Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) welcomed and felicitated Mr. Suraj Vaidya on December 9 at TAAN Secretariat for his appointment as the national convener of Visit Nepal Year 2020 campaign.
Launched by the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Visit Nepal Year 2020 is a national campaign that aims to bring 2 million foreign tourists to Nepal in 2020. Various programs and events have been lined up in joint coordination between government and private sector to make it a success.
TAAN President Mr. Nava Raj Dahal congratulated and wished Mr. Vaidya for his successful tenure for making Visit Nepal Year 2020 campaign a milestone for tourism development in Nepal. He requested Mr. Vaidya for his valuable inputs to formulate Tourism Act that will benefit entire tourism of Nepal.
President Dahal, who is also the Managing Director of Nepal Environmental Treks & Expedition, emphasized on various ongoing issues in tourism sector like TIMS absence in several trekking regions, unnecessary permit fees, lack of infrastructures and reconstructions. He suggested to introduce Ski adventure at Annapurna Base Camp during off season, establishing Hippie museum at Basantapur, building porter shelter at various trekking routes, opening restricted trekking route and allowing easy access at borders of Nepal.
Mr. Suraj Vaidya, national convener of VNY 2020 and a successful industrialist stated that tourism is the biggest employer and foreign exchange earner. He requested TAAN to create two new products as part of the campaign. VNY 2020 vision is currently focusing on making TIA a boutique airport, promote culture tourism, introduce E- Visa, E-Payment system, building infrastructures like toilet, parking in touristic hubs.