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Tuesday 5th Jul 2022
NTY 2011 promotion program organised in Wales

NTY 2011 promotion program organised in WalesIn order to promote Nepal Tourism Year (NTY) 2011, the embassy of Nepal, London organised a tourism promotion programme in Wales, United Kingdom on Saturday.

The program, organised in coordination with the Wales Nepali Community, Cardiff and Wales Gurkha Community and town of Cwmbran, was held at the Cardiff Community Centre. The programme was inaugurated jointly by the ambassador of Nepal to the UK, Dr Suresh C. Chalise, and Alun Michael, MP, former first minister of Cardiff and member of the British parliament, by lighting a traditional panas. National anthems of Nepal and the UK were played at the inaugural ceremony.

Addressing the function, ambassador Chalise described Nepal as a safe and pristine tourist locations in the world. He cited the Lonely Planet report that chose Nepal as one of the ten prime tourist destinations for 2010. He said Nepal offered pleasure as well as adventure tourism for people of all age groups. He emphasised for deepening of Nepal-UK relations further through increased level of economic ties including tourism.

Minister Counsellor at the Nepali embassy in London, Jhabindra Aryal, presented sights and sounds of Nepal through power point highlighting Nepal’s amazing tourist destinations, national heritages, flora and fauna and cultural sites of historical importance, among other things. Rt. Hon. Alan Michael, MP and Dianne Rees, Deputy Lord Mayor of Cardiff also spoke on the occasion expressing their hopes and confidence that such programme would not only promote tourism but also strengthen cultural ties and diversify relations between the Nepalese and Wales communities. Dr. Christopher Paddington, Patrick Fleming and Imi Racz shared their thrilling experiences of their last visits to Nepal.

Chairman of Wales Nepali community, Chitra B. Rai and chairman of Wales Gurkha community Laxmi Tumbhahamphe appreciated the initiatives of the Nepali embassy and assured their full cooperation to make Nepal Tourism Year campaign a success.

The programme was the second in its series after Scotland earlier this month to promote the Nepalese tourism in United Kingdom Present in the programme were members of parliament, mayors, councillors, assembly members, professors, academics, well-wishers of Nepal, travel and tour promoters as well as prominent members of Nepali communities based in the Wales.

The programme was conducted by Roshan Bhattarai a Ph. D. Scholar at Cardiff University. Nepali artefacts were displayed around the venue of the programme by Shibaji Shrestha, an executive member of the Wales Nepali Community. Chitra Rai offered vote of thanks to all volunteers, supporters and sponsors and all involved to make the programme a success from their respective fields.

The Wales Nepali Community and Wales Gurkha Community organised a separate program at Cwmbran city to welcome Ambassador Dr. Chalise and other members of the Nepali embassy. Addressing a huge gathering of the Nepali community, ambassador Chalise spoke about the dynamics of political and peace processes in Nepal and expressed confidence that the Nepali diaspora was capable of preserving and promoting culture, tradition and Nepal’s identity abroad. Presidents and other influential leaders of Nepali Community Wales and Gurkha Community Wales also spoke on the occasion.