• Travel bloggers , buyers from 28 countries to attend Himalayan Travel Mart 2018

    May 15, 2018
    Travel bloggers , buyers from 28 countries to attend Himalayan Travel Mart 2018

    NepalTourNews —

    Kathmandu: Himalayan Travel Mart (HTM) 2018 is scheduled to kick off on June 1 under the theme of “The Sustainable Road to 5 Million Visitors”.

    The second Himalayan Travel Mart aims towards showcasing Nepal as an international gateway for tourism in the entire Himalayan Region.

    HTM is expected to play a vital role in achieving the target of ‘Vision Five Million’ campaign that aims to bring 5 million tourists in Nepal by 2030.

    “The event like HTM will pave the way by building the foundation in achieving the Govt. of Nepal’s envisaged target of vision 2020.”

    More than 225 foreign delegates are expected to participate in the three -day event including 56 buyers from 28 different countries.

    The International Travel Bloggers and Media Conference (ITBMC) to be held on 2 June aims to promote Nepal as a most promising tourism destination, bringing together the professional international travel bloggers and photographers among others.

    The bloggers will discuss latest trends, contemporary practices in digital marketing, branding, business promotion, importance of blogging and different dynamics of marketing and development of travel and tourism, according to PATA Nepal Chapter.

    The ITMBC delegates along with hosted buyers will be facilitated with Pre-Mart familiarization trips to different touristic destinations in Nepal.

    The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (Govt. of Nepal) is hosting the 2nd Himalayan Travel Mart (HTM 2018) from June 1-3, 2018 in Kathmandu, Nepal.

    The event is being organized by Nepal Tourism Board in collaboration and partnership with PATA Int’l , Nepal Airlines Corporation , PATA Nepal Chapter (Event Organizer) and other tourism associations of Nepal.

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