Deepak RajJoshi, Kathmandu, Nepal

Nominated by Suresh SinghBudal of the PATA Nepal Chapter:

Mr. Deepak Raj Joshi is currently leading Nepal’s tourism recovery initiative as a coordinator for the Tourism Recovery Task Force, TRTF-Nepal.

He is a member of Rebuilding travel and the Project Hope Task Force Board.

Mr. Joshi served as the Chief Executive Officer of Nepal Tourism Board (National Tourism Organization of Nepal) from December 2016 – December 2019. During his 20 years of work experience in destination management, tourism promotion, and Public-Private Partnership, Mr. Joshi has worked with many levels of tourism professionals in Nepal and also has a good network with top international partners.

Mr. Joshi’s contribution to the tourism recovery of Nepal post-2015 earthquake was highly noted. Mr. Joshi then successfully led the Tourism Recovery Committee (TRC) Nepal Secretariat in coordination with the private and public sectors.

He has also served at Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) being on the Executive Board and Chairperson for Destination Committee-PATA.

Mr. Joshi has been awarded the highest IIPT Champions in Challenge Award 2018 from “International Institute for Peace Through Travel and Tourism” at the ITCMS (International Travel Crisis Management Summit) in London, UK. And, he was also awarded as the best CEO in Asia in the national tourism board category.

An avid reader and writer, Mr. Joshi has written on tourism for select issues of national broadsheets, contributed to the book “Readings in Rural Tourism” and has presented papers on tourism with original ideas at seminars and workshops in Nepal and abroad.

He has worked closely with international tourism organizations like PATA, UNWTO, SKAL, UIAA, UFTA, ATTA, GTRCMC, etc. Mr. Joshi holds his education degree in Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) and Masters in Sociology from the Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal. And he has got international courses on project development, destination management, and marketing.

Mr. Joshi is known for his quick wit, good humor, dedication in the development sector, and genuine nature among his colleagues and working partners.

This prestigious recognition of “Tourism Heroes” would perfectly match Mr. Joshi and shall be a motivational reward to one of the most honest, dedicated, and committed personalities for tourism in Nepal, driven by the passion to uplift and promote sustainable development of tourism through his dedicated efforts and responsible advocacy roles; working tirelessly at different layers of services, more importantly with many volunteering roles and contributions for the betterment of tourism.