BITM 2023
Date: 11-13 May 2023
Venue: Lumbini Sacred Garden
Lumbini, Nepal
Late Rabindra Adhikari

Late Rabindra Adhikari

The Then Minister for Culture,Tourism and Civil Aviation (MOCTCA)

I would like to extend my best wishes to NATTA and NTB for conducting this Buddhist International Travel Mart (BITM 2019) with the theme of Explore the Buddhaland: A Gateway to Buddhist Circuit. I wish entire team for their collective effort in bringing the Buddhist International Travel Mart in action, which highlights the Buddhist sites of Nepal spreading the message that Nepal is center for world peace. It will definitely create the op-portunity for the niche market of spiritual and pilgrimage tourism in Nepal and will help to expand the new travel products. I do expect it will create awareness to develop Lumbini as the first pilgrimage spot to start Buddhist Circuits in and around the Buddhist destinations in Asia, a gateway to Buddhist circuits. My special thanks to staff of Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Ne-pal Tourism Board, Nepal Association of Tour and Travel Agents together with all pioneer tourism - related stakeholders, travel - related Government, Non-Gov-ernment, Semi-Government and international organizations for providing their support and assistance in this BITM 2019 Campaign. .