February 14 , 2014
Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) on February 13 felicitated office-bearers and executive members of Nepal Association of Tour and Travel Agents (NATTA).
At a program organized at TAAN Secretariat, President Ramesh Dhamala felicitated NATTA President DB Limbu and other office-bearers and executive members of NATTA by offering bouquets and khadas.
Along with Limbu, Dhamala offered bouquets and khadas to 1st vice president Sambhu Pathak, General Secretary Mihika Dhakwa, Treasurer Naryan Prasad Gurung Koney, Secretary Ramesh Thapa, Joint Treasurer Jiswan Tuladhar and executive members Kamala Gurung, Sabita KC, Binay Basnet, Fu Doma Sherpa and Yubaraj Subedi.
Dhamala also felicitated newly elected president of Journalists’ Association for Tourism-Nepal (JAT-Nepal).
TAAN Senior Vice President Keshav Pandey said programs like these help to improve relations between two travel trade associations. “Travel trade associations should increase frequency of dialogues among them and jointly tackle problems facing the industry,” he added.
Earlier, TAAN General Secretary Sagar Pandey welcomed office-bearers and executive committee members of NATTA and said travel trade associations should have a common stand on issues related to tourism.
Speaking on the occasion, NATTA President DB Limbu thanked TAAN for such a wonderful reception. “Cooperation among travel trade associations is a must to raise a common voice from the tourism industry,” he said and solicited support of TAAN to NATTA’s proposal of postponing the implementation of hike in Tourism Service Fee (TSF) until the end of the current fiscal year. “Hike in fee in the middle of the year will disseminate negative information about Nepal in international market.” He also requested officials of TAAN to join NATTA in pressing the government to arrange land for tourist bus park.
TAAN President Ramesh Dhamala said solidarity among private sector is a must for overall development of tourism sector. “We are ready to join hands with NATTA as well as other travel trade associations for the promotion of our tourism industry,” he added. He also underlined the need to raise frequency of dialogues between travel trade associations.
Delivering vote of thanks, TAAN Executive Member Vidya Hirachan thanked office-bearers and executive members of NATTA for inviting their invitation. She also said interaction among private sector would help form common voice on issues related to tourism industry.