International Travel Blogger And Media Conference – Himalayan Travel Mart, Nepal
On 2nd June 2018, PATA Chapter Nepal and Nepal Tourism Board organize an event – International Travel Blogger And Media Conference along with Himalayan Travel Mart. It was a very big event held at Crown Plaza Hotel, Kathmandu. I also took part in this event as an international travel blogger from India. There are lots of blogger and media persons I met there who took part in this event as media delegate. I learned many things at this conference and discussed the Himalayas.
One day before this event, they mailed us and invited for dinner at Bhojhan Griha – A heritage restaurant. This was an amazing night, we spent there. I tasted Nepali Thali (Dal – Bhat – Tarkari) There. I like that they welcomed us in proper Nepali style. I met other bloggers and media persons there. They had many kinds of food and drinks there for us. I ate the tastiest Momos of my life at this restaurant. They provided us all the facilities of pick-up and drop to hotel. There are some artists also there who perform local Nepali cultural dance for our entertainment. I liked this cultural dance and this heritage restaurant.
On Day 1st, We start our day by registration and then we took our seat in the conference hall. The event started with the welcome speech and program highlights by Mr. Deepak Raj Joshi, who is CEO of Nepal Tourism Board. Many speakers discussed different-different topics-
Dr. Marcus Lee
Dr. Marcus Lee is the Chairman of The International China Investment Forum (ICIF). They Discussed The China Outbound Travel Market – How to attract Chinese visitors effectively. They said that we need to focus on small cities in China compare to big cities.
Dr. Chris Bottrill
Dr. Chris Bottrill is the Chairman, Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA). They gave an amazing speech about The Human Capital Development Needs and Opportunities in Asia.
After a short break, they held a panel discussion session where
Sri. Madhur Bhandarkar (Indian film director, scriptwriter, and producer) talked about Tourism & Bollywood Movies.
Mr. Rajesh Hamal (Nepali Film Actor, Director & Producer) talked about Promoting Domestic, Regional and International Tourism through Cinema.
Mr. William Vazquez (Photography Tour Operator, Camera Voyages) talked about The Power and Importance of photography in Tourism.
Mr. Adrian Hayes
Mr. Adrian Hayes who is A Record-Breaking Adventurer and Sustainability Campaigner talked about Sustainability, Nepal & Adventure Tourism
Mr. Philip McMaster
Mr. Philip McMaster who is A life-Long adventurer and Sustainability Advocate talked about “The Amazing RACE to SDG – Nepal’s BLOCKCHAIN Voyage to Sustainability”
And other great speakers gave us their informative speech.
On 2nd Day-
It was the main day of this International Travel Blogger And Media Conference. There were hundreds of travel bloggers and media delegates there. We all discussed lots of things about Himalayas and Trekking in Nepal. We also Discussed Visit Nepal 2020 Campaign. This day was also started with registration and welcome. And Then many great speakers talked about many good topics-
Mr. Tim Leffel (Travel writer, author, editor, blogger, and publisher & Owner/ President-Al Centro Media) talked about Building a brand based on storytelling.
Ms. Mariellen Ward (Travel Writer & Outspoken Advocate for Female Solo Travel) talked about My Journey to becoming a Mindful Traveller
Mr. Nischal Dua (Entrepreneur, Growth Marketer & Mountaineer) talked about Digital Nomads – Travel & Work as a Lifestyle
Mr. Keith Jenkinsn (CEO and Founder- iambassador & Founder and Publisher of the Velvet Escape luxury travel blog) talked about How influencers can show value to the industry
Mr. Matt Gibson (CEO, Up Think • Outbound President, PTBA) talked about How influencers can build better relationships with brands personally, and collectively.
This was the day with full of information and networking. I got lots of information from this conference, met many professional travel bloggers like me, met some senior media persons as well.
Why Should You Join Himalayan Travel Mart?
You should join Himalayan Travel Mart if you are a travel entrepreneur or you have a travel startup for promoting your company and networking with other people in the same industry. Here, you will get many national and international clients for B2B (Business to Business) rates. You will also get lots of information about how to build your company as a brand in the market of travel by many great speakers.
Hope to see you in Himalayan Travel Mart 2019.
Happy Traveling 🙂