Nepal participated in the 33rd International Travel Expo (ITE) and the 14th MICE Travel Expo in Hong Kong from June 13-16, 2019. Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) participated in the fair with six tourism companies as co exhibitors representing Nepal in the global event and exchange programme. ITE Hong Kong, the city’s only travel fair, is the successful combination of leisure, MICE and theme travels, and visitors of trade, professional and affluent FIT; featuring of some 50 highly popular travel seminar in public days with some filling up by 200 audiences, as compared to the nearly 30 travel and MICE seminars in trade days; and its profiles of highly international exhibitors and regional trade visitors, etc. Occupying Hall 1 A to Hall 1E of the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, ITE Hong Kong held for the trade and professional from June 13 and 14 and for the public from June 15 to 16.
The two trade days had over 12,000 trade and MICE visitors of which over 70 percent from Hong Kong and some 30 percent from mainland China and abroad; and in the other two public days approximately 80 thousand visited the fair. ITE combines a trade fair and a FIT travel fair.
There were around 650 exhibitors, of which 15 were the NTOs of different countries and remaining were the travel agencies and tour operators. Nepal booth located near the entrance of Hall 1C had attracted hundreds of visitors to the stall. The affluent travellers were presented theme travels and were also briefed about the national campaign Visit Nepal Year 2020.
Nepal Tourism Board distributed free souvenirs like peacock window, Buddha Statue and posters of Everest, Pokara & Lumbini beside other related tourism information.
On trade days, tour operators / travel agents were briefed about the campaign and requested their assistance in promoting Nepal through their websites / catalogues. On the public days, visitors collected travel information like travel map and product details, and asked questions especially those about the last mile! Visitors were also offered various great offers from the participating companies, some were unique travel products while others at good prices. The participating companies were Apoorva Tours Pvt. Ltd, Dragon Holidays, Koili Tours Pvt. Ltd, Nepal Big Mountain Travel Pvt. Ltd, One Himalayan Adventure Pvt. Ltd and Outdoor Expedition Pvt. Ltd. Nepal Tourism Board was represented by Santosh Bikram Thapa, Sr. Officer and Pradip Basnet, Officer. Mr. Kamal Prasad Bhattarai, Consul General of Nepal, in Hong Kong, NRN Hong Kong and Nepal Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce presidents also visited the Nepal booth.
Organized by TKS Exhibition Services Ltd., ITE Hong Kong is supported by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong Tourism Board, Macao Government Tourism Office, Travel Industry Council of Hong Kong, MICE and trade associations etc.