Effort to bring 5000 Irish Tourists for Visit Nepal 2020 begins in Dublin
In the joint collaboration with the Embassy of Nepal London and Nepal Tourism Board, Nepal Ireland Society organized Visit Nepal 2020 campaign promotion program in Dublin, Ireland on 22nd July 2019. The event was called “ Everest 2019 - Story from the Ground”.
Ireland’s prolific mountaineer Mr. Noel Hanna, who summited Mt. Everest in 2019, shared his experience of climbing Mt. Everest this year. One of the main objectives of the event was to provide factual information regarding negative publicity that Everest gathered in 2019. Mr. Noel holds the coveted record of being an Irishman to climb Mt. Everest for the highest number of times. In 2019, he summited Mt. Everest for the 9th time.
There were more than 100 Irish mountaineering enthusiasts who attend the event. All of them were very keen to visit Nepal; some of them are planning to visit Nepal again. Some of the attendees who have been to Nepal shared their experience of their Nepal visit where they fondly remembered the hospitality of Nepalese people and the Momo they had during their stay. The attendees were unanimous in their appreciation for the hospitality offered to them.
President of Nepal Ireland Society and the Chief coordinator of Nepal Tourism Board’s Experience Nepal Campaign Mr. Deepesh Man Shakya requested the attendees to visit Nepal. He said that between 2016 and 2018, 2500 Irish people visited Nepal on average each year. He said he is currently targeting to get 5000 tourists from Ireland to visit Nepal in 2020 to contribute towards Nepal Government’s target of bringing in 2 million tourists in 2020.
At the onset of the event, Nepal Ireland Society Senior Vice President Dr. Jane Fenlon honored Mr. Noel Hanna with Nepal’s trademark pashmina shawl, Vice President Mr. Jivan Timalsina offered a badge and society’s President Mr.Deepesh Man Shakya handed over felicitation certificate with a thank you note to Mr. Noel for his contribution towards the promotion of Nepal Tourism abroad, particularly in Ireland.
Joint Secretary Ms. Alison Irwin hosted the event and Joint Treasurer Mr. Balkrishna Shrestha offered ‘Khada’ to the attendees. Dr. Patrick O’Sullivan, from Mountaineering Ireland and also an executive member of Nepal Ireland Society, gave a vote of thanks.