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TAAN to set up trekking entrepreneurs' welfare fund

November 03 , 2015

TAAN to set up trekking entrepreneurs' welfare fund

The 2nd meeting of Trekking Agencies' Association (TAAN) Executive Committee held on November 1 has taken number of decisions for tourism promotion and development.

Among others, the meeting decided to lobby with the government for issuing Golden Gate pass for representatives of TAAN member agencies. A committee has been formed under President Chandra Prasad Rijal to lobby with the concerned authorities. Senior Vice President Tashi Lakpa Sherpa, General Secretary Karna Bahadur Lama and Executive Member Basudev Lamsal are members in the committee.

The meeting also decided to form a committee to prepare terms of reference (ToR) for 'Trekking Entrepreneurs Welfare Fund' having seed money of Rs 1.5 million. The committee is led by Senior Vice President Tashi Lakpa Sherpa. First Vice President Tej Bahadur Gurung, Treasurer Lila Baldab Dahal and Executive Members Ngawang Ngima Sherpa and Sarita Lama are the members of the committee.

Similarly, TAAN has decided to lobby with the concerned government agencies to make guide/porter compulsory for all trekkers. Similarly, it will also request the government to do the needful so that trekking activities are organized only through trekking companies registered with the government.

Similarly, the meeting also decided to form a committee led by Secretary Mukti Pandey to mobilize resources for reconstruction of trekking trails, including those in Langtang, affected by the April earthquake. Executive members Pemba Sherpa, Sarita Lama and Wangchuk Sherpa are the members of the committee. TAAN CEO Ganga Sagar Pant is the member secretary of the committee.

The meeting also decided to form 'Trekking Tourism Promotion Journalism Fund' for effective promotion of tourism products and services through different mass media. A committee led by Executive Member Devi Pandey and TAAN's Media Consultant Bishnu Bhattarai has been entrusted with the responsibility to prepare terms of reference (ToR) to operate the fund.

Similarly, TAAN decided to form a committee under Executive Member Pemba Sherpa to study the prospect of working jointly with District Development Committees for tourism promotion and development.