NTB & TAAN conducts joint meeting with Ministry of Tourism

18th Apr, 2018 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, Apr 18: Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) and Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) have held a meeting with Mr. Krishna Prasad Devkota, Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism & Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) on 16 April on various urgent issues in the trekking sector.

Mr. Deepak Raj Joshi, CEO of NTB, briefed the gathering about Trekker’s Information Management System (TIMS) focusing on its significance in the promotion of tourism and trekking in Nepal. This was followed by a short presentation on TIMS by Mr. Tek Bahadur Mahat, CEO of TAAN in which he highlighted the role played by TIMS to ensure the safety and security of trekkers and for the control of illegal trekking operations, mentioning necessary payable amount for deceased family, rescue and medical.  

TAAN President Mr. Nava Raj Dahal spoke with representatives from NTB and Tourism Ministry to release 30% of TIMS Fund as agreed in the MoU between NTB and TAAN. He suggested to utilize the 30% Joint TIMS Fund for the development and promotion of adventure tourism with coordinated planning between NTB and TAAN. He also stressed on the implementation of 10% Labors Welfare Fund in accordance with TIMS agreement.

Mr. Dahal urged NTB to provide immediate compensation to the families of the trekking laborers who lost their lives during Hud Hud Cyclone, earthquake and other natural calamities along with covering rescue and medical treatment expenses.  He also requested to resume TIMS collection in Khumbu, Jomsom, Langtang-Helambu among others where the service has been interrupted by locals.

Former TAAN President as well as incumbent board member of NTB, Mr. Deepak Mahat raised the issue of making it mandatory for all trekkers to take trekking guides. Mr Purna Kunwar, another board member of NTB, called for better coordination and cooperation between NTB and TAAN.

Acknowledging the importance of TIMS, Tourism Secretary Mr. Krishna Prasad Devkota has asked NTB to immediately distribute compensation to the family of trekking workers who lost their lives during natural disasters. He has directed NTB CEO Mr. Deepak Raj Joshi to take necessary action at the earliest to release 30% TIMS fund to TAAN; utilize 30 % Joint Fund for research and promotion and implement 10% Labor Welfare Fund. Secretary Devkota also agreed with the idea of making trekking guides compulsory to ensure safety and security of trekkers and generate employment.