Nepal Association of Tour and Travel Agents (NATTA) has elected a new executive committee with Madhusudan Acharya as the president.
Acharya’s panel made a clean sweep in the election held on the sidelines of the association’s 52nd Annual General Meeting held in Kathmandu on Sunday.
Acharya received 191 of the 432 votes cast. His opponent Mihika Dhakhwa and Shambhu Raj Pathak could muster only 164 and 57 votes, respectively. Acharya, Dhakhwa and Pathak had fielded their respective panels in the election.
CN Pandey, DK Sharma, Bhim Prasad Pant, Sudhi Upadhyaya, Chitra Gurung and Sabita KC Bhattarai are the 1st Vice President, 2nd Vice President, General Secretary, Secretary, Treasurer and Joint Treasurer, respectively, in the new executive committee.
Similarly, Yubaraj Subedi, Laxman Lamsal, Ram Kumar Barakoti, Ghanashyam Ghimire, Binaya Basnet, Hari Bhakta Shrestha, Barun Mehta and SHital Kumari Sharma Poudel are the executive members.
The executive committee will be at the helm of NATTA for two years.
Talking to media after his election to the post of President, Acharya said the victory is the victory of all NATTA members.
Earlier, speaking in the inauguration ceremony, tourism secretary say workplan to procure two wide-body aircraft for Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) has begun. He also said the workplan will be forwarded to the ministry of finance for approval very soon.
Similarly, NATTA President D B Limbu urged the government to allocate 5 percent of Tourist Service Fee (TSF) collected by Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) to NATTA for development and promotion of Nepali tourism.
Likewise, Deepak Raj Joshi, CEO of NTB, said they were devising plans and strategy to promote tourism aggressively in the Chinese market.
NATTA is an umbrella organization of around 450 travel agencies in the country.
52nd NATTA Annual General Meeting
Three presidential candidates – Madhusudan Acharya, Mihikha Dhakhwa and Shambhu Raj Pathak – have fielded their respective teams for the election of a new executive committee of Nepal Association of Tours and Travel Agents (NATTA).
The umbrella association of Nepali travel agencies and tour operators is holding 52nd NATTA Annual General Meeting and Election of NATTA New Executive Committee in Kathmandu on January 17. The executive committee will serve for a two-year team.
While Acharya is the former 1st vice president of NATTA, Pathak and Dhakwha are the incumbent 1st vice president and general secretary, respectively.
Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) is preparing to add two wide-body aircraft in its fleet, according to Tuesday’s Nagarik daily.
The national flag carrier is preparing to procure two Airbus 330-200 series aircraft from European aircraft manufacturer Airbus, the daily reported. The aircraft has 260 seats. NAC plans to use the aircraft on long-haul routes.
“We are looking for funds to finance the purchase,” NAC’s General Manager Sugat Ratna Kansakar told the daily. “We will open global tender for procurement of the aircraft once we arrange financing.” He also said aircraft manufacturer, leasing company and other airlines can participate in the bidding process.
Kansakar also said he was hopeful of adding the aircraft in the fleet of national flag carrier within a year.
The two aircraft is estimated to cost Rs 25 billion.
NAC is mulling over taking loans from Employees’ Provident Fund and Citizens Investment Trust, among others to finance the procurement.
The national flag carrier plans to fly to European destinations as well as Far East Asia after adding wide-body aircraft.
NAC used to fly to London, Paris and Frankfurt in Europe and Osaka and Shanghai in Far East Asia in the past. NAC plans to fly three times a week to Seoul and Osaka. Similarly, it plans to add flights to Sydney once the new aircraft arrive.
According to Kansakar, NAC plans to add two narrow-body aircraft once the two wide-body aircraft join its fleet.
NAC currently has two Airbus A320-200 and two ageing Boeing 757 aircraft for international operation.