Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) CEO Deepak Raj Joshi has been unanimously selected as the head of Government Destination Board of Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA).
Joshi, who led efforts to reposition Nepal’s destination image in the international market after the 2015 earthquakes and subsequent border blockade, is the first Nepali to be nominated to the post in nearly five decades of the country’s association with PATA, a statement issued by NTB said.
Speaking at the PATA Annual Summit held in Gangneung, South Korea, Joshi said that he would make efforts for quality growth in tourism sector of all member countries of PATA, including Nepal, during his tenure at the Government Destination Board.
At the program, PATA felicitated Basant Raj Mishra, chairperson of Temple Tiger Group, with the Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his 25 years of affiliation with PATA.
PATA has more than 95 government members and destinations, 25 airlines and airports, 108 hospitality institutions, 65 educational institutions, 36 chapters. Hundreds and thousands of tourism businesses are affiliated with its local chapters.