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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 'no trekking without company' provisions to ensure safety of trekkers," he said, adding, "This provision will discourage illegal operation of trekking business and ensure safety and well-being of trekkers."

President Dhamala also briefed Secretary Thapaliya about the partnership between TAAN and World Food Programme (WFP) for carrying out food and non-food supplies in different quake-hit areas. He also requested Secretary Thapaliya to do the needful for early implementation of new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS).   

Similarly, General Secretary Pandey requested the tourism secretary to take necessary initiatives for effective implementation of government policy and programs. "Government policies look good in paper. But they are hardly implemented," he said, adding, "I request you to address this problem."

Responding to the delegation, Secretary Thapaliya said the tourism ministry sees TAAN as an important stakeholder of Nepali tourism industry. "Private sector is the driver of Nepali tourism industry. I will spare no effort to facilitate private sector for development of new tourism products and services," he said. Thapaliya further said he would work to introduce a one-window system for issuance of all permits for trekking and mountaineering.

Senior Vice President Keshav Pandey, 1st Vice President Kami Rinji Sherpa, Executive Members Dhana Prasad Gurung, Palsang Tamang, Sonam Gyaljen Sherpa and Bidya Hirachan, and TAAN CEO Ganga Sagar Pant were present in the delegation.

TAAN congratulates new DG OF DoT

Meanwhile, the delegation also paid a courtesy call on newly appointed Director General of Department of Tourism (DoT) Govinda Bahadur Karkee. The delegation congratulated Karkee by offering bouquets and khadas and wished for his successful tenure.

On the occasion, President Dhamala, General Secretary Pandey and CEO Panta briefed Karkee about different programs and activities being carried out by TAAN, TIMS, and new MoU to implement TIMS, among other issues.

President Dhamala requested Karkee to do the needful for introducing 'no trekking without guide/porter' and 'no trekking without companies' to ensure safety of trekkers.

Similarly, General Secretary Pandey said the government should make NTB functional at the earliest and strengthen Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) for effective development of Nepali tourism industry.

Responding to the delegation, Karkee said the government will work as a facilitator for tourism development. "Our focus at the moment is on tourism recovery. It will be possible only if all the stakeholders work in tandem," he said, adding that the government will address all genuine concerns of the private sector.