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Visit Nepal @ Dream to Travel Festival
6th to 10th July 2020

The travel and tourism industry has both a legal and moral obligation to ensure the wellbeing and safety of the traveller and the local communities we affect. This week we highlight how the industry can strengthen the wellbeing and happiness of all stakeholders across the travellers’ journey thereby enhancing the tourism experience.

Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) invites all travel enthusiasts and stakeholders from Nepal's tourism sector to participate in the Dream to Travel Festival, a virtual online travel show organized by PATA. NTB will be featuring Nepal from July 6 till July 10, 2020 (Week 3 of the festival being held from June 22 - July 17, 2020). 

The PATA Dream to Travel Festival aims to bring together travel trade businesses worldwide to learn, network, and celebrate the power of travel during these challenging times. The Dream to Travel Forums are engaging two hour sessions packed with learning and inspiration, aimed at providing a united voice for building a more resilient, responsible, sustainable and stronger travel and tourism industry. The Forums follow a different theme each week (Trust, Courage, Wellbeing and Infinite Possibilities) that incorporates the human elements in PATA’s 2020 annual theme: ‘Partnerships for Tomorrow’.

Each week of the festival is dedicated to a specific destination and PATA is excited to be working with destination partners the Tourism Authority of Thailand (June 22 - June 26), Tourism Malaysia (June 29 – July 3), the Nepal Tourism Board (July 6 - July 10) and the Macao Government Tourism Office (July 13 - July 17).

The tentative schedule of the events showcasing Nepal is given below. Please note that the times are expressed in Bangkok local time (GMT+7:00). The exact times of some of the events are yet to be confirmed. Therefore, please visit this page for any future updates to the schedule, or refer to the official festival calendar.

Monday 06 July
 10:30 – 11:00 Pre-recorded Instruction and online event tour by PATA
 11:00 – 11:30

Recorded - Promotional VDO by NTB. The presentation will be more of a Destination briefing from NTB Officials along with Destination video. We can also take queries, if any.

 14:30 – 15:00 Trivia, Games, Giveaways by PATA (NTB can provide gifts, if any)
 15:00 – 15:50 Visit digital showroom (Feedsfloor) + Games by PATA
 16:00 – 17:00 Live Online Experience by NTB- Live demo of "How to make the typical Nepali MOMO"
Tuesday 07 July
11:00 – 12:30

Forum Week 3: 'Wellbeing' with Nepal Tourism Board

  • 1100 - 1105: Introduction
    Paul Pruangkarn, Director – Communications & External Affairs, PATA will welcome participants, introduce the speakers and provide housekeeping notes
  • 1105-1115: Opening Remarks
    Speaker: Dr. Mario Hardy, CEO, Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA)
  • 1115-1125: Welcome Remarks
    Speaker: Hon'ble Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Mr. Yogesh Bhattarai (Pre-recorded)
  • 1125 - 1135: Fireside chat with BBC
    One-on-one interview between Nepal Tourism Board and BBC World News.
    Interviewer:Carmen Roberts, Presenter, BBC's The Travel Show (confirmed)
    Interviewee: Dr. Dhananjaya Regmi, CEO, Nepal Tourism Board (confirmed)
  • 1135 - 1225: Ensuring Wellbeing
    Duty of care will be the top priority for all travellers post COVID-19. As an industry, we have both a legal and moral obligation to ensure the safety and care of not just our guests, but our employees and local communities.  How can the industry strengthen and guarantee the wellbeing and happiness of all stakeholders across the sector and beyond?
    Moderator: Carmen Roberts, Presenter, BBC's The Travel Show (confirmed)
    • Mr. Kedar Bahadur Adhikari- Secretary Ministry of Culture, Toruism and Civil Aviation, Nepal (confirmed)
    • Mr Eduardo Santander, Executive Director, European Travel Commission (confirmed) 
    • Mr. Yogendra Shakya, Prominent Tourism Sector Personality (confirmed)
​Format: 40-minute panel discussion, followed by 10-minute audience Q&A.
  • 1225 - 1230: Wrap up
12:30 – 13:00 Coffee Break Forum – Virtual Networking by VISA
13:15 – 13:45 Trivia, Games, Giveaways by PATA Member
13:45 – 15:00 Live Experience session on "Ropain" - Rice Planting Festival". This session is supported by the PATA Nepal Chapter.
Wednesday 08 July
10:00 - 11:00 Youth: PATA Youth x GPF Webinar: The intersection of Peace, Tourism and Youth
11:00 - 12:30 Visit digital showroom (Feedsfloor)
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch break/ Free at Leisure
14:30 – 15:00 Trivia, Games, Giveaways by PATA - Membership (NTB can provide gifts)
16:30 – 18:00 Live Experience 3 & 4 by Catalonia Tourism + Coffee Break
Thursday 09 July
10:00 - 11:30 Visit digital showroom (Feedsfloor)
12:30 – 13:30 Live Experience + Quiz by Tahiti Tourism PATA Member
14:00 - 15:30 Knowledge Session organized by PATA and NTB
16:00 – 17:00 Live Online Experience by Kazakh Tourism PATA Member
Friday 10 July
09:00 – 09:45 PATA Youth Fireside Chat: Norie Quintos
14:30 – 15:30 "Virtual tour session" on Lumbini – the Birthplace of Lord Buddha and other Buddhist sites. Live Narrator by Mr. Anil Chitrakar
16:30 – 17:00 Live Experience: Torres Winery by Catalan Tourist Board SPONSOR
17:30 – 18:00 Live Experience: Catalan classic cooking show by Catalan Tourist Board SPONSOR

The Festival comprises three key elements:

  1. Dream to Travel Forums
  2. Digital Showroom & Community Hub
  3. Live Experiences, Virtual Hangouts & Giveaways

This festival will give you the opportunity to brand/showcase your product(s) at the Digital Showroom, meet and connect with people through Community Hub, and gain further insights at the Forums. In addition, participants can enjoy live experience from the four destinations, while games, giveaways and other activities will provide an added opportunity to network, socialise and have fun.

The PATA Dream To Travel Festival is fully COMPLIMENTARY for all visitors, while the Digital Showrooms are complimentary to all PATA members

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