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‘Sustainability of Tour Operators’ training concludes

February 27 , 2013

‘Sustainability of Tour Operators’ training concludes

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.