Following a four-year hiatus, Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) has finally appointed Deepak Raj Joshi as the new chief executive officer (CEO), for a four-year term. Three candidates had been recommended by the CEO selection sub-committee for the final round from among nine individuals who appeared for the interview. Among the three, Joshi outperformed others, securing 69.5 points. The NTB has been functioning without a head since October 31, 2011, when the then CEO Prachanda Man Shrestha’s tenure expired.
The board had started the process to search for a new CEO in November 2011, when it had shortlisted 12 applicants. However, the NTB board faced several obstacles in its efforts to appoint a new boss. In the last four years, more than a dozen writs had been filed in courts either to halt or postpone the appointment process. “Within 15 days, we will approve the full budget and start an aggressive tourism marketing in major source markets,” said secretary Thapaliya, who also chairs the NTB board.