Nepal ministers praise PATA success
Industry leaders and government ministers are praising the success of the PATA Adventure Travel and Responsible Tourism Conference and Mart (ATRTCM) in Kathmandu, Nepal. The conference addressed key issues facing the industry as PATA seeks to improve awareness and generate increased commitment to sustainable and responsible tourism practices in line with the Association’s new Charter published last September. “Initial reaction from delegates and speakers has been very positive. We’re now assessing feedback and this will play a vital role in the shape, structure and content of our event in 2011,” says PATA’s Deputy CEO Sheila Leong.
Conference moderator Andrew Jones, Guardian of Hong Kong-based Sanctuary Resorts, said, “Feedback received so far has been extremely positive. The event has created an outstanding platform. We’ve covered a broad range of issues pertinent to our shared objectives. The challenge now for us all is to maintain this momentum.” Nepal’s Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Madhav Kumar Nepal, praised PATA’s efforts and commitment. He spoke with PATA CEO Greg Duffell about the many challenges facing Nepal’s tourism industry. The ribbon-cutting ceremony, to mark the opening of the Adventure Travel Mart, was performed by Nepal’s Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation, the Hon. Sharat Singh Bhandari (pictured above, second from right). All presentations made at the conference are available for download on the PATA website: www.pata.org