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Panel formed to bring tourism industry back on track

May 08 , 2015

Panel formed to bring tourism industry back on track

Tourism stakeholders have formed a joint panel of government officials and private sector to assess damage on hotels, cultural heritage sites and trekking trails made by the earthquake and initiate repair works immediately to bring the country's tourism industry back on track at the earliest.

The Tourism Recovery Committee (TRC), which was formed on May 7, is led by Director General of Department of Tourism (DoT) Tulsi Prasad Gautam. The panel will study impacts of the earthquake on tourism industry, identify short-term and long-terms works that are needed to be done, formulate necessary programs, and make necessary suggestions to concerned government agencies for speedy recovery of the tourism industry.

The committee will also recommend to the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) to do the needful for disseminating positive messages about Nepal in the international market. It also aims to work in coordination with other associations, organizations and agencies for other needful works.

The committee will make preliminary assessment of trekking trails in coordination with Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN), hotels sector in coordination with Hotel Association of Nepal (HAN), and cultural heritage sites in coordination with Nepal Association of Tours Operators (NATO). The government will devise programs for rehabilitation of cultural heritage sites and trekking trails as per the reports of the assessment teams, according to a press statement issued on May 7.

Presidents of TAAN, HAN, Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA), Nepal Association of Tours and Travel Agents (NATTA), NATO, PATA Nepal Chapter and Society of Travel and Tour Operators Nepal (SOTTO Nepal) are members of the committee. Similarly, one director-level staff each from Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) and Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) are also in the committee as members. TRC has opened its secretariat in NTB premises. A three-member team led by Deepak Raj Joshi, senior officer of NTB, will look after daily activities of the secretariat. PATA Nepal CEO Jyotsna Khadka and Reshma Singh of NATO are also in the secretariat team.

Administrative Chief of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) Ramesh Kumar Adhikari is the member-sectary of TRC, while PATA Nepal President Suman Pandey is the spokesperson.