Induction Session I Speaker Profile

BIO-DATA


Name                    :               Suman Pandey

Education            :             Bachelor of Arts

Occupation         :               Tourism Entrepreneur

Main Company :               Explore Himalaya Travel & Adventure

Industry Leaderships:

Chairman Outbound– PATA Nepal Chapter Chairman-PATA Nepal Chapter (2013-2018) Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is an international organization established back in 1953, to unfold the exotic tourism destinations in the Pacific regions. Today almost 50 different chapters of PATA all over the world are associated with Global PATA. PATA Nepal Chapter has been the member of this global organization PATA and playing an instrumental role in promoting Nepali Tourism since 1975. www.pata.org.np  
Member – “Think Tank” of Nepali Tourism appointed by The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA), 2018 The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) formed a “Think-Tank” comprising of 49 tourism and civil aviation experts on May 4, 2018. The group is working to identify the opportunities and address the challenges in the field of Nepali Tourism.  

Professional Involvements:

President – Explore Himalaya Travel & Adventure (Since 1997) Explore Himalaya Travel & Adventure is an iconic Adventure Travel Company based in Nepal offering diverse range of activities in the Himalayas since 1996. It operates Trekking, Mountaineering, Mountain Biking, Wildlife Safari, Skydiving, Motor Biking and other innovative adventure activities in Nepal, Tibet, India and Bhutan. www.explorehimalaya.com
CEO – Summit Helicopters (Since 2007) Summit Helicopter, previously known as Fishtail Air, is an airline operating helicopter services in Nepal. It specializes in High Altitude Rescue Operations, Medical Evacuation, Heli-Tours, ferrying heavy and sensitive equipment and Trans-border flights to Bhutan and India. Widely known as a well-resourced helicopter company, Summit Helicopters is looking forward to professional excellence and innovation in Nepali sky. www.fishtailair.com
Director – Summit Air(Since 2011) Summit Air is an airline company specializing in short takeoff and landing (STOL) operation. With efficient flight crew, engineering team and the state of art equipment, Summit Air has been successful in establishing itself as the most sought after STOL operator in Nepal. It is also the first operator in Nepal to introduce factory New STOL Aircraft after a long gap of 40 years.  https://summitair.com.np/
Director – Chhaya Centre (Since 2011) Chhaya Center is a multi-use mega complex situated at the heart of Thamel. Spread over 14 ropanies, the 14 floored building comprises of 250 shopping outlets, a 170-room world class hotel, 7 restaurants, 3 cinema halls, discotheque and a spacious parking lot with capacity of 350 vehicles. With the tagline “Thamel within Thamel”, the complex is targeted to high-end tourists and middle/upper-middle income groups of the country. http://www.chhayacenter.com/
 
Director – Aloft Kathmandu Hotel (Since 2019) Aloft Kathmandu, a Marriott franchise, is the first 5 star hotel in Thamel, Kathmandu. Located at the heart of the tourism hub of Nepal and just minutes away from UNSECO heritage sites, the hotel is truly a premium center of hospitality that blends local and global experience. With its exquisite range of services, Aloft caters to every need of today’s travellers. The hotel is based in the mega complex of Chhaya Center.  https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/ktmal-aloft-kathmandu-thamel/
 
President – Everest Skydive (Since 2008) Everest Skydive Pvt Ltd is an extreme adventure company operating skydives in Everest and Annapurna regions. It the first  and only company to operate skydiving in Nepal where people jump  from the height of 29500 ft in front of Mt. Everest at the world’s highest drop zone at Syangboche, 12340 ft. www.everest-skydive.com
 
President – Explore Himalaya Travel (Since 1998) Explore Himalaya mainly deals on Flight Tickets and other components related to Travel. Besides, it also partners with different companies and organizations to bring out new forms of packages in Nepali market including Corporate Travel, Fairs & Exhibitions, Educational packages, International Job placements, Medical Packages, etc.
 
President – Himalaya Academy of Travel & Tourism HATT (Since 2007) With a motto “Making Nepali a better Nepali”, HATT is established to transfer professional skills practiced in Nepali tourism industry to upcoming youngsters and job seekers through different forms of vocational trainings. The academy has trained many under privileged youths under its CSR schemes, provided internship opportunity and helped them to establish in the business world.
www.himalaya-academy.com
 
President – Explore Himalayan Travel Inc. Pvt. Ltd.; GSA – Ethiopian Airlines (Since 2013) Established in 2013, Explore Himalaya Travel Inc. is a travel agent providing travel arrangementservices to both inbound and outbound travelers all year round. A recognized travel agent in Nepal, the company is a GSA partner of Ethiopian Airlines, one of Africa’s leading carriers.  
 
