March 21 , 2016
Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) on Sunday organized a program to welcome newly elected executive committee of National Tourism Journalists Association (NATOJ).
TAAN 1st Vice President Tej Bahadur Gurung and General Secretary Karna Bahadur Lama congratulated office-bearers and executive members of NATOJ by offering garlands and khadas.
Speaking at the program, General Secretary Lama said travel journalism has become an integral aspect of Nepali tourism industry. "Realizing the contribution of journalists in tourism promotion, we have set up TAAN Mountain Tourism Promotion Journalism Fund. The fund will be brought into operation soon," he added. He also said TAAN has not been able to implement its programs and activities after Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) stopped releasing its share from TIMS Fund.
Likewise, TAAN Treasurer Lila Baldab Dahal said efforts should be made so that TAAN's share from TIMS fund is released at the earliest. "Only then TAAN will be able to implement its programs and activities accordingly," he added.
Similarly, Surya Bahadur Ghimire, coordinator of Printing, Publicity & Media Department, said TAAN was formulating plans to encourage tourism journalists.
Speaking at the program, NATOJ President Shiva Adhikari said TAAN must help to enhance capacity and skill of tourism journalists so that they are better prepared to promote Nepal's tourism products and services.
NATOJ General Secretary Prakash Khaling said TAAN should provide institutional support to NATOJ.
TAAN Executive Members Devi Prasad Pandey, Sarita Lama and Shital Chandra Dharel were also present in the program.