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Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) together with different travel trade associations is organizing Nepal’s first even tourism promotion program in the African continent in March.
The program is being organized in celebration of the incredible journey of the ‘7 Summits Women Team’ from the summit of the Mt Everest to Mt Kilimanjaro – the tallest peak on the African continent. Led by Shailee Basnet, the team includes Asha Kumari Singh, Chunu Shrestha, Nimdoma Sherpa, Pema Diki Sherpa, Pujan Acharya and Maya Gurung.
The promotional program will be held in Dar es Salaam and Johannesburg. Other sponsors of the event are Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN), Nepal Mountaineering Association, United Nations World Food Programme, Tanzania, Non-Resident Nepali Association and The North Face.
Speaking at a program in Kathmandu on February 24, TAAN President Mahendra Singh Thapa the promotional event could help bring more tourists from Africa to Nepal. “We have found African tourists, especially from South Africa, interested to visit Nepal. But they are forced to book trips through European countries because they don’t have links with Nepali tourism service providers,” Thapa said, adding, “We hope this program will help establish links between African tour operators and Nepali tourism service providers.”
Team leader Shailee Basnet said the ‘Seven Summit’ campaign is an initiative to promote Nepal throughout the world.
TAAN has provided monetary assistance of US$ 5,000 to the program.