PATA Nepal Chapter brings Dr. MICE to train the “ANTS” of Nepali Tourism Industry

walbeek Dr. MICE- Mr. Bert Van Walbeek from Winning Edge

During the workshop organized by PATA Nepal Chapter from 13th to 16th January 2014,  Mr. Bert Van Walbeek,  also known as Dr. MICE in the global tourism industry  trained the skills of Modern Destination Marketing Management and Writing Winning Proposals, to the aspiring professionals of Nepalese Tourism. During the event, PATA Students’ Chapter Nepal and Friends of PATA Media Pool were also launched.


Mr. Subash Niroula CEO, NTB and Mr. Ramesh Dhamala, President of TAAN offering membership pins and khadas to the members of newly launched PATA Students Chapter Nepal

Mr. Walbeek from Winning Edge conducted the effective workshop on Modern Destination Marketing Management on 13th and 14th January, and simultaneously the workshop on Writing Winning Proposal was carried out on 16th and 17th January, at Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management (NATHM), Rabi Bhawan. 205 participants from Tourism Industry including Hoteliers, Travel Agents, Tour Operators, and people from other fraternities such as Media Houses and Business Institutions actively participated in the workshop.


Mr. Walbeek training to create the Magical Moments

Before beginning the first workshop, PATA Nepal Chapter also initiated PATA Students Chapter Nepal which includes 30 bright students from 6 different colleges, schooling Tourism, Hotel Management and Hospitality. Mr. Suman Pandey, the Chairman of PATA Nepal Chapter, in his opening speech said, “These students are the future leaders of the Tourism and Hospitality in Nepal.” He added, “PATA Nepal Chapter’s motive behind launching this Students’ Chapter is to provide an international exposure to the new aspiring students and to encourage them for the leadership as a Generation Next Program.”  Mr. Subash Niroula, CEO of Nepal Tourism Board and Mr Ramesh Dhamala, President of TAAN welcomed the students by offering them with Membership Pins and Khadas. CEO of NTB, Niroula said, “Potential leaders to reconstruct and re-empower every sectors of Tourism are highly required and hence these sorts of workshops would play a vital role to achieve what we require.” Mr. Ramesh Dhamala, President of TAAN expressed TAAN’s anticipation to strengthen and develop the Tourism Industry of Nepal working in synergy with NTB, PATA and Nepal Airlines Corporation. pata-workshop4

Team Explore Himalaya participates in the workshop- With Mr. Suman Pandey ( Chairman PATA Nepal Chapter/President Explore Himalaya) and Dr. MICE, Mr. Bert Van Walbeek 

Similarly, before commencing the Workshop on Writing Winning Proposal on 15th January, Friends of PATA Media Pool was launched. Chairman of PATA Nepal Chapter Mr. Pandey, offered the pins of membership and Khadas to 30 members from different media houses.


Ms. Nandini Lahe Thapa offering the token of love to Mr. Walbeek during the closing ceremony

During the closing ceremony, Mrs. Nandini Lahe Thapa, Vice President of PATA Nepal Chapter and Director of Nepal Tourism Board, affirmed the importance of team work and highlighted the need of such workshops for the management team of every Tourism related company. Chairman of PATA Nepal Chapter highlighted PATA Nepal Chapter’s role in building business, brand, network, people and insights for its 105 members since its inception in 1975. He also thanked NTB, TAAN, NAC, NATHM, PATA Team and all participants for their contribution in making the work a grand success in his closing speech. pata-workshop3

Participants equipped with valuable mantras of modern marketing, effective communication and writing winning proposals

Manaslu to Become a “Tea House Trekking Area”

Explore Himalaya Travel & Adventure, a leading Trekking Company in Nepal is pushing hard to include “Manaslu” in the list of “Tea House Trekking Area”.  Recent move in this is the initiation by Himalaya Academy of Travel & Tourism, a Kathmandu based tourism academy and also the training wing of Explore Himalaya, providing courses on Travel & Tourism for more than Five Years, is currently imparting training on “Homestay & Small Lodge Management” to enterprising locals from Manaslu Trekking Area who run home stays and lodges. The training which commenced from July 19th, 2012 was of 15 days.  A total of 31 participants, including 26 from Manaslu area have undergone training in the aforementioned subject as per the syllabus and guidelines prescribed by Nepal Tourism Year, 2011. The venue of the training was Kakani, a tourist Destination located 16 km north-west of Kathmandu at an altitude of 2002m.  Five other Participants from the local village of Kakani and Khotang district also participated in the training.

