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Tourism ambassadors

Friday, May 29th, 2015
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Nepal has sought help of legendary Everest climbers to revive its tourism industry damaged by the recent earthquakes.

The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation on Friday unveiled a list of goodwill ambassadors, which includes the legendary Japanese Everest climber Junko Tabei, to attract tourists to Nepal.

Apart from the first woman to summit the Everest, the list also boasts of names like Peter Hillary and Jamling Tenzing. Peter and Jamling are the sons of the world’s first Everest summitters Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgey Sherpa respectively. They had also climbed the Everest.

Reindhold Messner, an Italian mountaineer who for the first time scaled the Everest without oxygen, also features in the list.

Mountaineers Peter Athens (US), Um Hong-gill (South Korea), Idurne Pasaban (Spain), Jean Michel Asselin (France), Wolfgang Nairz (Austria), Ralf Dujmovits ( Germany), Nichole Nikki (Switzernland), Katja Starrtjes (Netherland), Doc Mc Karr ( Britain) have also been nominated as goodwill ambassadors, according to Nepal’s state-owned news agency RSS.

Nepali women mountaineers Mingma Sherpa, Lyakpa Rita Sherpa, Susmita Maskey and Shaille Basnet are also among the newly-nominated goodwill ambassadors. The list was made public at an event organised in Kathmandu on Friday to mark the international Mt Everest day.

The newly-nominated goodwill ambassadors are expected to help Nepal promote its tourism in the international market and attract more tourists.

The recent earthquakes have dealt a devastating blow to Nepal’s tourism industry by destroying two trekking routes and damaging hotels.

However, tourism entrepreneurs are hopeful that tourists will visit Nepal in the next autumn season as most trekking routes and tourism destinations are intact.

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4 Responses to “Tourism ambassadors”

  1. ANepali on Says:

    Famous mountaineers (and progeny of famous mountaineers) will help, but Nepal needs a wider variety of “good-will ambassadors”… some names that come to mind immediately are: Richard Gere and Demi Moore (need more famous Hollywood names with an affinity toward Nepal…Susan Sarandon is already on board); famous athletes (e.g., soccer star Rolando’s name has already been brought up in the international press), famous rock and pop musicians (lots of opportunity here); British Royalty (since we have the Gorkha servicemen connection); famous scientists/nobel laureates…I could go on and on. Nepal’s tourism ministry should be creative and start working on this and reach out to celebrities and people with global name recognition. Most famous people will be happy to endorse tourists to visit Nepal under such devastation inflicted by the massive earthquake.

  2. ANepali on Says:

    Famous mountaineers (and progeny of famous mountaineers) will help, but Nepal needs a wider variety of “good-will ambassadors”… some names that come to mind immediately are: Richard Gere and Demi Moore (need more famous Hollywood names with an affinity toward Nepal…Susan Sarandon is already on board); famous athletes (e.g., soccer star Ronaldo’s name has already been brought up in the international press), famous rock and pop musicians (lots of opportunity here); British Royalty (since we have the Gorkha servicemen connection); famous scientists/nobel laureates…I could go on and on. Nepal’s tourism ministry should be creative and start working on this and reach out to celebrities and people with global name recognition. Most famous people will be happy to endorse tourists to visit Nepal under such devastation inflicted by the massive earthquake.

  3. Diane McKinnon on Says:

    How about Richard Attenborough and Michael Palin?

  4. Airline Guy on Says:

    Very smart move. So far Tourism Minister making the right moves. Wonder who’s advising him?

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