The Embassy of Nepal, Bangkok, organized a tourism promotion program in Vientiane, Lao People's Democratic Republic with the slogan of 'Nepal is beautiful: visit, and enjoy in Nepal'.
Ounethouang Khaophanh, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism of Lao PDR attended the program as the Chief Guest. He was accompanied by Bounma Phetsavong, Director General and Phonemaly Inthaphome, Deputy Director General from the same Ministry.
According to a press release issued by Ministry of Foreign Affairs, besides, representatives from outbound travel and tour operators, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Laos, journalists from Vientiane Times, and representatives from the Nepali community were present in the program.
Janga Bahadur Gurung, Counselor/Deputy Chief of Mission, warmly welcomed all the guests to the program. He highlighted the potentials and opportunities of tourism sectors in Nepal and urged all the media persons to disseminate information about the tourism attractions of Nepal, especially about Lumbini, the birth place of Lord Buddha. He also urged all the participants to think to visit Lumbini at least once in their life time and also to inform all their friends and relatives about Lumbini and encourage them to visit the place.
A video presentation about Lumbini was also made during the program. Tourism promotion materials such as framed photos of Maya Devi Temple, CD/DVD and brochures on major tourism attraction of Nepal were distributed to all the guests.
Tour operators were very excited to attend this program and were found interested to arrange tour packages to send Laotian tourists to Nepal. They were provided with contact details of tour operators in Bangkok who could coordinate tour packages.