Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), along with 11 private tourism companies from Kathmandu and the eastern region, participated at the Travel and Tourism Fair (TTF) held in Indian city of Kolkata from 6 to 8 July.
During the fair, the Nepali travel delegation apprised the Indian visitors, tour operators and media representatives about the Visit Nepal Year 2020 campaign and discussed about the possibility of joint partnership to promote Ramayana Circuit comprising of Indian states of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh and Nepal as well as Sri Lanka, a statement issued by the NTB said.
The three-day fair was inaugurated by Bangladeshi Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Shajahan Kamal.
Mani Raj Lamichhane, director of NTB, led the Nepali travel delegation in TTF Kolkata. Speaking at the program, he proposed developing joint promotional collaterals of the Ramayana Circuit and taking them to the prospective pilgrims, researchers and potential travellers.
Commenting on high airfare on Kolkata-Kathmandu sector, Air India’s Assistant General Manager Jayanta Bhattacharya said that the carrier may consider slashing the fares on the route and also explore opportunities to operate the daily flights in the sector if the demands grow.
Air India currently flies four times a week on the sector.
TTF Kolkata is the oldest and one of the busiest travel trade shows in India. With the increasing importance of outbound and inbound potential in the East and Southwest Asia, it serves as a strategically important gateway for the industry, NTB added in the statement.
More than 430 exhibitors from 28 Indian states and 13 countries, including Nepal, participated in the event held at Netaji Indoor Stadium and Khudiram Anushilan Kendra.