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TAAN delegation meets new tourism secretary

September 02 , 2015

TAAN delegation meets new tourism secretary

A delegation of Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) led by President Ramesh Prasad Dhamala on Wednesday met Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Dinesh Kumar Thapaliya and congratulated him on his appointment to the post. President Dhamala and General Secretary Sagar Pandey congratulated Secretary Thapaliya by offering bouquets and khadas. Other members of the delegation also congratulated the new tourism secretary by offering khadas. On the occasion, President Dhamala briefed Secretary Thapaliya of the programs and activities being carried out by TAAN. "We have been asking the government to implement 'no trekking without guide/porter' and…

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Post-quake assessment finds Ruby Valley safe to trek

September 01 , 2015

Post-quake assessment finds Ruby Valley safe to trek

Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) and Samarth-NMDP recently conducted a 10-day field visit of Ganesh Himal-Ruby Valley area to assess damages on the trail caused by the April 25 earthquake. The field visit was a part of Ganesh Himal-Manaslu Tourism Infrastructure Development Project. An 11-member team led by Project Coordinator Kul Bdr Gurung, who is also the 2nd vice president of TAAN, conducted the assessment. TAAN Executive Members Rajendra Sapkota and Namaraj Gauli (NG) as well as Nar Bahadur Lama, destination area adviser of Samarth-NMDP, and Chandra Gurung, Joint Treasurer of GHTDC, as well as local support staff, were…

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TAAN, Tourism Cares discuss tourism recovery

August 17 , 2015

TAAN, Tourism Cares discuss tourism recovery

Office-bearers and executive members of Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) on Monday met with Mike Rea, CEO of Tourism Cares – a charitable arm of the travel and tourism industry based in US, who is in Kathmandu to take stock of Nepal's tourism recovery efforts. TAAN President Ramesh Prasad Dhamala, 1st Vice President Kami Rinzi Sherpa, General Secretary Sagar Pandey, Secretary Pasang Sherpa and Treasurer Gopal Babu Shrestha welcomed Rea by offering khadas and souvenirs. Executive Members Dhana Prasad Gurung, Keshav Raj Wagle, Thakur Timalsina, Palsang Tamang and Ranjan Rajbhandari were also present on the occasion. Speaking at the…

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Domestic airfare to come down from Friday

August 05 , 2015

Domestic airfare to come down from Friday

Domestic airlines have decided to reduce airfare with effect from Friday. A meeting of Airlines Operator Association of Nepal (AOAN) held in Kathmandu on Tuesday decided to reduce airfare by a minimum of Rs 170. The decision comes on the back of reduction in price of aviation turbine fuel (ATF) by Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC). NOC reduce price of ATF by Rs 15 per liter to Rs 118 on Sunday. AOAN, however, has decided to reduce price of normal fare only. The decision means, the airfare for Simra -- the nearest airport from Kathmandu -- would now cost Rs 2,650,…

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Chandra Dahal assumes JTCC leadership

August 03 , 2015

Chandra Dahal assumes JTCC leadership

Chandra Dahal, president of Nepal Association of Rafting Agents (NARA), has assumed leadership of Joint Tourism Coordination Committee (JTCC). Outgoing coordinator Nepal Association of Tour and Travel Agents (NATTA) President DB Limbu welcomed new coordinator Dahal amid a function in Kathmandu on Sunday. Joint Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Sadhu Ram Sapkota, Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) Chief Administrator Ramesh Kumar Adhikari and heads of different travel trade associations were present at the program. Ram Sharan Thapaliya, president of Thamel Tourism Development Committee (TTDC), has been named joint coordinator of JTCC. JTCC leadership is rotated among…

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TAAN rehabilitating community trails in Dhading

July 26 , 2015

TAAN rehabilitating community trails in Dhading

Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) has completed rehabilitation of community trails in nine village development committees (VDCs) of Dhading district. TAAN mobilized local villagers as well as trekking workers for trail rehabilitation works. The community trails rehabilitation project was implemented by TAAN as per the Letter of Agreement (LoA) that it signed with United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). According to Machhindra Acharya, chief of TAAN Administration Department who is overseeing the implementation of the project, community trails in nine VDCs have been rehabilitated. To implement the program, TAAN had appointed a supervisor in each VDC and an in-charge…

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Challenges of mountain tourism discussed

