Monday, October 8, 2018

PATA Nepal Chapter awards Rana, Kansakar

PATA Nepal felicitated its founder chairman Prabhakar SJB Rana with 'Lifetime Achievement' award during the 42nd Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Nepal Chapter here today.
PATA Nepal felicitated its founder chairman Prabhakar SJB Rana with the first ever 'Lifetime Achievement' award in honour and recognition to his contributions, achievements and many layers of service in the development and promotion of quality-tourism in Nepal, reads a press note from the PATA Nepal Chapter.
Rana is the Chairman Emeritus of Soaltee Hotel and a well-known pioneer industrialist and entrepreneur in the tourism, hydropower and automobiles sector. He also served in many public and private sector organisations and institutions.
Likewise, PATA Nepal Chapter awarded managing director Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) Sugat Ratna Kansakar with the ‘PATA Personality of the year 2018 Award' in recognition of his valuable contribution and commendable role in promoting Nepali tourism sector over the recent years.
Similarly, the  ‘Best Student Chapter of the year’ was awarded to Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management (NATHM) in recognition of their dedication and contribution in engaging with the initiatives of PATA Nepal Chapter and best illustrating the activities, programmes, and events in line with the aims and objectives of PATA Nepal Student Chapter.
The 42nd AGM of Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Nepal Chapter themed – 'Stepping towards Digital Transformation' – also listened an expert on Digital Marketing and executive director of Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office Jens Thraenhart as the keynote speaker, who shared the valuable insights on digital transformation. Embracing the need of digital transformation for Nepali tourism sector, PATA Nepal Chapter had invited Jens, who presented on 'Collaborative Social Commerce Driving Digital Transformation - an Opportunity for Nepal' on the occasion.
Likewise, PATA Nepal had also invited chairman of International China Investment Forum Dr Marcus Lee as the Guest of Honour, who presented on 'How to attract Chinese Visitors effectively'.
Welcoming the guests, PATA Nepal Chapter chairman, Sunil Sakya emphasised on the need for immediate strengthening the national flag carrier. "Opening of new air corridor and the necessary infrastructures along with the establishment of international Convention Center in Kathmandu valley are keys to promote tourism," he said, proposing the government and Nepal Tourism Board to bring back 'PATA Adventure Travel Mart' to Nepal in 2020. "As we are celebrating Visit Nepal Year in 2020, we believe that the hosting of PATA Adventure Mart once again in 2020 would be a great value-add for the industry and this would add the significant value to meet the target of 2 million tourists set by the government."
PATA Nepal Chapter had hosted PATA Adventure Travel Mart and Conference in Nepal 6 times in Nepal so far.
The chief guest tourism minister Rabindra Adhikari, on the occasion, commended PATA Nepal Chapter for successfully organising Himalayan Travel Mart, which has played an important role in promotion as well as increasing the tourist arrival in the country. He also emphasised that the increasing tourist arrival at the present scenario is the collaborative efforts along with the 22 hours operation of TIA and many positive initiatives undertaken. 

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