January 07 , 2018
On January 7, 2018, Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) delegation pays a courtesy call on Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) C.E.O. Mr. Deepak Raj Joshi. The delegation led by President Nava Raj Dahal had a brief introduction with the C.E.O Joshi.
President Dahal notified about the deep relationship between TAAN and NTB since a long time. TAAN’s objective being promoting mountain tourism, NTB and TAAN are working together in a mutual understanding to promote the Nepalese Tourism. The delegation appreciated the support of NTB for joint activities like Travel Fairs.
Discussion on the meeting included the issues of Trekker’s Information Management System (TIMS). They raised the voice upon check post at Langtang and Khumbu Pasang Rural Municipality to re-open the TIMs check post. Another discussion was upon TIMS fund which is freeze at NTB. The delegation requested NTB to release the funds for the welfare of trekking workers who were victims due to the different disasters.
The delegation also stated about the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between TAAN and NTB which was signed earlier. They appealed NTB if possible to review the MoU or sign a new agreement on operation of TIMS. As TIMS ‘s fund has been classified as worker’s welfare fund and Joint-fund, the delegation requested NTB to support TAAN for organizing programs like Joint Losar Cultural Program, constructing porter shelter at Dharmashala, maintenance of trekking trails and International Travel Mart in Nepal.
NTB C.E.O. Deepak Raj Joshi had a positive response towards addressing the issues raised by the delegation mainly releasing the freeze amount of TIMS for the welfare of workers who were victims of different disasters and mishaps. He assured that the TIMS fund must be utilized for constructing porter shelter, trekking trail maintenance and rescue.
Nepal being popular for adventure specially trekking, TAAN is the organization to flourish. Saying about MoU which was signed at the beginning, the fund was divided as 33% for TAAN, 33% for NTB and remaining 33% as a joint – fund. The second MoU included the division of fund as 30 % for TAAN, 30% for NTB and remaining 10 % for worker’s welfare. He said.
C.E.O. Joshi has prioritized TAAN to bring innovative programs like Technical Mart focusing adventure tourism, which will facilitate tourism entrepreneur through linking Nepal with other different countries for the promotion of Nepalese tourism.
President Nava Raj Dahal, Senior Vice- President Khum Bahadur Subedi, 1st Vice -President Jeeban Thapa Magar, 2nd Vice- President Nil Hari Bastola, General Secretary Ang Pemba Sherpa, Secretary Sujan Lamichhane, Treasurer Ram Krishna Timalsina along with Executive Members Suk Bahadur Lama, Jeeban Lama, Mahesh Kumar Budha, Dolma Tshering Tamang Sherpa, Gopal Shrestha, Ritu Gyamdan, Purna Kumar Shrepa and C.E.O. Tek Bahadur Mahat, Media Officer Subina Manandhar and Photographer Pemba Shrepa were present in the delegation.