August 03 , 2015
Chandra Dahal, president of Nepal Association of Rafting Agents (NARA), has assumed leadership of Joint Tourism Coordination Committee (JTCC).
Outgoing coordinator Nepal Association of Tour and Travel Agents (NATTA) President DB Limbu welcomed new coordinator Dahal amid a function in Kathmandu on Sunday.
Joint Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Sadhu Ram Sapkota, Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) Chief Administrator Ramesh Kumar Adhikari and heads of different travel trade associations were present at the program.
Ram Sharan Thapaliya, president of Thamel Tourism Development Committee (TTDC), has been named joint coordinator of JTCC. JTCC leadership is rotated among member associations every six months.
Speaking at the program, TAAN President Ramesh Prasad Dhamala said JTCC is a common forum of all tourism professionals and stakeholders. "Some people are saying that JTCC has now become obsolete. I would like to tell them that JTCC will continue to keep vigil on Nepali tourism industry. It is strong and united as before," he said. Commenting on explanation sought by the tourism ministry regarding a news report published in BBC World, Dhamala, who is also the founder coordinator of JTCC, said he had never said that Annapurna trail is unsafe. "As our member agencies are operating groups there after the earthquake of April 25, how can I say that these trails are unsafe?" he wondered. "But we have objection on the way the trekking trails, which do not have any problem at all, were assessed."
"I have been maintaining that Annapurna Region and trekking trails to the west of it and Everest Region and trekking trails east of it are safe and I stand by that."
Similarly, former TAAN President Deepak Mahat said JTCC will work against any effort to sideline private sector from Nepal Tourism Board (NTB). "Efforts were underway to reduce the role of private sector in NTB after its senior officials were suspended on corruption charges. It was JTCC which ensured that private sector gets substantial role in NTB," Mahat, who is also the coordinator of National Entrepreneurs Association for Tourism (NEAT) Nepal, said, adding, "Despite this, some people are saying JTCC has become obsolete and of no use which is untrue."
Likewise, Ganesh Simkhada, president of National Tourism Entrepreneurs Forum (NTEF), said JTCC will continue to do what it has been doing since its inception last year. "Don't think that we have weakened just because some people have left this forum. We are strong and united," he said, adding, "People, who deserted JTCC today, will return home one day."
Speaking at the program, Joint Secretary Sapkota said it is because of JTCC that wrongdoings within NTB were exposed. Similarly, NTB's Chief Administrator Adhikari said he won't do anything that affects private sector's say in NTB.
Outgoing Coordinator DB Limbu thanked everyone for support extended by them during his time at the helm of JTCC. Similarly, new coordinator Dahal said he would give continuity to works that his predecessor has started.
Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) President Ang Tshering Sherpa and Baikuntha Narayan Pradhan of Nepal Tourism Infrastructures Development Council also spoke on the occasion.