JOINT MEETING WITH DOMESTIC AIRLINES

In view of the changing scenario in the domestic front of the Nepalese Aviation Sector and also taking into consideration the increasing number of aircrafts owned by various Domestic Airlines, NATTA convened a joint meeting with high-level executives/representatives from Domestic Airlines’


NATTA TO SUPPORT HTM-2017

Government of Nepal, Ministry of Culture, Tourism  & Civil Aviation is all set to host the Himalayan Travel Mart-2017 in Kathmandu from 01st June through 04th June this year with the theme: Nepal, Gateway to the Himalaya.


Debriefing of BTTF - 2017

A debriefing meeting of the Nepalese participants at NATTA Secretariat on 3rd May 2017was held after the completion of Bangladesh Travel & Tourism Fair 2017 (BTTF). 


Nepal Promotion at Dhaka

NATTA has successfully completed promotional campaign of Nepal in Bangladesh Travel & Tourism Fair (BTTF) 2017 held at  at Bangbandhu International Convention Center (BICC) Dhaka, Bangladesh from 20th April – 22nd April 2017 organized by Tour Operators Association of Bangladesh.


NEW MEMBER WELCOMED AT 33RD BOARD

NATTA welcomed two new members Pearl Holidays Pvt. Ltd. and Cinemax Travels and Tours Pvt. Ltd. in its 33rd Board Meeting, held on 28th April 2017. 


Briefing on BTTF Fair - 2017

A briefing program on Bangladesh Travel & Tourism Fair (BTTF) 2017 with the registered BTTF Fair Participants was held on 12th April 2017 at NATTA Secretariat under the chairmanship of President Mr. Madhusudan Acharya. Coordinator for Nepal Participation in BTTF Mr. Hari Bhakta Shrestha apprised of the various information on Fair. 


SILK ROAD TOURISM BETWEEN CHINA & NEPAL

China National Tourist Office (CNTO), Kathmandu and Nepal-China Chamber of Commerce & Industry (NCCCI) jointly organized an Interaction Program on Silk Road Tourism Between China & Nepal at Hotel Annapurna on Wednesday, the 19th April’17. The program was inaugurated jointly by Chief Guest Hon’ble Minister for Culture, Tourism & Civil Aviation and HE Ambassador Peoples’ Republic of China to Nepal Madam Yu Hong. 


Donation to Goma Ganesh Temple

The management (Guthi) of Goma Ganesh Temple adjacent to NATTA Secretariat building has recently metamorphosed the look of idol of Lord Goma Ganesh by installing additional decorative artwork all carved on silver sheets.


New Member welcomed at 32nd Board

The 32nd Board Meeting held at NATTA Secretariat on 6th April'17 welcomed a new member in NATTA, Mr. Chopendra Khadka, Tourism International Travels & Tours Pvt. Ltd, Kathmandu. 


MATTA Fair Debriefing Held

A Debriefing meeting of the delegates who participated in the MATTA Fair  2017 at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia starting from 17th – 19th March  this year was held at Secretariat of NATTA in the afternoon, 28th March. 


Certification of New Members at 31st Board

New Members of NATTA were welcomed at the 31st Board of Meeting of NATTA held on 24th March.


NATTA IN THE DOMESTIC FRONT

In a meeting of NATTA President and NATTA delegates with Managing Director Mr. S.R. Kansakar, Commercial Director CA Janak Raj Kalakheti and high level officials of NAC Domestic held on 22nd March, 2017


VP TURKISH AIRLINES CALLS ON NATTA

In view of the growing support and co-operation between NATTA & Turkish Airlines, Mr. A. Harun Basturk, Vice-President Sales (Asia & Far East) paid a courtesy call at NATTA Secretariat in the afternoon Wednesday, the 22nd March, 2017


MATTA FAIR 2017 CONCLUDES

Participation in MATTA Fair 2017 organized under the aegis of NATTA, NTB and NAC concludes in Kuala Lumpur with resounding success. Nepal had its stall at the Fair with as many as nine Nepalese exhibitors which was well attended by the potential Malaysian buyers. 


NATTA JOINS NAC AGENT AWARD CEREMONY

NATTA President Mr. Madhu Sudan Acharya laid emphasis on purchase of ten new wide body aircrafts for Nepal Airlines Corporation by 2020 to meet the national projection of receiving 2.5 million tourists speaking on behalf of NATTA at a special function organized by Nepal Airlines to award the best performing agents at Hotel Soaltee


SUKLAPHANTA TOURISM FESTIVAL AMIDST GRAND GATHERING IN MAHENDRANAGAR

Nepal Association of Tour & Travel Agents (NATTA) Far Western Regional Association launched ever First Suklaphanta Tourism Fair amidst a grand gathering in Mahendranagar of Kanchanpur on Friday, the 17th March 2017 in the premises of Suklaphanta National Park.


Briefing on MATTA Fair- 2017

A  Briefing Program on MATTA FAIR 2017 was held on 6th March 2017 at NATTA Secretariat with the participation of the companies registered as exhibitors in the event supported by Nepal Tourism Board and coordinated by Coordinator for the event, Mr. Ghanshyam Ghimire.


Nepal Investment Summit – 2017 conclude

Nepal Investment Summit – 2017 organized jointly by Government of Nepal and Nepal Investment Board concluded on March 2. The Summit was inaugurated by Rt. Hon'ble Prime Minister 


Shroff Travel Presentation

Messrs. Shroff Travel, a travel agency from Philippines was here in Kathmandu for the presentation on the potentialities of Philippines Tourism. 


22ND AGM OF NATTA WESTERN CONCLUDE

The 22nd Annual General Meeting of NATTA Western Regional Association was held in Pokhara on 2073 BS Falgun 16th corresponding to 27th February, 2016. The Inaugural Session of the AGM founded on the theme: Production, Promotion & Participation 


SATTE 2017

SATTE is a business-to-business travel trade show, supported by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, with an aim to increase the tourists’ inflow in the country. 


DEBRIEFING OF FITUR - 2017

After the successful participation of Nepalese travel companies in FITUR – 2017 in Madrid (Spain) from 18th January to 22nd January, NATTA Coordinator for FITUR – 2017, Mrs. Sabita Bhattarai K.C convened a Debriefing Meeting of participants at NATTA Secretariat on 13th February.


UNDP CALLED ON NATTA

Mr. Nick Maddock, Advisor on Livelihoods & Employment and Ms. Gium Kim, Employment & Inclusive Growth Analyst, Poverty & Inclusion Unit, from UNDP Nepal visited NATTA Secretariat today afternoon, 10th February’17


NATTA JOINED 69TH NATIONAL DAY CELEBRATION OF DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF SRI LANKA

On an invitation from HE Ambassador W.S. Perera, President & CEO of NATTA participated in the 69th National Day Celebration of Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka held on 6th February at Hotel Yak & Yeti, Durbar Marg.


LUTHERAN WORLD FEDERATION AT NATTA

Dr. Subash Gurung, coordinator, Sustainable Livelihood Development, Department of World Service at the Kathmandu office of The Lutheran World Federation Nepal called on the Secretariat of NATTA along with two of his colleagues from the office


New Member at 29th Board Meeting

NTC Travels & Tours Pvt. Ltd. was welcomed as new member of NATTA at its 29th Board Meeting, 3rd February 2017. 


NATTA welcomed new Board of SOTTO

New Executive body of Society of Travel and Tour Operators (SOTTO) was accorded a warm welcome at NATTA Secretariat on 1st February 2017 by NATTA President, 1st VP and other officials. 


Joint Meeting of NATTA, NATO and SOTTO

After the NATTA – SOTTO Meeting on the same day, NATTA had yet another meeting with the office bearing Executives of NATO and SOTTO


FITUR - 2017 Update

Nepalese stakeholders have promoted Nepal's Tourism in the most important International Tourism Fair 2017, FITUR – IFEMA.


Bengal Travel Mart - 2017

A three-day- long travel and tourism festival Bengal Travel Mart -2017 was organized in Siliguri (India) on Friday at 'Savin Kingdom'. The second edition of Bengal Travel Mart (BTM) saw many of the delegates from different states along with delegates from Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. 


SIXTH AGM OF NATTA EASTERN

The sixth AGM of NATTA Eastern Region was held in Bhadrapur on 26th January, 2017. After the welcome note & presentation of the Annual Report by President Mr. Hem Raj Bastola and General Secretary


NATTA FOCUS ON NEPAL INVESTMENT SUMMIT-2017

NATTA Coordination Meeting on Foreign Investment in Tourism Sector was held at NATTA Secretariat on 23rd January, 2017 in the presence of Past Presidents Madam Ambica Shrestha, Mr. RR Pandey and Hony. Life Member of NATTA Mr. Prachanda Man Shrestha. The meeting was chaired by President Madhusudan Acharya. 


Digital Marketing by NTB

A meeting was held at Nepal Tourism Board in regard to the promotional campaigns of Nepal through international media. 


New Member Welcomed in 28th Board Meeting

Four travel agencies were welcomed as NATTA Member at its 28th Board Meeting held on 20th January 2017. Newly welcomed members were handed over new NATTA Membership Certificate & Khada by President Mr. Madhusudan Acharya and Executive members. 


MEETING WITH DOMESTIC AIRLINES’

NATTA Chairman for Domestic Airlines’ Coordination Committee Mr. Hari Bhakta Shrestha called a meeting with the Marketing Chiefs of eleven domestic airlines’ at NATTA Secretariat on 19th January, 2017 primarily to appraise the airlines 


NATTA's Press Release on CAAN's Bonus Distribution

Nepal Association of Tour and Travel Agents (NATTA) issued a Press Release concerning about Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal’s (CAAN) plan to distribute bonus using the fund collected from outgoing travelers by air.


NATTA coordinated joint meeting of NTB with Int’l Airlines

NATTA coordinated a joint meeting of NTB with all the international airlines operating to & fro Kathmandu on Friday, the 13th January, 2017 at Hotel Radisson. 


Secy. Upadhyay participates in SSC for Hospitality Meeting

A meeting of Sector Skill Committee for Hospitality formed under Nepal Vocational Qualifications System (NVQS) Project of Swisscontact was held at Hotel Royal Singhi


Meeting of NVQS

Hotel Association Nepal (HAN) organized an orientation meeting of Nepal Vocational Qualifications System (NVQS) Project on Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at HAN Secretariat. The orientation program was organized to make NVQS more familiarized and Sector Skill Committee to the all concerned. 


PRESIDENT ACHARYA CALLS ON SRI LANKAN EMBASSY

NATTA President Mr. Madhusudan Acharya called on Her Excellency Ambassador W.S. Perera last Monday, the 26th December and held talks on matters pertaining to mutual support, co-operation and exchange in the area of promoting tourism of both the friendly countries. 


Report Submission of XXI Convention and Golden Jubilee Celebrations

Director for the Convention and Golden Jubilee Celebrations Mr. Laxman Gautam submitted a Report Book of NATTA XXI Convention and Golden Jubilee at the 26th Board meeting held today. The report contains all the information regarding the preparation.


MOU with TOAB

NATTA has been close ties with various other travel agencies' associations spread all over the world by entering into MOU for mutual cooperation and support for the cause of promoting tourism in each other's countries.


Inauguration of Chandragiri Cable Car

Chandragiri Cable Car service was officially inaugurated by Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal in Chandragiri, Kathmandu on 15th December 2016. Chandragiri Hills Ltd organized a special programme to mark the official launching ceremony of the cable car service. 


NATTA Celebrates Golden Jubilee and XXI Convention 2016

Nepal Association of Tour and Travel Agents (NATTA) observed historic Golden Jubilee, XXI Convention and Round Table Conclave amidst a huge assemblage of national and international dignitaries, media personalities, political leaders, diplomatic communities, national and international airlines members and members of travel trade fraternity of Nepal on December 9, 2016 in Kathmandu.


NATTA IN UFTAA GOLDEN JUBILEE

It is a happy coincidence that UFTAA is also celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year by holding a grand Congress in Istanbul (Turkey)


SOALTEE’s 50th ANNIVERSARY

NATTA delegates comprising of 2nd VP Mr. D.K. Sharma, Secretary Mr. Sudhir Kumar Upadhyay and CEO Prof. Dr. Hari Sarmah participated in the 50th Anniversary of Soaltee Hotel Limited Friday in the morning.


NATTA President Elected UFTAA Board of Director

NATTA President Mr. Madhu Sudan Acharya was elected as one of the members in the Board of UFTAA Directors by the Golden Jubilee Congress of UFTAA held in Istanbul (Turkey) on 25th November 2016. 


Participation of NATTA in UFTAA Congress 2016

UFTAA celebrated its Golden Jubilee Congress, 25-26 November 2016 at Hilton Bosphorus, Istanbul, Turkey. The event comprised of several features


MOU with TURSAB Association of Turkish Travel Agencies

It was during the momentous time of UFTAA Golden Jubilee Congress in Istanbul that NATTA delegation could meet all the TURSAB officials and sign a Joint MOU for the betterment of the tourism of both the countries,


NATTA SAGARMATHA AND BHASKAR AWARD DECLARED

The Award Nomination Committee formed to nominate deserving candidates for NATTA’s prestigious awards SAGARMATHA and BHASKAR AWARDS 2016.


JOINT MEETING WITH HAN

NATTA and HAN Executive Committee met for a joint meeting at NATTA Secretariat on Sunday, the 20th November. The HAN delegation was led by newly elected President Mr. Amar Man Shakya who was accorded a warm welcome by NATTA President Mr. Madhu Sudan Acharya.


Press Meet by NATTA regarding GJ Celebrations

NATTA organised a Press-Meet today in the afternoon at Nepal Tourism Board (Lecture Hall) in the august presence of more than forty media representatives including the electronic media and apprised the media regarding NATTA's upcoming mega events


NATTA Tourism Media AWARD NOMINATION COMMITTEE MEETING

Meeting of Media Award Nomination Committee was held at NATTA Secretariat on 16th November 2016. Media Chief of Nepal Tourism Board,


CHINESE DELEGATION WELCOMED AT NATTA SECRETARIAT

A five-member delegation from Meishan Dajiangdong Cultural Tourism Co., Ltd., Sichuan, China led by Director Ms. Yuan Yun called on NATTA Secretariat on 13th November and held talks with President Mr. MadhuSudan Acharya regarding the trend of the Chinese visitors visiting Nepal in the recent years. 


NEW MEMBERS WELCOMED AT 22ND BOARD

Three new members have been admitted under the umberella of NATTA at 22nd Board Meeting on 11th November 2016.



Chinese Delegation from Yunnan

FNCCI arranged a meeting with the 6 member delegation led by Mr. Yang Hui, Deputy Director of Department of Commerce of Yunnan Province (Kunming) from Department of Commerce of Yunnan China Delegation on 4th November at FNCCI Secretariat.


Media and Publicity Committee Meeting

A meeting with NATTA Media and Publicity Committee was organized at NATTA Secretariat on 25th October to have the discussions on the upcoming NATTA’s Golden Jubilee Celebration and Convention. The discussions centered mainly on the views and suggestions of committee members of Media and Publicity.


37th World Tourism Day Rally

As a part of celebration of 37th World Tourism Day, different organizations of the tourism fraternity took out a rally in the morning of September 27. The rally was organized by MOCTCA along with number of travel trade organizations.


TAAN ORGANISED HERITAGE WALK

Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) organized a Heritage Walk Program in Kathmandu on 26th September 2016 to mark the 37th World Tourism Day


NATTA 5th Blood Donation Program

NATTA 5th Blood Donation Program was organized in partnership with QR on Sunday, the 25th September at the premises of Goma Ganesh Temple at Naxal on 25th September, '16 from 9 am - 2 pm.


NATTA Cycle Rally 2016

NATTA in conjunction with Qatar Airways organized a Cycle Rally as its first edition of Let us keep our City Clean Awareness Campaign to create a mass awareness about cleanliness of our cities. The Cycle Rally took place on 24th September, ’16 from 8.30 am – 10.30 am. 


World Tourism Day Celebrations -2016

The travel trade sector is all set to observe the 37th World Tourism Day in Nepal.

NATTA has the opportunity to be in the Committee of World Tourism Day Celebration - 2016 chaired by MOCTCA. NATTA has been obliged in several tasks assigned by the committee.


NATTA FOUNDER MEMBER OF IMTA

NATTA has been listed as a Founder Member of International Mountain Tourism Alliance (IMTA) China for NATTA’s concerns shown towards poverty alleviation in the Trans- Himalayan Zones of the country through Tourism and also on recommendations of CNTA.


Travel & Regulation Act Amendment

NATTA has already sent out a circular appended with the government proposed Travel & Trekking Regulation 2062 amendment for comments and suggestions from NATTA Members. The suggestions received from the stakeholders are likely to get articulated in the amended regulation.


NATTA IN Climate Change & Adaptation

GON, Ministry of Culture, Tourism & Civil Aviation, Thematic Working Group on Tourism, Natural & Cultural Heritage organized an ‘Orientation Workshop on Climate Change & Adaptation’ at Hotel Himalaya, Kupondole on 12th September 2016. 


Meet up with Qatar Airways on WTD Celebrations

A meeting of the representatives from Qatar Airways and NATTA Executives was held on last Monday, the 12th September to discuss on the potentialities of observing World Tourism Day-2016


TBAN INTERACTION PROGRAM

Tourist Bus Association Nepal (TBAN) organized an interaction program with all tourism associations in regard to the GON’s contradicting Tourism Act and Transportation Act.  


WTD Celebration Organizing Committee 2016

With an objective of celebrating 37th World Tourism Day (WTD) -2016, with the slogan Tourism For All- Promoting Universal Accessibility, a committee has been formed under the chairmanship of Hon’ble Tourism, Culture and Civil Aviation Minister, Mr. Jivan Bahadur Shahi.


FHAN ORGANISING HANDICRAFT FAIR IN KATHMANDU

Officials from the Federation of Handicraft Associations of Nepal visited NATTA Secretariat on 08th September ’16 to have a mutual discourse focusing on their upcoming event, the 14th Handicraft Trade Fair & 12th Craft Competition in Kathmandu going to be held from November 25 through 29 at Exhibition Hall, Bhrikuti Mandap.


NATTA Provide Feedback to TERI-UNEP Sustainable Tourism Project

Ms. Ipsita Satpathy, a research associate working at The Energy & Resources Institute (the Centre for Resource Security and Development Policy/Green Growth and Resource Efficiency) from New Delhi called on NATTA Head Office on 07th September to meet the NATTA Officials


26th AGM OF NMA

NMA's 26th Annual General Meeting was held on 7th September 2016 at Hotel Yak & Yeti. NMA’s AGM was honored by Hon'ble Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Mr. Jeevan Bahadur Shahi. 


28th AGM of NARA

NARA held its 28th AGM at Hotel Manang on 3rd September 2016 graced by Hon'ble Minister for Culture Tourism and Civil Aviation Mr. Jeevan Bahadur Shahi. President Mr. Madhu Sudan Acharya and Secy. General Mr. Bhim Prasad Panta participated in this general meeting of NARA. 


NATTA Organizes B2B with TAFI in Kathmandu

NATTA organized B2B with members of Travel Agent Federation of India (TAFI) and stakeholders of Nepal at Hotel Malla, Kathmandu on September 2, 2016. TAFI members led by Chairman, Mr. Ashwini Sharma, have been invited to Nepal for their AGM. 


NEW MEMBERS WELCOMED AT 18TH BOARD

NATTA welcomed its new members at the 18th Board Meeting held today, 2nd September 2016 and presented the Membership Certificate. President along with Executive members congratulated and welcomed the new NATTA members. 


