Nomination board formed to conduct Sasto Tickets BAAN 2022

KATHMANDU: Best Airlines Awards Nepal (BAAN) has formed a nine-member nomination board to conduct the award ceremony in a transparent and fair manner.

BAAN is going to announce the winners of ‘Best Airlines Awards Nepal 2022’, on December 13, with the aim of making the aviation sector more consumer-oriented while appreciating its contribution to Nepal’s tourism sector.

The nomination board has been formed to clear the possible unfairness that could be posed by the voting from the general public, travel agencies and the airline itself. The board has been given the right to make rules and procedures and even add nominations by holding discussions, according to BAAN Vice Chairman Lal Chandra Gautam.

The nomination board comprises Barsha Raut, Nepali film actor; Pawana Shrestha, former Country Manager of Etihad Airways in Nepal; Geeta Dhakal, member of Nepal Association of Tour and Travel Agents (NATTA) Executive Committee; Baba Sarkar Shrestha, President of Active Woman of Nepal (AWON); Amit Agrawal, Cofounder and Director of Khalti; Raj Bhai Suwal, celebrity photographer; Bead Adhikari, In-flight chef; Manish Modi, Managing Director of Sparrow SMS; and Sapila Rajbhandari, former Vice-President of Non-Resident Nepali Association (NRNA).

Best Airlines Awards will be given in 16 different categories in Nepal. Of the total categories, three categories are reserved for Nepali Airlines only, while airlines operating international flights from Nepal will compete for awards in 11 categories. In the remaining two categories, awards will be given to various partners that play important roles in making aviation safe and convenient.

The selection of awardees will be determined based on the public opinion broadcast through various media and the decision of the jury.

The jury panel includes Shekhar Golchha, President of the Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI); Ambica Shrestha, President of Dwarika’s Hotels and Resorts and Honorary Consulate General of Spain for Nepal; Shreejana Rana, President of Hotel Association Nepal (HAN); Pravin Bahadur Pandey, President of School Club of Kathmandu; CN Pandey, former President of Nepal Association of Tour and Travel Agents (NATTA); Bibhuti Chand Thakur, Chairman of PATA Nepal Chapter; Bed Upreti, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Aviation Museum; Mahesh Swar, CEO of Kantipur Media Group; Anil Keshary Shah, Chairperson of Lead Nepal Inc; Arun Chaudhary, Chairman and Managing Director of CG Holdings; and Upendra Mahato, Founding President of the Non-Resident Nepali Association.

A total of 27 airlines including nine domestic airlines that currently operate flights to various international destinations via Kathmandu will compete in the Best Airlines Awards Nepal. The award ceremony will be organised in partnership with the Nepal Tourism Board.

To maintain the fairness and dignity of this award, the organiser has not taken any kind of financial support, nomination fee or sponsorship from the airlines and associated organisations.

Best Airlines Awards Nepal has selected Hyatt Place Kathmandu as its hospitality partner keeping in mind the important role of hospitality in tourism.

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