SNV Nepal, under its program, “High Impact Tourism Training” provided financial and technical support to conduct the training under European Union’s assistance. Kipling Travel, a travel company from Denmark operating tours in Nepal for the last one decade, was another sponsor of the program.  As a leader to this move, Explore Himalaya provided entire technical and logistical support to this training from it’s planning phase till the end. A group of senior Mountain Guides and Cooks from the company were also involved throughout the training to compliment with their experience and knowledge to participants.

Trainees received both Practical and Theoretical training from experts.  A five-day practical training with placements at different Hotels and Guest Houses in Kathmandu was also included. The objective of the training was to train locals from trekking areas like Manaslu where Tea-Houses or basic accommodation facilities for tourists are non-existent, to run and manage home stays and lodges thus facilitating tourists visiting these areas.

The training program officially concluded today with a closing ceremony held at NTB. The ceremony was attended by Mr. Zimba Zangbu Sherpa(President of Nepal Mountaineering Association)who was also the Chief Guest , President of Explore Himalaya and HATT Mr. Suman Pandey and Mr. Subash Niroula , Officiating CEO of Nepal Tourism Board as guest of Honor, Ms Monica Oliveros, leader of HITT and delegates from Nepal Tourism Board, TAAN, etc.  All participants of the training were awarded “Certificate of Attendance” and “Certificate of Appreciation” from the chief guest of the event.

Explore Himalaya Travel & Adventure has extended greatest appreciation to SNV Nepal, HATT, HITT, Kipling Travels (Denmark), Nepal Tourism Board for their support in making this training a grand success.


Homestay & Small Lodge Management Training

(Briefing for Media persons)


(Trainees getting some useful advice from the expert)

Kakani- Homestay training

(Getting more tips)

Getting practical Tips

(Trainees getting some practical lessons)

Homestay Training

(A journalist interacts with the trainees)

Group photo- Trainees

(Group Photo of the Trainees)

Closing ceremony

(Closing ceremony held at Nepal Tourism board, NTB)

Participant receiving "Certificate of Appreciation "

(Participant receiving “Certificate of Appreciation ”  from  Mr. Zimba Zangbu Sherpa, President of Nepal Mountaineering Association)


(Pics: Explore Himalaya) 

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Trek to Manaslu 


The Great Himalaya Trail Development Programme (GHTDP) Launched in Solukhumbu

SNV, a non-profit international development organisation with headquarters in the Netherlands is supporting Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoTCA), Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), the Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN), and other stakeholders to implement the Great Himalaya Trail Development Programme (GHTDP) in Dolpo, Gorkha, Humla, Solukhumbu and Taplejung. The programme is expected to accelerate tourism development in these areas by providing vocational training to local communities and offering support for local businesses to stimulate job creation and income generating as well as infrastructure development and improved health services for local people through tourism sector.
The Great Himalaya Trail Development Programme (GHTDP) was launched in the Solukhumbu district on 29th May, 2011 on the occasion of International Sagarmatha (Everest) Day and Solukhumbu Tourism Festival 2011.

International Sagarmatha Day 2011

Nepal observed International Sagarmatha Day 2011 yesterday (29th May, 2011) by organizing different programs throughout the country.
A special program was organized in the capital by the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoTCA), Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) and private tourism organizations to mark the day.
During the function Nepal Civil Servants Everest Expedition team & record breaking Everest Summitteer Mr. Apa Sherpa were felicitated. MoTCA awarded the Sagarmath National Award 2011 to Mingma Sherpa, the first Nepalese mountaineer to ascend all the 14 eight thousanders, while the Tenzing- Hillary Award was awarded to American doctor  Luanne Freer, who is associated with the Himalayan Rescue Association.

Nepal participates at CMT, Stuttgart

Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), along with Nepal German Chamber of Commerce & Industries (NGCCI) and three Nepalese travel companies participated at the Caravan, Motors & Tourism (CMT) fair held in the city of Stuttgart, Germany from January 15 to 23, 2011. At the fair, not only destination Nepal , but Nepalese tea and coffee were also promoted.A special program entitiled, “Together for Tourism: NTY-2011” was organised at the CMT venue on January 18, 2011. Most of the visitors to the Nepal stall wanted to know more about Trekking in Nepal.