Office-bearers and executive members of Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) on Monday met with Mike Rea, CEO of Tourism Cares – a charitable arm of the travel and tourism industry based in US, who is in Kathmandu to take stock of Nepal's tourism recovery efforts. TAAN President Ramesh Prasad Dhamala, 1st Vice President Kami Rinzi Sherpa, General Secretary Sagar Pandey, Secretary Pasang Sherpa and Treasurer Gopal Babu Shrestha welcomed Rea by offering khadas and souvenirs. Executive Members Dhana Prasad Gurung, Keshav Raj Wagle, Thakur Timalsina, Palsang Tamang and Ranjan Rajbhandari were also present on the occasion. Speaking at the program, President Dhamala briefed the visiting delegate of the activities that TAAN has been carrying out as part of the tourism recovery efforts. "We have been building community trails by involving tourism workers, who had become jobless after the earthquake," he said, soliciting support of Tourism Cares in TAAN's tourism recovery efforts.
Similarly, TAAN General Secretary Sagar Pandey said Nepal must clearly tell the rest of the world that situation in the country is much different from what has been reported in international media. "For this, we must invite journalists from international media outlets and on fam trips. They will come here, see the real situation of the country, and prepare news reports accordingly. It will help in dissemination of information that Nepal is safe for tourists," he added.
Tourism Cares CEO Mike Rea said Nepal must tell the world that the country is safe to visit. "When I came here, I found the country normal. People's daily life has become normal. You should tell this people who are hesitant about coming here on a vacation," he suggested. "I think Nepal should target tourism recovery by April 2016 and organize something to commemorate the earthquake of April 25."
He also said Tourism Cares was positive about supporting Nepal in tourism recovery through TAAN. Similarly, TAAN CEO Ganga Sagar Pant said TAAN was preparing to organize a media fam trip in Manaslu Region to disseminate exact information about the trail. "For that, we need support of organizations like Tourism Cares," he added.
1st Vice President Kami Rinji Sherpa, Secretary Pasang Sherpa and Treasurer Gopal Babu Shrestha and Executive Member Dhan Prasad Gurung also spoke on the occasion.