â€˜Sustainability of Tour Operatorsâ€™ training concludes
February 27 , 2013
A two-day ‘Sustainability of Tour
Operators’ training concluded in Kathmandu on February 26.
The training was organized by SNV
Nepal in coordination with Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) and
Trafelife. More than 60 tourism service providers, mostly trekking agencies,
participated in the training.
The training covered issues like
sustainable tourism, tourism impacts, supply chain management, sustainable
destinations, customer communications, and communicating and marketing
sustainable tourism, among others.
Krishna Hari Khatri, coordinator
of TAAN’s HR and Training Department, said the training was fruitful as it encouraged
tour operators to adopt sustainable approach in their business. “We also
discussed on international parameters on sustainability and most of the participants
said the parameters needs to be reviewed as per the Nepali context,” Khatri
said, adding that a seminar to be held later this week will hold further
discussions on the parameters.
Former President of TAAN Deepak
Mahat, who also participated in the training, said the training was fruitful
and urged TAAN to conduct such trainings on regular basis. “The training is of
different layers and ultimately leads to international certification of tourism
service providers based on a set of parameters,” Mahat said, “We have felt that
these parameters are irrelevant in present context and requested TAAN to review
the parameters as per the Nepali context.
The training was conducted by two
resource persons from Travelife -- a Dutch firm.