KATHMANDU: Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) organized ‘Heritage Walk with People with Disabilities’ in Kathmandu on Monday on the eve of World Tourism Day 2016.
As the theme of this year’s celebration is related to making tourism services accessible to all, TAAN organized a walk with people with disabilities. Around 30 people with disabilities participated in the event. Participants carried with messages ‘Tourism for All’, ‘Promoting Universal Accessibility’, ‘Put no barriers in tourism’, ‘Make tourism services accessible to all’, Everyone can travel’, ‘Yes, we can travel’ and ‘Make Nepal accessible to all’, among others.
Secretary of the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Shankar Prasad Adhikari, inaugurated the rally that started from Tridevi Marg and passed through Narsingh Chowk, Thahity, Bhedasingh and Indrachowk before culminating into a corner meet in.
Speaking at the corner meet, TAAN General Secretary Karna Bahadur Lama said that the main objective of the program was to create awareness about accessible tourism among both the government and the private sector.
“There should be no barrier in tourism. Everyone has the right to travel. The government should prepare necessary infrastructures to uphold such rights.” Co-ordinator of TAAN’s Sports and Events Department, Ram Prasad Sapkota, said.
TAAN President Chandra Prasad Rijal said disabilities shouldn’t confine one’s willingness to travel and enjoy tourism products and services. He also urged the government to make tourism services accessible to all without further delay.
Tourism fraternity across the world is celebrating World Tourism Day by organizing various programs on Tuesday. The theme for this year’s celebration is ‘Tourism for All: Promoting Universal Accessibility’.