November 02 , 2015
Journalists Association for Tourism-Nepal (JAT-Nepal) on Monday organized a program in Kathmandu to congratulate and felicitate newly elected office-bearers and executive committee members of Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN).
JAT Nepal President Devi Prasad Panta congratulated President Chandra Prasad Rijal, Senior Vice President Tashi Lakpa Sherpa, 1st Vice President Tej Bahadur Gurung, 2nd Vice President Ram Prasad Sapkota, General Secretary Karna Bahadur Lama, Secretary Mukti Pandey, Treasurer Lila Baldav Dahal and Joint Treasurer Krishna Man Shrestha as well as Executive Committee Members Sarita Lama, Ngawang Nima Sherpa, Devi Pandey, Rudra Jung Adhikari, Wangchu Sherpa, Basudev Lamsal, Dambar Bdr Adhikari, Taranath Lamichhane and Pemba Sherpa by offering khadas.
Speaking at the program, JAT Nepal 1st Vice President Shiva Shrestha welcomed and congratulated office-bearers and executive members of TAAN and urged the association to support 'Journalists to Journalists' (J2J) campaign initiated by JAT Nepal for effective tourism promotion through mass media.
Hailing the role of media in tourism promotion, Karna Lama, general secretary of TAAN, said the second meeting of TAAN Executive Committee has decided to form 'Trekking Tourism Journalists Welfare Fund'. "A team led by our Executive Member Devi Pandey will prepare working modality and guidelines of the fund," he added.
Similarly, Chandra Prasad Rijal, president of TAAN, said TAAN would work with tourism journalists for development and promotion of tourism industry. "Tourism recovery is possible only through concerted efforts of government agencies, different travel trade associations and media personnel. We will work to forge consensus for that," he added.
Founding President of JAT Nepal Hari Raj Joshi said the industry should treat journalists as a friend. Similarly, JAT Nepal President Devi Prasad Panta urged the new TAAN leadership to interact with media on a regular basis.