TTDC ORGANISES JT. MEETING WITH NEW MINISTERS

Thamel Tourism Dev. Council organized a joint meeting of tourism stakeholders and newly appointed cabinet ministers Hon’ble Arjun Narsingh K.C. (Minister for Urban Development), Hon’ble Jeevan Bahadur Shahi (Minister for Culture, Tourism & Civil Aviation) and Hon’ble Nabindra Raj Joshi (Minister for Industry). 


GOODWILL VISIT OF TURKISH AIRLINES

Mr. Abdullah Tuncer Kecici, Regional Marketing Manager; Mr. Bilen General Manager and Ms. Benajir from the office of Turkish Airlines in Kathmandu visited NATTA Secretariat on 31st August, 2016 and held discussions with NATTA President Mr. Madhu Sudan Acharya and CEO Prof. Dr. Hari Sarmah. 


MEETING OF NATTA TOUR, HERITAGE & CULTURE COMMITTEE HELD

NATTA Tour, Heritage & Culture Committee was held on Wednesday, the 31st August ’16 in the afternoon at NATTA Secretariat. The first meeting of the committee convened by its chairman Mr. Varun Mehta focused on the agenda of Cleaning Campaign, Follow up of Heritage Reconstruction, World Tourism Day Program and Hassles faced by tour operators during sightseeing. 


NATTA'S JOINT PRESS RELEASE

NATTA has jointly released the press release in regard to the new provisions in plying tourist vehicles, tour and transport operators have severely criticized the provisions.


NATTA MEET HON’BLE TOURISM MINISTER

A NATTA delegation, comprising of all the executive members & CEO, led by President Madhu Sudan Acharya, called on newly appointed Minister for Culture, Tourism & Civil Aviation (MOCTCA) Hon’ble Jivan Bahadur Shahi at his office in Singhadurbar on Tuesday morning, the 30th August, 2016. 


Lhotse Diamond Celebration Committee Meeting

The first meeting for the preparation of Makalu-Kanchanjunga Diamond Jubilee Celebration Organizing Committee was held on 24th August 2016.


Meeting with CEO, NTB

A brief meeting was held with CEO, NTB Mr. Deepak Raj Joshi to reflect on NATTA’s two upcoming mega events viz., Golden Jubilee Celebration and 21st Convention on 9th December 2016.


NATTA Delegates meet Secretary, Urban Dev. Ministry

A four member NATTA delegation led by President Mr. MadhuSudan Acharya met Mr. Dipendra Nath Sharma, Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development on 23rd August’16 at his office in Singhadurbar.


Study on Certification System

SAMARTH-NMDP in coordination with Siddhartha Inc. has conducted a study program on "Feasibility Assessment & Proposal Formulation of a Certification System for Tourism SMEs".


NATTA and NATO Hold Talk about Topical Issues on Tourism Business

Executive Committee of NATTA led by President Mr. Madhusudan Acharya and NATO led by President Mr. Ashok Pokhrel held meeting on August 22, 2016 in Kathmandu about the issues and concerns the travel and tour operators in Nepal are facing. 


NATTA Executive Members Experience Cable Car Ride in Kathmandu

NATTA Executive Members led by President Mr. Madhusudan Acharya experienced a ride of cable car in the Kathmandu Valley on August 19, 2016 upon the invitation and hospitality by Mr. Chandra Dhakal, Chairman of Chandragiri Hills Pvt. Ltd. 


Thematic Working Group on TNCH

MOCTCA led Thematic Working Group on tourism, Natural and Cultural Heritage (TNCH) with the representation from relevant multi stakeholders. Its initial meeting was held on 16th August 2016 at Conference Hall of MOCTCA.


NATTA and SAMARTH Vow to Collaborate for Golden Jubilee Celebration

A meeting between NATTA Executive Committee and SAMARTH (represented by Mr. Sumit Baral and Mr. Pranil Upadhayay) was held on August 15, 2016 at NATTA Secretariat regarding mutual collaboration in the celebration of NATTA Golden Jubilee and XXI Convention scheduled for December 9, 2016. 


Tourism Entrepreneurship in Mountainous Parts of Nepal

Secy. Gen. Mr. Bhim Prasad Panta participated as representative from NATTA in a meeting organized by SAMARTH – Nepal Market Development Programme run with the support of UKAID to reflect on the “Identification and Formulation of a Proposed System for the Registration of Rural Tourism Enterprises”. 


Meeting with Chinese Delegates

President Mr. Madhu Sudan Acharya and Executive Member Mr. Varun Mehta had a meeting with Chinese Delegates on 10th August 2016. 


Delegates from TAT visit NATTA

Two delegates from Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Delhi Mr. Isra Stapanaseth (Director) & Mr. Deepak Arora (Information Officer) visited NATTA Secretariat on 9th August 2016 and had discussions on the mutual promotion of Thai / Nepalese in Asian countries. 


Demo on .tickets at NATTA

Mr. Ajit Kohli, representative from world.tickets visited NATTA Secretariat on 8th August 2016 to present their product called ‘.tickets’. This company has the rights to the .tickets top level domain where customers can buy tickets and sellers can put up for sale online globally for entertainment, sport, travel and destinations of choice. 


Revival of Joint Breakfast Meeting

After a long hiatus of almost three years, the four major stakeholders of Nepalese tourism, viz., NATTA, HAN, TAAN and NARA have revived the tradition of holding Joint Breakfast Meetings on a rotation basis. The Jt. B/F Meeting held on last Sunday, the 07th August at Hotel Manaslu was initiated by NATTA.


NATTA MEETS DY GOVERNOR OF NRB

A NATTA delegation led by President  Mr. Madhu Sudan Acharya met Mr. Chintamani Shivakoti, Deputy Governor of Nepal Rastra Bank  on Thursday, the 4th August and urged the Central Bank to amend the provision of depriving the agent from bill purchase showing enough practical reasons.


Meeting with Presidents of Regional Associations

Chairman of NATTA Regional Co-ordination Committee Mr. D.K. Sharma convened a meeting of the Presidents of NATTA Eastern Regional Association and NATTA Far Western Regional Association on Wednesday, the 03rd August at NATTA Secretariat. 


NATTA-SOTTO JOINT MEETING

A joint meeting of NATTA & Society of Tour & Travel Operators-Nepal (SOTTO) was held at NATTA Secretariat on Wednesday, the 03rd August, 2016 to reflect on the common issues and the joint strategies to overcome the problems faced by members of the associations.


Face to Face with Tourism Minister, MOCTCA

Tourism Minister Mr. Ananda Prasad Pokhrel confessed that he couldn’t complete all his anticipated work during his tenure.


Documentary Showcased on Far Western Region

Tourism Development Society (TDS) organized a program at Nepal Tourism Board, Auditorium Hall where a documentary was showcased displaying various locations as an aid of promoting and uplifting Far Western Region of Nepal. 


NATTA in Promotion of WASH in Nepal

Secretary General Mr. Bhim Prasad Panta participated in an Interaction program with private sector on promotion of WASH in Nepal held at Hotel Himalaya on 31st July, 2016.


Amendment in the Tourist Transport Operation Rule

Department of Tourism (DOT) has issued a circular stating that there has been third amendment in the Tourist Transport Registration & Operation Rules of the government. A few of NATTA’s demands have also been addressed in the new amendment, viz.


Interactive-Meeting held

An Interactive meeting was held last week at Hotel Vaishali in Thamel that reflected on the ways to relate the national and local festivals with tourism. Lawmaker the under secretary general of CPN-UML Mr. Ghanashyam Bhusal was the chief guest and the main speaker.


NATTA PARTICIPATES IN NTB MEETING

Secretary General Mr. Bhim Prasad Panta and Executive Member Mr. Furi Geljen Sherpa participated in one of the meetings convened by NTB, Tourism Marketing & Promotion Department to reflect on JATA Fair going to be held in Tokyo, Japan from 22-25 Sept. 2016. 


Printing & Publicity Committee Meeting

Meeting with Committee members of Printing & Publicity Commiitee was held at NATTA Secretariat on 26th June 2016 coordinated by Chairman of the committee Mr. Laxman Lamsal.

The committee meeting had the discussion on the upcoming publication of NATTA Membership Directory (2016-18).


NATTA in Makalu-Kanchanjunga Celebration Org. Committee

Nepal Government has nominated NATTA as member in the Makalu-Kanchanjunga Diamond Jubilee Celebration Organising Committee headed by the Secretary of Monistry of Culture, Tourism & Civil Aviation Ministry. The celebration is scheduled to be held on November 18 and 19 with great pomp and grandeur.


NATTA MEMBER OF IMTA (CHINA)

In keeping with the decision of Chinese people and Government, the Guiyang City of China’s Guizhou Province has set up International Mountain Tourism Alliance (IMTA) recently. On recommendation of CNTA, NATTA has been offered to become a founder member of the Alliance.


NRB HOLDS PROGRAM ON MONETARY POLICY

Nepal Rastra Bank organized a meeting on new monetary policy at Hotel Radisson on 14th July, 2016. Governor of NRB Dr. Chiranjjibi Nepal tabled the final draft of the policy.


NATTA MEDIA & PUBLICITY COMMITTEE MEETS

The second meeting of the Media & Publicity Committee was held on Thursday, the 14th July, 2016 at NATTA Secretariat under the Chairmanship of Mr. Bhim Prasad Panta. The agenda of the meeting adhered to the discussion on NATTA’s upcoming mega events and the the theme of the event.


15th APJC MEETING HELD

The fifteenth APJC (Agency Program Joint Council) Meeting was held in Kathmandu on July 13, 2016 at Hotel Radisson. The meeting was participated in by all the NATTA APJC members and the member Airlines’ operating in Nepal. Mr. CA Janak Raj Kalakheti presided over and the agendas were discussed one by one. 


New Member at 14th Board Meeting

Muktinath Yatra Pvt. Ltd. was welcomed as a new member of NATTA at 14th Board Meeting held today, 8th July 2016. Mr. Rabi Bhattarai, MD of the travel was handed over new NATTA Membership Certificate & Khada by President Mr. Madhu Sudan Acharya. Mr. Bhattarai in his short remark urged NATTA to work on quality tourism and bring the training programs in the coming days.


Blue Print Ready for the NATTA’s 50th Year Celebrations

A meeting of the NATTA Golden Jubilee Celebrations & NATTA 21st Convention was held at NATTA Secretariat on Thursday, the 07th July, 2016 under the chairmanship of 1st VP & Convener Mr. CN. Pandey. The meeting scrutinized the check-list for the above two mega events of the association and has prepared a proposal for approval of the Board. 


Meeting with BARN

NATTA delegates led by President Mr. Madhu Sudan Acharya had a meeting with BARN Executives and mutually discussed on various agendas at BARN Chairman’s office on 7th July 2016. Discussions were held regarding PTA Tickets, Good for Payment Cheques, reissue and revalidation, ADM Disputes etc.


CHINESE TV INTERVIEWED NATTA PRESIDENT

CDTV-1 of Chengdu (China) reporters Ms. Xin Yu Yan, one of the top Chinese Tourism Writer and Mr. Yang who are the representative for three popular TV channels(CDTV-1, Xinhua News Agency and The Western Satelite TV) called on NATTA Secretariat on 5th July, 2016 and interviewed President Madhu Sudan Acharya for a telecast program to be aired from Chengdu Television Station within a day or two. The main purpose of the interview was to familiarize Nepal to the denizens of the commercially booming city of Chengdu and other parts of China.


NATIONAL TOURIST GUIDE CONFERENCE

With declaration of 6 points grievances of Tour Guides, Conference of National Tourist Guide concluded on 5th July 2016. The conference was organized by TURGAN. Insurance of guide, separate education faculty system for guide, proper remuneration for guides, facility of tips, free access to guides in heritage and archaeological sites etc were the demands and the points mentioned in the declaration.


VISIT TO THE OFFICE OF NEPAL INVESTMENT BOARD

NATTA President Mr. Madhu Sudan Acharya, 1st VP Mr. CN Pandey and CEO Prof. Hari Sarmah visited the Office of Nepal Investment Board and felicitated the newly appointed CEO Mr. Maha Prasad Adhikary with a bouquet and letter of congratulation.


NATTA in Orientation Program organized by Tourist Police

NATTA President Mr. Madhu Sudan Acharya, Secretary Mr. Sudhir Kumar Upadhyay and Executive Member Mr. Ghanashyam Ghimire as special invitees took part in almost a day long Service Orientation Program meant for the Tourist Police, local Police, and employees from the department of Immigration,


NATTA in NRB Meeting on Monetary Policy, 2073/74

NATTA officials including President Mr. Madhu Sudan Acharya participated in an interactive discussion meeting convened by Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) on Thursday, June 30th 2016 at Hotel Yak & Yeti, Durbar Marg which was graced by NRB Governor Mr. Chiranjibi Nepal.


NTJTCC signs MOU

Nepal and the Tibet Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China have signed a 16-point memorandum of understanding along with a commitment of collaboration for bilateral tourism.


Business Networking Hours by Clock B

Business Networking Hours, organized at Hotel Yak and Yeti by Clock b Business Innovation on 29th June 2016 last was graced in by different business professionals from different backgrounds. NATTA was invited as Guest and was represented by Executive Member Mr. Ram Kumar Barakoti. 


1st Meeting of CCNP

The first meeting of the Council of NATTA Past Presidents (CNPP) was held at NATTA Secretariat on 19th June 2016.

Convener for the Council, Mr. R.R Pandey chaired the first council meeting. The main agenda of the meeting were celebrating the Golden Jubilee of NATTA and NATTA’s 21st Convention.


New Member Welcomed in 13th Board Meeting

NATTA continues to welcome its new member in its 13th Board Meeting held on June 24, 2016. Newly welcomed member is Virtue Travels & Tours Pvt. Ltd. New member was welcomed and felicitated with NATTA membership Certificate by President Mr. Madhu Sudan Acharya and Executive Members present in the board meeting.


Mr. Sherpa in the NATTA Board

Mr. Furi Gelzen Sherpa, Managing Director of Himalayan Panorama Travels & Tours Pvt. Ltd. has been unanimously nominated as a co-opted new member in the NATTA Executive Committee. This nomination came into effect by the decision of 12th NATTA Board Meeting held at NATTA Secretariat on 12th June 2016.


NATTA’s participation in NTJTCC Meeting

Secretary Mr. Sudhir Kumar Upadhyay had been participating in the preparatory meetings on the Ninth Meeting of Nepal Tibet Joint Tourism Coordination Committee called by the Ministry of Culture, Tourism & Civil Aviation (MOCTCA).


Nepal Celebrates International Yoga Day

Nepal celebrated the 2nd International Yoga Day organizing various programs in different parts of the country on June 21, 2016.


Nepal promoted in South Korea

South Korea, with approximately 25000 visitors per year to Nepal, remains a source market of utmost significance to Nepal. Therefore, in conjunction with the 2016 edition of KOFTA travel fair (June 9 to 12), Nepal Tourism Board, in cooperation with Nepal Association of Tour and Travel Agents (NATTA) Western Regional Chapter Pokhara, organized a promotional program in Seoul on June 13th, which was participated in by local media personnel and travel trade – altogether 80.


NATTA Supported by GDS

Team of Galileo and Sabre were at NATTA Secretariat to handover the laptop given as support gesture to NATTA Secretariat on 17th June 2016.


Meeting for World Urban Conference

Secretary General Mr. Bhim Prasad Panta attended the meeting organized by FNCCI in coordination with UN Habitat and Ministry of Urban Development (MOUD) at FNCCI on 14th June 2016. 


Delegates of ICIMOD in NATTA

On behalf of GIZ (German International Cooperation) and ICIMOD (International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development), four delegates visited NATTA Secretariat on 14th June 2016 to discuss on the initiations that would make tourism in high mountain areas more sustainable, especially in the trekking segment.


Gantabya Nepal marked 2nd Anniversary

On the occasion of 2nd Anniversary of Gantabya Nepal News the publication had organized an interactive program on “Safety in Tourism’ in the gracious presence of Hon’ble Home Minister Mr. Shakti Bahadur Basnet on 13th June 2016 at Hotel Marshyangdi.


Member Welcomed on 12th Board Meeting

New Members were welcomed at the 12th Board Meeting of NATTA on 12th June 2016. With a short introduction on NATTA Team and a briefing on upcoming and past activities of NATTA a small interaction was held at NATTA Secretariat. 


NATTA West. Reg. Assoc. to Seoul/Busan

NATTA Western Regional Association Executives and members have left the capital for South Korea on a promotional tour on 8th June 2016. 


Indo Nepal Bilateral Tourism Expansion II Workshop Meeting

Nepal-India Chamber of Commerce & Industry (NICCI) organized a meeting to prepare recommendations for the Second Joint Meeting on Indo-Nepal Bilateral Tourism Expansion & Promotion on 6th June 2016 at Hotel Annapurna.


Meeting with NATTA Printing & Publicity Committee

A meeting on NATTA Printing & Publicity Committee was held at NATTA Secretariat on 9th June 2016 to reflect on the publication of NATTA’s Revised Membership Directory (2016-2018).


Controlling Syndicate In Transportation Sector

Nepal Association of Tour and Travel Agents (NATTA), the umbrella organisation of  tour operators, has expressed serious concern over the syndicate practice of the transportation entrepreneurs in the district and demanded an immediate end to the illegal practice.


Meeting with NATTA Membership Committee

The first meeting of the Membership Committee was held on 6th June 2016 at NATTA Secretariat. The meeting was chaired by Chairperson to the Committee, Mrs. Sabita Bhattarai K.C. The meeting discussed on revising the criteria to obtain membership of NATTA.


Secy. Gen Mr. Panta in Meetings

Secy. Gen Mr. Bhim Prasad Panta attended an Interactive Session on ‘Tourism in Media’ organized by Tourbiz Nepal.com on June 02, 2016. The program was held in the NTB Lecture Hall. Secretary General Mr. Panta also delivered his views on the topic and wished the program fruitful and successful.


SAARC Rural Tourism Workshop

For the socio-economic development of the rural areas in South Asian countries, the concept of promoting rural tourism is very much in the air. Ministry of Culture, Tourism & Civil Aviation launched a two-day long workshop on Promoting Rural Tourism in South Asian Countries on June 02, 2016 in Godawari.


Revision of NATHM Curriculum

With an aim of achieving best educational goals enhancing learning methods for wider curriculum, NATHM organized a Tourist Guide Curriculum Revision Workshop on May 30, 2016 at NATHM hall.


Nepal Celebrates 9th Int’l Everest Day

Nepal celebrated 9th Int’l Everest Day organizing a series of programs in different parts of the country on May 29, 2016.

Earlier, a morning procession was organized by MOCTCA to celebrate the occasion. The procession marched from Sanchaya Kosh Building, Thamel and ended at Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) premises.


Welcoming New Member on 11th Board Meeting

NATTA welcomed New Member, Signature Tours Pvt. Ltd. in its 11th Board Meeting held on May 29, 2016. President Mr. Madhu Sudan Acharya welcomed new member with warm felicitations and Certificate of NATTA Membership, NATTA khada and lapel pin.


Presentation by Philippines Travel Agency

A presentation program was held on theme Tourism products of Philippines and Tourism Possibilities between Nepal & Philippines. The program was organized by Shroff Travel, a travel agency from Philippines in coordination with NATTA. 


NATTA Meets DG, DOT

NATTA President Mr. Madhu Sudan Acharya, 1st V.P Mr. C.N Pandey, NATTA Chairman for Transport & Hotel Coordination Committee Mr. Ghanashyam Ghimire and Advisor to the Committee, Executive Member Mr. Varun Mehta called on Director General, Department of Tourism (Ministry of Culture, Tourism & Civil Aviation) Mr. Sudarshan Dhakal 


De Briefing of FITUR

Eventually De briefing session of FITUR - 2016 was held on 25th May 2016 at NATTA Secretariat. 

Participants for FITUR -2016 reviewed the event and suggested some points for improvement in future participation. 


