The Nepal Tourism Board and Embassy of Nepal in Israel jointly organized Nepal Evening 2018 on February 4, 2018 on the sidelines of the International Mediterranean Tourism Market 2018, the biggest tourism market in the Mediterranean region and the largest annual professional tourism fair of its kind in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Ambassadors, members of diplomatic corps, travel and tour operators, Nepal enthusiasts, journalists, and travel bloggers attended the event. Deputy Chief of Mission Harihar Kant Poudel, welcoming the participants to the event, said that global tourism brings peace, and all tourists are agents of peace, and Nepal is contributing in developing global tourism in its own ways.
The first Israeli mountaineer to climb Mount Annapurna 1, the only Israeli experienced in search and rescue in complex alpine conditions and Honorary Public Relation Representative of Nepal Nadav Ben Yehuda, speaking at the event, shared his expedition story and urged everyone to visit Nepal.
Maya Sherpa, the first Nepali woman to climb Mount Ama Dablam, Choyu, Himlung, Baruntse, Pumori, and three-time Mount Everest summiteer shared her personal journey of starting from a humble background and going on to climb major mountains of the world. She also reiterated the fact that Nepal is a safe country to travel for men and women alike.
Senior Officer from the Nepal Tourism Board, Sudhan Subedi, said that Nepal is about mountains, but Nepal is also more than that. With his presentation displaying cultural heritages, natural beauties, national parks, beautiful trekking routes, Nepali cuisines, he expressed his hope to see the audience in Nepal.
At the event, the Embassy of Nepal also honored two Israelis and a Nepali national who had rescued an elderly Israeli woman from a burning building. One of the rescuers, Gilad Tuffias, speaking at the event, said that without the Nepali woman, who jumped from the burning building and sought help to save the elderly woman, they would not have known about the woman trapped upstairs, and said that Nepal is a beautiful place with kind-hearted people.
The Ambassador of Nepal to Israel, HE Niranjan Kumar Thapa, said that Nepal is a beautiful country with cities that will transport visitors back to bygone eras, and mountains that will humble with their mere presence. Now when Nepal has bounced back on her feet, he requested Israeli friends to pack their bags and visit the beautiful country. The event also had Nepali cultural dances and Nepali food which enthralled the Israeli attendees.