Joint press release by TAAN and NATTA demands better rescue policy in Rasuwagadi
2nd Aug, 2018 | Tourism Mail Crew
KATHMANDU, Aug 02: The Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) and Nepal Association of Tour and Travel Agents (NATTA) have produced a joint press release demanding the government for necessary infrastructure development and to put effective rescue policies in place for the tourist destination of Rasuwagadi.
The Rasuwagadi area is a government-controlled region lying near the Nepal-China border and is a popular destination for tourists from India and other countries to engage in trekking, mountain climbing, etc. However, the area has been lacking greatly in the basic infrastructure including safe roads which makes tourist rescue a difficult job, potentially putting lives at risk in the case of accidents or natural disasters. The rescue procedures that take place through the respective government bodies are also quite convoluted which makes the job even more difficult.
The joint press release by TAAN and NATTA claims that the situation can send a negative message regarding the tourism sector of Nepal to foreign countries and that the difficulty in rescue operations in the popular tourist destination can put lives at risk. It has recently seen a development as a tourist hub and a growing presence of security forces. In view of that, the press release demands that the government develop a more effective rescue policy in the region similar to other tourist areas in the country and asks tourism businesses to pressurize the government to implement such a policy.