February 05 , 2016
Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) organized a program on Thursday in honor of the newly elected executive committee of Nepal Assocaition fo Tour and Travel Agents (NATTA).
At a program organized at TAAN Secretariat in Maligaun, TAAN President Chandra Prasad Rijal welcomed NATTA President Chandra Prasad Madhu Sdan Acharya by offering buoquet and khada. He welcomed other office-bearers and executive members by offering khadas.
CN Pandey, DK Sharma, Bhim Prasad Pant, Sudhi Upadhyaya, Chitra Gurung and Sabita KC Bhattarai are the 1st Vice President, 2nd Vice President, General Secretary, Secretary, Treasurer and Joint Treasurer, respectively, in the new executive committee. Similarly, Yubaraj Subedi, Laxman Lamsal, Ram Kumar Barakoti, Ghanashyam Ghimire, Binaya Basnet, Hari Bhakta Shrestha, Barun Mehta and SHital Kumari Sharma Poudel are the executive members.
The program began with an introduction session between the executive committee of both the associations. Speaking at the program, TAAN General Secretary Karna Bahadur Lama need of the hour is unity among travel trade assocaitions. "TAAN and NATTA are important stakeholders of Nepali tourism industry. As we have common problems, we need to forge common stance and put pressure on government government bodies jointly," he added.
Similarly, NATTA President Acharya thanked TAAN Executive Committee for organizing such felicitation program in their honor. "NATTA has always enjoyed cordial relation with TAAN. We aim to foster this tie further during our tenure," he said, expressing commitment to work together with TAAN for tourism development.
Acharya also proposed to organize a meeeting of four travel trade associations –- TAAN, NATTA, Nepal Association of Rafting Agents (NARA) and Hotel Association of Nepal (HAN) – at least once a month to discuss problems and issues in the industry and prepare common voice of the industry.
Similarly, TAAN President Rijal said there is no alternative to unity among private sector. "Our problems are common and inter-related. The four associations should sit on a regular basis to discuss on problems and issues of the industry," he said, expressing commitment to give continuity to the joint meeting of travel trade associations. He also wished the new team of NATTA for a successful tenure.