9th International Everest Day

To commemorate 9th International Everest day on 29th May 2016, Main Organising Committee had been formed to celebrate International Everest Day under the chairmanship of Secretary of MOCTCA Mr. Prem Kumar Rai. 


Domestic Airlines & Promotion Committee

The first introductory meeting of Domestic Airlines & Promotion Committee was held on 23rd May 2016 at NATTA Secretariat under the chairmanship of Committee Chairman Mr. Hari Bhakta Shrestha.

 

Prevailing issues relating to domestic airlines and domestic promotion were in focus during the discussion. 


International Buddhist Conference - Kathmandu

The inauguration of International Buddhist Conference was held on 19th May 2016 at Soaltee Crowne Plaza, Kathmandu, as a part of the celebration of Buddha Jayanti, the 2,560th birth anniversary of Lord Buddha. The conference is being held with the theme ‘Lumbini, Nepal: the Birthplace of Lord Buddha and Fountain of Buddhism and World peace’.


QATAR COUNTRY MANAGER NAIR VISITS NATTA SECRETARIAT

Country Manager of QA Mr. J.P. Nair called on NATTA Secretariat and met President NATTA Mr. Madhu Sudan Acharya, 1st VP Mr. C.N. Pandey, 2nd VP Mr. D.K. Sharma, Treasurer Mr. Chitra Bahadur Gurung,  Secretary Mr. Sudhir K. Upadhyay, and Executive members Mr. Binay Basnet, Mr. Ghanashyam Ghimire, Mr. Laxman Lamsal, Mr. Varun Mehta and CEO Prof. Hari Sarmah on Wednesday, the 18th May, 2016 before noon. 


NATTA IN THE CRISIS MANAGEMENT COORDINATION COMMITTEE

As per the decision of the Government of Nepal (Ministerial level), a Crisis Management Coordination Committee (CMCC) as well as a separate Task force has been formed recently. The Department of Tourism has informed NATTA that President NATTA has been nominated as Member in the CMCC and a representative from NATTA is given a place in the Task Force (Tourism).


NATTA DELEGATES MEET HE MR. CHOE YONG JIN

Keeping the flag flying, NATTA delegates are all set to go on a promotional tour of South Korea. The tour will coincide with KOTFA 2016 one of the major int’l travel fairs being held in Seoul. The NATTA delegates will also visit the fair and and then proceed to Busan where they will organize a formal meeting with the tour operators.


First meeting of Media and Publicity Committee

The first and introductory meeting of NATTA Media and Publicity committee was held at NATTA Secretariat chaired by Secretary General and Chairman of the Committee Mr. Bhim Prasad Panta.


DIGITAL MARKETING WORKSHOP

NTB organized a half day long Digital Marketing Workshop on 11th May 2016 at Hotel Marshyangdi which was participated in by almost 120 tourism stakeholders. 


Secy. General participated in Diamond Jubilee Celebrations

NATTA Secy. General Bhim Prasad Panta participated in the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations of the First accession of Mt. Manaslu on 09th May organized by Gorkha Tourism.


NTB DIRECTORS CALL ON NATTA

NTB Directors representing private sector in NTB Board of Directors, Mr. Rajendra Sapkota and Mr. Purna Bahadur Kunwar called on the Secretariat of Nepal Association of Tour & Travel Agents (NATTA) on 09th May, 2016 in the afternoon and held discussions with President NATTA Mr. Madhu Sudan Acharya and NATTA Executive Committee  on various aspects of challenges being faced by the private sector in carrying out the promotional plans, programs, campaigns and missions abroad from Nepal from time to time due to all pervasive absolute red-tapism.


PM CALLS THE MAIN COMMITTEE MEETING

Rt. Hon’ble Minister KP Oli had invited all the members of the organizing Committee of 2560th Buddha Jayanti Celebration and International Bouddha Summit going to be held in Kathmandu and Lumbini from 19th through 21st May, 2016 at Prime Minister’s Residence in Baluwatar on Monday, 9th May 2016.


SECY. GEN. PANTA SPEAKS ON NA

Secy. Gen. Mr. Bhim Prasad Panta participated in a workshop on Role of Nepal Airlines in the Development of Tourism Sector on 08th May, 2016 at Hotel Hardik, Bagbazar. The workshop, graced by Hon’ble Minister for Culture, Tourism & Civil Aviation Mr. Anand Prasad Poudyal, was organized under the aegis of Public Enterprises Employees’ Association of Nepal to mark their 27th Anniversary of establishment. 


PRESIDENT ACHARYA IN AN INTERACTIVE PROGRAM

An interactive program followed by presentation of three working papers on the various issues of foreign employment was organized by Labour & Employment Ministry on Monday, the 20th Baishakh, 2073 at Hotel Radisson. The program was held in the august presence of Hon’ble Minister for Labor & Employment Deepak Bohara. 


NATTA ORGANISES PROGRAM ON MAKING OUR MARKETING MORE PRODUCTIVE

An interactive meeting of some major tour operating active members of NATTA was held on 02nd May 2016 at Hotel Arts, Thamel just to review the current tourism marketing programs led and supported by Nepal Tourism Board. President, NATTA Mr. Madhu Sudan Acharya welcomed the participants and 1st VP of NATTA Mr. CN Pandey shed light on the objective of this interactive session. 


2560th BUDDHA JAYANTI CELEBRATION IN OFFING

As NATTA is being actively involved in the preparations of 2560th Buddha Jayanti Celebration and Int’l Bouddha Summit in conjunction with Government of Nepal (GON) and fellow associations going to be held in Lumbini from 19th May through 21st May 2016. 


NATTA PARTICIPATED IN THE NATIONAL PARK DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

NATTA Secretary General Mr. Bhim Prasad Panta and Executive Member Mr. Ram Kumar Barakoti participated in an interactive session on Eco-Tourism organized by the office of Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park under Government of Nepal, Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation. 


POTENTIALITIES OF NEPAL-CHINA TOURISM DISCUSSED

A two-member delegation from Xigaze City of Tibet (China) autonomous region comprising of Mr. Shong Guo Jun (Leader) and Mr. Shi Yun Feng, Director of local National Park called on the President and Executive members of NATTA at NATTA Secretariat on 25th April, 2016.


IATO AGM ELECTS NEW PRESIDENT

Mr. Madhu Sudan Acharya, President, NATTA has, on behalf of NATTA, extended hearty congratulations and best wishes to the newly elected President of Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) Mr. P.K. Sarkar.


2560th BUDDHA JAYANTI CELEBRATION

NATTA  is being actively involved in the preparations of 2560th Buddha Jayanti Celebration and Int’l Bouddha Summit going to be held in Lumbini from 19th May through 21st May 2016.


DEBRIEFING PROGRAM OF CHINA SALES MISSION -2016

Ms. Shital Sharma Poudel, the NATTA coordinator of Nepal China Sales Mission convened a debriefing meeting of thE participants of Nepal China Sales Mission 2016 on Friday, 22nd April at Nepali Bhojan, Lazimpat. 


NATOJ’s INTERACTION PROGRAM

NATOJ organized an interaction program concerning the damages that hindered to the tourism industry caused by massive earthquake on April 25 2015. 


WELCOMING NEW MEMBER ON 8TH BOARD MEETING

NATTA welcomed Khangri Trek (P) Ltd. as a new member on its 8th Board Meeting held on 17th April 2016. President Mr. Madhu Sudan Acharya along with Immediate Past President Mr. D.B Limbu welcomed the new member offering NATTA Membership Certificate, Khada and NATTA lapel pin.


NATTA IN THE PROCESS OF FORMING CREDIT MONITORING ALLIANCE

A meeting of NATTA officials and some major tour operators held recently in the NATTA Secretariat has finally resolved to form a strong Alliance to monitor the credit flow in the market


NATTA MEETS BARN CHAIRMAN

On Thursday, the 14th April, 2016 a high level delegates from NATTA under the leadership of President Mr. Madhu Sudan Acharya called on the Chairman of BARN CA Janak Raj Kalakheti at his office in Nepal Airlines


TOMOHIRO LEAVING KATHMANDU

Mr. Tomohiro Koyama, a researcher and Economic Adviser at Embassy of Japan in Nepal called on NATTA Secretariat, Gairidhara on Wednesday, the 06th April ’16 just to bid adieu to NATTA Executive Committee.


MEETING WITH NATHM

Secretary Mr. Sudhir Kumar Upadhyay and Executive Member Mr. Binay Basnet had a meeting with the HOD of NATHM Mr. K. Kharel on 11th April 2016, Monday.


PRESS MEET ON CHINA SALES MISSION 2016

A Press Meet was held at NATTA Secretariat on 8th April 2016, Friday to brief the update on Nepal Destination Presentation and Sales Mission. 


PAST PRESIDENTS MEET

A joint meeting of NATTA Executive Board and the Past Presidents of NATTA was held on Friday, the 8th April 2016 at Hotel Annapurna. The major agenda of the meeting was the formation of the Council of Past Presidents of NATTA. 


MEET WITH DG, TOURISM DEPARTMENT

Secretary General Mr. Bhim Prasad Panta and Executive Member Mr. Ram Barakoti called on the DG of Tourism Department on 6th April 2016.


BRIEFING ON CHINA SALES MISSION 2016

Briefing on China Sales Mission 2016 was organized at NATTA Secretariat on 6th April 2016, Wednesday with all the registered participants.


NATTA IN INT’L BUDDHIST SUMMIT OC

The International Buddhist Summit is going to be held in Lumbini on the auspicious occasion of Buddha Jayanti. The Summit is being organized by the Government of Nepal. Various international dignitaries, monks and devotees are expected to muster strong at the sacred garden of Lumbini to participate in the summit.


IATA OFFICIALS CALL ON NATTA

IATA Officials from India Mr. Amitabh Khosla and Mr. Vinod Malhotra called on NATTA Secretariat Tuesday the 29th March and held discussions on matters pertaining to the difficulties being faced by Nepalese agents in settling the IATA remittances.


MEETING OF PRINTING & PUBLICITY COMMITTEE

Meeting with committee members of  Printing and Publicity Committee was held at NATTA Secretariat on 29th March 2016. Discussion on designing of Calendar and Membership Directory were discussed at the meeting.


NATTA PRESIDENT & 1st VP CALLED ON DG DOT

NATTA President Mr. Madhu Sudan Acharya and First VP Mr. CN. Pandey called on the office of Director General, Department of Tourism on Tuesday, the 29th March and apprised him of the current problems being faced by the tour operators and travel agents.


HONOR AND INTERATION PROGRAM WITH NATOJ

NATTA had organized a honor and interaction program with newly executive committee of NATOJ (National Tourism Journalist Association) on Thursday, 24th March at NATTA Secretariat.


PROMOTION OF NEW DESTINATION

SOTTO Nepal organized a FAM Trip in coordination with NTB from 18th March to 23rd March 2016. The FAM group visited including Lumbini, Palpa, ReshRunga, SupaDeurali and Swargadwari for the promotion of internal tourism. 


MEETING WITH SAMARTH

A joint meeting was held at NATTA Secretariat on 21st March 2016 between the team of SAMARTH and Executives of NATTA.


WELCOME TO NEW NATTA MEMBERS

New Members were welcomed at the 6th Board Meeting of NATTA. Chairperson of Membership Committee Mrs. Sabita Bhattarai K.C introduced new members to the Executive Board.


JOINT MEETING WITH PALPA CHAPTER, NATTA

A joint meeting of NATTA Central and Palpa Chapter of NATTA on last Friday,11th March 2016 to focus on the promotion of tourism in the Palpa Region.


NATTA WESTERN’S FAM TRIP TO FAR WESTERN

NATTA Western Regional Association, Pokhara hosted a week long FAM Trip to the Western part of the country. The trip had started from Pokhara and it passed through Nepalgunj—Bardia– Mahendranagar-Nainital-Nepalgunj and then back to Pokhara. The FAM Trip was organized to support and promote development of domestic tourism. 


Inspire Nepal—2016 Opening Ceremony

NATTA received an invitation to the opening ceremony of Inspire Nepal 2016, Business Forum and Expo at Hotel Yak & Yeti on 10th March 2016. The ceremony was inaugurated by Hon’ble Deputy Prime Minister Mr. Bijay Kumar Gachhadar. The program was addressed by Deputy Ambassador of U.S Embassy Nepal John Carwile, Former U.S Ambassador of Nepal Mr. Scott H. Delisi and other felicitators.


HON’BLE TOURISM MINISTER AT NATTA SECRETARIAT

Hon’ble Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Mr. Ananda Prasad Pokhrel graced his presence at NATTA Secretariat on 9th March 2016, Wednesday. President Mr. Madhu Sudan Acharya along with NATTA Executives welcomed Hon’ble Minister and expressed gratitude for his kind presence.


Meeting with APJC and IATA & Aviation Committee

A joint meeting of APJC and IATA & Aviation Committee was held at NATTA Secretariat on 8th March 2016, Tuesday in the chairmanship of Mr. Binay Basnet, Chairperson for the both committees.


Meeting with Ticketing Agents

In regard to the free visa and ticket provision given to outbound workers that came to effect from July 2015, local ticketing agencies have been exhibiting their resentment over it as they are likely to loose their ticketing business.


NATTA EASTERN REGIONAL ASSOCIATION SUCCESSFULLY ACCOMPLISHES ITS AGM AND ELECTION

5th AGM of NATTA Eastern Regional Association and the Election of new executive committee was held successfully at Hotel Eastern Star, Biratnagar on 25th February 2016.


BTM Travel Trade Fair

After the series of meetings, NATTA family participated at the BTM Travel Trade Fair, Mainak Tourist Lodge Complex, Silliguri. 


Meet with President of Bankers Association of Nepal

A meeting of NATTA Delegation was held with President of Bankers Association of Nepal, Mr. Upendra Poudel on 23rd February 2016 at his office, in NMB Bank, Babarmahal.


3 day Long National Meet by HOSAN

Home-stay Association of Nepal (HOSAN) organized its three-day long national convention in Amaltari of the Nawalparasi district. Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Ananda Prasad Pokharel inaugurated the First HOSAN National Convention.


NAC CONVENE A JOINT MEETING WITH NATTA

Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) convened a joint-meeting with newly elected NATTA Executive Committee on Thursday, 18th February 2016 at Arc Meeting Room of Hotel Annapurna, Durbar Marg, Kathmandu. The meeting was well attended by the Managing Director, Mr. Sugat Ratna Kansakar and other Directors of the corporation including the Corporate Director Mr. Ram Hari Sharma and Commercial Director CA Mr. Janak Raj Kalakheti.


NATTA WESTERN REGIONAL ASSOCIATION GETS NEW LEADERSHIP

The 9th Convention and 21st AGM of NATTA Western Regional Association was held on 9th February 2016 at Hotel Barahi, Pokhara, Lakeside. The program kicked off with the grand inaugural ceremony. Chief Guest for the program was the Military attaché from Embassy of the People’s Republic of China.


TAAN Felicitates NATTA

TAAN organized a felicitation program on Thursday in honor of the newly elected executive committee of NATTA at TAAN Secretariat, Maligaun. 


NATTA PRESIDENT JOINED UFTAA BOARD MEETING

Mr. Madhu Sudan Acharya, President of NATTA, was invited by UFTAA President Mr. Sunil Kumar to join UFTAA Board Meeting which was held in New Delhi on 29-30 January, 2016. Addressing the meeting President Acharya apprised the dignitaries about Nepal’s current status of tourism and the promotional plans.


NATTA MEETS MINISTRY OF SUPPLIES

President Mr. Madhusudan Acharya and CEO Prof. Dr. Hari Sarmah met Hon’ble Minister for Supplies, Ganesh Man Pun on 27th January 2016 and handed over a letter of demand to facilitate the tourist vehicles in Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan and Lumbini with necessary fuel.


REVIEW MEETING ON RESTRICTED AREAS

President Mr. Madhu Sudan Acharya on an invitation participated in a meeting convened by Legislative Parliament on 26th January 2016 to discuss and provide the input to the government in regard to the existing rules regarding trekking activities in the restricted areas including Climbing Royalty and Trekking Permit Fee.


PARTICIPATION IN NAC REPORTING ON 3 YEAR PLANNING

NATTA President Mr. Madhu Sudan Acharya and 2nd VP Mr. D.K Sharma along with the CEO Prof. Dr. Hari Sarmah participated in the Declaration of NAC’s Three Year Planning on  25th January 2016.


52ND ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING AND ELECTION OF COMMTITEE HELD

The 52nd Annual General Meeting (AGM) & the Election of NATTA’s new Executive Committee was held on Sunday, the 17th January, 2016 at Hotel Yak & Yeti, Kathmandu. The Chief Guest of the Inaugural Session was Mr. Dinesh Thapaliya, Secretary of Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA).


PRESIDENT LIMBU GREETED NEW CEO OF NTB

President Mr. D.B. Limbu along with 1st Vice President Mr. Shambhu Raj Pathak, Executive Member Mr. Sudhir Kumar Upadhyay and NATTA CEO Prof. Hari Sarmah called on the newly appointed Chief Executive Officer of Nepal Tourism Board Mr. Deepak Raj Joshi.


WELCOMING NEW MEMBERS on 78th Board Meeting

NATTA Welcomed its new members at its 78th Board Meeting. They were honored and welcomed by President Mr. D.B Limbu by handing over Membership Certificate and Khada of NATTA. 


Welcoming New Members on 77th Board Meeting

NATTA Welcomes its new members at its 77th Board Meeting.  They were welcomed by President Mr. D.B Limbu by handing over Membership Certificate and Khada of NATTA. 


NATTA Solidarity Walk for Survival of Tourism

Nepal Association of Tour & Travel Agents (NATTA) organized a Solidarity Walk for Survival of Tourism today, 4th December 2015, joined in by various fellow associations, Airlines, Media and tourism fraternity. Maximum number of people extended hands of partnership in this noble venture of NATTA to give pressure to related authorities in the government to come up with congenial plans and policies that would keep tourism ever active and vibrant.


MEETING WITH DG, IRD

A meeting was held with DG and Director of Internal Revenue Department on 3rd December 2015, Thursday led by Mr. C. N Pandey , NATTA 2nd Vice President and Coordinator for Tax and Revenue Subcommittee in regard to the waiving of uncollected VAT on sightseeing till 2069-2070 B.S.


FIFTH MEETING OF THE SAARC TOURISM WORKING GROUP

The fifth meeting of the SAARC Working Group on Tourism was successfully organized by SAARC in conjunction with the Government of India, Ministry of Tourism on Nov 25-26 2015 at New Delhi, after a long gap of previous meeting organized by Nepal in 2006.


Sessions on BSP Systems for IATA Agents

To provide the IATA Accredited members an update of the new BSP reports, IATA in coordination with NATTA organized an orientation program divided into two sessions to improve the participant’s overall understanding about the latest developments and changes in the billing and settlement reports used in BSP.


NATTA JOINS AWARENESS RALLY

NATTA' exhibiting its solidarity with Nepali Cine Artists’ National Awareness Campaign against the ongoing blockade at the entry points in India - Nepal Border joined a ’Protest Rally’ on 24th Novemeber’15, with NATTA Banner & Plycards.


NATTA’S CONCERN OVER NO FUEL SUPPLY

A joint meeting of the NATTA Advisors, Past Presidents, Executive Board and members of NATTA Tour & Transport Sub-Committee was held on 22nd November’15 to reflect on the current crisis of fuel and its meagre supply  due to which almost 80% of the transports providing service to the tourists have come almost to a standstill.


Heartfelt Condolence

Heartfelt Condolence


WELCOME OF NEW NATTA MEMBERS

NATTA welcomed its new members at the 76th Board Meeting of NATTA held on 23rd November 2015, Monday.


