January 30 , 2016
Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) organized a dinner reception in Kathmandu on Friday in honor of the President of Union of Asian Alpine Associations Dr In-Jeong Lee.
At the program, TAAN honored Dr Lee with Letter of Appreciation in recognition of his credible efforts and inspirational leadership to protect mountain environment, mountain communities and mountain diversities of the world. "Himalayan countries like Nepal are the most vulnerable to the climate change and we believe such a responsible organization like UAAA will consistently provide successful leadership to address the challenges," reads the Letter of Felicitation.
Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Ananda Prasad Pokharel presented the Letter of Felicitation to Dr Lee. Minister Pokharel also presented Letter of Felicitation, posthumously, to South Korean adventurer Park Young-Seok – the first man in the world to climb all 14 eight-thousanders and Seven Summits, and trek to both poles. He went missing while opening a new climbing route in Mt Annapurna in 2011.
Minister Pokharel presented the Letter of Felicitation to Park's wife. He also presented Token of Love, on behalf of TAAN, to Choe Yong Jin, ambassador of South Korea to Nepal.
Speaking at the program, TAAN General Secretary Karna Bahadur Lama said TAAN's relationship with UAAA began two years ago when TAAN former President Ramesh Dhamala visited UAAA assembly held in Tokyo in 2014. "Last year also, our former president visited UAAA assembly held in Seoul where TAAN was granted 'observer member' status," he added. "Nepal, which lies in the lap of the Himalayas, needs to enhance cooperation with UAAA for effective development and promotion of tourism in mountain areas. UAAA's support is crucial for us in fighting the impacts of climate change and global warming in our country."
Similarly, UAAA President Dr Lee thanked TAAN for the wonderful program and said his association was keen to work with TAAN.
Likewise, Minister Pokharel said UAAA's support would be crucial for Nepal to fight the impacts of climate change and global warming. Stating that Nepal has been failing to exploit its tourism potential to the fullest, he said efforts are being made to promote Lumbini – the birthplace of Buddha – as the pilgrimage destination.
Delivering his vote of thanks, TAAN President Chandra Prasad Rijal said TAAN was keen to work with UAAA and learn from its expertise in mountain areas.
Sadhuram Sapkota, officiating secretary of tourism ministry; Govinda Bahadur Karki, director general of Department of Tourism; Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) board members Ghanendra Shrestha and Rajendra Sapkota; former President of TAAN Sitaram Sapkota; and representatives of different associations were present at the program.
Similarly, office-bearers, executive committee members and staffers of TAAN Secretariat were present at the program.