February 07 , 2018
Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) delegation visited newly appointed Ministry of Culture, Tourism & Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) Secretary Krishna Prashad Devkota on 7th February, 2018.
The delegation led by President Nava Raj Dahal congratulated Secretary Devkota by offering bouquet and khadas and wished for his successful tenure. Speaking on the occasion, President Dahal articulated TAAN’s objective to promote Nepalese mountain tourism. He said- "There are some issues like illegal operation of trekking business which the government should look into immediately. Trekkers are mandatory to take at least a guide or porter to reduce the accidents during trekking. Similarly, TIMS must be operated in an effective way by terminating entry fees collecting by Khumbu Pasang & Changunarayan Rural Municipality. Likewise, problems in TAX & VAT for transportation and lodges during trekking must be considered. The proper management must be carried out at Airport where tourist gets harassed and misguided.” Dahal said, requesting the Secretary to take needful initiatives for ensuring smooth movement of tourists in restricted areas and revise the permit fees.
Responding to the delegation, Devkota said he would study demands placed by the private sector and tackle burning issues accordingly. "One agency alone cannot bring change. We need concerted effort of all government agencies to address burning issues of the tourism industry," he added. He thanked the delegation for their warm gesture.
TAAN Senior Vice- President Khum Bahadur Subedi, General Secretary Ang Pemba Sherpa, Executive Members Gopal Shrestha, Baburam Gurung, P.K. Sherpa, CEO Tek Bahadur Mahat, Media Officer Subina Manandhar and Photographer Pemba Sherpa were present in the delegation.