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Nnattaepal Association of Tour and Travel Agents (NATTA) has condemned the decision to distribute bonus to the staffers of Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN).

Issuing a statement on Monday, the umbrella association of Nepali travel agents said that the decision taken by former tourism minister Jeevan Bahadur Shahi, who also chairs the board of directors of CAAN, was against CAAN Act 1996, Bonus Act 1973 and Bonus Rules 1982.

“The decision has thrown cold water on our hope that CAAN would spend the money collected from air passengers to build new airports, upgrade facilities at existing airports and build necessary infrastructure at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), NATTA said.

NATTA has also reminded that the European Union (EU) and International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) have kept Nepali airlines in blacklist as CAAN has not upgraded infrastructure of TIA and improved safety standards.

The awardees (front row) at a photo call with dignitaries in Pokhara on Sunday. Photo: VITOF nepal

The awardees (front row) at a photo call with dignitaries in Pokhara on Sunday. Photo: VITOF nepal

The Pokhara Chapter of Village Tourism Promotion Forum (VITOF) Nepal on Sunday honored three individuals committed to promoting village tourism.

Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) CEO Deepak Raj Joshi and Taranath Pahari, chairman of VITOF Pokhara, jointly conferred ‘Excellent Leadership Award’ on Jum Gurung – tourism coordinator of Sirubari village of Syangja, Prem Ghale – Chairman of Ghalegaun Tourism Development Committee of Lamjung, and Sushila Devi Gurung, Chairperson of Chitre Community Homestay of Parbat.

Speaking at the program, Joshi said Nepal held tremendous in rural tourism activities. On the occasion, he also hailed the contribution of late Captain Rudraman Gurung – the pioneer of homestay tourism in Nepal.

He also unveiled plan to organized Rural Tourism Mart in Pokhara in the second week of April. The mart is being organized in coordinatioin with VITOF for promoting tourism activities in rural areas.

Meanwhile, VITOF Pokhara has announced a journalism award in memory of late Rudraman. The ‘Rudraman Memorial Tourism Journalism Award’ carries a purse of Rs 11,111 and will be handed over to journalists based in western region.

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Participants of the fam trip pose for a group photo on the bank of Sunkoshi River.

Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) organized a familiarization trip to the Timal region of on August 6 and 7.

The organization has unveiled plan to build Tourism Memorial Park there.

Altogether 16 journalists affiliated to different print, broadcast and online media participated in the fam trip.

Similarly, a representative of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), senior officer Santosh Ghimire, as well as executive members of Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) were in the team.

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TAAN General Secretary Karna Bahadur Lama speaking at a welcome program organized by the locals.

The journey began from TAAN Secretariat in Maligaun and progressed along the Araniko Highway before stopping at Panchkhal and taking a right road to Thulo Parsel VDC via Hokse village of Kavre. Thulo Parsel VDC situated on the top of a hill above Sunkoshi River.

Local villages accorded a warm welcome to the participants at Thulo Parsel. Dressed in typical Tamang attire, locals sang their traditional songs amid beating of drums called Damphu. A panche baja group led the participants to the lunch point where the Thulo Parsel VDC and Timal Damphu Youth organized a cultural program in honor of all the participants. The main attraction of the program was the Shaman dance. Three shamans performed shamanic rituals amid beating of traditional drums and chanting of the sacred mantras.

After lunch, the participants embarked on a short hiking to the proposed site of ‘TAAN Tourism Memorial Park’ in Chanpkhori VDC. The participants also got to learn about Buddha chitta beads – one of the fastest growing exports of Kavre district in recent times – during the hiking.

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Proposed site of Tourism Memorial Park in Chanpkhori VDC of Kavre.

A formal program was organized at the proposed site on the second day. Speaking at the program,
TAAN 1st Vice President Tej Bahadur Gurung said that TAAN was committed to build the tourism memorial park. “We are holding discussion for the same with different government agencies. The park will materialize soon,” he added.

Likewise, TAAN General Secretary Karna Bahadur Lama said that a monument will be erected in the park in memory of trekkers, mountaineers and Nepali support staff who lost their lives in course of trekking and mountaineering activities in Nepal. Lama further added that by building a monument in memory of the deceased trekkers, TAAN aims to convey the message to their family members that Nepal has not forgotten them. He further added that a museum, documenting Tamang history, culture and tradition, and tree plantation area will be the other major attractions of the park.

Similarly, TAAN Media Coordinator Surya Bahadur Ghimire said TAAN chose Timal to build the tourism memorial park as the place lies on the Great Buddhist Master Trail which the TAAN had explored some years before.

Timal 4Despite having immense tourism potentials, the Timal region is yet to welcome desired number of foreign visitors. Rafting in Sunkoshir River, canyoning, caving, agro-tourism, pleasant weather conditions, ancient Tamang kingdom, Kot Timal, Rimpoche caves and the Narayansthan temple are the major attraction of the area. Similarly, the Buddhist Master Circuit Trail, which passes through the region, is the other attraction of the trek.

TAAN had explored two trekking trails in the region – Rhododendron Mahabharat Trail and The Great Buddhist Master Trail

TAAN 1st Vice President Tej Bahadur Gurung, 2nd Vice President Ram Prasad Sapkota, Secretary Mukti Pandey and Joint Treasurer Krishna Man Shrestha as well as Executive Members Sarita Lama, Wangchu Sherpa, Pemba Sherpa ‘Sangam’, Surya Bahadur Ghimire and Dawa Lama were in the fam trip.

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The newly elected executive committee of VITOF Nepal at a photo call in Kathmandu.

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.


Participants of the face-to-face program. (Photo Courtesy: JAT Nepal)

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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.”

TAAN1TAAN 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.

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