NTB Media Center
A Tour Operators Meet was organized at the office of Royal Nepalese Consulate General, Kolkata, India on July 9, 2005 to apprise the leaders of tourism industry about the operation of Cosmic Air and the present situation of Nepalese tourism.
Addressing the function attended by tour operators of Kolkata, Hon’ble Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Mr. Buddhiraj Bajracharya said, ”Launching of Cosmic Air’s flight to Kolkata has strengthened the relationship between the people of Kolkata and Nepal. Although Kolkata has been connected by Indian Airlines for years, the flight of Cosmic Air will definitely make it easier for the people of both cities to travel Kathmandu and Kolkata. Visa free entry in both the country by their respective citizens, convertibility and acceptability of currency, food habits, language, religious faith and spiritual values are few common areas where India and Nepal have been benefiting down the ages. What I promised at BIMSTEC meeting a few months ago, I fulfilled my words by bring by bringing Cosmic Air to Kolkata boarding myself on it. I do hope this flight will continue to provide service to the passengers for a long time.”
In the programme Royal Nepalese Consul General Dr. Govind Prasad Kusum said,” Cosmic Air has made it cheaper to travel to Kathmandu by air than by three tier AC Railway.” He further said that there was no problem in traveling to Nepal at present. Director General of Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal Rajesh Raj Dali said the airlines operation in Nepal is necessity rather than luxury because of its topography. “Cosmic Air provides the best connectivity in Nepal and outside.” Managing Director of Cosmic Air M.B. Mathema highlighted about the operation of Cosmic Air and its history.
Manoj Saraf, Managing Director of Gainwell Travel said,” Although Cosmic Air’s ticket is cheap, the airport and other taxes becomes hindrance for travelers to travel to Nepal because it comes around Indian currency Rs. 2000.” Tour operators also said that the government of Nepal and India should accept the identification provided by tax offices. Royal Nepalese Consulate General also distributed the form to be filled up by the students and endorsed by the school authority while traveling to Nepal by air with their parents.
Mr. Sarad Pradhan, Media Consultant of Nepal Tourism Board spoke about the present scenario of Nepalese tourism. “Cosmic Air’s flight to Kolkata and Vanarasi will definitely give extra mileage to Nepalese tourism,” he said.
Nepal Tourism Board also distributed promotional materials to the tour operators.
(As reported by Mr. Sarad Pradhan, Media Consultant, NTB)