.

In the Knowledge Session at PATA Dream to Travel, Ms Nandini Lahe Thapa, Senior Director Tourism Marketing & Promotion at Nepal Tourism Board shared a presentation on Body, mind and soul: rejuvenation and Spiritual Tourism in the age of COVID-19.

On the final day of the VISIT Nepal program, Nepal Tourism Board and Anil Chitrakar, Founder of the Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness and Co-Founder of Himalayan Climate Initiative conducted a live show session about the Lumbini, Nepal i.e. Birthplace of Buddha.

Explaining about the master plan of the Lumbini infrastructures, Gautam Buddha International Airport, and other historical heritages Chitrakar explained how the Lumbini is not only the place to visit as Lord Buddha’s birthplace, but also a place that offers a lot to a visitor.

The virtual event- Dream to Travel Festival, unifying the travel trade through the infinite possibilities of the digital experience, runs for four weeks across time, space and borders.

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