TOURISM DESTINATION RESTORATION: SEMINAR

“Destination Restoration and Motivation Seminar” organized by Samarth-NMDP—  funded by UKAID- on November 20th, Friday as a step towards resurrecting the Tourism Industry by learning to create opportunities in the time of crisis. 


NATTA HANDED OVER A MEMORANDUM TO HON’BLE TOURISM MINISTER

NATTA President Mr. D.B. Limbu, Secretary General Ms. Mihika Dhakhwa and CEO Prof. Dr. Hari Sarmah called on the office of the newly appointed Hon’ble Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Mr. Anand Prasad Poudel at his office in Singha Durbar on Monday, the 16th November, 2015.


MEETING REGARDING IATA REMITTANCE CYCLE

A meeting was held on 3rd November 2015 at NATTA Secretariat to discuss regarding the notice received by IATA on the change in BSP Nepal Remittance frequency from "twice monthly' to "four times monthly" effective from 01 January 2016. 



NATTA WELCOMED NEW MEMBERS ON 1ST NOVEMBER

At the 75th Board Meeting of NATTA held on 1st November 2015, Sunday, new members were welcomed and presented the Membership Certificate.


Eric Valli Honored as Honorary Life Member of NATTA

Mr. Eric Valli, the winner of NATTA Sagarmatha Award—2015 was honored as Honorary Life Member of NATTA at 75th Board Meeting held on 1st November, Sunday at NATTA Secretariat.

 


AdventureWeek Press Conference

Great Himalaya Trails, in partnership with the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA), currently hosted AdventureWeek Rebound Nepal.


JAPAN EMBASSY OFFICIAL AT NATTA

Mr. Tomohira Koyama, Researcher and Advisor at the Embassy of Japan in Nepal accompanied by Mr. Rahish Shrestha, Economic Researcher visited NATTA Secretariat on Thursday, the 15th October, 2015.


XINHUA NEWS AGENT IN NATTA

Mr. Steven Cleary representing Xinhua News Agency Vientiane Bureau called on NATTA Secretariat on Monday, the 12th October to gather information regarding the post-earthquake situation of Nepal and the tourism status in particular.


NATTA REQUEST NOC FOR FUEL FOR TOURIST VEHICLES

NATTA Delegates, today, 9th October 2015 visited NOC to submit the letter from Tourism Department, MOCTCA requesting to provide fuel to the tourist vehicles who are in major need for the sightseeing as well as transfers for the tourists.


MEET WITH WORLD BANK OFFICIAL

NATTA Officials, President D.B Limbu, Secretary General Mihika Dhakhwa and CEO Prof. Dr. Hari Sarmah had an official meeting with official of World Bank Group Ms. Claire Honire Hollewg at NATTA Secretariat on Wednesday., 7th October.



PRESS MEET AT NATTA SECRETARIAT

NATTA had shortly completed the recent events, XXth NATTA Convention, Sixth Special Program - Carnival along with FAM Trip. To give an overall view it organized a Press Meet at NATTA Secretariat on 4th October, Sunday.



XXth NATTA CONVENTION, SIXTH NATTA SPECIAL PROGRAM CARNIVAL – 2015 AND NATTA FAM TOUR FOR INT’L MEDIA AND TOUR OPERATORS

Twentieth NATTA Biennial Convention-2015 with the theme Building Better Tourism With Renewed Strength, Sixth NATTA Annual Special Program Carnival -2015, Fourth NATTA Blood Donation Program and the Familiarization Tour for International Media and Tour Operators including the 2nd EC Meeting of South Asia Tourism Federation have concluded with resounding success on 01st of October 5, 2015 at a stretch beginning from 21st of September 2015.


Press Meet at NATTA

NATTA organized an event "Meeting the Press" on its upcoming 20th NATTA Convention, 6th NATTA Special Program - Carnival, NATTA FAM Trip and 4th NATTA Blood Donation Program at NATTA Secretariat on 8th September 2015, Tuesday. 


NATTA Delegates welcomes new Tourism Secretary

President Mr. D.B Limbu, Secretary Mr. Ramesh Thapa and CEO Prof. Dr. Hari Sarmah met newly appointed Tourism Secretary Mr. Dinesh Kumar Thapaliya. Delegates welcomed and congratulated him.


NATTA AWARD COMMITTEE

NATTA Sagarmatha and Bhaskar Award

NATTA Media Award


NATTA Welcomed New Members

At the 69th Board Meeting, NATTA welcomed four new travel members. They were welcomed by President Mr. D.B Limbu by handing over Membership Certificate and Khada of NATTA.


Joint Meeting with Presidents of Associations

A joint meeting was held at Nepal Tourism Board on 19th August’15, Wednesday under the aegis of NATTA in regard to the upcoming FAM Trip for International Media and Tour Operators from 24th –30th September ‘15. 


NATTA President meets Consulate at Hongkong

On Wednesday, 12th Aug 2015,President D.B Limbu called on the office of Consulate General of Nepal for Hong Kong at the Consulate General’s office in Tsim Sha Tsui East, Hong Kong. 


NATTA HANDS OVER JTCC COORDINATORSHIP

Joint Tourism Coordination Committee, established more than a year ago to work as a watchdog against the existing discrepancies in the tourism sector, is a joint committee of more than forty-nine travel related associations in the country.


NATTA Demand Addressed in the Monetary Policy of NRB

Nepal Rastra Bank unveiled its monetary policy for the F/Y 2072-73 at a program organized in Kathmandu on July 23 last. NATTA Treasurer Mr. Narayan Prasad Gurung Koney represented in the program.


DEMO OF A PROMOTIONAL DOCUMENTARY

A group of local tourism enthusiasts Passion to Travel after completing its ever first promotional documentary reflecting the current tourism scenario of Nepal after the 25 April earthquake presented the documentary at NATTA meeting hall on 14th July.


NATTA TALKS TO TOURISM & LABOR MINISTER OVER THE NAFEA ISSUE

A joint meeting of NATTA Executive Board with NATTA Advisory Committee and Past Presidents of NATTA was held on Friday, the 10th July last to reflect on the problems faced by quite a number of ticketing professionals of NATTA as a result of the indefinite closure of all the offices of Nepal Association of Foreign Employment Entrepreneurs in Kathmandu 


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20th AGM OF NATTA WESTERN REGIONAL ASSOCIATION

The 20th AGM of NATTA Western Regional Association was held on 30th January 2015 at Hotel Barahi, Pokhara, Lakeside. The program kicked off with the grand inaugural ceremony. Chief Guest for the program was Ambassador of Republic of Korea His Excellency Choe Yong -Jin.


EXPANSION OF BILATERAL COOPERATION ON TOURISM

NATTA received aninvitation to an interaction program on the Expansion of Bilateral Cooperation on Tourism: Nepal & India which was held on January 29, 2015 at the Hotel Annapurna. The program was organized by Nepal India Chamber of Commerce & Industry in association with theEmbassy of India. The program was addressed by His Excellency ShriRanjit Rae, Ambassador of India, Mr. Suresh Man Shrestha, Secretary,Ministry of Culture,Tourism & Civil Aviation.


NATTA IN FITUR 2015

Nepal Association of Tour & Travel Agents (NATTA) participated in the International Travel Trade Fair, FITUR 2015, in coordination with Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) has concluded successfully. A total of sixteen travel related companies from Nepalese Travel Industry exhibited their products at the Fair.


BRIEFING ON TTF MUMBAI—2015

A Briefing Program on TTF- Mumbai 2015 was held on 27th January 2015 at NATTA Secretariat with the participation of the companies registered asexhibitors in the event. Senior Marketing Director of NTB, Ms. Ujjwala Dali briefed on the aspects of the Fair and on the promotional materials to be displayed. With the presentation of the graphics design of the Nepal Pavilion, layouts werediscussed with theparticipants. Like in FITUR 2015, Nepal Tourism Board will be contributing 25% on the cost of stall design at TTF which in return will make Nepal Pavilion more attractive & prominent. Also, Nepal destinationadvertisement will be placed on the walkways to the exhibition hall to attract more attention on Nepal.


NATIONAL TOURISM STRATEGIC PLAN

A meeting of Implementation Committee of National Tourism strategic Plan (2015-2024) was held at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism & Civil Aviation on 26th January 2015. Representing NATTA, Secretary General Ms. Mihika Dhakhwa attended the meeting.Similarly, representatives from HAN, NMA & TAAN were also present in the meeting which was chaired by Joint Secretary Mr. Mohan Krishna Sapkota.  Also present in the meeting was the DG of Tourism Department, Mr. Tulsi Prasad Gautam and representatives fromSamarth - NMDP an INGO involved in theimplementation plan ofNational Tourism Strategic Plan (2015-2014).

 

 


51st AGM of NATTA

 

The 51st AGM of NATTA was successfully accomplished on Friday, the 16th January 2015 at Radisson Hotel, Lazimpat. The Program was inaugurated by Indian Ambassador to Nepal, H.E Ranjit Rae.

During his speech, His Excellency said that there is a need of mutual cooperation as Nepal and India are jointly promoting tourism. His suggestion was to focus on religious and adventure tourism.
One of the speakers, Mr. Prachanda Man Shrestha, former CEO of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) said there is a need of the campaign to promote regional markets and needs to move forward giving priority to neighboring countries India and China.

After the inaugural ceremony, NATTA members’ closed session was held in which the report presented by NATTASecretary General Ms. Mihika Dhakhwa and Treasurer Narayan Pd. Gurung Koney were passed.

The circular of minutes of 51st AGM of NATTA will be circulated to NATTA Members soon.

 


JTCC HONOR PROGRAM—2015

 

JTCC organized a Honorprogram for the three newly appointed NTB boardmembers Mr. RajendraSapkota, Mr. GhanendraBahadur Shrestha and Mr. Phurba Gyaljen Sherpa on 23rd January 2015 at Nepal Tourism Board Auditorium Hall. In the presence of members of JTCC, various tourism  dignitaries andmedia persons, the program started with the  welcome speech by JTCCCoordinator and President of NATTA Mr. D. B Limbu. Newly appointed members were honored and presented the Plaque of Honor by Chief Guest for the program, Mr. Suresh Man Shrestha, Secretary for culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation and Guest of Honor Mr. Tulsi Prasad Gautam, Director General of Department of Tourism. Various delegates from tourism sector delivered felicitation speeches on the occasion.

Also the programhonored  the sevensummiteers, a team  ofNepalese women who climbed the world’s seven summits.

The program concluded with the vote of thanks by Sub Coordinator of JTCC and President of NARA Mr. Chandra Dahal.

 

 


UPCOMING 51ST AGM

NOTICE ON 51ST AGM

 PUBLISHED ON KANTIPUR DAILY DATED ON 31ST DECEMBER 2014



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Partcipate in TTF

NATTA in coordination with NTB is coordinating the  annual fair TTF (Travel and Tourism Fair) Mumbai, India’s biggest travel show, to be held from 4th—6th February’15. Coordinator for TTF, Mumbai is NATTA 1st Vice President  Mr. Shambhu Raj Pathak.

For Registration, please contact NATTA  Secretariat

Deadline for Registration: 15th Jan 2015

(Priority to Participants is on the basis of

“First Come First Serve”)

 


NATTA MEETS SOUTH KOREAN AMBASSADOR

A five-member delegation of  Nepal Association of Tour and Travel Agents (NATTA) comprising of Mr. D.B Limbu, Ms. Mihika Dhakhwa, Prof. Dr. Hari Sarmah, all from NATTA Central Region including Mr. Pom Narayan Shrestha, President of NATTA Western Regional Association (Pokhara) and Mr. Bijay Gurung from NATTA Pokhara called on the office of the Ambassador of South Korea, RaviBhawan on 7th January 2015.

 

The prime mission of the visit was to exchange goodwill and inform  HE about the successful participation of NATTASecretary at a training program held recently in Seoul.President of NATTA Pokhara requested HE to visit Pokhara and encourage the travel trade entrepreneurs by kindlyinaugurating the upcoming 20th AGM of the Association in Pokhara on 31st January 2015. HE accepted the  invitation and thanked the NATTA fraternity for the same.

 

 


MEETING WITH DG, INTERNAL REVENUE DEPARTMENT

NATTA held talks with Director General Mr. Chudamani Sharma and Director of the Department Mr. Gopal Ghimire in regard to VAT issues on transport on 7th Jan 2015 at IRD Office, Lazimpat. It has been agreed that NATTA and NATO will cooperate IRD in making the VAT more effective in the days to come. The major issue discussed was waiving ofoutstanding VAT amount for the F/Y 2069-70 that have not been billed.

 

The meeting also agreed to organize anOrientation Program on VAT latest by 3rd Feb as a joint venture of NATTA, NATO and IRD. The NATTA delegation was headed by 2nd V.P / Coordinator, Special Tax andRevenue Subcommittee Mr. CN Pandey along with Mr. Ashok Pokhrel (President, NATO), Mr. MadhuSudan Acharya, Mr. Bishwesh Shrestha and Mr. G.N Shakya.

 


NATTA WELCOMES NEW MEMBERS

NATTA welcomes seven members as new NATTA Member. President D.B Limbu handed over the certificates with related documents. Executive Board Members also expressed their best wishes to the newly joined members.

The members were honored in the 48th Board meeting held at NATTA Secretariat. Members are:

· Purple Holidays Pvt. Ltd.

· Travelicious Nepal Tours & Travel Pvt. Ltd.

· Prestige Nepal Travel & Tours Pvt. Ltd.

· Tourism Management Travel & Trekking  Pvt.  Ltd.

· Art Summit Travels & Tours Pvt. Ltd.

· Scenic Himalayan Holidays Travels & Tours Pvt. Ltd.

· Vistas Himalaya Tours & Travels Pvt. Ltd.

 

 

 


THE EIGHTH MEETING OF THE NEPAL-TIBET (CHINA) JOINT COMMITTEE FOR TOURISM PROMOTION

 

 

The Eighth Meeting of the Nepal-Tibet (China) JointCommittee for Tourism Promotion was held in Lhasa from 23-27th December, 2014. Mr. Binay Basnet, Executive Member of NATTA was nominated to participate in the above meeting. Director General of Tourism Department, Ministry of Culture, Tourism & Civil Aviation Mr.Tulashi Prasad Gautam and Nepalese Consul-General Mr. Hari Prasad Bashyal had jointly led the sixteen NepaleseDelegates representing government and non-governmentsector in the meeting. From the Tibet (China) side, Mr. Zeng Wanming, the Vice-Chairman of Tibet Autonomous Region (China) led the 21 member Chinese delegates. The meeting, as felt by both the delegates from Nepal and Tibet (China) went very fruitful and a fresh MOU was signed by the Chief of the delegates on 25th December in Lhasa. Besides  the agenda of easing the tourists mobility in the Tibet Region, the meeting also focused on the cross Boarder and Immigration points. The details of the meeting may be obtained from NATTA Secretariat.

 

 


PRESENTATION ON MOUNTAINEERING IN NTB

 

Nepal Tourism Board, celebrating its 16th Anniversary held a presentation on the burning issue ofcommercialization of mountaineering by Mr. David Durkan, the author of “Penguins on Everest” dated on 24th December, at Auditorium Hall, NTB. Mr. Durkan spoke on how commercialization has turned climbing Everest into a product to be bought and sold like any other commodity and not an adventure activity anymore. Also raising the issue, whether is mountaineering a challenge for the intrepid explorer or just a fun activity for moneyed pleasure seekers, the followed program gave a tribute to climbers who recently died in an avalanche on Everest.

 

President Mr. D.B Limbu and  1st Vice President Mr. Shambhu Raj Pathak., represented NATTA in the program.

 

 

 


JTCC MEETING HELD IN NATTA

 

 

President Mr. D.B. Limbu, also the Coordinator of Joint Tourism Co-ordination Committee, acongregation of about fifty tourism relatedassociations in Kathmandu, called a joint meeting of the Committee on Wednesday, 24th December at NATTA Secretariat and discussed on the agenda of the two contradictory provisions in Tourism Act and in Transport Act in regard to the definition of 'tourism'. The meeting also focused on nominations of new members in the Nepal Tourism Board, & discussed about the possibility of Tourist BusTerminal in Kathmandu.

Presidents of various associations participated and delivered on the issues. It was also agreed that all associations under JTCC will identify their problems and issues in their respective associations and will submit the same to the Coordinator as JTCC isplanning to submit a memorandum of JTCC                 Grievances in the near future.

 

 


Participation in NARA Blood Donation Program

We are pleased to inform that NARA (Nepal Association of Rafting Agents) on the occasion of its 26th Anniversary is organizing a Blood Donation Program on 26th December 2014 (corresponding to Poush the 11th, 2071 B.S), Friday, 10 am at Thamel, Kathmandu. 

Interested members are kindly requested to participate on the same.

Forfurther information, please contact NARA, 4244048.


NEPAL AIRLINES EXTENDS ITS FLIGHT

Nepal Airlines is operating twice daily flights except on Saturday to Pokhara by Y12 E aircraft with effect from 18December 2014, one flight in the morning and one in the afternoon. NA has also floated special promotional fares for some time keeping in mind the maximum benefit to agents as far as possible. More destinations will be added in the near future to different places like Janakpur, Simara, Tumlingtar, Dang and so on.

 

NA has been operating daily flights to Biratnagar, thrice weekly flights to Nepalgunj and twice daily flights to Bhairahawa, Bhadrapur and Dhangadhi by MA 60 aircraft and have assured the improvement in  punctuality and reliability of the flights to thesedestinations subject to the weather condition.

 

Nepal Airlines has requested the travel members to join on domestic web ticketing (those who have not yet joined) as soon as possible and sell flights for the mutual benefit.

 

Joining online ticketing, agents can easily sell tickets to most of the tourist destinations like Pokhara, Lukla, Jomsom,Talcha (Rara), Jumla, Taplejung and so on.

 

 

 


NATTA SECRETARY VISITS KATA

 

Mr. Ramesh Thapa, Secretary of NATTA visitedSecretariat of Korean Association of Travel Agent (KATA) on 14th November 2014. During his visit, he met with  Director of KATA, Mr. Kim Byeong Sam and had andiscussion on promotion of tourism, relationship andexchanged the allied membership.

 


NATTA IPP IN NA BOARD

Apropos of the recent nomination of Mr. Pavitra Kumar Karki, an executive office bearing member (Immediate Past President) of the current NATTA Executive Committee and Managing director of Danfe Travel Centre to the most prestigious andwell-deserved position of Board of Director of Nepal Airlines, NATTA fraternity and NATTA Board in particular feels extremely honored and deems his personalexperience of leadership at various national and international travel trade forums would go a long way towardsrapidly consolidating our national flag carrier.

NATTA wishes Mr. Karki a very active and resourceful tenure in NA Board and extends most sincere and profound Best Wishes to him and his other colleagues Mr. Mukti Ram Pandey, Chairman of Samrat Tours and Travels, Mr. NimaNuru Sherpa,Managing Director of Cho-Oyu Trekking an unprecedented success to make NA stand erect in the presentcompetition in theaviation sector. NATTA also pledges to support Mr. Karki all through his endeavors to heighten the current status of NA.

Moreover, NATTA would also like to thank the GON, Ministry ofCulture, Tourism and Civil Aviation for itsdecision to involve the direct participation of travel entrepreneurs in NA Board by nominating dynamic and most enthusiastic NATTA leader like Mr. Karki.

 

 


Meeting on Great Himalaya Trail

 

Mr. D. B. Limbu, President NATTA & Coordinator JTCC, attended a meeting on Great Himalaya Trail at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism & Civil Aviation on 5th December 2014, Friday at 11:30 a.m. Also, present in the meeting was the NATTA Secretary General, Ms. Mihika Dhakhwa.