July 10 , 2015

Challenges of mountain tourism discussed

Stakeholders have stressed need to enhance safety measures, improve weather forecasting and intensify marketing initiatives to promote mountain tourism in Nepal. Speaking at an interaction on 'Present Scenario and Challenges of Mountain Tourism in Nepal' organized in Kathmandu on Thursday, they said the government must assess trekking trails and declare them safe at the earliest if it wants to welcome foreign tourists from autumn season. Presenting his working paper, Bhumi Lal Lama, convenor of Environment Conservation Committee of Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA), he said mountaineering activities have been affected in three straight seasons -- Everest 2014, Annapurna 2014 and Everest…

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TAAN participates in tourism recovery meeting

July 06 , 2015

TAAN participates in tourism recovery meeting

Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) participated in the first meeting of National Tourism Promotion Committee (NTPC) held in Kathmandu under the chairmanship of Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Kripasur Sherpa on July 5. TAAN President Ramesh Prasad Dhamala and First Vice President Kami Rinzi Sherpa represented TAAN in the meeting. The meeting, among others, decided to form an executive committee under the leadership of tourism entrepreneur Yogendra Shakya. Another tourism entrepreneur Lhakpa Sonam Sherpa is the joint coordinator of the executive committee. Other members in the executive committee are TAAN Founding President Ambica Shrestha, Tourism Secretary Suresh…

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TAAN starts transportation of food grains

July 05 , 2015

TAAN starts transportation of food grains

The Earthquake Response Team (ERT) of Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) has set up two base camps at Bhalche of Nuwakot and Mungchet of Rasuwa districts for distributing food in Sertung and Tipling VDCs of Dhading districts. For Tipling VDC, it has set up base camp ad Mungchet and Camp I at Somdang. Similarly for Sertung VDC, base camp has been set up at Bhalche and Camp I at Rupchet. TAAN is managing portering service for distribution of food in Sertung and Tipling VDCs of Dhading districts as per the agreement with United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). It…

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'TAAN should be given responsibility to assess, repair trekking trails'

June 22 , 2015

'TAAN should be given responsibility to assess, repair trekking trails'

Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) President Ramesh Prasad Dhamala has said that the responsibility of assessing and reconstructing quake-damaged trekking trails should be given to TAAN. Stating that TAAN has a pool of trained trekking workers, who know geography of mountain areas very well, and the expertise in trekking and mountaineering sector, Dhamala said TAAN will perform responsibility assigned to it in time and in a professional manner. Speaking as a keynote speaker in the second session of a workshop organized by Development Committee of legislature-parliament in Pokhara on January 20, he also urged the government and the donor…

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Govt officially reopens heritage sites to visitors

June 15 , 2015

Govt officially reopens heritage sites to visitors

The government has reopened most of the cultural heritage sites that were damaged by the earthquake of April 25 in its efforts to lure back foreign tourists to the country. Six of the seven UNESCO World Heritage sites closed after the quakes have reopened from Monday. Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Kripasur Sherpa announced reopening of the sites at a function organized at Bhaktapur Durbar Square on Monday morning. The UNESCO World Heritage sites which reopened for tourists from Monday are Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Kathmandu Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Swoyambhunath Stupa and Bouddhanath Stupa.…

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TAAN supports quake-hit locals of Langtang

June 12 , 2015

TAAN supports quake-hit locals of Langtang

Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) has provided cash assistance of Rs 100,000 and some tarpaulin sheets to earthquake victims of Langtang village in Rasuwa districts who are presently living in temporary shelter at Yala Monastery. TAAN President Ramesh Prasad Dhamala handed over the check to Temba Sherpa of Langtang Young Club which has been looking after the management of temporary shelters. He also handed over tarpaulin sheets to Sherpa. TAAN Secretary Pasang Sherpa and executive members Bidya Hirachan, Pasang Tendi Sherpa and Sonam Gyalzen Sherpa as well as TAAN staffers were present in the program. Meanwhile, locals of Langtang…

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TAAN delegation meets Minister Sherpa

June 09 , 2015

TAAN delegation meets Minister Sherpa

A delegation of Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) paid a courtesy call on newly appointed Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) at his office on Tuesday. The delegation led by President Ramesh Prasad Dhamala congratulated Minister Sherpa on his appointment as the Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation and wished for his successful tenure by offering khada and bouquet. Other members of the delegation also congratulated Minister Sherpa by offering khadas. "We are grateful to see a person with deep knowledge of tourism industry at the helm of the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation,"…

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Stakeholders for early recovery of tourism sector

