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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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TAAN supports earthquake victims

May 10 , 2015

TAAN supports earthquake victims

Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) distributed relief material to 156 households in Sikre VDC of Nuwakot district. TAAN Second Vice President Kul Bahadur Gurung, General Secretary Sagar Pandey, Treasurer Gopal Babu Shrestha and Executive Member Vidya Hirachan, among others, were present in the team. The team distributed noodles and tarpaulin to the affected families. Second Vice President Gurung said they distributed high-quality tarpaulin sheets to the affected people as most of them were in need of temporary shelter following the earthquake. "We had talked to the affected locals about three days ago to know what they needed the most.…

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Panel formed to bring tourism industry back on track

May 08 , 2015

Panel formed to bring tourism industry back on track

Tourism stakeholders have formed a joint panel of government officials and private sector to assess damage on hotels, cultural heritage sites and trekking trails made by the earthquake and initiate repair works immediately to bring the country's tourism industry back on track at the earliest. The Tourism Recovery Committee (TRC), which was formed on May 7, is led by Director General of Department of Tourism (DoT) Tulsi Prasad Gautam. The panel will study impacts of the earthquake on tourism industry, identify short-term and long-terms works that are needed to be done, formulate necessary programs, and make necessary suggestions to concerned…

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35 Nepali, 26 foreigners rescued

May 06 , 2015

Altogether 61 people, including 26 foriegners, were rescued from different quake-hit areas on Tuesday, according to Emergency Command Center at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA). A total of 30 helicopters -- 10 of Nepal Army, 2 of private companies, 13 of Indian Army and five of US Army -- were used for rescue purpose and to distribute relief to affected people on the day. Rescue workers distributed 25.3 tons of relief materials to quake victims. Rescue workers used helicopters to drop relief materials in different villages of Kavre, Sindhupalchowk, Dolakha and Dhading where roads have been damaged by the earthquake. Meanwhile,…

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352 Nepalis, 101 foreigners rescued on Thursday

May 01 , 2015

Rescue workers rescued 352 injured Nepalis and 101 foreigners from different parts of the country on April 30. According to Emergency Command Center at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, a total of 108 rescue flights were made with 29 helicopters to different parts of the country. Eight helicopters of Nepal Army, seven of private helicopter operators and 14 of Indian Army were used for the purpose. These choppers also distributed relief materials in different disaster hit areas. The helicopters rescued injured people from different parts of Dhading, Gorkha, Nuwakot, Sindhupalchowok, Rasuwa, Dolakha and Ramechhap districts. They distributed around 36.7…

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TAAN participates in 100th week of Bagmati Clean-up campaign

April 12 , 2015

TAAN participates in 100th week of Bagmati Clean-up campaign

Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) celebrated 100th week of Bagmati Clean-Up on April 11. Office-bearers, executive committee member, member agencies and staff members of TAAN formed human chain in Jambo Danda-Guheshwari section of Bagmati River. The participants also collected waste materials from the river. The program was organized to celebrate 100th week of Bagmati Clean-up Campaign. Different government and non-government agencies participated in the campaigns. Human chains were formed on both sides of the river to show solidarity with the campaign. Participants also carried placards with different slogans aimed at raising awareness about the importance of clean environment. TAAN…

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Trekking guide training from April 28

April 08 , 2015

Trekking guide training from April 28

Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management (NATHM) is organizing second phase of trekking guide training at NATHM from April 28, 2015. The training is being organized in coordination with Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN). Applicants, who have already filled up the form, are required to make payment for training at TAAN Secretariat, Maligaun, by April 12. The first phase of trekking guide training concluded on March 30. Altogether 692 trekking staff of different member companies of TAAN participated in the training. TAAN and NATHM have been organizing trekking guide training for staffers of TAAN member agencies every year…

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100th week of Bagmati Clean-up Campaign to be celebrated

April 07 , 2015

100th week of Bagmati Clean-up Campaign to be celebrated

The government is celebrating 100th week of Bagmati Clean-up Campaign by preparing 'human chains' on both sides of Bagmati River -- from Sundarijal to Chobhar – this Saturday (April 11). The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) has requested different travel trade associations to show solidarity with the campaign by participating in the program. The government has allocated Jambo Danda-Gaurighat section of the holy river for tourism professionals. Bagmati Clean-up Campaign was started nearly two years ago at the initiation of Chief Secretary Leelamani Poudyal. Different government agencies, non-government organizations, professional bodies, security agencies, among others, are actively…

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TAAN gives suggestions on redefinition of remote areas

April 06 , 2015

TAAN gives suggestions on redefinition of remote areas

The government has formed a high-level taskforce for redefining remote areas. The High-Level Taskforce on Study and Recommendations of Remote Areas under the Remote Areas Development Committee, in association with Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) and Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA), on Sunday organized a daylong workshop with lawmakers as well as local development officers of 22 remote districts along with representatives of TAAN and NMA to seek inputs from them for redefining remote areas. The committee has altogether 70 lawmakers representing 22 'remote' districts as members. The taskforce is redefining remote areas based on indicators like infrastructure development, population…

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Kathmandu in TripAdvisor's top 25 destinations list