 


Meeting held with Nepal Tourism Board

 

 

A meeting was held with the marketing department of Nepal Tourism Board on 4th December 2014, Thursday at 2:30 p.m. The main purpose of the meeting was to discuss on further possibilities of joint coordination for the participation on the international Travel trade fairs. NATTA has proposed NTB to jointly work on coordination of at least one travel trade fair in India & China to start off with.  NATTA has been coordinating FITUR which is held in Madrid, Spain since past several years. Moreover, NATTA hasrequested Nepal Tourism Board to contribute 25% extra on the stalldecoration/design so that our Nepal stand will be of better standard and up to the international mark. Present in the meeting was the President Mr. D. B. Limbu, Secretary General, Ms. Mihika Dhakhwa & Secretary Mr. Ramesh Thapa.

 

 


NTB Restructuring Committee Meeting

 

Ms. Mihika Dhakhwa, Secretary General who is the appointed member of NTB Restructuring Committee attended themeeting at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism & Civil Aviation on 3rd December 2014, Wednesday at 3 p.m. This meeting was in continuation of the past several meetings which were held to discuss on suggestions of NTB Restructuring.

 


Briefing on FITUR

 

A meeting was held in preparation for FITUR 2015 which is going to be held from January 28 to February 1st 2015 at Madrid, Spain.Present in the meeting were those registered travel companies who are participating for the event. Meeting was coordinated by theCoordinator for FITUR 2015, Mr. Narayan Prasad Gurung Koney at NATTA Secretariat.

 


NATTA GETS APPROVAL FROM RASTRA BANK

For all the IATA Accredited NATTA members, we are pleased to inform you that NATTA has managed to get approval from Nepal Rastra Bank for the remittance of IATA Agency fee & BSP Link fee to IATASingapore for our valued members.

 

Therefore we request all our IATA accredited members to do the following:

- The letter format to be filled up and printed in the company letterhead signed by the authorized person & stamped.

- The letter along with the amount is to be sent to NATTASecretariat latest by 5th December 2014.

 

Thus, we have circulated the email regarding the approval from Rastra Bank to all IATA Accredited NATTA members along with the letter format to be filled up.

 

lf you require any further information, please kindly contact  NATTA Secretariat.

 

We assure our continuous effort to work towards the benefit of our members at all times.

 


POKHARA ULTRALIGHTS ADDS ITS NEW FLIGHT

 

 

Pokhara Ultralight has added new flights of various durations at different trek routes. There are flights operating for 30, 60 and 90 minutes through scenic routes around Pokhara valley.

 


NATTA PRESIDENT D.B LIMBU, COORDINATOR OF JTCC

 

 

President DB Limbu of Nepal Association of Tour and Travel Agents (NATTA), has been appointed as newcoordinator for Joint Tourism Coordination Committee (JTCC). Outgoing coordinator Mr. Ramesh Prasad Dhamala, President of Trekking Agencies´ Association of Nepal (TAAN), handed over the responsibility of JTCC to Mr. Limbu on Wednesday,19th November’14.

Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Mr. Suresh Man Shrestha handed over minute-book of JTCC to President Mr. D.B Limbu amid a function held at Nepal Tourism Board (NTB).

Speaking at the program, President Mr. Limbu assured to givecontinuity to the works initiated by the outgoing coordinator and will work in coordination with all tourism associations that areunder JTCC.

Similarly, outgoing coordinator Mr. Ramesh Dhamala thanked government officials, staffers of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), tourism entrepreneurs, and media persons, for their support and cooperation.

Mr. Dhamala also drew the attention of Tourism Secretary Mr. Shrestha, who is also the Chairman of NepalTourism Board (NTB), toward number of issues related to the tourism industry like proper management of Tribhuvan International Airport and allowing tourism enterprises in Thamel to operate round the clock.

JTCC is a common forum of more than 40 tourism related associations. As per the understanding, the committee rotates its leadership among member organizations every six months.

 

 


NATTA MET WITH DIG FOR UPDATE ON THE MOVEMENT OF SAARC SUMMIT

 

With a view to easing vehicular movement of tourists, NATTA Delegates, Secretary General Ms. MihikaDhakhwa and Executive Member Ms. Kamla Gurung met with Deputy Inspector General of Police Mr. Keshav Adhikari, head of Traffic Police Division.

After continuous follow up with the concerned authorities the government has decided to allow tourist vehicles to move in the valley without the requirement to follow the odd/even number rule.

Similarly the airport pick up drop off at the airport has been eased for the tourist movement. NATTA hascirculated detail information to all members regarding the traffic management in Kathmandu valley during SAARC Summit.

It has been requested to listen Traffic FM 96.6 regularly (It updates traffic news in every 15 min) in vehicle to get update about traffic movement and call at 103 or 4219641 or 4233108 to know about the traffic movement.

 


NATTA WELCOMES NEW MEMBERS

 

NATTA welcomes five members as NATTA Member. President D.B Limbu handed over the certificates withrelated documents. Executive Board Members also expressed their best wishes to the newly joined members.

The members were honored in the 42nd Board meeting held at NATTA Secretariat. Members are:

· Lumbini Holidays Tours & Travel Pvt. Ltd.

· Touch Kailash Travel & Tours Pvt. Ltd.

· World Vacations Travels & Tours Pvt. Ltd.

· Signature Holiday Pvt. Ltd.

· Tour Desk International Nepal Pvt. Ltd.

 


NATTA AND SAJHA YATAYAT SIGN MOU FOR NEPAL INDIA BUS SERVICE

 

The MOU was made and entered betweenNATTA and Sajha Yatayat, a public Transport Cooperative for outsourcing buses for SajhaYatayat's Nepal India Bus Service. Both theparties have mutual concord to start Nepal-India bus service in the banner of Sajha Yatayat using the quality buses of tour and travelcompanies who are the members of NATTA.

 

Mr. Sher Bahadur Budha, CEO of Sajha Yatayat and NATTA Acting President / 2nd Vice President Mr. C.N Pandey signed the agreement.

 

NATTA Executive Member, Mr. Sudhir Kumar Upadhyay has been appointed the Coordinator for this project.

 

 


MEETING WITH HE MR. DEEPAK DHITAL, NEPAL AMBASSADOR FOR SWITZERLAND

In coordination with PastPresident Mr. Arjun Prasad Sharma, NATTA had a meeting with H.E Mr. Deepak Dhital, Nepal Ambassador forSwitzerland on 9th ofNovember.

 

Present in the meeting were Past Presidents Mr. RM Singh Pradhan, Mr. Arjun Prasad Sharma, Mr. Ram Kaji Koney, Also present were President Mr. DB Limbu, 2nd VP Mr. C.N Pandey, Secretary General Mrs. Mihika Dhakhwa, ExecutiveMembers Mr. Chitra BahadurGurung, Mr. Yubaraj Subedi, Mr. Sudhir Kumar Upadhyay and Mrs. Sabita Bhattarai K.C.

 

During the meeting, various ideas were exchanged on how to make most out of the existing potential that Nepal has in tourism andpromote Nepal in EuropeMarket. H.E Mr. Dhital assured to support the travel trade sector in promotion of tourism in Nepal and showed eagerness to work together with NATTA in the coming days.

 

 


MEETING WITH NTB MARKETING DEPARTMENT

 

NATTAPresident, Mr. D. B. Limbu along with Secretary General, Ms. Mihika Dhakhwa & Treasurer, Mr. Narayan Gurung Koney met with Mr. Aditya Baral and the marketing team of Nepal Tourism Board on 6thNovember 2014. The purpose of the meeting was to  emphasize on the importance of Nepal’s branding and promotions in international market. NATTA team   reiterated on the need to participate & plan on timely manner for international travel marts/fairs so that the private sector/tour operators keen onparticipating could plan accordingly  beforehand.

 

Similarly, as FITUR 2015 is scheduled for 28th Jan – 1st Feb 2015, NATTA President informed Nepal Tourism Board, that a request letter hasalready been submitted to theTourism  Secretary for approval of participation on FITUR andrequested the marketing team to expedite and follow up on the same from their side to make it more effective as timely decision is very crucial regarding international travel marts.

 

 


NATTA DELEGATES MEET DG CAAN

 

A Seven-member delegation from Nepal Association of Tour & Travel Agents (NATTA) led by President Mr. D.B. Limbu called on the office of Mr. Ratish Chandra Lal Suman, Director General of Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) and apprised him of the current  problems faced by tour operators at the Airport which they need tofrequent in keeping with the prime season of tourists in Nepal. The tour operators are barred from entering into the Golden Gate at the TIA. NATTA delegates have urged the DG to ease the mobility of the operators at TIA in the course of providing services at the arrival and departure. SAARC Summit should not deter the stakeholders from carrying out their duties. Tourists are equally important for the nation, thedelegates emphasized. Similarly, NATTA Delegates met DeputyDirector of Civil Aviation Security, Mr. Bikram Raj Gautam to confirm on the same.

Secondly, President Mr. Limbu also  xpressed NATTA's view in regard to the services of agents in collecting theAirport Development Fees. Therefore, NATTA should be included in thecommittee responsible to figure out the plans and programs for physical development of the InternationalAirports. NATTA delegates also hinted on the predicament of TIA and urged the management to go into action without much ado.

DG Mr. Suman said that works are underway to renovate the run way of the airport. The departure belt will be relocated with increase in number to four. The Check-in counter will also see the facelift with increasedcapacity. The whole baggagehandling system too will be automised. The complete airport will have aircondition withgranite floor and escalators will be installed. All the above plans will be fully materialized by the end of 2015, DG Mr. Sumanassured the delegates. For parking a multi-storied complex is in the plan and the ground floor isalready complete, he said.

 

 


NATTAs PARTICIPATION ON NATIONAL TOURISM STRATEGY AND ACTION PLAN

 

On behalf of NATTA. Mr.Binay Basnet, Executive Memberparticipated on the National Tourism Strategy & Action Plan (2015-2024) - Validation Workshop organized by Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MOCTCA) on 31st October 2014 at NATHAM Academy, Ravibhawan.

Secretary of MOCTCA, Mr. Suresh Man Shrestha was the Chief Guest on the workshop and the Speakers were Former Secretary Dipendra Purush Dhakal, Member ofConstitutional Assembly Ram Chandra Pokharel, Joint Secretary MOCTCA, Director General,Department of Tourism.

The Presentation Consultants were Mr. Rabi Jung Pandey and Mr. Sumeet Baral. 

The workshop had theparticipation of various associations such as NATTA, TAAN, HAN, NARA, TURGAN, MAN, NTB and various entrepreneurs, specialists  from  tourism  industries. 

All present actively participated and put forth their views/comments on the prospects of  National Tourism Strategy & Action Plan (2015-2024).

 

 

 


NATTA DELEGATION MEET DG DOT

 

A six-member NATTA delegation called on the office of theDirector General of the newly set up Department of Tourism replacing theTourism Industry Division at Bhrikuti Mandap. Thedelegation led by President D.B. Limbu presented a bouquet and congratulated Tulsi Prasad Gautam on his appointment as Director General of DOT. He also handed over a letter of NATTAgrievances to DG Gautam and expressed the hope that under his ableleadership in thedepartment, all thosegenuine demands of NATTA will be addressed. The demands put up by NATTA include inter alias amendment of the tourism and transport acts of the government, construction of Tourist Bus Terminal in Kathmandu, allocation ofcertain percentage to NATTA from NQ tax and renewal of the licensescancelled etc. CN Pandey, the 2nd VP of NATTAparticipating in thediscourse focused on the problems faced by touroperators in importingtourist vehicles, theregistration of the vehicles and incongruous transport regulations.

The DOT was established in its new structural get up on 19th Sept this year. The Director of DOT Chandra Phuyal was also present on the occasion. The other members of NATTAdelegation includedTreasurer Narayan P. Koney, Executive Member Chitra B.Gurung, ExecutiveMember Binay Basnet and CEO Prof. Hari Sarmah.

 

 


THANKING SPONSORS AND SUPPORTERS

 

The Executive Board of NepalAssociation of Tour & Travel Agents (NATTA) would like to acknowledge all the sponsors for the support and co-operation in making the sports activities (TableTennis Championship and NATTA Futsal Tournament) as well as Blood Donation program a grand success which was organized on the occasion of 35th WorldTourism Day.

 


MEETING HELD BY HAN FOR PLANNING OF NATIONAL SYMPOSIUM

 

Hotel Association Nepal organized a meeting on 15th October 2014 at HAN Secretariat with NATTA, NATTO, TAAN, NMA & PATA.  The purpose of the meeting was to plan a national symposium on “2 Million Tourists by 2020”. HAN explained that extra 1600 room nights will be added in  Kathmandu in near future and it is therefore very important that we work towards increasing the number of incoming tourists in Nepal.

The meeting decided that a core team be formed with the Secretary General of all the above associations to work on the planning and organizing the National Symposium on “2 Million Tourists by 2020”.

Presented in the meeting from NATTA were Mr. C. N. Pandey, 2nd VP, Ms. Mihika Dhakhwa, Secretary General, Mr.Narayan Koney Gurung, Treasurer, Mr. Ramesh Thapa, Secretary, Ms. Jiswan  Tuladhar, Joint Treasurer, & Executive Members Ms. Sabita KC and Mr. Yubraj Subedi.

 


JTCC WELCOMES MR. TULSI PRASAD GAUTAM, DEPUTY GENERAL OF TOURISM DEPARTMENT

 

Joint Tourism Coordination Committee (JTCC) organized a specialprogram to welcome and congratulate the newly appointed Deputy General of Toursim Department, Mr. Tulsi Prasad Gautam on 14thOctober, 2014 at TAAN Secretariat.

Presented in the meeting from NATTA were Mr. C. N. Pandey, 2nd VP, Ms. Mihika Dhakhwa, Secretary General, Mr. Narayan Koney Gurung, Treasurer, Mr. Ramesh Thapa, Secretary & Mr. Binay Basnet, Executive member.

The Deputy General, Mr. Tulsi Prasad Gautam, expressed that the Tourism Department is not formed to replace Nepal Tourism Board but to assist and jointly work to uplift the tourism industry of Nepal.

 


THANKING ALL OUR SPONSORS AND SUPPORTERS

 

The Executive Board of Nepal Association of Tour & Travel Agents (NATTA) would like to avail of this opportunity to acknowledge all our sposnors for the outstanding support and co-operation in making the The Fifth NATTA Special Program – Carnival 2014  a grand success.

 


NATTA PREPARATION TO MARK 35th W.T.D

 

NATTA Executive Committee is now fully absorbed in making preparations to celebrate and mark the World Tourism Day. The program starts from Saturday, the 13th Sept. with Third NATTA Inter-Agency Table-Tennis Championship in Kathmandu followed by Second NATTA 5 A Side Futsal Tournament on 20th September and on 24th Sept. NATTA will host its Third Blood Donation Program at the premises of Goma Ganesh temple, Gairidhara. The 26th September will be the day of NATTA Carnival being organized as 5th NATTA Special Program at Hotel Annapurna. NATTA members and Invitees from the travel fraternity are expected to participate in the Carnival.

 


FOLLOW-UP VISIT TO NRB

 

Last Wednesday, on 10th September, Secretary General Ms. Mihika Dhakhwa, Treasurer Mr. Narayan Gurung Koney and Prof. Hari Sarmah called on the Office of Executive Director, ForeignExchange Department, Nepal Rastra Bank  Mr. Bhisma Raj  Dhungana  and enquired about the NRB decisions regarding the letter of grievances put up by NATTA almost a month ago. In regard to NATTA proposal of collecting the BSP link Fee and IATA Annual Fee centrally at NATTA and then depositing the same to local bank for transfer of the same to IATA Office in Singapore, the NRB Executive Director Mr. Dhungana said NRB was positive in considering this proposal but NATTA and IATA will have to produce a joint agreement to the above effect. NATTA is now  focusing on giving vent to the idea of collecting the IATA Annual fees and BSP Link Fees payable by the IATA accredited NATTA members and designing a proper modus operandi for the same.

 


A CLOSE SESSION PROGRAM WITH NATTA IATA ACCREDITED AGENTS

 

A Close Session Program on IATA BSP Remittance Cycle was organized by NATTA on Wednesday, the 02nd September, 2014 at Hotel Radisson from 1:30-5 p.m. Almost all the IATA Accredited members of NATTA attended the program. The purpose of the meeting was to decide on future BSP Remittance Cycle.

Various opinions from the members were expressed on the matter.

End of the program was followed by voting system to decide on the Remittance Cycle for 7 days, 10 days and 15 days simultaneously. With the votes of the members, the majority was for 15 days of Remittance Cycle.

The opinions of the IATA agents on the remittance cycle from the close session will be proposed in the upcoming APJC meeting.

 


NATTA IN SATIDP MEETING

 

President Mr. D.B. Limbu, Secretary Gen. Mrs. Mihika Dhakhwa and CEO Prof. Hari Sarmah were invited by South Asia Tourism Infrastructure Development Project (SATIDP) to participate in its joint meeting with leaders of tourism related associations on 31st August, Sunday at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism & Civil Aviation, Singhadurbar. Themeeting reflected on the Formulation of Tourism Promotion Plan for Lumbini and  Adjoining Areas (TPPLAA). On the occasion, Mr. Ram Sedai, the Leader of the Study Group presented his findings during the past course of time thatengulfed the major outcomes of the consultations with the private sector,        Development partners and Government Agencies in regard to the Lumbini  Tourism Promotion Plan (2015-2025). At the end of the program President Limbu urged that the planners must consider implementing the small              infrastructural requirements before drawing ambitious plans and programs. He said for the promotion of tourism in sectors like Lumbini & Chitwan, we need to ply standard coaches and transports for the tourists but the strong hold of local transport syndicates do impede such steps being taken by the private sector tourism entrepreneurs. So, government must first lift such syndicate system and ease the tourist buses to run without any hassle. Likewise, the air services of NA too needs to be improved and made more credible and punctual. Prof. Hari Sarmah had participated in the meeting in the capacity of being a member  of the TechnicalAdvisory Group (TAG). SATIDP will present its final report to the GON within a month.

 


FAM TRIP OF NATTA WESTERN REGIONAL ASSOCIATION

 

Thirty-member team comprising of the Executive Committee and the members of NATTA Western Regional Association, Pokhara set out for a five-day long  Fam Trip to the Eastern Region of Nepal andvisited the major touristic destinations on 31st August, 2014. NATTA Pokhara has been visiting various places in Nepal in view of thedevelopment of Domestic Tourism every year since 2004. The NATTA group visited the places like Sauraha, Biratnagar, Chandragarhi, Pashupatinagar, Fikkal, Kanyam and Janakpur etc. NATTA Pokhara team had interactive meetings with local tourism stakeholders and other concerned bodies during their Fam Trip.

 


NATTA SUPPORT TO SUNKOSHI VICTIMS

 

Nepal Association of Tour & Travel Agents (NATTA) on Thursday, the 28th August handed over a cheque of Rupees One Lac and Twenty one Thousand to Mr. Gopal Prasad Parajuli, the Chief District Officer of Sindhupalchowk in Chautara at DAO Office in the presence of Assistant CDO Mr. Dipraj Regmi, DSP Mr. Bharat Bahadur Bohora, Chief of Investigation Mr. Jit Bahadur Ghale,President and Joint Secretary of NJA (Sindhupalchok) Mr. Yubaraj Puri and Mr. Dipak Aryal. Also present on the occasion was the President of Press Union (Sindhupalchok) Mr. Dhruba Dangal. The NATTA delegation to Chautara was headed by President Mr. D.B. Limbu, Executive Member Mr. Yadu      Lamichhane and CEO Prof. Hari Sarmahaccompanied him. Mr. Limbu while handing over the relief fund collected from NATTA Executives,  Members and Staff of the Secretariat said that though the amount is not quite big, it bears the sentiments of NATTA as a token of our support to the suffering locals. CDO Mr. Parajuli gave NATTA details of the programs launched by DAO for the rehabilitation of the victims of Sunkoshi  flood and landslide.

