March 14 , 2018
On March 11, 2018, a delegation of Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) led by its President Mr. Nava Raj Dahal paid a visit to Home Minister Mr. Ram Bahadur Thapa (Badal) to congratulate him on his recent appointment.
During the meet, on behalf of TAAN executive committee, President Dahal handed over a 7- point memorandum to Minister Thapa and also apprised him of the problems currently faced by the Nepalese tourism industry, particularly the trekking sector.
TAAN President Dahal explained the role and contribution of TAAN in the promotion and development of mountain tourism and requested upon Home Minister Thapa to take policy decisions on a number of issues related to trekking permit fees, compulsory trekking with guide or porter, authorizing issue of permits based on passport copies, management and security of airport, tourist bus park and equipping tourist police with essential resources.
The delegation also drew attention to the issue of Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) at Khumbu Pasang Rural Municipality.
Speaking in the meeting, Home Minister Thapa stated the importance of tourism sector in the country’s economic development, peace and security and assured the delegation of the government’s commitment to resolving current problems in tourism industry. He also asked TAAN to take the initiative in stopping illegal activities that directly affect Nepalese tourism industry.
Along with President Dahal, the delegation consisted of Senior Vice President Khum Bahadur Subedi, General Secretary Ang Pemba Sherpa, Treasurer Ram Krishna Timalsina, Executive Members Jeevan Lama, Mahesh Kumar Budha, Janga Bahadur Lama, Ritu Gyamdan, Gopal Shrestha, Suk Bahadur Lama and Baburam Gurung as well as Media Officer Subina Manandhar and Photographer Pemba Sherpa.