Maria Heffernan from Ireland wins Visit Nepal 2020 Europe Lottery
7th January 2020. The Visit Nepal 2020 Europe Lottery, organized by the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) and the Embassy of Nepal in London in collaboration with Nepal Ireland Society has announced its winners today amidst an event in Dublin to mark the inauguration of Visit Nepal 2020 campaign in Ireland. The lucky winner is Ms. Maria Heffernan from Ireland. The 2nd prize, 3rd prize and 4th prize winners are Mr. Tobias Muller from Germany, Mr. Perraud Benoit from France and Ms. Rachel Livett from United Kingdom respectively. The winner gets two return tickets to Nepal and 14 nights free stay at luxurious hotels in Nepal including free vouchers from renowned restaurants in Kathmandu. Similarly, the other winners get free accommodation at various top class hotels in Nepal.
The chief coordinator of Visit Nepal 2020 Europe Lottery and the President of Nepal Ireland Society Mr. Deepesh Man Shakya said - “We had 10341 entries in total from various Nepalesese restaurants in Europe, online submissions and through entries at different events organized in Ireland and other countries in Europe. The amount of interest people have shown from all over europe is immense. Collectively, via social media, we were able to reach out to more than 200000 Europeans with the message of inviting to visit Nepal in 2020.”
The organizers said the main objective of the lottery program was to make Nepalese Restaurants in Europe as tourism promotion hubs and promote Visit Nepal 2020 campaign through them. This program is an effort to reach out to potential tourists in Europe directly, to contribute towards the campaign target of 2 million tourists in 2020. An estimate shows, there are more than 700 Nepalese Restaurants all over Europe with cumulative annual customers to be more than one million. The customers in these restaurants are predominantly those who love Nepal and have some affinity towards the country. They will be more likely to go on holiday to Nepal.
Mr. Shakya added the Visit Nepal 2020 Europe Lottery team in Nepal led by Mr. Prabin Shakya worked around the clock for the last six months contacting Nepalese restaurants and diaspora abroad requesting to ask their customers and local friends respectively to enter the lottery draw. The team also contacted premium hotels and restaurants in Nepal for sponsoring free nights stay in their hotels and vouchers in restaurants. The free return tickets for the winners are sponsored by Nepal Tourism Board.
Visit Nepal 2020 Europe Lottery draw took place in the presence of the Third Secretary at Embassy of Nepal London Mr. Tejendra Regmi, Nepal Ireland Society Officials: Mr. Jivan Timalsina (Vice President), Mr. Gangaram Kandel (General Secretary), Mr. Balkrishna Shrestha (Joint-Treasurer) and Mr. Chetraj Oli (Executive Member).
Some of the Nepalese restaurants in Europe who collected the entries from their customers were : Bhansa Ghar(Ireland), Thali Restaurant (Ireland), Kathmandu Kitchen(Ireland), Nepalesisk Restaurang Kathmandu(Sweden), Restaurant Himalaya(Luxembourg), Lumanti of Nepal (Ireland), Kashmir Restaurant (Ireland), The Himalayan Restaurant (France), Nepali Food Mart (Georgia), Maya DD’s Restaurant (England), The Kathmandu Nepali Restaurant(Czech Republic), The Woolaston Inn(England) etc.