President – Himalayan Pre- Fab Pvt. Ltd (Since 2009) It is a company specializing in making eco – friendly prefabricated homes in Nepal. The houses commonly referred as prefab houses are Light weight, earthquake and fire resistant, made of steel structures and less time consuming to complete. http://ecohomesnepal.com/
 
Director- Nepal: Racing the Planet International Racing the Planet is an International Organization headquartered in Hong Kong with subsidiary in UK. It organizes endurance based Marathon Races all over the world. It also organized a marathon in the Annapurna region of Nepal from 20-26th of Nov, 2011 which has been participated by 250 runners and 50 media people covering 40 countries. The American Times has ranked RTP events as one of the Top Ten Endurance Races organized globally.http://www.explorehimalaya.com/blog/racingtheplanet-2011/

Other Industry Leaderships:

  1. Executive Board Member-Implementation Committee, Nepal Tourism Year 2011;  Government of Nepal
  2. Coordinator – Product Development Sub-committee, Nepal Tourism Year 2011; Government of Nepal
  3. Vice President – Society of Adventure Tour Operators, Nepal
  4. Member of the Advisory board (Since 2008)-Nepal Tourism Board
  5. General Secretary (2007-2015)- Airlines Operators Association of Nepal (AOAN)
  6. Executive Board Member (2004-2006)- Nepal Tourism Board
  7. President (2001-2003), Ex Officio Member as immediate past President (2003-2005), First Vice President (1996-1998), General Secretary (1992-1196)- Trekking Agents’ Association of Nepal (TAAN)
  8. Executive Member (Ex Officio, 2001-2003)- Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA)
  9. Board Member (Ex Officio, 2001-2003)- Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management
  10. Board Member (Ex Officio, 2001-2003)- Nepal Mountaineering Academy

Other Professional Involvements:

  1. Director – Himalayan Airlines (2014)
  2. Founder General Manager – Classic Nepal Travel (1994-1998)
  3. Founder General Manager – Himalaya Expeditions Inc. (1990-1998)

Sports & Event Management:

  1. Chief Coordinator – Himalayan Travel Mart, 2017
  2. Chief Coordinator – Racing the Planet, 2011
  3. Planning and Operation Coordinator – “World’s highest Cabinet Meeting at Kalapathar”, 2009
  4. Chief Coordinator – Bear Grylls GKN Everest Mission, 2007
  5. Executive Member – Mt. Everest Golden Jubilee Celebration Committee, 2002-2003
  6. President and Organizer – ‘Sanepa Club’, a community based sports club
  7. Organizer in three events of ‘TAAN Cup’ International football Tournament
  8. Organizer in two events of ‘YY Cup’ International football Tournament

Accolades:

  1. “SuprasiddhaGorkhadakshinBahu 4th” by HM GyanendraBirBikram  Shah Dev in July, 2004
  2. “Tourism Icon” by Nepal Association of Tourism Journalists, 2018
  3. “Life Time Achievement Award” by Gantabya Nepal, a Tourism Publication, 2017
  4. “Tourism Man of the year” by Gantabya Nepal, a Tourism Publication, 2010
  5. “Life Time Achievement Award” for contribution in Tourism by “American Biographical Institute” Institute (ABI) based in the United States in Raleigh, North Carolina, 2008
  6. Honoured by Rayners Boarding School, Kathmandu for contribution in Tourism, 2005
  7. “Nepal Honour” by Everest Foundation in August, 2004
  8. Honoured by Shree Bhairabi Secondary School, Nuwakot, 2003

Project Works:

  1. Founder of the Project, “Development through Tourism” which generates funds to help various Community based projects in Nuwakot district. http://www.explorehimalaya.com/nepal_community_service.php
  2. Founder of the Project, “Each One Teach One” which ensures education for underprivileged Children for their study up to High School level. http://www.explorehimalaya.com/eachone-teachone-project.php

Travel:

Germany, Italy, Denmark, Netherland, UK, US, Switzerland, Latvia, Russia, India, China, Tibet, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, UAE, Kuwait, Hong Kong, South Korea, Philippines, Indonesia, Cambodia, Macao, South Africa, Ethiopia etc.