Journalists Association for Tourism-Nepal (JAT-Nepal) has unanimously elected a new executive committee with Devi Prasad Panta of Sunrise Nepal as President.
The Special General Assembly of the association held in Kathmandu elected Shiva Shrestha of Paryatan Abhiyan as first vice president, Shekhar Adhikari of eKantipur.Comas 2nd vice president, Madan Dhungana of News24 TV as general secretary, Harisharan Neupane ofMountain TV as secretary and Kumar Chaulagai as Worldwide Media as treasurer.
Similarly, Ananda Adhikari of Himalaya TV, Rajeev Joshi of Image Nepal, Ananda Poudel ofParyatanNews.Com, CK Khanal of The Rising Nepal, Shankar Pradhananga of Travel Nepal, Sabita Uprety of News24 TV and Kishor Khadka of Advance Monitor have been elected executive committee members.
Outgoing president Hari Raj Joshi is in the executive committee as Immediate Past President. The new executive committee will nominate one executive member in the committee.
Talking to eTravelPress, newly elected President Panta said he would try to make the association inclusive by including tourism journalists associated with print, broadcast and online media under one umbrella. “JAT-Nepal will be an able partner of Nepali tourism industry,” he added.
To spread the message of world peace and friendship, a Nepali mountaineer is planning to hoist flags of all 193 member countries of United Nations (UN) on the summit of Mt Everest.
Phurba Thile Sherpa, vice-chairman of World Peace Friendship Forum (WPFF) Nepal, plans to hoist the flags of 193 countries at the top of Mt Everest in this spring. He is a member of the ‘Mt Everest Expedition for World Peace and Friendship-2015? which is being organized by WPFF Nepal.
“The pictures of fluttering flags would be submitted to the head of states of all the countries and UN headquarters by mid-July,” Vinaya Shakya, chairman of WPFF Nepal, said at a press meet organized in Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) on Wednesday. “The expedition aims to relay the message of peace and friendship throughout the world.”
Speaking at the press meet, NMA President Ang Tshering Sherpa said he was hopeful that the campaign would become successful in relaying the message of world peace.
According to the organizers, the estimated cost of the expedition is Rs 1.8 million. Mountaineer Sherpa told the press meet that he would bear all the costs on his own. “My aim is not to create any record, but to relay message of word peace and friendship,” he added.
CASES ALSO FILED AGAINST TWO GOVT SECRETARIES
Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) on Friday filed corruption case against 23 persons, including two government secretaries and acting CEO of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) Subash Nirola, after finding their involvement in financial irregularities worth around Rs 700 million in NTB.
Along with Nirola, CIAA has filed case against Sharad Chandra Poudel, secretary at the Ministry of Forest and Land Conservation; Ranjan Krishna Aryal, secretary of the Law Commission; Dilli Prasad Shivakoti, joint secretary of the Ministry of Finance; Megh Bahadur Pandey, joint secretary of Ministry of Forest and Soil Conservation; and Ratish Chandra Lal Suman, director general of Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN).
Finance Secretary, Forest Secretary and CAAN DG are ex-officio members in NTB’s executive committee.
As per the existing laws, government officials are automatically suspended once corruption case if filed against them.
Similarly, cases have also been filed against Sushil Ghimire, former tourism secretary and former chairman of executive committee of NTB, executive committee members as well as NTB staffers.
In its charge sheet, CIAA has claimed Nirola was involved in irregularities worth Rs 330 million.
CIAA officials had reached the Special Court premises to register the case on Thursday. But Special Court officials asked them to come on Friday, citing end of office hours.
The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) had suspended Nirola on October 26 as per the direction of the Public Accounts Committee of legislature-parliament.
According to news reports, cases have been filed against NTB’s Acting CEO Nandini Lahe Thapa, Senior Director Aditya Baral, directors Hikma Singh Ayer and Kashi Raj Bhandari; Officiating Director Dhruba Rai, senior manager Diwakar Rana, managers Leela Bahadur Baniya and other staff members like Anil Kumar Das and Laxman Gautam among others.
Tourism industry contributed US$ 7,580 billion in GDP and 277 million jobs to the global economy in 2014, according to a report prepared jointly by World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) and Oxford Economics.
The study entitled ‘Travel and Tourism Economic Impacts 2015? forecasts tourism industry’s contribution to global GDP to grow by 3.7 percent and employment by 2.6 percent in 2015. The global economy is expected to grow by 2.9 percent in 2015.
“By the end of 2015, the travel and tourism sector will contribute $7,860 billion, 10 percent of global GDP, once all direct, indirect and induced impacts are taken into account. The sector will account for 284 million jobs, 9.5 percent of total employment, or one in eleven of all jobs on the planet,” the report states
The study forecasts that the United States and China will retain their rankings as the two biggest tourism economies in the world. Germany overtook Japan to rank as the third largest tourism economy. According to the study, South Asia is expected to experience the highest growth in 2015 at 6.9 percent, whilst Europe and Latin America are the regions with the lowest forecast growth of 2.4 percent.
“At a time of global economic challenges, Travel & Tourism continues to grow faster than the global economy, and is an enduring source of job creation and a driver of growth for every region in the world,” David Scowsill, President & CEO of WTTC, said. “Our annual research demonstrates that the sector has recorded strong economic growth in 19 out of the last 20 years, providing much-needed economic stability at a time of global economic volatility.”
The report forecasts that global tourism industry will continue to grow by 3.8 percent annually over the next years to reach $11.4 trillion by 2015.
TOURISM INDICATORS OF NEPAL
According to the report, tourism directly supported 487,500 jobs in Nepal which is 3.5 percent of total employment in the country. The report forecasts it to rise by 4 percent in 2014 and grow by 3.1 percent to 1,494,000 in 2025.
Similarly, tourism contributed Rs 83.7 billion in Nepal’s GDP in 2014. Contribution of the sector to GDP is expected to rise by 5.4 percent in 2015. It will rise by 4.4 percent per year until 2025 to Rs 135.7 billion (4.8 percent of GDP) in 2025.
The report says Nepal’s tourism sector received investment worth Rs 15.7 billion, or 3.6 percent of total investment, in 2014. The report estimates investment to increase by 12 percent in 2015 and by 5.2 percent over the next 10 years to Rs 29.2 billion in 2025.