Bhutan to host three days in­ter­na­tional tourism con­fer­ence and mart

Bhutan Times - - Front Page - Thuk­tem Norbu

Bhutan will be host­ing a three day in­ter­na­tional tourism con­fer­ence and mart 2015 in Thim­phu un­der the theme “Ex­plore be­yond Tourism – Cel­e­brate Hap­pi­ness”. The Pa­cific Asia Travel As­so­ci­a­tion (PATA) which is or­ga­niz­ing the con­fer­ence hopes to bring to­gether tourism pro­fes­sion­als in­volved in adventure travel and re­spon­si­ble tourism to dis­cuss and cre­ate new op­por­tu­ni­ties for pro­mot­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion and so­cial sus­tain­abil­ity within the in­dus­try, which will be held from 4th to 6th Fe­bru­ary 2015.

The Pa­cific Asia Travel As­so­ci­a­tion (PATA) founded in 1951 is a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion that is in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed for act­ing as a cat­a­lyst for the re­spon­si­ble devel­op­ment of travel and tourism to , from and within the Asia Pa­cific re­gion. The As­so­ci­a­tion pro­vide aligned ad- vo­cacy , in­sight re­search and in­no­va­tive events to its mem­ber or­ga­ni­za­tions com­pris­ing 90 gov­ern­ment state and city tourism bod­ies , nearly 30 in­ter­na­tional air­lines , air­ports and cruise lines , 57 ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tutes and hun­dreds of travel in­dus­try in Asia and Pa­cific.

Ac­cord­ing to the press re­lease from PATA the con­fer­ence will take place in the King­dom’s

cap­i­tal city of Thim­phu, lo­cated in the west­ern Bhutan re­gion. The cap­i­tal is the main cen­tre of com­merce, reli­gion and gov­ern­ment in the king­dom. The city is home to spec­tac­u­lar land­scapes, monas­ter­ies and sa­cred sites, in­clud­ing the fa­mous Tashichho Dzong, Na­tional Me­mo­rial Chorten, Tex­tile Mu­seum, a va­ri­ety of mar­kets and the Bud­dha Dor­denma Statue.”

The jux­ta­po­si­tion of an­cient tra­di­tion and moder­nity make Thim­phu the ideal lo­ca­tion for vis­i­tors to break away from their tour itin­er­ary and im­merse them­selves in the life­style of con­tem­po­rary Bhutanese.

This year- 2015, Bhutan has de­clared the Visit Bhutan 2015 to cel­e­brate the 60th birth an­niver­sary of the 4th King His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuk. Col­or­ful fes­ti­val, events and ac­tiv­i­ties will be held in dif­fer­ent part of Bhutan and will be cel­e­brated through­out the year

On the three days con­fer­ence Dasho Karma Ura from Cen­tre for Bhutan Stud­ies will make a key note ad­dress on cel­e­brate hap­pi­ness: link­ing Na­tional Phi­los­o­phy to Tourism, Karma Lotey, CEO of Yang­phel Adventure Travel will present a pa­per on fu­ture trends of adventure travel and Dr. Lam Dorji , Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor of RSPN on public-pri­vate sec­tor’s suc­cesses and chal­lenges in com­mu­nity based tourism: bal­anc­ing fi­nan­cial as­pect and sus­tain- able devel­op­ment along with other 14 speak­ers in­clud­ing Mandip Singh Soin the founder and man­ag­ing direc­tor of Ibex Ex­pe­di­tions Pvt. Ltd.

The con­fer­ence e will be held at the Royal Ban­quet hall and is hosted by the Tourism Coun­cil of Bhutan, Druk Air, Bhutan Air­lines, Tashi Taj, ABTO, Yang­phel Adventure and Ho­tel Kisa..

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