June 08 , 2015

Nepal Chamber of Commerce (NCC), together with Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) Civil Aviation Office, on June 7 organized an interaction in Kathmandu on "Tourism Promotion in Nepal: Stakeholders' Responsibility". The interaction saw participation of representatives from different government agencies and travel trade associations as well as media persons. Speaking at the program, Rajesh Kaji Shrestha, president of Nepal Chamber of Commerce (NCC), said only 0.15 percent of total population of six million in affected areas have become casualty of the earthquake. "Only two trekking areas of around 35 trekking areas in the country have been damaged by the earthquake. Likewise,…

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TAAN organizes clean-up program in Shobha Bhagbati area

June 05 , 2015

TAAN organizes clean-up program in Shobha Bhagbati area

Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) on Friday organized a clean-up program on Bishnumati River and Shobha Bhagwati temple premises on the occasion of World Environment Day 2015. Office-bearers and executive committee members and TAAN staff members as well as representatives of member companies actively participated in the program. They picked up non-degradable wastages like plastic products, plastic and glass bottles and tin, among others, from the river and dumped them on garbage trucks of Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) for safe disposal. They also cleared bushes on the river bank and picked up trashes from Shobha Bhagwati and Indrayani Temple…

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International Sagarmatha Day celebrated

May 29 , 2015

International Sagarmatha Day celebrated

Tourism community celebrated 'International Sagarmatha Day' by organizing a program in Kathmandu on May 29. Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Kripashur Sherpa began the celebration by offering floral tributes on the statutes of Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Sir Edmund Hillary – the first summiteers of Mt Everest – erected on the premises of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB). Similarly, a rally was taken out from Nepal Tourism Board (NTB). Participants of the rally carried banners and placards carrying messages on different aspects of mountaineering and Mt Everest. Addressing a program organized on NTB premises, Minister Sherpa said only around…

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WFP join hands with TAAN, NMA to distribute humanitarian assistance

May 28 , 2015

WFP join hands with TAAN, NMA to distribute humanitarian assistance

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has joined hands with Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) and Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) to transport humanitarian assistance to far-flung villages in six earthquake-affected districts – Gorkha, Dhading, Rasuwa, Nuwakot, Sindhupalchowk and Dolakha.  TAAN will work for the provision of logistic services in four districts – Gorkha, Dhading, Rasuwa and Nuwakot, while NMA will look after two districts – Dolakha and Sindhupalchowk, WFP officials told a press meet in Kathmandu on May 28. TAAN is beginning its works in Dhading immediately as a pilot project, while NMA will begin its work in…

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Cultural heritage sites to open for tourists from June 15

May 27 , 2015

Cultural heritage sites to open for tourists from June 15

The government is opening some cultural heritages sites in Kathmandu Valley for tourists from June 15. The government had barred entry of tourists in these sites following the earthquake of April 25. The meeting of Tourism Recovery Committee (TRC) held on Monday took the decision. The meeting, which was chaired by tourism secretary Suresh Man Shrestha, saw participation of high ranking officials from the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA), Department of Tourism, Department of Archaeology (DoA), archeological experts, presidents of different tourism organizations, executive committee members and administrative chief of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), among others. Bhesh…

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Sherpa appointed tourism minister

May 23 , 2015

Sherpa appointed tourism minister

The government has appointed CPN-UML lawmaker Kripasur Sherpa as the Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation. Prime Minister Sushil Koirala administered oath of office and secrecy to Minister Sherpa amid a function on Friday. Sherpa is the third tourism minister in Koirala-led government. He replaces Deepak Amatya who resigned from the post, citing differences with party leadership. Amatya was appointed tourism minister after Bhim Acharya tendered resignation from the post about a year ago. Sources in CPN-UML said Amatya was recalled from the government because of his 'weak' performance. Sherpa is a Member of Parliament from Bhojpur district in…

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Govt prepares action plan for recovery of tourism industry

May 14 , 2015

Govt prepares action plan for recovery of tourism industry

Rs 400 million sought to repair damaged trekking trails The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) has prepared Tourism Recovery Action Plan to bring the tourism industry back on track at the earliest. The ministry submitted the action plan for approval to Prime Minister Sushil Koirala on Wednesday. The action plan includes immediate, mid-term and long term reconstruction, relief and package program for the recovery of tourism industry. Suresh Man Shrestha, secretary of MoCTCA, said that the action plan has been prepared to rebuild and rehabilitate cultural heritage sites, tourist areas and trekking trails damaged by the earthquake…

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