 


NATTA DELEGATES MEET NEW TOURISM SECRETARY

 

 

A nine-member NATTA delegation met newly appointed Secretary for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Mr. Suresh Man Shrestha on  Wednesday, the 27th August at his office in Ministry of Culture,Tourism and Civil Aviation, Singhadurbar. The delegation led by President Mr. D.B. Limbu felicitated Secretary Mr. Shrestha with bouquet and khada. Speaking on behalf of NATTA Board and NATTA General Members President Mr. Limbu expressed congratulatory words and best wishes for remarkable  success of Mr. Shrestha's tenure of office. President Mr. Limbu also      explained and presented a six-point letter of memorandum to Secretary Mr. Shrestha. The NATTA grievances stated in the letter of Memorandum  include: the immediate amendment of the definition of "Tourist" in both the existing Tourism Act and Transport Act of the Government of Nepal thereby easing the services of tourist transports to both the domestic as well as foreign tourists, creating the provision of issuing permits on ad hoc basis to tour operators to run red-plated vehicles in  service of the  foreign tourists, erect a permanent  Tourist Bus Terminal in Kathmandu, settle the issue of Tourist Bus Park in Pokhara, consolidate the national flag carrier and activate Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) and continue the promotional programs and          international marketing.

 

 

On the occasion, Secretary General, Ms. Mihika Dhakhwa explained to Tourism Secretary Mr. Shrestha about the proposal designed by NATTA for a share in the NQ Tax collected from the  individual international foreign travellers to fund NTB and also presented a copy of the Proposal along with a demand letter requesting him to take prompt action on this grievance of NATTA. NATTA delegates present in the meeting were President Mr. D.B. Limbu, Secretary General Ms. Mihika Dhakhwa, Treasurer Mr. Narayan P.  Gurung Koney, SecretaryMr. Ramesh Thapa, Executive members Mr. Chitra Bahadur Gurung and Mr. Binay Basnet beside past executive board officials Mr. Achyut Guragain, Mr. Bhim Panta. CEO Prof. Dr. Hari Sarmah read out the letter of Memorandum to Tourism Secretary.

 

 

 

 

 

 


NATTA ORGANISES CLOSE SESSION OF IATA ACCREDITED NATTA MEMBERS

NATTA has convened a Close Door Session on IATA Remittance Cycle on Tuesday, the 2nd September, corresponding to 17th Bhadra, 2071 at 1.30 p.m. at Hotel Radisson. All IATA accredited NATTA members have been sent email message to the above effect with humble request to kindly attend the session.


NATTA DELEGATES MEET AOAN OFFICIALS

A delegation of NATTA comprising of Secretary Mr. Ramesh Thapa, President NATTA Eastern Regional Association Mr. Hem Raj Bastola (Tara ), NATTA Executive Members Mr. Binay Basnet, Mr. Chitra Bahadur Gurung  visited the Secretariat of Airlines Owner's Association Nepal (AOAN) on 21st August last and discussed various issues pertaining to problems faced by agents. Some of the major issues discussed were granting ticket stock only to government registered ticketing agents, sale of air-tickets only through travel agents, no discrimination in commission, the provision of full refund in case of cancellation, at least six months prior information to agents regarding any hike in the ticket rates etc. AOAN has signaled affirmatively on the agendas discussed and has agreed to have joint meetings on regular basis.AOAN officials present in the meeting were General Secretary Mr. Suman Pandey, Executive Director Mr. K.K. Barma and Treasurer Mr. Rupesh Joshi.


JAPANESE ENVOY AT NATTA SECRETARIAT

Mr. Tomohiro Koyama, Researcher/Advisor at the Embassy of Japan in Nepal called on NATTA Secretariat on Wednesday, the 20th August last and held discussions with President Mr. D.B. Limbu regarding the current tourism scenario of Nepal including the products preferred by the visitors. He said that he was going to produce an article on Nepal's Tourism to be published in Japanese language. Also present in the meeting were NATTA Secretary Mr. Ramesh Thapa and CEO Prof. Hari Sarmah.


NATTA-HAN JOINT MEETING

At the behest of NATTA Executive Committee, Hotel Association Nepal (HAN) called a joint meeting of the office bearing executives of both the associations on Tuesday, the 19th August, 2014. HAN Executives were led by President Mr. B.K. Shrestha and NATTA Executives were led by President Mr. D.B. Limbu. The agenda discussed were (a) provision of special room rates for the local tour operators (b) joint promotional campaigns (c) Consolidating NTB and (d) regular joint meetings with NATTA and HAN Executives. NATTA was represented by Secretary Mr. Ramesh Thapa, NATTA Hotel Coordinator Mr. Sudhir Kumar Upadhyaya, Executive Member Mr. Chitra Bahadur Gurung and CEO Prof. Hari Sarmah.


NATTA SPORTS & BLOOD DONATION EVENTS

NATTA Sports and Entertainment Sub-Committee's proposal to organize two Inter-Agency Competitive Sports events and Blood Donation program to mark the upcoming World Tourism Day this year had been approved by the 32nd NATTA Executive Board Meeting held last August 11th. The proposed Sports events are the 2nd NATTA Inter-Agency Futsal Tournament and the 3rd NATTA Inter-Agency Table Tennis Open Championship.

Successfully the 3rd NATTA Inter-Agency Table Tennis Open Championship has been held on 13th September 2014. The Futsal event has been slated for 20th September. and the BloodDonation program will be organized on 24th September..

Any queries regarding the above events may be forwarded to Coordinator, NATTA Executive Mr. Binay Basnet (Cell No. 9851030493).

 


IATA INTERACTIVE DISCUSSION PROGRAM HELD

 

 

NATTA organized an Interactive Discussion Program on various IATA Issues including the proposed Remittance Cycle on last Friday, the 08th August, 2014 in the auditorium Hall of Russian Centre of Science and Culture,         Kamalpokhari from 2-4 p.m. Almost all the IATA Accredited members of NATTA attended the discussion program. President Mr. D.B. Limbu welcoming the audience informed that the purpose of this program is to give an opportunity to our members to interact directly with IATA and to put forth any problems or issues which requires attention. The President also informed that the program will discuss about the remittance cycle but at the same time emphasized that this program is not to make any decision on the same.

Mr. Amitabh Khosla, Country Director of IATA andMr. Vinod Malholtra, Branch Manager IATA N. India were invited on the dias. Mr.Amitabh Khosla made an hour-long deliberation on IATA's current operational system and informed the audienceregarding the latest  proposition of going into a changed remittancecycleciting the example of Sri Lanka and India where the current cycle is seven days with 15 days credit period. Bearing  in mind the           difficulties faced by Nepal market, IATA proposed 10 days remittance cycle wherein agents will have to pay 3 times in a month and with 20 days credit period. IATA agents veryenthusiastically raised many queries which were answered by IATA officials at the meeting.

NATTA will soon beorganizing a close session with the IATA agents to get their opinion of the remittance cycle to be proposed in theupcoming APJC meeting.

 

 


NATTA SET UP RELIEF FUND

 

With a view to extend generous support to the victims of the natural disaster caused by most devastating flood and landslide that occurred last week in Jure of Sindhupalchok, the executive board of NATTA and the staff of the Secretariat have set up a Relief Fund in Sunrise Bank under the title Nepal Assoc. Tour & T.A (Relief F) bearing the account number 00210250772011. The seed money collected has already been deposited and NATTA members have been sent a circular to contribute to the fund either by sending the cash/cheque directly to NATTA Secretariat or by depositing the same in the above account.


SOLIMAR INT'L & SAMARTH CALL ON NATTA

 

Ms. Natasha Martin, a tourism consultant from Washington DC and Ms. Neha Shrestha, a tourism marketing analyst at Samartha called on the Secretariat of NATTA And held discussions with President Mr. D.B. Limbu, 1st VP Mr. Shambhu Raj Pathak,  Secy. Gen. Ms. Mihika Dhakhwa, Executive Member Mr. C.B. Gurung and CEO Prof. Hari Sarmah on issues of upholding the product like GHT (Great Himalaya Trail) since SNV (Netherlands) has now shifted the responsibility of marketing and promoting the GHT to Samarth. NATTA, once an active member of the GHT Steering Committee suggested the visitors that the association is always committed in promoting such unique products in the international market. 


The NATTA team recently met with Natasha Martin, a tourism consultant engaged by Samarth-NMDP, who is reviewing the Great Himalayan Trail website and brand. She has asked us to circulate this brief survey among our members. If you could kindly take five minutes from your day to fill out the survey, it will be greatly appreciated. The survey can be accessed by clicking the link below:

Access Survey

 

http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/1757852/The-Great-Himalayan-Trail-Survey-1

 

 


MEETING WITH THE GOVERNOR, NR

 

NATTA delegation led by the President, Mr. D. B. Limbu met with the Governor of Nepal Rastra Bank, Dr. Yubraj Khatiwada at his office on Monday, 4th August 2014.  The meeting was held mainly to discuss regarding the payment of monthly BSP Link fees & annual fee of IATA to be paid in Nepalese currency locally by our members. Also discussed was the possibility of removing the dual currency system that has been existing in air ticketing.  The Secretary General, Ms. Mihika Dhakhwa, explained the difficulty faced by our member agents to transact in dual currency (USD and NPR) for air ticketing and she also put forth the logic that the USD transaction is a minimal amount compared to the NPR transaction on airfares that is paid to IATA and therefore, such a nominal amount should not stand as a hurdle for ticketing agents.  The Governor has taken this matter positively and NATTA will be submitting a report with the data on the total payment made to BSP and the percentage calculation of USD payment of the same.

 

Another issue discussed during the meeting was the difficulty faced by our member agents operating Kailash tours for Indian tourists in which the NRB policy does not allow remittance in USD to China for the INR received by Indian tourists.  The tour & transport sub-committee will soon meet to work on a proposal to be submitted to the Governor on the benefits to the nation’s coffer of conducting Kailash tours to Indian tourists.


MR. YADU LAMICHHANE NOMINATED NEW MEMBER IN NATTA BOARD

 

In keeping with Article 15(1) of Paragraph 5 of NATTA Statute, President Mr. D.B.  Limbu proposed the NATTA Board to nominate Mr. Yadu Lamichhane, Managing Director of Asiatic Travels Pvt. Ltd. as a new member in the NATTA Executive Committee. This proposal has been unanimously approved by the Board. 


NQ TAX PROPOSAL SUBMITTED TO HONBLE MINISTER FOR TOURISM

 

President Mr. D.B Limbu handed over the NQ Tax Proposal of NATTA to Hon’ble Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Mr. Bhim Acharya on 31st July’14 at his office in MOCTCA late in the afternoon and gave a comprehensive elaboration of the reasons why NATTA should be provided with 5% of the total collection of NQ Tax.

 

Also discussed on the occasion were the agenda of creating provision of issuing TIA Special Entry passes to NATTA Executives besides the amicable solution to be expedited by MOCTCA regarding the Tourist Bus Park in Pokhara.

 

The other members in the delegation were Treasurer Mr. Narayan Koney, CEO Prof,Hari Sarmah and Mr.Pom Narayan Shrestha, President of NATTA Western Regional Association, Pokhara  and the Secretary General Mr. Sanjay Kanta Sigdel


FOLLOW UP MEETING WITH NEPAL RASTRA BANK

 

 

In effort to work towards the completion of our pending works, NATTA delegation visited Mr. Bhisma Dhungel, Director of Foreign Currency Exchange Department of Nepal Rastra Bank to get an update on the new monetary policy. Another milestone added to the hard work of NATTA, is the clause 114 of the new Monetary Policy of NRB which allows the outbound tour operators to remit payment to overseas agents based on the invoice received. Below is the extract of the same:

 


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NATTA SECRETARIAT VISITED BY IFC WORLD BANK GROUP

 

Mr. Shaun Mann, Senior Tourism Specialist along with his country companions Mr. Taneem Ahad and Mr. Sumit Baral called on NATTA Secretariat on 21st July and has discussions with President, Secretary General, Treasurer and CEO. The discussion was held mainly on the problems faced by the association in expanding its activities in other touristic centres like Pokhara, Chitwan and Lumbini. Mr. Shaun Mann expressed about his positive findings in tourism potentials and assured NATTA that he would look into the possibilities of assisting NATTA in whatever way possible in the days to come.

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NATTA DELEGATE MEET NAC COMMERCIAL DIRECTOR WITH SPECIFIC AGENDA

 

A NATTA Delegation led by President Mr. D.B Limbu met Commercial Director of Nepal Airlines Mr. Ram Hari Sharma to apprise him of the problems faced by agents in regard to dealings with Nepal Airlines. The agendas discussed were Deportee, Commisssion, Full Automation System in Booking, Reissue & Revalidate Authority, RA Capping, Domestic Services, Fare Filing. 

 

NATTA has also submitted a letter urging the NA commercial director to address the problems cited above at his earliest possible.


NATTA DELEGATES MEET CEO OF YETI

 

A four-member NATTA delegation comprising of Mr. Ramesh Thapa (Secretary), Mr. Yubaraj Subedi (Coordinator NATTA Domestic Aviation Sub-Committee), Mr. Binay Basnet (Executive Member) and Mr. Hem Raj Bastola (President, NATTA Eastern Regional Association) called on the office of Mr. Umesh Rai, CEO of Yeti Airlines on Thursday, the 17th June and apprised him of the problems faced by domestic ticketing agents. After having heard the complaints put up by the delegates, Mr. Umesh Rai responded very positively and said that he would leave no stone unturned to ease the situation and do all his best to facilitate the agents. He, however, also suggested the NATTA delegation to have a similar meeting with Airlines" Owners Association of Nepal (AOAN) to find out a sustainable solution to the ticketing problems.


INTERACTIVE DISCUSSION PROGRAM ON NTB ISSUES HELD

 

NATTA organized an interactive discussion program on "Restructuring Nepal Tourism Board" at Naxal Banquet on 16th July, 2014 in the afternoon. The program was attended by NATTA Senior Members including Past President Mrs. Ambica Shrestha, Mr. Ram Kaji Koney, NATTA Advisor Mr. B.K. Shrestha, Dr. Ramesh Kunwar and Mr. Shyam Raj Thapaliya, Past CEO of NTB & NATTA Hony. Life Member Mr. Prachanda Man Shrestha, Tourism Veterans Mr. Yogendra Shakya and Mr. Prakash Shrestha. Also present on the occasion were the members of NTB Restructuring Committee formed by GON to recommend Suggestions to the Govt.

 


NATTA REQUESTED MOHA FOR INITIATION TO ELIMINATE 'DEPORTEE' PROBLEM

 

The executive board of NATTA has been right from the early days of its assumption of office in the Secretariat initiating to assuage the problem of deportee that has lately become so frequent. NATTA delegates met the DG Department of Immigration, Ambassador of Qatar to Nepal and on last July 3rd it met Jt. Secretary Mr. Laxmi Dhakal of Ministry of Home Affairs. After the meeting NATTA has sent a formal letter of request to MOHA requesting the Ministry to look for the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in evolving an effective joint coordination with the Foreign Ministries of Qatar and other labour market to find an amicable solution.


NATTA ACKNOWLEGEMENT & THANKS

NATTA Executive Committee had been involved in creating pressure to the concerned authorities of the government right from the early days of the introduction of transport syndicate in Ghasa and surrounding areas on Beni –Jomsom route since the syndicate had forcefully evolved numerous hassles for the pilgrims and other tourists en route to Jomsom and on their way back.

NATTA delegates had called on the Minister for Culture, Tourism & Civil Aviation Hon'ble Bhim Acharya, Tourism Secretary Mr. Sushil Ghimire and Chief of Tourism Industry Division Mr. Madhusudan Burlakoti and lately Inspector General of Police Mr. Upendra Aryal with letters of complaints and NATTA grievance to ban local transport  syndicate prevailing in the above route  on different dates showing the cause that the route is mostly frequented by tourists and the ill and unwholesome treatment towards them ought to be stopped immediately.

 

Now since the syndicate system has been lawfully lifted by the Western Regional Administration Office, we, with great appreciation, would like to extend our  thankfulness to  all those who have contributed in eliminating the problem faced by tourists and transports plying on Beni-Jomsom and Jomsom- Beni  route. Our special thanks are also due to local transport entrepreneurs for their consent and approval on lifting the local syndicate system. NATTA Regional Association (Pokhara) too deserves special credit in this achievement


MEETING WITH HOME MINISTRY & IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT

In our continuous effort to find a solution to the problem faced by our members in regard to the frequent cases of Deportees, a NATTA delegation visited Home Ministry for a joint meeting with Mr. Laxmi Prasad Dhakal, Joint Secretary, Home Ministry and Mr. Sharad Chandra Poudel, DG, Immigration Department.  NATTA delegation was led by Secretary General, Ms. Mihika Dhakhwa, along with Treasurer, Mr. Narayan Gurung Koney, Executive Members Mr. Binay Basnet, Mr. Chitra Bahadur Gurung and CEO, Prof. Hari Sarmah.

NATTA briefed on the financial burden faced by the members due to deportee cases and emphasized on the need to find short-term & long-term solutions.  NATTA has already in the past sent a request to the DG, Immigration department, to inform NATTA when a deportee arrives in Kathmandu so that NATTA is able to inform its member on time.  However, this has not been very effective and thus NATTA requested the DG to look into it further for more effective actions. 

 

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Besides the short-term solution of providing timely information from Immigration Department, NATTA also highlighted on finding a long term-solution at the government level.  The Joint Secretary agreed to start correspondence with the related country governments through our Foreign Ministry to find an amicable and long-term solution.  NATTA will now initiate by sending a request letter to the Joint Secretary.


NEPAL CLEARING HOUSE LTD. FOR FASTER CHEQUE CLEARANCE

 

NATTA has been working on how to make the BSP payment method faster and easier for the IATA accredited members. In the same context, NATTA delegation met with Mr. Neelesh Man Singh Pradhan, CEO of Nepal Clearing House Ltd on June 24..  The outcome of the meeting was very fruitful and informative.

Nepal Clearing House Ltd (NCHL) has been established with an objective of automating the process of cheque clearing which was earlier being done manually through NRB.  With the introduction of NCHL-ECC (electronic cheque clearing) system, the cheque clearing cycle has become much faster. All cheques are cleared and settled on the same day by 3:30 p.m. provided they are presented before the cut off time of 11 a.m. Cheque presented after the cut off time are cleared and settled only the following day.

Moreover, in order to provide faster cheque clearance, there is an additional facility of “Express Session” at a minimal charge at all commercial banks.  Express Session is a special session of short duration for presentment, response from paying bank and NRB settlement. Express session has 1 hour of window open for cheque presentment and, settlement happens at 12:00 AM. Regular Session is one full day clearing cycle where by the settlement happens at 3:30 PM. 

For example, if we request for Express Session on Friday with cheque submission by 10:30 - 11:00 a.m., the cheque will be cleared by an hour at 12 noon.  Therefore, we do not have to wait till Sunday for NPR cheque and till Monday for USD cheque to be cleared.  The services and facilities on cheque clearance both on NPR and USD account are the same.

By 2015 NCHL will make it compulsory for all banks & financial institutions to introduce Machine Readable Cheque (MRC) and also at the same time NCHL has requested Nepal Rastra Bank to increase the frequency of cheque clearance/settlement.


NATTA's SUGGESTIONS TO CAAN

 

NATTA, after having compiled the suggestions from its general members, has sent a list of concrete suggestions to Civil Aviation Authority Nepal (CAAN) in regard to proper utilization of Airport Development Fee (B6 Tax) of Rs. 1000 per passenger flying on international flights effective from 17th July instant.

