Nepal Tourism Board partners with American Express and Himalayan Bank to promote Nepal tourism


Monday,December 05,2016

Nepal Tourism Board partners with American Express and Himalayan Bank to promote Nepal tourism

~’Experience Nepal’ campaign to promote Nepal as an international tourist destination

~American Express to be the “Official Card” during the campaign

Kathmandu, November 30, 2016: In a glittering ceremony today, Nepal Tourism Board announced the launch of ‘Experience Nepal’ tourism campaign in partnership with American Express and Himalayan Bank. The global campaign that aims to promote Nepal as an international tourist destination will be on till 31 st July 2017. American Express will be the Official Card for the campaign under this exclusive partnership.

Nepal Tourism Board will play a key role in the promotion of the program in various countries through trade fairs, offline and social media. Nepal Tourism Board will tie up with Nepalese Embassies in France, UK and Japan for a promotional program in the respective countries. Himalayan Bank ltd., being sole merchant acquirer of American Express in Nepal, will be bringing merchant offers across all categories for card members visiting Nepal.

Announcing the partnership, Mr Deepak Joshi, Chief Executive Officer,Nepal Tourism Board , said, “Partnership with American Express is a part of our continuous endeavor to market and promote Nepal on the world tourism map. Destination Nepal offers authentic and variety of experiences, and Nepal is all ready to welcome American Express card members to experience Nepali hospitality and exclusivity. The campaign 'Experience Nepal' has been initiated with an aim to inspire visitors to try Nepal. We are positive that their experience will be one of a kind with lifetime memories. I thus request all stakeholders to join hands to make this campaign a success and help NTB in showcasing beauty of Nepal across the globe.”

Speaking on the announcement Mr Manoj Adlakha, CEO, American Express Banking Corp., India, said, “We are pleased to partner with Nepal Tourism Board and Himalayan Bank for the Experience Nepal campaign. As a global service provider, American Express always strives to provide a seamless and delightful experience to its Card members. Nepal is one of the most popular destinations among those who are looking for a holistic travel experience. Through this partnership, we aim to provide our Cardmembers another reason to visit the country and enjoy its local flavours, traditions and nature among the myriad experiences that Nepal offers. American Express is committed towards being part of the country’s growth agenda and had, in fact, taken initiative and contributed during the rebuilding process after the devastating Earthquake last year.”

Mr. Ashoke SJB Rana, Chief Executive Officer, Himalayan Bank said, “Our partnership with American Express & Nepal Tourism Board will help us grow tourist footfalls in Nepal, which is an important economic driver for our country. American Express Card members will experience local flavors of Nepal through various offers, and will help them build loyal relationship with our merchant partners, driving incremental business for them. I am confident that this campaign will also help us project Nepal as a preferred tourist destination in South Asia.”

As part of the campaign, Himalayan Bank will be bringing together more than 100 American Express merchant offers across categories to promote local flavours of Nepal. American Express Cardmembers will be able to avail exclusive offers across various merchants ranging from lodging to dining to adventure tour operators. Some of the merchants which are already associated with American Express in Nepal are Dwarikas, Buddha Air, Yeti Airlines among others.

“The launch of the Experience Nepal Campaign is an initiative to promote Nepal as a tourist destination among the premium American Express Cardmemberss across the globe" said Mr. Kurush Dastoor – Director & Head, Partner Card Services, South Asia, American Express . "I am confident that Experience Nepal Campaign will not only help promote tourism in Nepal but also drive additional value to our merchant base in Nepal and further strengthen our commitment towards promoting Nepal as a tourist destination.”

About Himalayan Bank

Himalayan Bank Limited (HBL) is a leading private sector commercial bank incorporated in 1993. HBL stands ahead in meeting customer demands through its continuous effort of tying banking products with world class technology. It is the first Bank in the country to introduce HBL Proprietary Credit Card, start international credit card issuance, acquiring business and ATM service. Moreover, it is the pioneer financial institution to start acquiring and issuance business of chip based EMV Compliant Plastic Cards in the country. At present, total customer base of HBL is above 300,000 individuals & institutions out of which more than 150,000 are availing card services. For more information, visit: www.himalayanbank.com

About Nepal Tourism Board

Nepal Tourism Board, is the National Tourism Organization of Nepal established in 1998 by an Act of Parliament in the form of partnership between the Government of Nepal and private sector tourism industry to develop and promote Nepal as an attractive tourist destination.

The Board provides platform for vision-drawn leadership for Nepal's tourism sector by integrating Government commitment with the dynamism of private sector. NTB is promoting Nepal in the domestic and international market and is working toward repositioning the image of the country.

About American Express

American Express is a global services company, providing customers with access to products, insights and experiences that enrich lives and build business success. Since 1997, American Express has partnered with a select group of leading banks and financial institutions around the world to issue American Express-branded products and acquire merchants on to the American Express merchant network. By leveraging its partnerships, global infrastructure and the powerful appeal of its brand, American Express has gained even broader reach for its network worldwide. Learn more at www.americanexpress.com

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