DB Limbu named JTCC coordinator
November 20 , 2014
Joint Tourism Coordinator Committee (JTCC) has named DB Limbu, president of Nepal Association of Tour and Travel Agents (NATTA), as its new coordinator.
Outgoing coordinator Ramesh Prasad Dhamala, president of Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN), handed over the responsibility of JTCC to Limbu.
Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Suresh Man Shrestha handed over minute-book of JTCC to Limbu amid a function on Wednesday.
JTCC is a common forum of more than 40 tourism related associations. As per the understanding, the committee rotates its leadership among member organizations every six months.
Speaking at the program, Limbu said he would give continuity to works initiated by the outgoing coordinator. “Change of leadership will not impact works of JTCC at all,” Limbu said, adding, “I will work in coordination with all tourism associations that are under JTCC.”
Similarly, outgoing coordinator Ramesh Dhamala thanked government officials, staffers of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), tourism entrepreneurs, and media persons, for their support and cooperation to JTCC. “Without your support and cooperation, we won’t have been able to come to this stage,” Dhamala said. He also said it is because of the activities of JTCC that the government suspended acting CEO of NTB Subash Nirola and launched investigation into irregularities allegedly conducted by him.
Dhamala also drew the attention of tourism secretary Shrestha, who is also the chairman of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), toward number of issues related to the tourism industry like proper management of Tribhuvan International Airport and allowing tourism enterprises in Thamel to operate round the clock.
Speaking on the occasion, tourism secretary Shrestha said JTCC should develop itself as the representative body of the private sector so that the government can seek suggestions from it. “The government will lend all possible support to the private sector for overall development of tourism industry,” he assured.
Deepak Mahat of National Entrepreneurs Association for Tourism (NEAT), Chandra Rijal of Nepal Rastriya Paryatan Bybasahi Sangathan and Ganesh Simkhada of Tourism Sector Committee of UCPN (Maoist) also spoke on the occasion.