May 07 , 2014
Joint Tourism Coordination Committee (JTCC), which has been launching protest against Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), has launched weeklong protest, starting Wednesday.
JTCC Coordinator Ramesh Dhamala announced the protest programs at a press meet held in Kathmandu on Tuesday.
The committee decided to heighten its protest after Tourism Secretary Sushil Ghimire used threatening words instead of taking initiatives to resolve the issue in the meeting held on Monday. Following which, the meeting between Ghimire, who is also the chairman of the board of directors of NTB, and representatives of JTCC had ended inconclusively.
According to the protest program, tourism entrepreneurs plan to boycott public function of Secretary Ghimire and organize sit-in in NTB premises on Wednesday. On the day, they also plan to request the Governor of Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) to block bank accounts of NTB at different banks and financial institutions.
The committee plans to take out a
rally from Thamel on Thursday. The rally will culminate into a sit-in protest
at NTB. On the day, the private entrepreneurs also plan to organize a workshop
with concerned stakeholders on their demands, a press statement issued by JTCC said.
On Friday, lawmakers of different political parties, chiefs of tourism departments of different political parties and entrepreneurs affiliated with Nepal Chambers of Commerce (NCC) will organize a sit-in at NTB.
The committee will close TIMS Counter for FITs at NTB from Sunday onwards if their demands are not addressed by then. On Monday, they plan to issue white paper on irregularities in NTB. Similarly, they plan to hold protest programs simultaneously in Pokhara, Chitwan, far western region and eastern region on Tuesday.
If the demands are not addressed by Tuesday, the committee plans to launch new protest programs on Wednesday.
Deepak Mahat, president of National Entrepreneurs’ Association for Tourism-Nepal (NEAT-Nepal), said tourism entrepreneurs had to start protest against NTB as the NTB management kept turning deaf ears to their genuine demands. He also argued that Secretary Ghimire can resolve the issue immediately if he wishes to do so.
Suman Pandey, president of PATA Nepal Chapter, said the entrepreneurs won’t take rest before taking their protest into a logical conclusion.