Stoic Nepal honoured at ATM after duo of devastating natural disasters

07 May 2015

Arabian Travel Market New Frontiers Recovery Award 2015 recognises Himalayan nation as its tourism industry suffers second life-changing economic and humanitarian blow in as many years

Arabian Travel Market (ATM), the region’s leading travel industry showcase, has named Nepal as the recipient of the New Frontiers Recovery Award 2015 at a special presentation that was also broadcast on ARN radio, on the final day of the annual event.

Accepting the award from Nadege Noblet-Segers, Exhibition Manager, Arabian Travel Market, on behalf of the Nepal Tourism Board, Rishav Agarwal, Co-Owner of Kathmandu-based Nebuti Travels, said that the industry response over the last three days at ATM had been “incredible”, with visitors to the stand asking for detailed situation updates and also pledging continued support.

“We are determined to get things back on track as soon as possible, once all the debris has been cleared and areas made safe. Despite the devastating loss of life, only around 30% of temples were destroyed, and the majority of hotels in Kathmandu are operational, and neither Pokhara nor Chitwan were affected,” he said.

“Our message this week is thank you to ATM and our industry partners and friends for their magnificent support. We will rebuild and we are confident about the future of the tourism sector in Nepal.”

Nepal’s confidence in the future of its tourism industry remains undimmed with four of the original six confirmed participating companies making it to Dubai for ATM 2015.

Nepal was shortlisted along with Japan and India, each of which suffered significant human and economic losses in the last 12 months due to devastating natural catastrophes, namely the Mount Ontake eruption in Japan and Malin landslide in India.

“Although the original decision was made to recognise Nepal following last year’s Sunkoshi River landslide, which resulted in both loss of life and loss of tourism revenues, this has obviously been surpassed by the catastrophic events of last month,” said Noblet.

“While it is too early at this stage to talk about the mid to long-term prospects for industry recovery, we know that every effort is already being made to restore a sense of normality to local communities as well as evaluate the way forward for the country’s tourism product and the fortitude and positive attitude of the Nepalese people will reap results,” she added.

Now in its 11th year, the New Frontiers Recovery Award was created in 2005 to recognise outstanding contributions to tourism development in the face of overwhelming adversity, supporting the chosen destination by donating exhibition space at the event to the value of US$10,000.

Previous award recipients include Phuket, Thailand; Cancun, Mexico; Sichuan, China; Baluchistan, Pakistan; Central Visayas, Philippines; and Northern India.


Photo caption:

1) Rishav Agarwal accepting the award from Nadege Noblet-Segers on behalf of the Nepal Tourism Board with ARN presenters from The Travel Show Mark Lloyd and Stef Burgon

About Arabian Travel Market

In its 21st edition, Arabian Travel Market 2014, boasted more than 2,700 exhibitors and stand-sharers from 85 countries and attracted over 23,000 visitors from around the world.

Arabian Travel Market is part of Reed Travel Exhibition’s WTM Portfolio of events, which also includes World Travel Market, World Travel Market Latin America and World Travel Market Africa.

WTM Portfolio

The World Travel Market Portfolio comprises the leading leisure travel events in the world; World Travel Market in London, WTM Latin America in Sao Paulo, WTM Africa in Cape Town and Arabian Travel Market in Dubai.

The WTM Portfolio’s events are attended by the global travel and tourism industry’s senior executives to conduct business deals and discover the latest research, insight and opinion. In 2014, the WTM Portfolio facilitated around $7 billion in industry deals from negotiations between the more than 15,000 buyers, 9,500 exhibitors (1,500 main stand holders and 8,000 stand sharers) in attendance of its four events.

WTM is owned by the worldʼs leading events organiser Reed Exhibitions.

Reed Exhibitions

WTM Portfolio is part of Reed Travel Exhibitions, which is owned by the worldʼs leading events organiser Reed Exhibitions (RE).

In 2014, RE held more than 500 events in 40 countries bringing together more than six million people from around the world generating billions of dollars in business.

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