February 01 , 2018
Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) conducted a program on 31st January, 2018 to congratulate and felicitate newly appointed board members of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) as well as new executive committee members of Nepal Association of Tours & Travel Agents (NATTA), PATA Nepal Chapter, Tourist Guide Association of Nepal (TURGAN), Nepal Magar Tourism Society and Tourist Bus Association.
TAAN General Secretary Ang Pemba Sherpa began the program with a welcome speech. TAAN President Navaraj Dahal congratulated and felicitated the new board members of NTB and executive members of NATTA, PATA Nepal Chapter, TURGAN and Nepal Magar Society with khadas and garland.
During the occasion President Dahal called on all tourism associations to work hand in hand for uplifting Nepalese tourism. “We need to come together to solving the issues of trekking, travel, hotels etc. Every umbrella tourism association must raise their voice and identify and overcome obstacles. For instance, the operation of illegal treks without porter or guide can directly affect employment opportunities in trekking industry. TAAN is formulating new plans and policies to address illegal trekking activities. In the mean time I request Nepal Tourism Board to utilize TIMS budget in joint coordination with TAAN.”
Harping on the slogan, “Think positive, Do positive”, NATTA’s 1st Vice President Achyut Sharma Guragain also invited all tourism associations for joint action to solve respective issues. He sought support and help from NTB for the upcoming China Sales Mission being organized NATTA.
Sunil Shakya, President of PATA-Nepal Chapter, presented the vision to bring 50 lakhs tourist till 2020 under the banner of National Campaign. “For the mission,” he said, “ to be successful would require homework such as improving the TIA management system, developing & promoting trekking trails and R&D in tourism.
Likewise NTB Board Member, Krishna Bahadur Mahara, acknowledged TAAN for its role in promoting adventure tourism in Nepal. Tourism being an important aspect of the national economy, he assured that NTB will formulate effective plans and policies for promoting Nepalese tourism and asked for regular suggestions from all tourism associations.
Purna Kuwar, another NTB Board Member said that the issues regarding TIMS will be sorted out soon and requested all tourism-related associations to bring forth the positive plans and activities.
TAAN Senior Vice President Khum Bahadur Subedi, Coordinator of the program thanked all the members for their gracious presence. FInally, he wished all the new board members for their auspicious tenure in the organization.