This year's Nepal Ireland Day to focus on Experience Nepal campaign
2nd July 2018. The Embassy of Nepal in London, Nepal Tourism Board, Nepal Ireland Society and NRNA Ireland are jointly organizing 'Nepal-Ireland Day' on 9th September 2018, aimed towards promoting the campaign of “Experience Nepal - Cuisine and Culture” and enhancing people to people relations between Nepal and Ireland. The event will take place at the Farmleigh, Phoenix Park in Dublin. The event was announced at ‘Nepal Evening’ programme organized in Dublin on 2nd July 2018.
Gracing the ‘Nepal Evening’ programme as the Chief Guest, the convener of Ireland-Nepal Parliamentary Friendship Group and Member of Irish Parliament Ms. Maureen O’Sullivan said that she was delighted to see the growing link between Ireland and Nepal. She assured that the parliamentary friendship group would do its best to further enhance the ties between the two friendly countries.
The ‘Nepal Evening’ was also organized to commemorate first year anniversary of the establishment of Ireland-Nepal Parliamentary Friendship Group and unveiling of the Nepal Heritage Cuisine Recipe Book which was published as part of the Experience Nepal - Cuisine and Culture (ENCC) campaign. Nepalese restaurants in Ireland were handed over the recipe book and were requested to help globalize Nepal heritage cuisine through their respective restaurants. Irish Mt. Everest Summiteer of 2018 Ms. Louise Mcevoy and Irish trekker, Mr. Daire Rice successfully participated in the EBC trekking in 2017 shared their experiences and urged the audiences to visit Nepal to see the magnificent beauty of nature and experience the unique culture and warmth of hospitality. Similarly, Ms. Moira Lawson, Dr. Fiona Gallaher and Ms. Fran Lynch also shared their wonderful experience they had during trip to Nepal.
Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), a government agency for promoting tourism activities in Nepal, has launched its global campaign named ‘Experience Nepal - Cuisine and Culture’ to promote Nepal’s tourism. The campaign especially targets to focus on internationalizing Nepalese cuisine in abroad. It may be noted that the Government of Nepal has declared the year 2020 as the visit Nepal year whose target is to bring two million tourists to Nepal. The Experience Nepal Campaign will serve as a step forward for supporting the dream project of Visit Nepal 2020.
The Nepal-Ireland Day on the 9th of September will comprise a cultural programme with performances from both Nepalese and Irish artists. The event will also include an exhibition of photographs taken by Irish tourists, Nepalese Handicraft Stalls, Travel Agencies and Airlines Stalls and various other activities and performances.
Nepal-Ireland Day is the biggest event in Ireland that commemorates the ever growing friendship and links between Nepal and Ireland. The event will be a showcase of Nepal’s culture, heritage and potentiality of trading hub as one of the top holiday destinations in the world.
His Excellency Ambassador of Nepal to the UK and Ireland, Dr. Durga Bahadur Subedi said, - the "Relations between Nepal and Ireland have reached a new height further strengthening the bonds of friendship not only on government levels but also people to people levels. There are many sectors where Nepal and Ireland can collaborate for the mutual benefits of the people of both countries. Events like ‘Nepal- Ireland Day’ will greatly contribute to this cause.”
In connection with Nepal-Ireland Day 2018, President of Nepal-Ireland Society, Nepal Tourism Board Honorary Public Relation Representative for Ireland and the chief coordinator of ENCC campaign- Mr. Deepesh Man Shakya said, - "Nepal-Ireland Day, the annual event led by Nepal-Ireland Society, has established itself as a symbolic event to represent the growing relations between Nepal and Ireland. ”
Mr. Shakya said - “Nepal-Ireland Society has been actively working towards different activities to establish tangible links between Nepal and Ireland through h its various activities. The high level visits between the two countries, collaboration in education, technology, research and opportunities for trade and investments would also be instrument in further promoting the close relationship”.
President of Non-Resident Nepalese Association (NRNA) - Ireland, Mr. Nabaraj Koirala said that the association has been organizing different events to bring Nepalese community in Ireland together. He also mentioned that the association would be actively involved in organizing different segments of Nepal-Ireland Day to make this annual event successful.
Nepal-Ireland Society has been organizing Nepal-Ireland Day since 2013 with support from the Office of Public Works (OPW), Ireland.
More than fifteen thousand Irish people are expected to visit Nepal-Ireland Day this year. Organizers are desperately spreading publicity on social media through various channels with extensive advertisements.