November 19 , 2019
Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) held a meeting with Manthali Municipality of Ramechhap district on November 19.
As the government has decided to divert all flights of Lukla to Manthali airport from the Tribhuvan International Airport, tourists are facing difficulties due to ineffective management of airport and infrastructure.
Discussing in the meeting, tourism entrepreneurs in Ramechhap are gearing up to develop the infrastructure in Manthali Municipality and TAAN has decided to provide skill-based training to entrepreneurs.
“As entrepreneurs in Manthali have demanded skill-based training, we have decided to provide hospitality training here to improve the service quality,” TAAN General Secretary Sarita Lama said. She further said that this is an opportunity for all concerned to develop Manthali as a transit hub for tourists travelling to Lukla.
JN Dahal, senior vice-president of RCCI, lamented that the travel agencies are also not cooperating with tourism entrepreneurs in Manthali.“Instead of scheduling overnight stays in Manthali for tourists, travel agencies are making tourists travel during the night and then reach here in the morning so that they can just take the flight to Lukla,” he said, “Such practices should be stopped and entrepreneurs in Kathmandu have to cooperate with us so that it is a win-win situation for both parties.”
Meanwhile, the local government has committed to cooperate with the central government and the private sector to improve tourist services in Manthali area. Mayor of Manthali Municipality Ramesh Kumar Basnet said, “Manthali-Lukla flights are linked with the development of Manthali and entire Ramechhap area.”
While admitting that Manthali is not well-facilitated at the moment, he said, “But if Manthali is to be a transit hub for tourists travelling from Kathmandu to Lukla, we are capable of developing all necessary services."He further committed to guaranteeing security and market regulation in Manthali.
Due to the upgradation work at TIA, the government has diverted Lukla flights from TIA to Manthali airport since last spring season. Meanwhile, Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal had declared last year that the flights in Manthali-Lukla route would be continued
TAAN Executive Members Thakur Prasad Sapkota and Sanam Sherpa were also present at the meeting.