Village Tourism Promotion Forum (VITOF) Nepal has unanimously elected a new executive committee with Kamal Sapkota as president.
Similarly, Ram Ghale, Deepak Dahal, Basudev Pandey, Jastha Pandey, Gagan Raj Neupane and Krishna Bahadur Supedi are the first vice president, second vice president, general secretary, secretary, treasurer and joint-treasurer, respectively, in the new executive committee.
Likewise, Harichandra Gaire, Sanjiv Shrestha, Kul Prasad Subedi, Janga Bahadur Lama and Prakash Aryal have also been unanimously elected as executive members.
As per the VITOF Nepal statute, the new executive committee will nominate two members.
Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Ananda Prasad Pokharel handed over certificates to newly appointed office-bearers and executive members amid a function organized to celebrate 20th Village Tourism Day in Kathmandu on Sunday.
Speaking at the program, he said that the new tourism minister should give continuity to programs initiated by him. “I request my successor at the ministry not to treat these programs as programs of a political party. They are the national programs and hence need to be implemented accordingly,” he added.
Stakeholders of Nepali trekking industry have suggested that the executive committee of Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) settle their internal disputes on their own.
At a face-to-face program organized by Journalists’ Association for Tourism-Nepal (JAT-Nepal) on Monday, they said that instead of bringing the dispute to media all concerned should work toward finding amicable solution to the issue.
Speaking at the program, TAAN President Chandra Prasad Rijal said problem arose after executive committee split into two groups. Pointing at Treasurer Lila Baldab Dahal ‘Kaka’, Rijal said many programs and activities of TAAN has been affected as the treasurer is not signing any checks to arrange funds for those programs endorsed by majority by the executive committee. “It is because of this that the executive committee sought written explanation from the treasurer,” he added.
Refuting Rijal’s allegation, Treasurer Dahal said he has not signed checks to prevent the executive committee from doling out funds. “I have not blocked any programs and activities of TAAN,” he said, adding that most of the office-bearers and executive members have ganged up against him. “I am working as per the TAAN statute and will continue to do so in the coming days as well.”
TAAN General Secretary Karna Bahadur Lama alleged that TAAN is losing its vibrancy because of Dahal’s attitude. “The treasurer has been skipping important meetings and not picking up calls. How can an organization work this way?” he wondered.
TAAN Former President Jyoti Adhikari suggested the executive committee to find solution to the disputes within TAAN. Similarly, another former president, Deepak Mahat, said the executive committee should not gang up against the treasurer just because they have majority. He also requested all not point fingers at staffers for everything.
Similarly, Immediate Past president, Ramesh Prasad Dhamala, maintained that there was no financial irregularity in TAAN during his term. He also urged the executive committee to resolve dispute and work for development of adventure tourism in the country.
TAAN office-bearers and executive committee members, former presidents and general secretaries of TAAN, media persons, among others were present in the discussion.
Romanian trekker Popescu Adina Monica (26), who had gone missing in the Annapurna Region for over a week, has been found dead.
A police team deployed by District Police Office, Kaski, found the dead body on the bank of Shiva River in Ghandruk VDC-1 on Sunday evening, The Himalayan Times daily quoted Deputy Superintendent of District Police Office, Kaski, Gaju Siddhi Bajracharya as saying.
According to TAAN Western Regional Association, Popescu was traveling alone. She had got TIMS card from Nepal Tourism Board’s Pokhara Office and entered into Annapurna Region from Dhampus check post on July 13. Her exit from the region is not recorded.
Popescu arrived Nepal on July 11 on a weeklong visit. She was scheduled to reach Bucharest on July 18.
Popescu’s family started her search after the airline informed that she had not boarded her flight back home.
The new provision is being introduced by amending the Mountaineering Expedition Regulation under the Tourism Act. The draft of amendment prepared by the Department of Tourism also states that the government will prevent solo climbers as well as mountaineers above 75 years, double amputees and visually impaired from climbing peaks.
Existing regulation bars individuals below 16 years of age from involving in mountaineering activities.
Similarly, the new amendment also envisages giving climbing certificates to Sherpas who accompany mountaineers to the summit of Mt Everest. The government is also mulling over banning chopper ride above base camp.
Officials of the Department of Tourism (DoT) say that the new legal arrangement was being made to make mountaineering in Nepal safe.
The new came into effect from Monday.
Airlines Operators Association of Nepal (AOAN), the umbrella organization of domestic airlines held on Sunday, decided to lower airfare by a maximum of Rs 385 depending on routes.
On Friday, Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) reduced price of ATF for domestic and international carriers by Rs 10 per liter and US$ 100 per kiloliter, respectively.
Ghanashyam Acharya, spokesperson of NOC, said the airfare has been reduced following reduction in price of ATF by NOC.
With the fresh adjustment, airfare for Simara will cost Rs 2,650, while airfare for Dhangadhi will be available at Rs 10,605. Airfare to Pokhara and Bhairahawa has come down by Rs 165 and Rs 205, respectively, to Rs 4,230 and Rs 5,300.
Similarly, airfares to Biratnagar and Bhadrapur have come down by Rs 235 and Rs 275, respectively, to Rs 6,055 and Rs 7,385, respectively.
According to AOAN, cost of mountain flight has been reduced to Rs 9,385 to Rs 9,010.