10th Jan. 2020, Greater Noida, India
Nepal Tourism Board along with NATTA Far-West in Province 7 and 37 private sector companies made a successful participation at the 27th edition of South Asian Travel and Trade Exchange (SATTE), 2020. The event held in India Exposition Mart in Greater Noida (UP) from 8th to 10th January, 2020 is the South Asia’s leading travel and tourism show supported by the Indian Ministry of Tourism and United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). SATTE, a leading B2B travel event, had an outstanding participation of 1050 Exhibitors, Buyers from over 50+ countries, 28 Tourism Boards and 500 + domestic hosted Buyers from 104 Indian cities.
The Expo was inaugurated by Chief Guest, Shree Prahalad Singh Patel, Minister of State for Tourism and Culture, Government of India. With a focus on building new business partnerships, the 3-day Expo had networking on the current trends in the industry. Keeping up with their usual performance, SATTE 2020 delivered an exciting line-up of conferences to enlighten the industry. It hosted a series of sessions and workshops presented and led by high profile speakers and industry stalwarts covering topics and trends from all aspects of the industry.
Global Economic Scenario, Tourism Trends and India; Accommodation Outlook and Technology Innovations; Dream Merchant’s- Pitch of the Tourism Board were of the many enticing topics. NTB’s erstwhile CEO, Mr. Deepak Raj Joshi also made his presentation on Adventure Tourism: Unlocking New Avenues”. Other conferences on MICE tourism, discussions on tourism and jobs, corporate travel, simplification of E-visas, destination weddings etc were also the crowd pullers. All in all, it was a forum for decision makers, the largest global travel and tourism companies and their peers in South Asia region as well as representatives of Government Agencies and the Indian tourism market; all under one roof with an aim of promoting their tourism offerings and establishing commercial and business partnerships.
His Excellency Nilambar Acharya, Ambassador, Embassy of Nepal in India paid a visit to the Nepal stall on the second day and visited every participant. He emphasized in Nepal’s participation on such fairs to maximize the Indian arrivals.
Nepal stall saw overwhelming queries on Visit Nepal 2020 and its offers, Government incentives on MICE activities, new destinations apart from the regular ones, cross borderland movement, etc. India is the largest source market for Nepal. Direct flight by Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) to major cities like New Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore, better air/ land connectivity have led to the steady growth of Indian tourists every year. Nepal’s participation this year with more companies has been exceptional where the event is hoped to promote more networking to achieve the target of 2 million tourists for VN 2020.