Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) organized Sri Lanka – Nepal Tourism discussion program on December 13 at TAAN Secretariat, Maligaun in gracious participation of Her Excellency Ms. Swarna Perera, Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Nepal.
TAAN President Mr. Nava Raj Dahal welcomed Her Excellency at TAAN Secretariat with khadas and bouquet along with officials from Sri Lankan embassy. The program was participated by past presidents, past general secretaries, along with current executive members of TAAN.
The program was organized to discuss and formulate action plans to promote tourism between Sri Lanka and Nepal, two south Asian neighbors who each have unique tourism attractions. As many as 74% of Sri Lankan citizens visit Lumbini, birthplace of Gautam Buddha while Nepalese citizen visits Sri Lanka to visit Buddhist sites.
Her Excellency Ms Perera gave a presentation on Sri Lanka, highlighting Sri Lanka’s tourism attractions such as breathtaking landscape, lush forests, sea and beach activities, history,, culture, wildlife, temples, traditional dances, handicrafts etc. She emphasized on the religious and cultural similarity between Nepal and Sri Lanka and suggested to introduce develop tour packages to link tourism opportunities between Sri Lanka- Nepal.
President Mr. Dahal expressed the Nepal and Sri Lanka having long bilateral relationship and sharing many commonalities in terms of culture, religion and natural diversity. Mr. Dahal, who is also the Managing Director of Nepal Environmental Treks & Expedition, hoped that the program will offer Nepali tour and trekking operators a chance to know more about Sri Lanka an called the participants to explore and identify strategies and action plans to promote tourism between two countries and develop tourism packages.
TAAN Past Presidents Mr. J.B. Singh, Mrs. Yankila Sherpa, Immediate Past President Chandra Prasad Rijal, Past General Secretaries Mr. Mohan Lamsal, Mr. Karna Lama, Mr. Bikram Neupane, TAAN Central Executive Committee and tourism journalists are present at the program.