NATTA suggestions to CAAN include the demand to maintain the accounts of the tax collected in a transparent way and get the accounts audited annually and make the same public through media. NATTA has also suggested utilizing the fund collected in sustainable construction of TIA runway and operating TIA round the clock. As NATTA agents would be responsible for collecting the tax, there ought to be representation of NATTA in Airport Infrastructure Development Committee and other committees pertaining to overall development of all airports in the country. NATTA has further suggested that the Fee collected as B6 Tax should be invested in expansion of the spaces within and outside the main airport complex and in facilitating the passengers categorically with special provisions for the national, international, diplomatic, commercial, disabled, sick, elderly and infants.



MEETING WITH IATA OFFICIALS FROM INDIA

 

In order to solve IATA related problems faced by IATA accredited NATTA members, NATTA facilitated a joint meeting with IATA officials from India and the Foreign Exchange Management Department of Nepal Rastra Bank on 19th June 2014.  Present in the meeting were Mr. Bhisma Dhungana NRB Director of the department, Mr. Amitabh Khosla, Country Director – Nepal & India and Mr. Vinod Malhotra, Branch Manager – Northern India & Nepal from IATA, Mr. D. B. Limbu, NATTA President, Ms. Mihika Dhakhwa, Secretary General & Prof. Hari Sarmah, CEO of NATTA.

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As an outcome of the meeting, the IATA accredited NATTA members will be able to pay the monthly BSP Link fees & annual IATA accreditation fees in Nepalese currency to IATA in Nepal after IATA submits the required documents to Nepal Rastra Bank.


NATTA MEET MOCTCA Jt. SECYs MR. ARYAL & MR. BURLAKOTI

 

NATTA delegation comprising of 1st VP Mr. Shambhu Raj Pathak, Secretary General Ms. Mihika Dhakhwa and CEO Prof. Dr. Hari Sarmah called on the office of Jt. Secretary Mr. Ranjan Krishna Aryal at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism & Civil Aviation Tuesday, the 17th June and apprised him of the cases of cancellation of company licenses of NATTA members by Tourism Industry Division and urged him to do the needful so that the concerned travel companies could regain their licenses. The meeting was later joined in by Chief of Tourism Industry Division (TID) Jt. Secretary Mr. Madhu Sudan Burlakoti. When approached by NATTA delegates he simply gave his conclusion saying that nothing can be done so radically unless the government brings in certain amendments in the existing law for which it might take quite some time. NATTA delegates emphasized that the travel companies who have been in existence for decades and are the regular revenue payers should not be victimized by not allowing to work. The license given to such companies by Company Registrar Office of GON, however, remains valid.


GOODWILL VISIT TO H.E. AHMAD JASIM MOHAMMAD ALI AL HAMAR, QATAR AMBASSADOR IN NEPAL

 

NATTA delegation consisting of Mr. Shambhu Raj Pathak, First Vice President, Ms. Mihika Dhakhwa, Secretary General & Prof. Hari Sarmah, CEO, visited H. E. Ahmed Zaffim Al Hamar, the Ambassador of Qatar for Nepal on 17th June 2014.  NATTA extended their sincere gratitude to His Excellency and to the State of Qatar for the contribution in tourism sector especially through Qatar Airways.

Also, discussed in the meeting was the problem faced by the travel fraternity on the deportee cases whereby the travel agents are burdened with paying for the return air ticket of the deported passengers along with heavy penalty imposed by Immigration imposed by port of deportation.  NATTA requested the Embassy to help find a solution in minimizing deportee cases from Qatar in consultation with the Immigration Department of Qatar. 


GOODWILL VISIT TO BUDDHA AIR

 

The President of NATTA, Mr. D. B. Limbu along with the Secretary General, Ms. Mihika Dhakhwa and  President of NATTA Eastern Regional Association, Mr. Hem Raj Bastola visited Mr. Birendra Bahadur Basnet, Managing Director of Buddha Air on 10th June 2014 at his office as a courtesy call. 

 

The purpose of the meeting was to enhance and improve on the existing business relationship with the airlines and the travel agents for mutual benefits for both the parties.  Also present in the meeting were the senior officials of Buddha Air. The meeting concluded with a positive note on cooperation and mutual support for the betterment of Nepal’s travel and aviation sector as a whole.


NATTA's ADMIRATION TO GRANDIE

 

A going to be medical partner of NATTA, Grandie International Hospital organized a felicitation program in honor of Everest Summiteer Pemba Norbu Sherpa who very successfully reached the peak of Mt. Everest on 24th May last and displayed the official flag of Grandie Int'l Hospital. On the occasion invited were associations like NATTA, HRA and Mountain Expedition Guide Association inter alia were several important guests. Dr. Ashok Vardhan Chordiya, the CEO of the Hospital welcomed the guests and Engineer Mr. Deepak Kunwar, the Chairman of the Hospital gave away the letter of Felicitation to the Summiteers and thanked the participants for joining the program.

Prof. Dr. Hari Sarmah, CEO NATTA speaking on the occasion congratulated the hospital management for having organized such important social event within the premises of the hospital and admired the hospital for providing exclusive medical services to the national and international expeditioners facing sickness in the mountains by rescuing them through helicopters. Now that Grandie's flag has touched the peak of Mt. Everest, it's sure Grandie's well deserved fame will also accomplish the same height in the medical world of South Asia.

Others who spoke on the occasion were Mr. Shanta Subba, President of HRA, Mr. Nima Sherpa President of Mountain Expedition Guide Association. Hospital is committed to work in tandem with tour and travel including mountain related associations.


NATTA MEETS URBAN DEVE. SECRETARY

 

An official delegation comprising of NATTA President Mr. D.B. Limbu, Secretary General Ms. Mihika Dhakhwa, Secretary Mr. Ramesh Thapa and CEO Prof. Hari Sarmah called on the Office of the Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development on 05th June, 2014 in the afternoon and apprised him of NATTA's earlier written request to the Government of Nepal for the setting up of Tourist Bus Terminal in a suitable location in Kathmandu. Secretary Mr. Kishore Thapa has hinted that he had had consultations with Kathmandu Valley Infrastructure Development Authority and Kathmandu Metropolis and is very positive about the outcome. He assured the NATTA delegates that soon a well-facilitated Tourist Bus Terminal would be built in the Bagmati link Road connecting Indrayani and Dallu Bridge. The ministry of Urban Development has a long term plan to set up Tourist Bus Terminal in the old Bus Park after removing the existing provision of allowing the space for the general buses plying to nearby destinations like Kirtipur, Panauti, Dhulikhel and Patandhoka etc.


MEETING WITH MALAYSIA AIRLINES, GALILEO AND ABACUS

 

In response to the issue raised by our valued members in regard to Malaysia Airlines and its policies on HX, TTL and capping blockage, NATTA organized a meeting with Malaysia Airlines along with the two GDS, Galileo & Abacus on 5th June 2014 at NATTA Secretariat. 

The meeting was mainly held to discuss on how to avoid miscommunications and lack of information between airlines, GDS and the agents so that a sound collaboration exists between all partners for mutual benefits.  Both the airlines and the GDS have assured us that they would do their part to educate the agents to avoid any problems in future.

 

NATTA is always available to address any issues pertaining to professional interest of its members and to work towards bringing an amicable solution. 


AFFILIATION WITH GRANDE INTERNATIONAL HOSPITAL

 

In line to NATTA Executive Committee’s ongoing effort and commitment to provide value to its members, NATTA delegate visited Grande International Hospital on Wednesday, the 4th June 2014 for an inspection and a meeting on the possibility of affiliation between NATTA and Grande International Hospital.  The infrastructure, cleanliness, services and facilities of the hospital was of international standard and was very impressive. 

NATTA will soon be signing an MOU with Grande International Hospital by which the NATTA members will enjoy an attractive discount on the medical services provided by the hospital.  The hospital shall act as a Medical Partner of NATTA and support us in any kind of healthcare issues organized by us such as health camp, lectures related to health issues etc.

 

The aim of this forthcoming affiliation is to bring much needed health awareness in our members and at the same time provide them with attractive discounts on world-class medical facilities that are available in one of this top hospitals of Nepal. 


BBC JOURNALISTS IN NATTA

 

Journalist Mr. Anbarasan Ethirajan, South Asia Editor of BBC World Service News from London called on NATTA Secretariat on Tuesday, the 27th May, 2014 at 11:00 in the morning as per the appointment fixed earlier and held discussions about the prospects and problems of Nepalese tourism with President Mr. D.B Limbu, Secretary General Mrs. Mihika Dhakhwa and CEO Prof. Hari Sarmah. The individual comments were duly recorded and hopefully will be aired in the near future. Mr. Ethiranjan was accompanied by Mr. Ishwar Rauniyar of BBC World Service, Nepal.


NAEFA MEETS TRAVEL AGENTS

 

Office bearing Executives of Nepal Association of Foreign Employment Agencies (NAFEA) held a meeting with member agents of NATTA selling air tickets on last Tuesday, the 27th May at NATTA Secretariat to discuss about the sudden rise in the air tickets. It was revealed in the meeting that NATTA agents were not responsible for the higher prices of the tickets. The meeting thus ended with a resolution that both the associations will co-operate each other in identifying real cause. They also agreed to hold regular meeting and share the information in the days to come.


NATTA MEETS BUDDHA AIR

 

A NATTA delegation comprising of NATTA Domestic Air Coordination Sub Committee led by Mr. Yubaraj Subedi, Mr. Ramesh Thapa and Mr. Binay Basnet met two top brasses of Buddha Air- Mr. Birendra Bahadur Basnet and Mr. Rupesh Joshi. The main objective of the meeting was to apprise the Buddha Air Management of the existing technical problems and difficulties being faced by the ticketing agents. The delegation handed over the list of grievances to Mr. Birendra Bahadur Basnet and the response received was found to be in favor of ticketing agents.

The NATTA committee will meet Yeti Airlines next week with almost the same agenda.


PP PRESENTATION AT NATTA

 

NATTA Secretary General Mrs. Mihika Dhakhwa made a power point presentation on NATTA's share of NQ Tax at the secretariat in the presence of NATTA Advisory Board. The Advisory Board Members commented very positively on the contents of the presentation and greatly appreciated NATTA's effort in exploring sustainable and legitimate source of resources for the association. Mr. Mahesh Rai, Prof. Dr. Ramesh Kunwar and Mr. S.R Thapaliya also spoke on the occasion.


NATTA SUBMITTED A LETTER OF GRIEVANCE TO SECRETARY, URBAN DEVELOPMENT MINISTRY

 

Quoting the urgency of having a Tourist Bus Terminal in the capital city which has already become a long overdue, NATTA President Mr. D.B. Limbu has forwarded a humble letter of grievance to Mr. Kishore Thapa, Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development. 


MEETING WITH DG, CAAN

 

NATTA Secretary General Ms. Mihika Dhakhwa and CEO Prof. Hari Sarmah called on the office of Director General, Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) Mr. Ratish Chandra Lal Suman Tuesday, the 20th May, 2014 and discussed about the reasons of imposing Airport Development Tax. DG Mr. Suman explained elaborately the plans and programs of CAAN to improve the available facilities for the passengers at the Tribhuvan International Airport and other airports in the country. Facilitation of the passengers being one of the major objectives, CAAN is soon introducing its programs to the public which also includes extension, upgrading and building other necessary infrastructures.


JOINT TOURISM COORDINATION COMMITTEE (JTCC) GOES FOR HUNGER STRIKE

 

JTCC Committee has gone on a one-week relay hunger strike on Thursday saying the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation had not addressed their four-point demands.
Representatives of different travel and trade associations under the Joint Tourism Coordination Committee (JTCC) started the relay hunger strike on Thursday evening and will be taking 12-hour turns to go on a hunger strike until Tuesday.
As per the JTCC if the demands are not addressed by then, publishing of posters and pamphlets, with announcement of strong protest programs on Wednesday.

JTCC has been protesting against NTB for two weeks with demands that include removal of Subash Nirola from the post of acting CEO of NTB to pave the way for the appointment of new CEO, a probe into financial irregularities in NTB, disclosure of financial details of expenses made over the past five years, and ensuring institutional representation of the private sector in the board of NTB.
JTCC has also announced that it will not cooperate with NTB unless the demands are met. Protest programs which started with representatives from 19 travel and trade associations, now has 35 different tourism-related organizations under it.


NATTA APPRISED SECRETARY, MINISTRY OF CITY DEVELOPMENT OF THE NEED OF TOURIST BUS TERMINAL

 

In a meeting held recently at International Convention Centre, NATTA has apprised Mr. Kishore Thapa, Secretary, Minister of Urban Development about the dire need of Tourist Bus Terminal in the capital city of Kathmandu. Kathmandu, though a gateway to millions of foreign tourists coming into Nepal, is without an appropriate Tourist Bus Terminal. NATTA has also requested the line ministry to incorporate the program of building a Tourist Bus Terminal in GON's Annual Program and Budget likely to be announced later during this month.


NATTA'S PARTICIPATION IN THE RELAY HUNGER STRIKE

Pressing the Government of Nepal to address the genuine demands of the private sector tourism entrepreneurs (JTCC) which has the participation of more than 35 tourism related associations based in Kathmandu including those from Pokhara, Chitwan, Kakadvitta, Dhangadhi and Palpa, the JTCC has launched Relay Hunger Strike effective from last Jestha 1st. The first phase of relay hunger strike begins at 7 am and continues till 7pm and the second phase continues from 7 pm to 7 am every day. The participation of the fraternity members has been very much encouraging.

From NATTA the following members, executive members and office bearing executives have participated:  

 

Jestha1 (Thursday) 7pm-7am:

Mr. D.B Limbu

Jestha2 (Friday) 7am-7pm:

Mr. Narayan Gurung Koney

Jestha2 (Friday) 7pm-7am: 

Mr. Sudhir Upadhyay

Jestha3 (Saturday) 7am-7pm:

Mr. Chitra Bahadur Gurung

Jestha3 (Saturday) 7pm-7am:

NATTA Western Regional Pokhara Team

Jestha4 (Sunday) 7am-7pm:

Mr. Narayan Gurung Koney

Jestha4 (Sunday) 7pm-7am: 

Mr. Hem Raj Bastola (Tara)

Jestha5 (Monday) 7am-7pm: 

Mr. Binay Basnet

Jestha5 (Monday) 7pm-7am: 

Mr. Ramesh Thapa

Jestha6 (Tuesday) 7am-7pm: 

Mr. Yagya Murti Acharya

Jestha6 (Tuesday) 7pm-7am: 

Mr. Yubraj Subedi

Jestha7 (Wednesday) 7am-7pm:

Mrs. Jiswan Tuladhar Shrestha and

Ms. Kamla Gurung

Jestha7 (Wednesday) 7pm-7am: 

Chitwan Entrepreneurs Team

Jestha8 (Thursday) 7pm-7am:

Ms. PhuDoma Sherpa and

Ms. Shradha Chhetri

Jestha8 (Thursday) 7pm-7am: 

Mr. Gautam Manandhar

Jestha9 (Friday) 7am-7pm:

Ms. Urmila Maharjan and

Ms. Sanjita Neupane

Jestha9 (Friday) 7pm-7am: 

Mr. Shambhu Raj Pathak

 


JTCC ON A RALLY AS PART OF RESENTMENT AGAINST NTB

 

Joint Tourism Coordination Committee (JTCC) organized a grand rally on 8th of May'14 from Thamel to NTB, Bhrikutimandap to put pressure on the government to address to the demands placed. The rally started around 9 am with more than 300 participants. All tourism entrepreneurs and stakeholders participated in the rally with their friends and staff members.

JTCC will continue its protest program till all the demands are addressed by concerned authorities.

 


NATTA DELEGATES MEET DY. P.M./HOME MINISTER

 

NATTA delegates headed by President Mr. DB Limbu met Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Hon'ble Bamdev Gautam on 7th of May to apprise him of the hassles being faced by the tourist bus operators in regard to the parking before setting out to their destinations every morning. Lack of a permanent Tourist Bus Terminal in the capital city has already caused a lot of negativity among the tourists using these transports.

Every morning some 25-30 tourist buses leave Kathmandu for destinations like Pokhara and Chitwan. The NATTA delegation was comprised of Treasurer Mr. Narayan P. Gurung Koney, Secretary Mr. Ramesh Thapa and NATTA Member Mr. Madan Acharya.


JTCC CALLS FOR ACTION

 

Joint Tourism Coordination Committee an umbrella associations submitted a four pint petitions to the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation alleging that Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) has sidelined the private sector in the National Tourism Fair. Stating that NTB is neglecting the role of the private sector in development of tourism in Nepal, JTCC has asked the ministry to appoint members from the private sector in the executive board of NTB, as stated in its charter. The second petition has asked for the government to cancel the tourism fair whereas the last point demands appointment of chief executive officer at NTB. The petition was signed by 19 members of 19 different tourism related associations. Till date the JTCC members are busy picketing at NTB urging the NTB Board to call the meeting and take prompt decisions regarding removal of acting CEO from the chair and start audit of the NTB accounts for the last five years by forming an independent audit committee with private sector.

Meanwhile Mr. Dhruba Narayan Shrestha, NTB Boar Member has expressed his support to the cause of JTCC movement. Now out of 5 private sector representatives in NTB Board,4 have shown their solidarity in support of JTCC grievances.


MEETING WITH SATTA

 

NATTA Delegates on return from Palpa on 27th April were accorded warm welcome by the Executive Committee of Siddhartha Association of Travel & Tour Agents (SATTA) at Bhairahawa at its Secretariat. Mr. Krishna Sagar Adhikari the President of SATTA and Mr. Sanjay Bajimaya, IPP SATTA while welcoming NATTA delegates from the centre at their Secretariat said that they have been very much positive to the action plans of current NATTA EC and look forward to avail of the opportunity to become a part of NATTA soon.


NATTA JOINT MEETING IN RANI MAHAL (PALPA)

 

NATTA Palpa Chapter convened a Joint Meeting of the Chapter with NATTA Western Regional Association (Pokhara) and NATTA EC from the centre on Saturday, the 26th April '14 at Rani Mahal, a unique historical palace built in the 19th century. The palace stands on the scenic bank of holy Kali Gandaki river. The meeting focused on the topical issues involving the role of intra-association members for the overall growth of tourism in their respective areas. NATTA centre highlighted on the issues like its claim on NQ Tax, setting up of Tourist Bus Terminal and the upcoming Int'l Airport etc. whereas Pokhara raised its voice on having enough of transport accessibility and connectivity, viz., Pokhara-Chitwan-Bhairahawa and Palpa. Palpa Chapter of NATTA affirmed their commitment to disseminate more about Palpa and her products.

The meeting was declared adjourned after a short thanks giving, gifting and photograph session and was followed by scrumptious lunch on the green hillock.


