Nepal Ambassador to help expand tourism reach for Hawaii


HONOLULU, Hawaii – The Hawaii Tourism Association (HiTA) is pleased to announce the appointment of its newest Ambassador, Mr. Pankaj Pradhananga, Director of Operations at Four Season Travel & Tours in Kathmandu, Nepal.

On his appointment, Mr. Pradhananga said: “I am very happy to be a HiTA Ambassador, and I am sure I can explore new avenues for outbound travel from Nepal to Hawaii. We have many clients booking travel to the USA – why not focus on Hawaii?”

The President of the Hawaii Tourism Association, Mr. Juergen Thomas Steinmetz, had this to say: “Recently I visited Nepal. Even though the outbound tourism industry is still small, it is growing. Many more citizens in Nepal these days have the money to travel – and they do travel overseas. The United States is a prestigious and popular market for Nepal, and we should make Hawaii the crowning jewel of destinations when considering travel to the United States.”

The HiTA Ambassador program continues to expand, providing the establishment of new market for Hawaii tourism. Previous Ambassadors include: Pankaj Pradhananga, Four Season Travel & Tours, Nepal; Patrick Wong, World Express Pte Ltd., Singapore; Jayesh Ashar, Pearls Travels, India; Jorge Gonzales Carling & Juliana Osorio, World Tours, Colombia; and Walter R. Dias, Unique Choice, Qatar. Private businesses wanting to receive ongoing benefit from the Hawaii Tourism Association’s Ambassador Program may contact HiTA at or call 808-566-9900 for more information.


The Hawaii Tourism Association’s (HITA) mission is to inform, educate, and update the global travel industry on current and emerging trends, economics, events, activities, businesses, and marketing that help shape the tourists’ perception of the Hawaiian Islands. HITA serves as a discussion forum for issues affecting industry members interested in doing business in Hawaii, while also working with new markets and regions expressing interest in visiting the Islands. The association offers member services that enhance the Hawaiian experience and promote the indigenous people, culture, and uniqueness which differentiates the most geographically-remote place on Earth from other island sand-sun-surf vacation and business destinations.