TAAN delegation meets with Minister of Tourism

31st Jan, 2018 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, Jan 31: A delegation from the Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) has met with the Minister of Culture, Tourism & Civil Aviation, Jitendra Narayan Dev, to discuss the current issues and obstacles in tourism industry.

The delegation, led by TAAN President Nava Raj Dahal handed over a 13-point memorandum to the Minister Dev advocating for quiet diplomacy with an emphasis on development and welfare of mountain tourism.

One of the main topics of discussion was regarding the hazard facing by trekking entrepreneurs due to illegal operation of trekking businesses.

The meeting discussed extensively about the permit fees and TIMS, including the overlapping of multiple permit fees, prospective plans to cut off entry fees and operate TIMS in an effective way, and reopening TIMS check post at Khumbu Pasang Rural Municipality.

Some other issues discussed in the meeting were the idea of mandatory porter & guide while trekking, practicing TAX & VAT invoices during trekking,  fundraising for environment conservation & protection of garbage disposal system, proper management of airports, granting permit to trekkers by presenting a copy of passport, also making the copy of TAAN Membership certificate mandatory and demand companies’ document in yearly basis, distributing mountaineering certificate to foreign citizens, systematic management of tourist bus park and involvement of tourist police at various touristic places.

Minister Jitendra Narayan Dev assured the team that he would work towards for the ease and benefits of tourism business and to promote and develop Nepalese tourism industry.