Kathmandu, Oct 24. A delegation of Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) paid a courtesy call on Mr. Kedar Bahadur Adhikari, Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation on 23 October, 2019. The delegation led by TAAN President Mr. Khum Bahadur Subedi handed over 9-point memorandum to Secretary Adhikari apprising the latter about existing problems faced by Nepali tourism industry.
The delegation pointed out the impractical imposition of expensive and double trekking permit fee as well as the need to make it mandatory to have at least two trekkers for trekking. Stating the importance of TIMS in controlling illegal trekking operation, ensuring trekker’s safety and security and labor welfare, President Subedi urged Secretary Adhikari to take necessary initiations for effective implementation of TIMS and make guide and assistants compulsory for trekking above 3000m.
TAAN President also submitted a record of comments and negative experiences of tourists on Ramecchap – Lukla flight and requested with Secretary to facilitate a hassle-free travel for tourists on Ramecchap – Lukla route while calling for a complete halt of Kathmandu- Lukla flights.
Responding to the delegation, Secretary Adhikari said that implementation of single payment system can be operated through a systematic planning of permits. Mr. Adhikari assured to carry out necessary actions for infrastructural development in Ramecchap. He further remain committed to working together with private sector to resolve burning issues in tourism industry.
TAAN Second Vice President Mr. Bharat Sapkota, Treasurer Ms. Ritu Gyamdan, Joint- treasurer Mr. Surya Kumar Shrestha, Executive Members Mr. Simbir Ghale, Mr. Sanam Sherpa, Mr. Thakur Prasad Sapkota and Secretariat staff Ms. Subina Manandhar and Pemba Sherpa were part of the delegation.