Tourism stakeholders have formed a joint committee of government officials and private sector to work for minimizing the impact of earthquake of April 25 on Nepali tourism industry and bring the industry toward normalcy.
The Tourism Recovery Committee (TRC), which is led by Tulsi Prasad Gautam, director general of Deparment of Tourism (DoT), will study the impacts of the tragic incident on the tourism industry, identify short-term and long-terms works needed to be done, formulate necessary program for recovery, and make necessary suggestions to concerned government agencies for speedy recovery of the tourism industry, according to a press statement issued on May 7.
The committee will also recommend to the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) to do the needful for disseminating positive messages about Nepal in the international market. It also aims to work in coordination with other associations, organizations and agencies for other needful works.
The stakeholders also decided to make preliminary assessment/field study of hotel sector in coordination with Hotel Association of Nepal (HAN), cultural heritage sites in coordination with Nepal Association of Tours Operators (NATO), and trekking trails in association with Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN). The committee hopes that the outcomes of the preliminary assessment/field study will help to rebuild tourism products, conserve them, and promote them in the international market.
Presidents of HAN, Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA), TAAN, Nepal Association of Tours and Travel Agents (NATTA), NATO, PATA Nepal Chapter and Society of Travel and Tour Operators Nepal (SOTTO Nepal) are members of the committee. Similarly, one director-level staff each from Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) and Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) are also in the committee as members. Administrative Chief of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) Ramesh Kumar Adhikari is the member-sectary of TRC, while PATA Nepal President Suman Pandey is the spokesperson.
TRC has opened its secretariat in NTB premises. A three-member team led by Deepak Raj Joshi, senior officer of NTB, will look after daily activities of the secretariat. PATA Nepal CEO Jyotsna Khadka and Reshma Singh of NATO are also in the secretariat team.