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Russian Ambassador says he will help promote Nepal in Russia

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The Ambassador of Russia to Nepal, Dr. Sergey Vasilievich Velichkin has said he will use his good offices in order to  promote Nepal as an attractive tourism destination in Russia and help increase tourism traffic from his home country to Nepal.

Speaking during an interaction program titled ‘Nepal Russia Tourism Exchange’ organised by PATA Nepal Chapter at Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) on Wednesday, the Russian Ambassador said he is very keen in partnering with the tourism industry of Nepal to promote Nepal in Russia.

He stated that a successful promotion has already been made in marketing Nepal as a tourism destination, adding, however, that it should not stop at that.

“There needs to be more effort to bring visible changes,” the Russian Ambassador said, adding that  he is also trying to resume the stalled Russian national carrier Aeroflot’s direct flight from Moscow to Kathmandu in order to increase the number of Russian tourists to the Himalayan country

Also speaking at the interaction, Suman Pandey, Chairman PATA Nepal Chapter recounted his pleasant experience of working with Russian mountain climbers.

“My experience with Russian People has been very pleasant. I remember that they are one of the strongest climbers.  I had the privilege to work with Russian climbers in1988 when they traversed all four peaks of Mt. Kanchanjunga with the team of 40 climbers, making almost 43 successful summit attempts. After this, Russian climbers have scaled all extra challenging ridge or face of high mountains in the Himalayas,” he said.   

During the event, Ang Chhiring Sherpa, president of Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) narrated the history of mountaineering in Nepal and highlighted the major events that contributed in the development of mountaineering in the country, which laid the foundation for tourism in the country.

He further said that the Russian veteran mountaineers were very enthusiastic in all the highest peak in Nepal since Nepal opened its peaks to the world in 1949.  

Ashok Pokharel, President of Nepal Association of Tour Operators (NATO) said that Russia is a country with a population of 140 million people and holds huge tourism potentials and prospects.

“Russia is the 9th largest tourism market in the world and will remain top 5 performers worldwide till 2017, “Pokharel said, adding however there has been an overall drop of 6 percent in Russian tourist coming to Nepal.

He also said that the tourism entrepreneurs in Nepal need to ask themselves whether Nepal is a suitable market for Russian tourists, and what can be done to improve tourism products and infrastructures to increase the flow of Russian tourists to Nepal.

Meanwhile, Aditya Baral, Senior Director of Nepal Tourism Board, expressed thanks to PATA Nepal chapter for doing exemplary work in promoting Nepal as a tourism destination worldwide.

PATA is an international association of tourism with Private- Public partnership approach and acting as a catalyst for the development of tourism in Asia and the Pacific Region.