TAAN Meets with Secretary of MoCTCA
27th Dec, 2017 | Tourism Mail Crew
KATHMANDU, Dec 27: A delegation from the Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) led by its President Nava Raj Dahal held a meeting with the Secretary of Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Mr. Maheswor Neupane, on December 24, 2017. The delegation discussed the issues faced by the Nepali tourism industry in general and the trekking sector in particular.
The TAAN Executive Committee gave a brief introduction about themselves and spoke about the different issues confronted by its member agencies. TAAN President Mr Nava Raj Dahal voiced over illegal trekking operations which are resulting in the forms of accidents like missing, death, harassments and so on. He also apprised of the issues of expensive and double permit fees; requesting secretary Neupane to review policies regarding appropriate charges of permit fees including that of controlled and directed areas in northern zone of Nepal.
TAAN delegation also appealed to secretary Neupane for making obligatory provision that promotes the system of taking guides and porter compulsorily. Presenting a Letter of Memorandum (LoM) TAAN president expressed positive note on getting full support from ministry and also assured them of full support on the part of private sector. The two-hour long meeting look into the issues and agendas of this sector; with possible recommendations for smooth service delivery at immigration, availability of money exchange facility therein, smart airport management system among others.
Meanwhile, the delegation also spoke about current issues of TIMS and requested to help for effective implementation of TIMS. The meeting also delved into the topic of rescue operation and deliberated on healthy tourism practice by ending all malpractices such as unwanted chopper-rescue, overcharge cases and alarming insurance issues as reported from the market.
Senior Vice President Mr. Khum Bahadur Subedi also focused on the agendas of safe tourism and opined on to resume awarding certificates to mountaineering support staff upon successful ascend. General Secretary Mr. Ang Pemba Sherpa also highlighted the issues of garbage, a common problem faced by the industry and stressed on to bring new provision of ‘Environment Protection Fund’ replacing garbage disposal deposit. TAAN Treasurer Mr Ramkrishna Timalsina, EC members Gopal Shrestha, Jeevan Lama, Rajan Kapri among others shared their experiences and underlined numerous problems facing at the airport from arrival to departure.