March 31 , 2018
With the slogan, “Clean Environment for Sustainable Tourism”, Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) organized Thamel cleaning and awareness campaign on 31st March 2018. The Chief Guest Hon’ble Minister of Forest & Environment Shakti Bahadur Basnet inaugurated the campaign.
TAAN President Nava Raj Dahal welcoming all the participants at the campaign said that Cleaning Thamel area is the starting campaigns initiated by TAAN that will continue in other different tourism destinations and heritage sites including Dhaulagiri Himalaya Region.
Speaking on the occasion, President Dahal said “The relationship of tourism and environment being very close, it is our responsibility to keep environment clean, safe and healthy.” Thamel, a center place of tourist hub has become much polluted due to unmanaged waste and carelessness. He requested all to create a favorable environment by making Thamel as free trash region for tourists that will make them visit Nepal again and again.
Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management (NATHM) Executive Director, Durga Dutta Dhakal appreciated the campaign led by TAAN. He said that this campaign will aware people about importance of clean, safe and healthy environment for sustainable development of tourism. He ensured to provide necessary support for TAAN to continue the campaign for sustainable development of tourism.
Hon’ble Minister of Forest & Environment Shakti Bahadur Basnet acknowledged the initiative taken by TAAN for Cleaning and Awareness Campaign. He said that the campaign will definitely lead to promote tourism. The campaign will not only support to clean the roads but it will also motivate people to eliminate negative practice from entire nation. He assured that government will always support TAAN for making the campaign successful for developing and promoting Nepal. Moreover, he added that the campaign should be organized in order to clean entire Nepal that will create an environment for development of the nation.
The coordinator of Thamel Cleaning and Awareness Campaign, P.k. Sherpa presented his gratitude towards all the participants who supported for making the campaign a huge success. He said that TAAN will be enduring the campaign in other different tourism destinations.
The program was hosted by TAAN General Secretary Ang Pemba Sherpa. He said Thamel being one of the major touristic areas where many trekking, travel companies, hotels and restaurants are established, therefore; it is our responsibility to keep Thamel clean and healthy.
The campaign was divided into three different routes from Sanchaya Kosh building. The first cleaning route was from Narshing Chowk – J.P School – KTM Guest House. Similarly, other route was Jyatha – Thahity –KGH and the final route was Amrit Marg – Manang Hotel – KGH. TAAN Executive Members Gopal Shrestha, Jeevan Lama and Baburam Gurung led the three different groups. The campaign ended at Kathmandu Guest House.
The campaign was a huge success following participation of more than 700 members which includes representatives from various tourism associations, TAAN member agencies and trainees of trekking guide from NATHM.