December 04 , 2015
Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) participated in 'Tourism Solidarity Rally' organized in Kathmandu on Friday.
The rally was organized to draw the attention of government and other concerned stakeholders toward problem being faced by tourism industry due to Tarai unrest and Indian blockade. It began from Tridevi Marg in Thamel and passed through Durbarmarg, Ghantaghar, Ratnapark, Bhadrakali and New Road before culminating into a corner meet at Basantapur.
Hundreds of tourism entrepreneurs and tourism workers, among others, participated in the rally carrying banners and placards with messages like 'Let Tourism Survive', 'Tourism for Prosperity', 'Nepal Needs Tourism', 'Promote Organic Agro-Tourism' among others.
Speaking at the program, TAAN President Chandra Prasad Rijal said the Tarai unrest and Indian blockade has dealt a serious blow on tourism industry. "Though price of many products and services, we have not raised our prices as it would send negative message in the international market," he added.
Similarly, TAAN General Secretary Karna Bahadur Lama said tourism is passing through difficult times because of the Tarai unrest and Indian blockade. "Our tourism was recovering gradually after the tragic earthquake of April 25. But the present situation has hit our tourism industry hard," he said. Lama also requested the government to fulfill tourism entrepreneurs' at least minimum requirements for fuel so that they can continue serving foreign tourists.
Office-bearers, executive committee members, general members and staff members of TAAN actively participated in the rally.
DB Limbu President of Nepal Association of Tour and Travel Agents (NATTA), Binayak Shah of Hotel Association of Nepal (HAN) and Chandra Dahal of Nepal Association of Rafting Agents (NARA), and among others also spoke on the occasion.