Russia-Finland Sales Mission 2017 concludes

Russian tourists are considered to be high spending tourists and they are found to be interested more towards adventure activities like trekking and mountaineering. The Russian outbound tourism market is expected to grow by leaps and bounds and the accelerating economic growth supported by the strong domestic demand and exports have created an ever-increasing demand for overseas travels among Russian citizens.


With a bid to promote Nepal in the booming Russian market, Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) and Society of Travel and Tour Operators Nepal (SOTTO-Nepal) jointly organized a sales mission with 19 travel and tour operators in 3 cities of Russia-Moscow, St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg and Helsinki, Finland from March 27 to April 3, 2017.

With an active participation Nepali travel and tour operators, the sessions of the mission in every city were attended by not less than 50 tour operators and media persons. Participation in Saint-Petersburg was overwhelming where 90 tour operators attended the event.

H.E. Ambassador of Nepal for Russia Mr. Rishi Ram Ghimire welcomed tour operators and reiterated the commitment of Government of Nepal for tourism promotion between two countries.  Honorary Consul of Nepal for Saint Petersburg, Mr. Alexander V. Terentev addressed the session in Saint Petersburg. Mr. Anil Lama, President of SOTTO Nepal gave a presentation and briefed tour operators on our products and business opportunities in Nepal.

Mr. Sudhan Subedi and Mr. Kundan Sharma Mishra, Senior Officers of NTB gave a multimedia presentation highlighting Nepali tourism prospect and flight connectivity between Russia and Nepal. After each session of Sales Mission participating tour operators were given certificates and were even acknowledged as Nepal experts.
The tailor-made Business to Business (B2B) session was organized following the presentation where Nepali tour operators interacted with their Russian counterparts for business promotion and negotiation.

To make the events more interesting, two participants from each session were selected from a lottery draw for all paid trip to Nepal. Turkish Airlines supported with 2 Business Class round trip tickets from Saint Petersburg.

Russian tourists are considered to be high spending tourists and they are found to be interested more towards adventure activities like trekking and mountaineering. The Russian outbound tourism market is expected to grow by leaps and bounds and the accelerating economic growth supported by the strong domestic demand and exports have created an ever-increasing demand for overseas travels among Russian citizens.

However, in comparison to the other destinations, Nepal is receiving a minimal number of tourists from this enormous tourism market, with the number below 6 thousand.  Promotional programs and B2B like these are expected to create a buzz in the market.

Considering its rapid recovery and keeping in view its unmatched products, Nepal was voted “Number 1 Destination to Visit in 2016” by Rough Guides based in the UK. Similarly, Nepal ranked 6th in National Geographic Traveler Magazine’s “Cool List 2016” and was also featured in Fodor’s “Go List 2016”, and Forbes’ “14 Coolest Places to Visit in 2016”. Lonely Planet has named Nepal ‘Best Value Destination’ for 2017 and 5th in the top 10 countries in the world to visit in 2017. Such news and positive feedback have helped the industry in achieving its targets.

Living Adventure Holidays, Aerolina Tours and Travels, Insight Asia Service, Anjali Travels and Tours, Farwest Travels and Tours, Snow Bird Travels and Tours, AGH Travels, Venus International Travel and Tours, Bharosa Travel and Tours, Kamal Travel and Tours, Rolex Travel and Tours, Golden Gate Holidays, Success Holidays, Utopia Travel and Tours, Success Nepal Travel and Tours, Pass Travel and Tours, Bindas Travels and Tours, Orchid Travel and Tours and Well Nepal Travel and Tours were the participating companies during the sales mission.

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