Visit Nepal Europe 2017 campaign promoted at Nepal Ireland Day

15th Sep, 2017 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, Sep 15: The Embassy of Nepal in London, Nepal Tourism Board and Nepal Ireland Society jointly organized 'Nepal Ireland Day' Sunday in Dublin. The annual event was organized to promote Visit Nepal Europe 2017 campaign and celebrate the 18th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Nepal and Ireland.

Visit Nepal Europe 2017 campaign was announced by Nepal Tourism Board, National Tourism Organization of Nepal for tourism activities, to increase the number of tourists visiting Nepal from Europe in 2017 by 30-40% in compare to the tourist arrivals in 2016.

The event was jointly inaugurated by the speaker of the Irish Parliament Seán Ó Fearghaíl and Nepal's Ambassador to the UK and Ireland Dr. Durga Bahadur Subedi.

Also present was the sitting MP of Irish Parliament Sean Crowe. Mr. Sean Crowe is also a member of Ireland Nepal Parliamentary friendship group.

Irish Mt. Everest Summiteers of 2017 Mr. John Burke, Mr. Rory McHugh and Mr. Terry Kelleher were felicitated by the Ambassador during the opening ceremony.

A mountaineering talk programme was held where all Irish Mt. Everest Summiteers of 2017 shared their experience. Ireland's renowned actress Ms. Aoibin Garrihy who did Everest Base Camp trek in April this year also shared her experience at the talk programme. The talk program was oversubscribed with more than 100 people attended the crowded hall.

A photo exhibition with 100 photographs taken by Irish tourists who visited Nepal in 2016 and 2017 were on display in a specially crafted frames. The visitors were full of praise seeing the majestic landscape, culture and art depicted in the photographs.

There were Nepalese Handicraft stall and stalls of tour operators.

There were information desks of different Irish NGOs who are doing projects in Nepal. The event was attended by more than 12,000 Irish people.

Welcoming the guests, President of Nepal Ireland Society, Nepal Tourism Board Honorary Public Relations Representative and the Chief Coordinator of Visit Nepal Europe 2017 campaign Mr. Deepesh Man Shakya said "We are celebrating this year’s Nepal Ireland Day to commemorate  18th Anniversary of the establishment of Diplomatic Relations between Nepal and Ireland and to promote the year 2017 as Visit Nepal Year in Europe. 

Visit Nepal Europe 2017 campaign was announced by the government of Nepal to increase the tourists going from Europe to Nepal by 30% in 2017 in compare to 2016. I feel proud to mention that, after the completion of 8 months of the campaign, the statistics show 40% increase in European tourists going from Europe to Nepal. From Ireland, it is even better and the number stands at 51%. "

Mr. Shakya further added "Event is rather a special one. This is the first Nepal Ireland Day we are celebrating after the historic establishment of Ireland Nepal Parliamentary Friendship group in June. We have been working with the Irish Parliamentarians to strengthen relations between Ireland and Nepal and also increase collaboration between the two countries in education, research, technology, trade, and investment"

The chief guest of the event, the speaker of Irish Parliament, Mr. Seán Ó Fearghaíl said he was delighted to attend Nepal Ireland Day. He emphasized on the need of further developing the relations between Ireland and Nepal by frequent exchange visits of the parliamentarians and ministers and explore possible opportunities for the benefit of both countries. The speaker added Ireland is a multi cultured society; the contribution of Nepalese community in Ireland to strengthen the diversity in the country is really encouraging and praiseworthy. He assured he will definitely visit Nepal very soon in near future after being impressed by seeing the photographs of Nepal on display at the photo exhibition.

At the opening ceremony, at the request of the speaker of the Irish Parliament, a minute  silence was observed to remember the people who lost their lives in the devastating earthquake of 2015 and the recent floods in Nepal.

In his keynote speech, Nepalese Ambassador to Ireland and the UK Dr. Durga Bahadur Subedi requested the Irish public to Visit Nepal. He said Nepal has 8 of the 10 highest mountains in the world, the country is blessed with pristine Himalayan trails and trekking routes but the most important thing is Nepal boasts the exceptional hospitality of its people where guests are treated like gods; he urged everyone to visit Nepal not once but multiple times and enjoy the divine experience the country has to offer. Referring to the relations between Ireland and Nepal, HE Ambassador added the link between Ireland and Nepal has taken an exceptional leap in recent years. He assured he will work tirelessly to continue and enhance this effort.

The opening ceremony was hosted by Nepal Ireland Society's General Secretary Mr. Gangaram Kandel and Joint Secretary Ms. Alison Irwin. Society's Vice - President Mr. Jivan Timalsina gave a vote of thanks..

Artists from Sayapatri group in the UK and the local artists performed in the cultural programme attended by more than 500 Nepalese residing in Ireland and a ground full of Irish people who were very enthralled to see Nepal's culture and art.

Talking to our representative, Nepal Ireland Society's Chief Treasurer Mr. Prakash Mali and Treasurer Mr. Balkrishna Shrestha said a lot of effort went on to put together this mammoth Nepalese event in Ireland. They expressed their satisfaction to see the success of the event. According to Mr. Shrestha, Nepalese residing in different parts of Ireland traveled to Dublin to attend Nepal Ireland Day.

Nepal Ireland Society has been spearheading to strengthen the link between Ireland and Nepal at the highest level. The society’s effort to establish Ireland Nepal Parliamentary Friendship Group was finally materialized in June this year. The group provides Nepal Ireland Society a government level platform in continuing its work to build a strong bond between two countries.