The Government has decided to appoint French alpinists Christian Zen and Peri Majaud as the Goodwill Ambassador to promote Nepal Tourism Year 2011 in the international arena.

Minister for Tourism Sharat Singh Bhandari has sent letters to both the veteran alpinists proposing for their consent to the nominations, according to the press release of the Nepal Embassy in France.

Nepal Tourism Year 2011

Mountaineer Zen had atop the world’s highest point- the 8848 meters high Mount Everest in 1990 whereas mountaineer Majaud had successfully reached at the top of the world’s highest snow covered peak Mount Everest in 1978.

The letters sent by the Minister Bhandari were handed over to both the veteran French Alpinists by the Nepalese Ambassador to France Mohan Krishna Shrestha amid at a Nepal Evening function organized in French capital Paris the other day.

Various Nepalese cultural shows were also performed at the Nepal Evening function, organized by the Embassy of Nepal in France.

Speaking at the honorary function both the veteran alpinists expressed their best wishes for Nepal and Nepali people and lauded the Nepali people as a very kind-hearted, cooperative-minded and hard worker.

“As the tourism is a vital sector of Nepalese economy France is ready to extend hands for the development of Nepal’s tourism sector,” said the veteran mountaineers, added the press release.

According to Nepalese envoy Shrestha, a member of the French Everest Expedition Team Jin Afnases, representative of Nepal Tourism Board Diwakar Bikram Rana, former French Ambassadors to Nepal and distinguished French national representing various walks-of-life were presented at a function.

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