Nepal Bagged Best Decorated Stand- International Category in IITM 2013
Highlighting Nepal as abode of Lord Shiva, home of Mt. Everest and birthplace of Lord Buddha, Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) along with 5 travel trade companies from Nepal showcased diverse tourism attractions offering special packages for Pune’s ardent travelers, at India International Travel Mart (IITM) in Maharashtra, India from 22-24 November 2013. The three days show rounded up on the 24th November 2013 with formal closing ceremony.
Located in the most prime location at the entrance, Nepal stall remained the point of attraction for the visitors, Trade & media officials who crowded throughout the fair days and received positive coverage in local media also. The stall was well decorated with the graphics representing diverse tourism products with the cut- outs of Mt. Everest Fascia in all sides tinged with the Buddhist prayer flag round the stall contributed to a typical Nepali look. At a special ceremony conducted by the organizers, during the IITM 2013 Awards Nite, Nepal was recognized and honored with the “Best Decorated International Stall”. During the exhibition, NTB officials interacted with media, tour operators and general visitors and persuaded the media to make attractive publicity coverage in popular Marathi papers like Kesari, Times of India, Pune section , Prabhat and local television channels and disseminate the message that Nepal is not just the nearest international destination with value for money but a gateway to various Himalayan treks in Nepal and also to Mt. Kailash in Tibet.
Besides the pilgrimage tours of Pashupatinath and Muktinath, city tours of Kathmandu , Pokhara and Chitwan, Nepal is increasingly becoming the nearest international trekking destination for the Pune youths, college & university students. A number of queries were received mostly for Pashupatinath and other religious tourism hubs of Nepal i.e; Manakamnana, Muktinath etc.
While Indians have taken overseas travel as a part of their lifestyle, Nepal with easy access by air and land , has succeeded in receiving a gud number of Indian visitors in Nepal. The fair comprised of both the B2B as well as consumer day in separate order which really helped NTB & trade to accumulate a good number of queries. IITM 2013 participation with the travel partners : Gangotri Tours & Travels Pvt. Ltd., Kailash Journeys Pvt. Ltd., Kathmandu Tours & Travels Pvt. Ltd., Mega Adventures International Pvt. Ltd., & Peak Promotion Pvt. Ltd.definitely succeeded in increasing the interest of Pune people in N epal’s upcoming tourism products and adventure activities.