December 26 , 2016
Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dhaal has said that the tourism sector has been playing significant role in country's economy.
Inaugurating the 38th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) in Kathmandu on Friday, Dahal said that the government was committed to help the private sector for development and expansion of Nepali tourism industry. Stating that agriculture, hydropower and tourism are the important sectors of Nepali economy, Dahal said that the government has put these sectors in priority.
On the occasion, PM Dahal handed over letter of appreciation to top three member companies of TAAN – Himalayan Encounters, Royal Mountain Travel Nepal, Highland Excursions – on the basis of issuance of TIMS cards.
Similarly, Dahal presented cash prize of Rs 10,000 and letter of appreciation each to Sunil Sharma, photojournalist of Xinhua news agency, and Mohan Prasad Mainali of Image Nepal travel magazine in recognition of their coverage of Langtang-Gosainkunda Half Marathon that TAAN organized earlier this year to disseminate the message that Langtang-Gosaikunda region is now safe for trekking.
Likewise, Prime Minister Dahal presented TAAN Sagarmatha Adventure Tourism Journalism Award to Kedar Dahal of Karobar daily, and TAAN Sagarmatha Pasang Lhamu Award to women mountaineering instructor Pasang Lhamu Sherpa. The award carries a purse of Rs 25,000 and letter of appreciation each.
Speaking at the program, TAAN President Chandra Prasad Rijal said that TAAN, as the largest tourism association in the country, has a greater role to play in the development of entire tourism sector not just adventure tourism sector.
Minister of State for Agricultural Development Radhika Tamang, Tourism Secretary Shankar Prasad Adhikari, and Nepal Tourism Board CEO Deepak Raj Joshi, among others, were also present in the program.
Meanwhile, the closed session held earlier on Friday approved the Annual Program Report for Fiscal Year 2072/73 and Annual Program and Activities for Fiscal Year 2073/74 presented by TAAN General Secretary Karna Bahadur Lama, and Annual Financial Report for Fiscal Year 2072/73 and Estimated Income and Expenditure for Fiscal Year 2073/74. Similarly, it also approved Employees Bylaws and Financial Bylaws of the association.
Established in 1979, TAAN has been active in the promotion of adventure tourism sector.