Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) along with five travel companies from Nepal namely Ojha Holidays Tours & Treks Pvt. Ltd., One Himalayan Adventures Pvt. Ltd., Aavash Feel The Mountain Travels & Treks Pvt. Ltd., High Spirit Treks and Expedition Nepal Pvt. Ltd. and Mountain Buddha Holidays Pvt. Ltd participated in four days long fair Ferien Messe Wien 2020 at Messe Wien Exhibition & Congress Center, Vienna, Austria, from 16 to 19 January 2020. More than 800 exhibitors including national tourism organizations and travel trade companies from around the world participated in the fair.
Many visitors and local tour operators visited Nepal stall and had enthusiastically raised queries about air connectivity to Nepal, getting visa, best season to visit, trekking destinations in Nepal among others. NTB officials at the stall disseminated first-hand information about tourism attractions and activities that Nepal offers to the tourists. The officials tried to satisfy the visitors by answering their questions. Efforts were also focused on highlighting Visit Nepal Year 2020 with the tagline of Lifetime Experiences.
The participating travel companies from Nepal had many travel offerings of Nepal especially trekking packages. They were able to capture the opportunity by establishing their business contacts. Many visitors were found interested to visit Nepal in upcoming season.
Ambassador at the Embassy of Nepal in Vienna Mr. Prakash Kumar Suvedi visited Nepal stall on the first and third day of the fair. His presence at the stall helped to boost confidence among the visitors at Nepal stall. NTB was represented by Manager Mr. Khadga Bikram Shah, Officer Mr. Saroj Maharjan.
Europe is major tourist generating market for Nepal. In 2019, Nepal received 4,862 Austrian tourists. Based on past observations, Austrian tourists to Nepal are hard adventurers, mountaineers and leisure explorers, most interested in mountaineering, trekking, adventure activities, heritage tours and human engagement.
The fair has created an ideal platform to reach out to Austrian market especially the potential travelers and operators with fresh communication and updates of Nepal.