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News: Press Release from Nepal Tourism Board
Messner Tells Germans that Nepal is Safe for Tourists
acclaimed mountaineer Mr. Reinhold Messner told
Germans that Nepal is safe for tourists at a
well-attended Press Meet organized at the CMT Tourism
Fair (Caravan-Motor- Tourism) on Jan 22, 2002 in
felt the presence of Hon. Minister for Commerce,
Industry & Supplies Mr. Purna Bahadur Khadka and
Mr. Messner at the press conference and their answers
to various queries from the German press regarding
safety of travel by foreigners to Nepal did indeed
prove to straighten out the issues of travel safety.
Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) made a multimedia
presentation "Mt. Everest & More.. Experience
it in Nepal" with German subtitles to more than
40 top German media personnel present at the Meet.
on the day, the Nepal Stand at the CMT was overwhelmed
with TV crews, journalists and visitors as Mr. Messner
autographed his book on Everest. Participating at the
CMT this year (Jan 19-27, 2002) from Nepal were the
Nepal German Chamber of Commerce & Industry (NGCCI),
the Nepal Tourism Board, Asian Trekking, Island Jungle
Resort, Plan Holidays, Tashi Taki Trekking and Hauser
Excursions. Nepal's pagoda-style roof with its all
seeing-eyes and the backdrop of Bhaktapur Durbar
Square mural were the highlights of the Nepal stand
which even attracted the crew of famous German Channel
BTV for a special close-up shot of the mural.
1370 exhibitors from 88 countries participated in the
CMT fair which was visited by more than 200,000.
Experts have estimated that German spending in
international travel will increase by 2-3% in 2002.
Tourism Board (NTB) distributed guidebooks and
leaflets in German language, booklets on adventure,
National Parks of Nepal, Pokhara, posters, CD-ROM,
videocassettes and souvenirs from the Nepal stand. It
is estimated that this year between 50,000 to 70,000
visitors were welcomed at the stand.
special Nepal Day program was organized on Jan 22,
2002, at the CMT by Consulate General of Stuttgart
Mrs. Ann Katrin Bauknecht, NGCCI, NTB and with
logistic support of Hauser Excursion. Speaking as the
Chief Guest at the function, Hon. Minister Khadka was
very forceful in pointing out that todate no single
untoward incident related to foreigners/tourists
visiting Nepal has been reported. He also pointed out
that Nepal had very recently hosted the 11th SAARC
Summit. He appealed to the German people to come and
visit Nepal and discover for themselves Nepal's
diverse tourist attractions and its hospitable people.
Minister Khadka also informed the present that His
Majesty's Government of Nepal has announced
Destination Nepal Campaign 2002-2003 and the year
2002-2003 is also being observed as the "Mt.
Everest Golden Jubilee Celebration Year"
commemorating the first conquest of Mt. Everest in
1953 by Sir Edmund Hillary and late Tenzing Norgay
Messner who is also a member of European Parliament in
Strasbourg and Brussels was the main lecturer with his
multi vision show at the Nepal evening which had an
overwhelming turnout of more than 800 audience -
"a record attendance" according to the fair
Nepalese Ambassador to Germany His Excellency Balaram
Singh Malla, Secretary of the Economic Cooperation (BMZ)
Germany Mrs. Elke Roentegen and Royal Nepalese
Consulate General in Stuttgart Mrs. Bauknecht also
spoke on the occasion. President of NGCCI Mr. B. K.
Shrestha and NGCCI Vice President and coordinator of
the Fair Mr. Kishore R. Pandey were also present on
participation at the fair was jointly supported by the
NGCCI, Nepal Tourism Board, Hon. Royal Nepalese
Consulate General in Stuttgart, Germany, and the GTZ.
Management & Planning Section
Nepal Tourism Board