Nepal kicks off campaign, pays tribute to tourism minister’s passing at ITB Berlin

Nepal's tourism officials at the Visit Nepal 2020 Europe launch briefing at ITB Berlin. Photo: Jonathan Yap

he launch of Visit Nepal 2020 campaign at ITB Berlin was dedicated to the late Nepal minister for culture, tourism, and civil aviation, Rabindra Adhikari, who passed away last week in an unfortunate helicopter accident.

Travel trade members expressed regret over the death of Adhikari, who had undertaken a series of policies to reform Nepal’s civil aviation sector since assuming the position in February 2018.

Nepal’s tourism officials at the Visit Nepal 2020 Europe launch briefing at ITB Berlin. Photo: Jonathan Yap

Founder of Himalayan Windows, Anupam Dahal, paid tribute to the late minister’s efforts in removing bottlenecks at Kathmandu airport. “He was initiating changes like never before and made good impact to improve our air connectivity.”

Shreehari Thapaliya, CEO, Trekking Team Group Nepal, described Adhikari as “one of the best and most dynamic leaders”.

Mario Hardy, CEO of PATA, added: “During his short term as minister he has help moved the tourism sector of his country forward, and we were all looking forward to see all of achievements. He will be greatly missed.” – additional reporting by Xinyi Liang-Pholsena

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