December 28 , 2017
A delegation of Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) led by its President Nava Raj Dahal, on December 28,2017 met with the General Manager of Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), Devananda Upadhyay. There was a short introduction program among the delegation and GM.
TAAN President Dahal handed over a four- points memorandum to General Manager Upadhyay and apprised him of the problems that TAAN member agencies were facing while welcoming and seeing off guests at the country's only international airport.
President Dahal said- “Our member agencies are facing difficulties after the airport authorities scrapped the Golden Gate entry pass. As a result, our member companies are unable to welcome or see off their guests.” He thus, requested the airport management to reintroduce Golden Gate entry pass to ensure smooth entry of tourism entrepreneurs at the airport so that they can welcome and see off their clients without any hassle.
Mr. Dahal also drew the attention towards pass issuance for irrelevant person, who sometimes tries to grab bags and show inconsequential behavior that leads inconvenience for tourist as well as diplomats. “First impression is last impression” saying this, Mr. Dahal requested the GM to take appropriate actions.
The delegation disclosed the fact about immoral conduct of taxi drivers towards the tourist and appealed airport management for strong security. They also expressed the issue of Private Travel Company inside TIA which is a peril for the member agencies that sometimes take off their guest by discounting the price of the trekking package.
TAAN General Secretary Ang Pemba Sherpa highlighted the difficulty while sending cargoes to different domestic destinations. "Staffers of our member agencies aren't allowed to enter into the check-in area while delivering cargoes at the airlines' counters. Our cargoes remain unattended when airlines cancel their flight. This is creating difficulties to our member agencies," he said, urging the airport management to address the issue.
TAAN Executive Member, Gopal Shrestha raised his voice over the harassment tourist are being faced due to some irrelevant people who ask for unnecessary and extreme amount as a tips. ‘They sometimes also ask Rs. 500 for a call that the client has made’ he added. At last he said ‘if these activities will be continuing in future days, tourists will definitely have a negative message as Nepal being engaged in a fraud operation.
Similarly, TAAN Secretary Sujan Lamichhane stated that some impertinent public smoke at no-smoking zone, this activity makes a negative note towards visitors. He added “Some trekking companies stay at Taxi counter and approach the tourist for trekking through their company, as a result, other respective company will lose its client.”
TAAN CEO Tek Mahat highlighted on keeping a banner of Trekker’s Information Management System (TIMS) that encourage trekkers to trek through a registered trekking company.
Responding to the delegation, GM Upadhyay said that the passes are issued only for concerned people whenever required. Talking about the issue regarding taxi drivers, he assured to make the security more strong and take forceful charges for culprits.
Upadhyaya, answered about private travel agency kept as a facility for the visitors as sometimes, they can face problems during ticket cancellation and so on. He said that travel agency is required inside airport for facilitating the tourist.
He also clinched upon shifting the arrivals and minimizing crowd in near future. As there will be a walk of 100 to 150 meter in arrival, TAAN could keep an information board. He presented an example about a thief of Peru who was caught at TIA and made us known about the high security of airport.
Therefore, he showed a positive response towards the issues raised and said to illuminate and complain the problems being faced.
Along with President Dahal, 2nd Vice- President Nil Hari Bastola, General Secretary Ang Pemba Sherpa, Secretary Sujan Lamichhane, Executive members P.K Sherpa, Surya Bhetwal, Jeeban Lama, Rajan Kapri, Ram Bahadur Khadka, Gopal Shrestha, Rabindra Adhikari and Mahesh Budha Magar as well as TAAN CEO Tek Bahadur Mahat, Media Officer Subina Manandhar and Photographer Pemba Sherpa were also present in the delegation.