March 11 , 2018
Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) had organized “Canada- U.S. Sales Mission” on 12th, 15th, 20th and 22nd of February 2018 in Seattle, Los Angeles, Toronto and Montreal respectively with an agenda to promote Nepal Mountain Tourism and extend tourism trade networking in USA and Canada. The event was organized in association with Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) and local host organizer, Bannikin Travel and Tourism Canada.
Mr. Jeevan Lama, Coordinator of Nepal Promotion & Exhibition Department led the Delegation of TAAN to the sales mission which was accompanied by CEO of TAAN, Mr. Tek Bahadur Mahat. Similarly, Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) Manager, Mr. Khadga Bikram Shah represented NTB at the sales mission. Likewise, other six member agencies of TAAN participated to extend their trade networking by business to business (B2B) dealing in the events in different cities. Namely Unique Adventure International Pvt. Ltd, Asian Alpine Treks & Expedition Pvt. Ltd, Lhasso Adventure Pvt. Ltd, Nepal Footprint Holiday Treks Pvt. Ltd, Adventure Himalayan Travels & Treks Pvt. Ltd. and Himalayan Guides Nepal Treks and Expedition Pvt. Ltd.
Enormous participation of local travel/tour operators and media and delightful presentation from Nepal delegates made the events a huge success. NTB manager Mr. Khadga Bikram Shah made a presentation highlighting Nepal as an alluring destination and tried to impart great impression among the local tour operators and media on Nepal’s tourism attractions and activities. He also answered the queries raised by the media during the events. Likewise, Mr. Jeevan Lama, Coordinator of TAAN introduced all other Nepal participating companies with their specialties in tourism business and briefed the activities of TAAN in the mountain tourism sector of Nepal. He said that many visitors at those events expressed their deep interest travelling to Nepal and working with Nepal travel operators into the future.
Similarly, TAAN CEO Mr. Tek Bahadur Mahat did address the events in Seattle and Los Angeles on behalf of TAAN. Nepalese participating trekking/tour operators offered door-prizes to the local tour operators on a lucky draw basis, which was one of the most exciting parts in all the events.
The Coordinator Mr. Lama has funded all his travelling expenses by himself for this sales mission tour. He added that now onward all future sales mission and travel fair coordinators will be bearing their all travelling expenses on their own as per the decision made by TAAN Executive Committee (2017-2019).
TAAN believes that these kinds of sales missions and travel fairs play vital role in the promotion of Nepalese tourism and extend our tourism trade networking in the international market. We hope to organize many such events in upcoming future in different parts of the world and make our member agencies to participate.