Kathmandu, May 3
Nepal participated in the Arabian Travel market (ATM), the biggest travel and tourism exhibition organized in the Gulf countries.
The Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2012, the region’s leading trade exhibition for travel industry professionals, saw a 46 per rise in visitor pre-registrations this year than last year.
There were about 2400 national and international exhibitors showcasing diverse destinations, products and services, a press release issued by Nepal Tourism board said.
The fair was officially inaugurated by HRH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.
Middle East, especially Dubai is emerging as a prime destination for the tourists from all over the world.
With the view to cater to and enhance the traffic flow from the Middle East market this year, Nepal Tourism Board along with 6 travel trade companies participated in the 19th edition of Arabian Travel Market.
Gokarna Forest Resort, Arya Village Travels Pvt. Ltd, The Everest Hotel, The Explore Nepal Pvt. Ltd, Visit Nepal- Tibet Treks & Expedition Pvt. Ltd. and Yeti Travels Pvt. Ltd participated in the exhibition from Nepal.
The primary objective of participation in this event was to depict Nepal as a “Multi-faceted tourist destination for Luxury, Wildlife and Wellness travel” and to provide a better platform for the Nepalese travel industry comprising to showcase their tourism products and services, it said.
A rebound in tourist arrivals in the last two years has prompted a number of international airlines to connect Nepal. Currently, there are four airlines Air Arabia, Fly Dubai, Etihad Airways and RAK Airways flying between Nepal and the UAE.
Based upon the visitors’ feedback, such an enhanced connectivity is enhancing Nepal’s popularity as a holiday destination for the Arabian travelers.
It is the first time in its five-year history of Nepal’s participation, the stall had a theme decoration. Designed and decorated beautifully with natural, cultural and adventure attractions and with an added advantage of prime location in the Asia section of the exhibition hall, the Nepal stall attracted a significant number of trade visitors.