March 26 , 2015

Kathmandu in TripAdvisor's top 25 destinations list

Popular travel portal TripAdvisor has included Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, in the list of 25 destinations in its 'Travelers' Choice Destinations 2015' list. Kathmandu is in 19th position in the list. The destinations were selected using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for hotels, restaurants and attractions in destinations worldwide, gathered over a 12-month period. Kathmandu is the only South Asian city in the list. "Nepal's capital is surrounded by a valley full of historic sites, ancient temples, shrines, and fascinating villages," the site writes about Kathmandu, suggesting visitors to…

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TAAN promotes Nepal in Melbourne, Los Angeles, Denmark

February 26 , 2015

TAAN promotes Nepal in Melbourne, Los Angeles, Denmark

Three separate delegations of Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) promoted Nepal's tourism products and services in Melbourne (Australia), Los Angeles (USA) and Herning (Denmark). TAAN coordinated participation of Nepali trekking companies in these expos. TAAN Secretary Pasang Sherpa led Nepal's delegation in Adventure Travel Show held in Los Angeles, USA on Febraury 21 and 22. TAAN member companies Outshine Adventure, Nepal Social Treks & Expedition, Pristine Mountain Adventure (Pokhara), Earth Nepal Travel & Trek (Pokhara), Sherpa Brothers Treks & Expedition, Holy Sherpa Vision Treks, White Himalayan Adventure Treks, Trekking Camp Nepal, Outfitter Nepal Treks & Expedition and Himalayan Planet…

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Trekking guide training gets underway

February 20 , 2015

Trekking guide training gets underway

A 35-day trekking guide training kicked off at Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management (NATHM) on February 20. The training is being conducted by NATHM in the coordination of Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN). A total of 750 workers from different trekking agencies are participated in the training in the first phase. Another 750 will participate in the training in the second phase. Speaking at the orientation class organized on Friday, TAAN President Ramesh Prasad Dhamala said the training has been organized to produce trained and professional workforce for the trekking sector. "We will launch a separate course…

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TAAN Lhosar celebrated with gusto

February 18 , 2015

TAAN Lhosar celebrated with gusto

Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) organized a cultural and fun-filled event named 'TAAN Lhosar 2015' in Thamel, Kathmandu, on February 17 to celebrate Lhosar – the New Year festival of different ethnic groups. The program began with a colorful cultural procession. Different ethnic groups, mainly Sherpas, Tamangs, Gurungs and Magars, participated in the procession flaunting their typical attire and jewelries. They were playing traditional musical instruments like Madal, Tungna, Khaijadi and Damphu, among others. The rally started from Tridevi Marg and passed through different parts of Thamel before concluding into a formal program. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for…

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TAAN Lhosar Festival to be organized in Thamel

February 10 , 2015

TAAN Lhosar Festival to be organized in Thamel

Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) has decided to celebrate TAAN Lhosar Festival in Thamel on February 17. Speaking at a press meet organized at TAAN Secretariat in Maligaun, TAAN officials said preparations for the festival were at the final stage. In the past years, TAAN used to celebrate Lhosar festival by organizing ‘Lhosar Dinner Ball’ in different hotels. This year it is organizing the festival in Thamel – the tourist hotspot in Kathmandu Valley — to promote Lhosar festival as a cultural tourism product. TAAN President Ramesh Prasad Dhamala said the festival will see cultural performances of different ethnic…

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Interview Schedule for Trekking Guide Training

January 28 , 2015

TAAN has published the interview schedule for Trekking Guide Training 2015. The training will be conducted at Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hospitality Management (NATHM). Interview Venue: TAAN Secretariat, Maligoan Schedule:  http://taan.org.np/assets/upload/downloads/download_Interview_Schedule_for_Trekking_Guide_Training.pdf   

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Nepal promoted in Chicago

January 27 , 2015

Nepal promoted in Chicago

A delegation of Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) participated in Adventure Travel Show in Chicago of the United States on January 17 and 18. The delegation was led by TAAN Executive Committee Member Sonam Gyaljen Sherpa. Tara Nath Lamichhane of Osho Vision Treks and Expedition, Dorjee Lama of Peak Himalaya Adventure, Furi Geljen Sherpa of Himalayan Treasure Trekking and Rishi Ram Bhandari of Snowy Horizon Trekking were the other members of the delegation. The Nepali delegation promoted adventure tourism products like trekking and mountaineering. According to delegation leader Sherpa, TAAN distributed itinerary books, maps and promotional DVDs of different…

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TAAN surveys Timal area for proposed tourism memorial park

January 23 , 2015

TAAN surveys Timal area for proposed tourism memorial park

A 19-member team of Trekking Agencies' Association (TAAN) on January 19 organized a survey tour of Timal area in Kavre district to select a site for building Tourism Memorial Park. The team was jointly led by Senior Vice President Kul Bahadur Gurung and Executive Member Palsang Tamang. TAAN executive members, general members hailing from Timal and TAAN staffers were present in the team. The team visited Kot Timal, Narayansthan, Kurans Chabakhure and Thulo Parsel areas to select suitable site for the proposed park. "We have found a small hillock in Kurans Chabakhure VDC Ward No. 7 area ideal for the…

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