Nepal Tourism Promotion Night 2017

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Nepal Tourism Promotion Night 2017

Friday 2 May 2017 – The Embassy of Nepal in Canberra, in association with the Consulate General of Nepal in Victoria, hosted the Nepal Tourism Promotion Night 2017 at Mantra Bell City, Melbourne, on Wednesday 31 May 2017. The annual showcase event, which has been running since 2008, is targeted towards Australian travel agents and tour operators, and is aimed at promoting travel and tourism to Nepal.

The strictly by invite only event was attended by Australian and Nepali government officials, including the evening’s Chief Guest, the Shadow Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Arts and Culture, the Hon. Heidi Victoria MP. Also in attendance, was special guest, Attaché of the Embassy of Nepal, Mr Dilli Ram Sharma, the Hon. Consul General of Nepal to Victoria, Mr Chandra Yonzon, as well as the Hon. Consul of Estonia, the Hon. Consul of the Slovak Republic, the Consul General of Croatia, the Consul General of India, representatives of the Nepal Tourism Board, representatives of travel
agencies, tour operators and airlines, community members, friends of Nepal, and the media.

With the Hon. Consul General of Nepal to Victoria, Mr Yonzon, as Chairman of the program, Nepali and Australian flags were raised centre-stage. Decorated in prayer flags, Buddha statue, candles, and an art display by Chitrakar Gallery, Mantra Bell City’s Ballroom saw warm, light-hearted, and inspirational speeches. Adding to the atmosphere were the ceremonial lighting of the panas, and a prayer by the Acharya Guru Kamal Moktan Tamang. Both the Nepali and Australian national anthems were sung with hands on hearts by children’s dance group, Bal Chautari, before a three-course dinner and beverages were served throughout a colourful evening of musical and dance performances, cultural and photographic slideshows, and a prize draw giveaway courtesy of participating tourism industry and other companies.

Attaché of the Embassy of Nepal, Mr Dilli Ram Sharma, welcomed guests in his speech, and spoke of Nepal’s recovery  following the 2015 Earthquake. Mr Sharma assured everybody that Nepal is a safe country to visit, with its diverse natural beauty and heart of the people alive and intact. Mr Sharma, on behalf of the Government of Nepal, welcomed all guests at the event to come visit Nepal.

The Hon. Bruce Atkinson MLC, President of the Legislative Council, spoke of the pleasure he feels in attending the Nepal Tourism Promotion Night each year. Mr Atkinson spoke of the immense capacity of the Nepal Tourism Promotion Night in promoting Nepal, and professed his personal love of Nepali culture. He concluded in suggesting that every Australian make a journey to the beautiful Himalayan nation.

Chief Guest, the Hon. Heidi Victoria MP, was invited to join the Attaché of the Embassy of Nepal in Canberra, Mr Dilli Ram Sharma, and the Hon. Consul General of Nepal to Victoria, Mr Chandra Yonzon, in the ceremonial lighting of the panas, and presenting of the khada. In her speech, Ms Victoria acknowledged the more than 4,000 Nepali who call Victoria home, and
who bring with them their own culture and food to the melting pot that makes up the beautiful multicultural state of Victoria. A brilliant segue by Ms Victoria saw her go on to speak of the Nepali community’s culinary influence in Melbourne. Ms Victoria spoke of her strong desire to one day return to Mount Everest, and at the advice of her friends, to view it next time from Nepal. Ms Victoria stressed the importance of an exchange of tourists between Victoria and Nepal, before going on to thank everybody for participating, and for wanting them to get to know more about Nepal. Ms Victoria encouraged everybody to get involved, and to not let their involvement stop following the conclusion of the evening’s program.

The President of NRNA ICC, Mr Shesh Ghale, delivered an informative speech in which he spoke of the kinds of tourism in Nepal, and the need to continue tourism to Nepal following the 2015 Earthquake. He spoke of Nepal and Australia’s tourism exchange, including Australians’ attraction to Nepal’s beautiful scenery and very rich traditions. In terms of Nepali visiting Australia, Mr Ghale spoke of VFR (“visiting friends and relatives”) tourism, and of parents and relatives visiting their Nepali family members at their graduations in Australia. In relation to the earthquake, Mr Ghale addressed of the benefits of philanthropic tourism in Nepal, and the amazing benefits and feelings that both Australians and Nepali people feel in this rewarding genre of tourism.

The Principal Multicultural Adviser to the Hon. Bill Shorten MP, Ms Jennifer Yang, gave an inspiring speech of the benefits of tourism. Ms Yang spoke of the benefits of education, how one can get to know people locally, understand, and appreciate different cultures through tourism and travel. She spoke of the conflicts that we are seeing in the world today, and expressed her true belief that promoting tourism travel is a great way to, in turn, promote local communities, promote local jobs,
and help work towards the promotion of world peace.

The Honorary Public Relations Representative (HPRR) of the Nepal Tourism Board, Mr Chiranjebi Raj Devkota, opened his speech with an Acknowledgement of Traditional Owners. Mr Devkota went on to speak of his recent return to Melbourne from Nepal, where he had the pleasure of speaking with the CEO of the Nepal Tourism Board, Mr Deepack Raj Joshi. He spoke of his trip, during which time he and Mr Joshi spoke of tourism promotion to Nepal. Mr Devkota introduced guests to a tourism
promotional video, in which Mr Joshi delivered a beautiful perspective on how tourism helps local communities in Nepal, as well as his personal compliments and regards.

Nepali government officials and community members looked on with delight as local Australian travel industry representatives gained appreciation for Nepal and Nepali culture. The much anticipated raffle draw was held, with one of the two grand prizes seeing one lucky winner be presented with a six-night/seven-day Nepal holiday, complete with free accommodation, sightseeing and meals, courtesy of the Nepal Tourism Board. Another lucky winner took home the second grand prize, walking away with return tickets to Nepal, courtesy of China Southern Airlines, in association with Everest View Travel. A two-night stay at a 5-star Annapurna Hotel in Nepal courtesy of Grace Migration and Education Services was up for grabs, as well as a full day guided cultural sightseeing trip of Kathmandu, courtesy of Sherpa Tours Australia Pty Ltd. Other prizes still offered lucky winners a taste of what Nepal has to offer, including dinners at local Melbourne Nepali restaurants, a two-night stay for two people at a Seymour Motel, operated by Nepali Entrepreneur and beautiful ornamental masks courtesy of Chitrakar Gallery. Australian companies also contributed towards the evening, including travel company Student Flights Australia, and Bunnings Northland Community Group.

The Hon. Consul General, Mr Chandra Yonzon, concluded the formal program for the evening with a vote of thanks, and commended the community for their efforts. Mr Yonzon spoke of Australia and Nepal’s strong diplomatic ties, and the two countries’ mutual benefit. Mr Yonzon spoke of Australia’s welcoming of Nepali intellectuals and skilled migrants, bringing with them the intellect and skills that are helping to make Australia even bigger and better. Mr Yonzon then went on to speak on how Nepal benefits from Australian holidaymakers who help local communities by traveling and staying with them, helping to boost the economy. Mr Yonzon also addressed of the need for Australia to continue its trade and investment in the young democratic nation, who is now indeed steering in the right direction. He concluded his speech by expressing  appreciation to all those who attended the event, and all those who helped make this year’s Nepal Tourism Promotion Night 2017 such a resounding success.