Agitating touirsm entrepreneurs have padlocked the Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) Card sales counter for Free Independent Tourists (FITs) situated in the premises of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB).
About 100 representatives of Joint Tourism Coordination Committee (JTCC)
padlocked the counter at 7 am on Sunday, according to Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN). JTCC has asked FITs to take TIMS cards from TIMS Counter at TAAN Secretariat in Maligaun.
JTCC — a forum of more than 20 travel trade associations – has been waging weeklong protest against NTB, putting forth a four-point demand. The demand includes removal of Subash Nirola from the post of acting CEO of NTB to pave the way for early appointment of new CEO, independent audit of expenditures made by NTB over the past five years, and institutional representation of private sector in the board of NTB, among others.
On Friday, JTCC had organized an interaction with lawmakers of different political parties. Speaking at the workshop, lawmakers like Chham Bahadur Gurung, Ghanashyam Pun, Krishna Dhital, Kishor Singh Rathaur, Sita Giri, Gauri Oli and Mohan Singh Rathour said NTB, which has been established as per the concept of public private partnership, should listen to the voices of the private sector.