INTERACTIVE SEMINAR ON TOURISM PROMOTION & NATTA JOINT MEETING IN TANSEN

The NATTA EC Delegation led by President Mr. D.B. Limbu participated in the Interactive Seminar Program held in Tansen Municipality Hall (Palpa) under the aegis of NATTA Palpa Chapter on 25th April, 2014. President Limbu and NATTA Executives were accorded warm welcome by the organizers prior to the program attended by the chiefs of almost all government and non-government sectors viz., Local Development Officer, Chief of Tansen Municipality, President of FNCCI – Palpa, Officials from different professional organizations, Hotels and Home Stay and Organic Farming, travel agents, officials from Get Up Palpa etc. Speaking as the Chief Guest President Limbu expressed his very optimistic views regarding the bright future of Palpa as a touristic destination as Palpa teams with all natural beauty, historical monuments and wonderful and pleasant weather. He hoped that with the completion of Gautam Buddha Int'l Airport in Bhairahawa Tansen will begin to go under the pressure of providing services to the ever increasing influx of visitors, domestic as well as International. He suggested the local entrepreneurs to invest on building infrastructures. Second VP NATTA Mr. CN Pandey gave a very comprehensive picture of Palpa as a destination for the Indian visitors as well as native denizens of neighboring districts of Nepal. Secretary General Ms. Mihika Dhakhwa appreciated the sincere efforts of tourism stakeholders of Palpa in raising its tourism to newer heights. NATTA Treasurer Mr. Narayan P. Gurung Koney speaking on the occasion hoped that the regional associations and NATTA chapters will intensify their coordination with the central committee for the betterment of friends in the travel and tour industry. Prof. Dr. Hari Sarmah, CEO, NATTA highlighted on the tourism assets in this Queen of Hills of Nepal and praised the incessant efforts of local NGO's in giving a boost to economic activities through tourism. The renovation of Rani Mahal is, he said, sure to heighten the touristic image of Palpa. Representatives from various other associations, media people and organizations including the CDO, LDO, CEO of Tansen Municipality, FNCCI, Get Up Nepal also iterated their views on improving the current figures of tourism return. The five hour long seminar concluded with the special vote of thanks from President NATTA Palpa Chapter Mr. Pradeep Prasad Udaya. Members in the NATTA delegation included President Mr. D.B. Limbu, 2nd VP Mr. CN Pandey, Secy. Gen. Ms. Mihika Dhakhwa, Treasurer Mr. Narayan P. Gurung Koney, Secretary Mr. Ramesh Thapa, Executive Members Mr. Chitra Bahadur Gurung, Mr. Sudhir Kumar Upadhyay and Ms. Sabita K.C. and CEO Prof. Hari Sarmah.


NATTA IN SUPPORT OF JTCC

 

NATTA jointly with other travel trade organizations have decided not to get involved in any national and international programmes organised by the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), accusing NTB officials of engaging in massive irregularities of funds collected from tourists.

At a Press Meet on Tuesday, the Joint Tourism Coordination Committee disclosed that NTB’s amended Financial Bylaws have authorised its chief to spend Rs 10 million at a time for tourism promotion inside the country.

NTB, which has been assigned to promote Nepal’s tourism in the national and international arenas, has been stumbling along without its head since the then CEO Prachanda Man Shrestha’s tenure expired on October 31, 2011.

The private sector has urged the government to immediately implement a report on NTB’s restructuring submitted by a government-led team. The private sector has asked the government to immediately appoint a new NTB CEO through a competitive process.


MEETING ON TAX/REVENUE

 

NATTA convened a meeting on 18th April,Friday to review on the existing problems faced by travel fraternity in regard to the settlement of TDS, VAT, Corporate Income Taxes etc. with IRD.

More than a dozen senior travel agencies from NATTA,NATO & SOTTO were present in the meeting.

The meeting concluded with a resolution to support IRD in holding an interactive meeting in the near future.


NATTA SUBMITS ITS GRIEVANCES

 

NATTA has, on request from TAAN President Mr. Ramesh Dhamala, sent a copy of the details of its grievances to Joint Tourism Coordination Committee (JTCC) Secretariat at TAAN to assist JTCC in compiling the topical demands of all tourism related associations. The compiled documents will then be forwarded to GON related Ministries for prompt action and implementation. NATTA's focus is mainly on setting up of a Tourist Bus Terminal in Kathmandu and grant of certain percentage from NQ Tax to the umbrella association of travel agents and tour operators as they are the ones to the liability of collecting the same from the purchasers of air-tickets. TAAN President was unanimously elected as JTCC Coordinator by the regular Joint Breakfast Meeting of the leaders of travel trade associations. His tenure of office is for six months.


NATTA INTERACTIVE PROGRAM

 

NATTA organized an Interactive Program followed by high tea to all the members on Friday, 11th April, 2014 at NAXAL Banquet. The objective of the meeting was to review the activities of the present NATTA Executive Committee during the last ninety days and to collect the feedback from the members before chalking out the future course of action.

President D.B Limbu welcomed all the members giving a short on the activities accomplished. Program continued with the presentation led by General Secretary Ms. Mihika Dhakhwa informing on the NATTA activities till date. The program ended with vote of thanks by 2nd vice president Mr. C.N Pandey.

The feedback and reaction of the general members expressed on the occasion have been noted by NATTA Secretariat.

Invitations were sent to all members via email and sms.


FOLLOW UP MEETINGS WITH DG IMMIGRATION & NRB

 

NATTA Secy. General Mihika Dhakhwa, Treasurer Narayan P. Gurung Koney, Secretary Ramesh Thapa and CEO Dr. Hari Sarmah called on the office of Director General of the Department of Immigration Mr. Sharad Ch. Poudel on 03rd April in the afternoon to follow-up and check if the suggested actions by NATTA were implemented by the department to mitigate the issue of deportee. The NATTA delegates were assured by the DG that the action is being taken by Immigration and now the Immigration will immediately inform NATTA as soon as the deportees are received by immigration office.

Similarly, the above NATTA delegation also visited the office of the Executive Director of Foreign Exchange Management Department of Nepal Rastra Bank, Mr. Vishnu Nepal and Director, Mr. Bhisma Raj Dhungana to follow up the actions being taken by Nepal Rastra Bank on the issues that were discussed with NRB Governor D. Yuba Raj Khatiwada on 24th February last. NATTA delegates were told that the NRB Department on Foreign Exchange was going to put the issues up in their upcoming Board Meeting.

 


BREAKFAST MEETING HOSTED BY NEPAL MOUNTAINEERING ASSOCIATION

 

NMA hosted a Breakfast meeting with the Presidents, Secretaries and CEOs of all the associations affiliated to Joint Tourism Coordination Committee (JTCC) on 2nd April at Hotel Shanker. The meeting attended by almost sixteen tourism related associations focused on various agendas including reviewing of the Govt's Tourism Strategy Plan, and Tourists Bus Terminal. The meeting finally concluded with a resolution that all associations will submit the list of their identified problems with suggestive measures to Joint Tourism Coordination Committee. The committee will then sort out the common issues and brings forth those issues in a day-long workshop for discussion.  And the recommendations thereby will be strongly put up to the concerned ministries of the government for implementation in three phases: short-tern, mid-term and long term. All this is expected to take place before the next Breakfast Meeting of the JTCC members. Currently, President of TAAN Mr. Ramesh Dhamala is the coordinator of the JTCC. NATTA President Mr. D.B. Limbu, Secy. General Ms. Mihika Dhakhwa and CEO Dr. Hari Sarmah had participated in the above meeting.  NMA also felicitated the newly elected Executive Committee of Hotel Association Nepal (HAN) under the leadership of HAN President Mr. B.K. Shrestha.


NATTA ORGANISED TOGETHER WE CAN ACHIEVE PROGRAM WITH AIRLINES' & GDS

 

NATTA Executive Board invited the Country Managers of all the International Airlines and NAC Commercial Director including Global Distribution Systems (GDSs) operating in Nepal for a meeting on 31st March '14 at Hotel Annapurna. The main purpose of the meeting was to let the international aviation sector know about the planning of NATTA to claim certain percentage of Tourism Service Fee (NQ Tax) operating in Nepal. Collecting the above fees virtually stands as one of the primary liability of the agent when they issue the air-tickets. In case they overlook the matter, they are penalized by the system. So, the agents too, NATTA believes, must have their share in the fund which will be ploughed back for promotion, conservation and building small infrastructures in the tourism sites. NATTA Advisor, former CEO of Nepal Tourism Board, Mr.Prachanda Man Shrestha shed light on the background and relevance of NATTA's grievance at the meeting. President Mr. D.B. Limbu welcomed the distinguished guests and the Chief Guest of the Meeting Culture, Tourism & Civil Aviation Secretary Mr. Sushil Ghimire speaking on the occasion hoped that the issue raised by NATTA is sure to open up new vistas as to find proper means and ways of collecting and investing the fund for the overall prosperity and development of Nepalese tourism. CEO Dr. Hari Sarmah gave the vote of thanks at the meeting. Airlines' present on the occasion were : Oman Air, Etihad, Qatar, NA, Turkish Airlines, Malaysian Air, PIA, SIA, Air India, Amadeus, Galileo. NATTA has its stand to institutionalize the fund collected as TSF.


NATTA FORWARDS TOURISM PROBLEMS TO MOCTCA

 

NATTA PR & Liaison Committee, after compiling the information regarding the current Tourism Industry Problems from NATTA members, has forwarded the same along with suggestive measures to eliminate the problems to Ministry of Culture, Tourism & Civil Aviation. Those NATTA identified problems and the suggested measures are expected to be published in the National Tourism Strategy Plan in the near future.


MEETING OF THE SECOND VICE PRESIDENT OF NATTA WITH THE EXECUTIVES OF THE MATTA

 

The 2nd Vice President of NATTA, Mr. C.N Pandey honored the MATTA President and the Officials with the NATTA Pin and Scarf (KHADA) during the occasion of the MATTA Fair, held at Malaysia. Mr. C.N Pandey also apprised MATTA Officials of the Invitation of NATTA President, Mr. D.B Limbu to MATTA President to visit Nepal. The fair was held from 14th to 16th of March 2014 in Malaysia.

The above meeting was held on 15th March 2014 on the premises of the MATTA Secretariat. MATTA was represented by the MATTA President, Mr Haji Hamjah Ranmat, CEO-Mr Phua Tai Neng, MATTA Fair Chairman, Ms Judy Cheah, the forthcoming President. As per the previous MOU signed by NATTA & MATTA in 2004 in Kualalumpur, this meeting has decided to conduct a Sales Mission in Malaysia coinciding with the September MATTA Fair and in Nepal, in due course.

The MATTA President has shown keen interest regarding this matter and has accepted NATTA’s invitation to visit Nepal at suitable time with the Travel Trade Delegation from MATTA.


NATTA DELEGATES MEET DG, DEPARTMENT OF IMMIGRATION

 

A NATTA delegation led by President Mr. DB Limbu met Mr. Sharad Chandra Poudel, Director General of the Department of Immigration (GON) and apprised him of the problem of Deportee faced by the ticketing agents. The delegation suggested ways to the Immigration Chief to take certain actions to minimize the problem. NATTA has been requested to send the details of the problem and the suggested measures to overcome the same in black and white.

 


MEETING WITH IATA INTERNATIONAL TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE

 

On 13th March 2014, NATTA had a meeting with Mr. Gurjit Gill, Regional Training Business Development Manager from IATA Training & Development Institute during his visit to Nepal.  Mr. Gill briefed about IATA and the importance of training to stay updated with the fast changing aviation & travel/tourism industry. It was decided that BSP Essentials for Travel Agents, an IATA certificate course to be introduced for travel agents by Zenith Training Institute, the only IATA Authorized Training Centre in Nepal. In order to bring down the cost of the course and at the same time, give value for money to those doing the course, IATA ATC will conduct offline classes with online examination.


NATTA PARTICIPATES IN THE TOURISM EXCHANGE TALK PROGRAM

PATA Nepal Chapter organized a talk program on Nepal-Russia Tourism Exchange Program in the afternoon on Wednesday, the 12th March at NTB auditorium. The chief guest Russian Ambassador for Nepal HE Dr. Sergey Vasilievich Velichkin was the key-note speaker in the program. He said that Russia is always ready to support Nepal Tourism and will continue promoting Nepal amongst Russian people. Present on the occasion were leaders from various Nepalese travel related associations including President and Treasurer of NATTA.


NEPAL PROMOTION IN CHINA

 

Nepal Tourism Board had convened a meeting of Nepalese Tour Operators including officials from NATTA on 12th March to discuss on the module of promoting Nepal in China in the forthcoming days. All tour operators expressed their positive opinion and urged NTB to host the proposed promotional campaigns to harness the potentiality of the increasing Chinese outbound. They also suggested NTB to subsidize the cost of participation in the upcoming travel fairs in China, viz., WTF (May 9-11, 2014), Beijing Int'l Tourism Expo (BITE – June 27-29, 2014), Int'l Travel Expo (ITE- Hong Kong, June 12-15, 2014. NTB has requested NATTA to produce a proposal to give continuation to and conduct China Sales Mission – 2014 as soon as possible. President Mr. D.B Limbu and CEO Prof Dr. Hari Sarmah spoke on the need of having China Sales Mission and the course of action NTB should follow to accomplish this mission in a fruitful manner.


TRADE MAINSTREAMING WORKSHOP

 

Mr. Chitra Bahadur Gurung, Coordinator, NATTA PR & Liaison Committee represented NATTA at a high-level meeting on Trade Mainstreaming on March 12 at Hotel Del Annapurna. The meeting was summoned by the Ministry of Commerce & Supply, Government of Nepal. The meeting, chaired by Secretary of MOCS Mr. Madhav Prasad Regmi, had the participation of government officials and private sector equally. Dr. Ratnakar Adhikary, Executive Director of Enhanced Integrated Framework, Executive Secretariat at WTO, Geneva was the special guest and key speaker. Ms. Jacqueline Groth, Counselor, Head of Development Cooperation, German Embassy, Kathmandu made a presentation on major efforts and initiatives undertaken by development partners for trade mainstreaming in Nepal besides shedding light on the role of donor Facilitator, major constraints and future course of action.


MEETING HELD WITH GDS AND AIR INDIA

 

A joint meeting was held with all three GDS – Galileo, Amadeus & Abacus as well as with Air India on 12th March 2014.  The agenda of the meeting was regarding the ADMs received by our members from Air India due to pricing errors on GDS.  For the past few days, NATTA was coordinating with Air India as well as with IATA Delhi & Singapore to manually dispute the ADMs received from Air India. The joint meeting with the GDS and Air India turned out very fruitful and a positive outcome is highly expected.

BSP Nepal has accepted the manual dispute of the ADMs submitted by the members within 30 days of the ADM issue date.  Similarly, Air India is investigating further on this matter for which the ADMs are raised.  With a timely and continuous follow up with Air India and BSP/IATA, NATTA is optimistic that the ADM issues of our members will be solved.


NATTA HANDS MEMO TO TOURISM MINISTER

 

A delegation of the NATTA led by its president DB Limbu met with the newly appointed Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Bhim Prasad Acharyaon Tuesday, 4th March 2014 and submitted a 32- point memorandum related to resolving problems faced by the country's tourism sector. The memorandum includes construction of a terminal for tourist buses, expediting the development of a second international airport, allocating a separate budget for tourism promotion from the tourism service fee and other demands. On the occasion, Acharya assured the delegation that the government was committed to amending the existing Labour Act, prioritizing tourism as a national industry, coordinating with foreign diplomatic missions to promote Nepal's tourism and improving the existing management of the Nepal Tourism Board.


Joint Breakfast Meeting of Tourism Stakeholders

 

A joint Breakfast meeting of the leaders of eight tourism related associations including NATTA was held on Monday, 3rd March'14 at Hotel Shankar in the morning under the aegis of Nepal Association of Rafting Agents (NARA). Hosting of Joint Breakfast Meeting by different associations to reflect on the topical issues in tourism industry is a regular phenomenon and the last one was hosted by NATTA.

The Meeting held on Monday focused on forming Tourism Joint Coordination Committee, RIMS and River policy, Tourist Bus Terminal and other topical issues. The Joint coordination Committee formulated under the convenorship of Mr. Ramesh Dhamala, President of TAAN, included all the presidents and General Secretaries different associations. CEO's and ED's were also included in the committee to do the needful to follow up and give continuation to the efforts of the Joint Coordination Committee.

NARA President Mr. Chandra Bahadur Dahal while welcoming the participants earlier spoke on the importance of such Joint meetings of the tourism stakeholders and welcomed the newly elected President of Nepal Mountaineering Association, Mr. Ang Tshering Sherpa and NMA Secretary General Mr. Pandey in the committee. The next Tourism Joint meeting coordination Committee's Breakfast Meeting has been slated for 24th April'14.


NATTA & TAAI at the NES-2014

NATTA President Mr. DB Limbu, Secretary General Ms. Mihika Dhakhwa, Treasurer Mr. Narayan P. Gurung Koney and CEO Prof Dr Hari Sarmah met Mr. Iqbal Mulla, President of Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI) at the Board Room of Hotel Soaltee on Tuesday, the 25th February 2014 and hold discussions on various aspects of mutual co-operation and understanding including the issues of aviation sector and agents problems with IATA BSP link etc. Mr. Iqbal Mulla assured NATTA delegates that TAAI would always be ready to co-operate NATTA in its efforts to reach the greater numbers of Indian Tour operators.

 


NATTA Joins Nepal Economic Summit- 2014

A team from NATTA Executive Board joined the inauguration session of Nepal Economic Summit – 2014 being held at Hotel Soaltee Crowne Plaza in the afternoon on Monday, the 24th February


NATTA DELEGATE CALL ON GOVERNOR NEPAL RASTRA BANK

A thirteen member NATTA delegation led by President Mr. DB Limbu called on the Governor of Nepal Central Bank (Nepal Rastra Bank) Dr. Yuba Raj Khatiwada on Monday, the 24th February 2014 and apprised him of the current problems being faced by ticketing agents in regard to the Bank Guarantee for Foreign Exchange License, the clearance of dollar cheques, Bank commission on exchange of dollar (smaller denominations), high rate of commission on payment by Int'l Credit Cards and setting up of NRB Authorized Exchange Counters etc.  Governor Khatiwada has assured the delegates that he would immediately look into the issues raised by NATTA and take the decision at his earliest possible.


NRN Delegates from Denmark

A four member delegates from NRN Denmark visited NATTA Secretariat on Monday, the 24th February and extended a verbal proposal stating that NRN Denmark was willing to host a promotional Road-show in Copenhagen in the forthcoming days. In response, NATTA President requested the team to put up a written proposal to NATTA for further discussions and necessary preparations for the participation.


NATTA DELEGATION MEETS DG-CAAN, GENERAL MANAGER THAI INT"L AIRWAYS & IGP

Last week remained hectic for NATTA Executives as they had series of meetings with Director General of Civil Aviation Authority Nepal Mr. Ratish Chandra Lal Suman, General Manager of Thai Int'l Airways and later Inspector General of Police Mr. Upendra Kanta Aryal.
 

The NATTA delegation led by President Mr. D.B. Limbu on last Tuesday, the 18th February, 2014, raised a number of issues relating the Nepalese Aviation Industry including the airport. The NATTA grievances included the round-the-clock operation of TIA, guarantee of security to air passengers, elimination of various types of prevailing corruption at the airport, maintenance of air-craft and guarantee of air-safety on the basis of transparent air-safety policies based on the directives of ACAO, hassle-free movement of tourist transport to and from the airport, issuance of CAAN ID to tour operators and high level NATTA Executives, fair management of passengers trolley etc. DG CAAN has assured NATTA that the authority is serious about all the grievances put up by NATTA.

Similarly, the delegation paid a courtesy call to General Manager of Thai Int'l Airways and apprised him of the constant number of arrivals from Thai tourists over the years and suggested him to speak in favor of Nepal tourism to friendly people of Thailand.
 

Earlier on Monday the 17th February, NATTA delegates met the Inspecto0r General of Police at his office in Nepal Police Headquarter and apprised him of the atmosphere of lawlessness created by transport syndicates in the western region of the country including Jomsom, and several other places in Dhaulagiri region. In reply, IGP Aryal said that he was fully aware of the hooliganism of those transport operators in Mustang as he had already worked in that region as DIG. So, he was immediately going to take action against those disturbing the movement of tourist buses and vehicles. He said that Police Force will never create any hassle shooting action when they are in move.

 


8th Convention and 19th AGM of NATTA Pokhara held

The newly elected NATTA Executive Committee took part in the 8th Convention and 19th AGM of NATTA Western Regional Association held in Hotel Landmark, Pokhara on 07th February, 2014. The delegation from the NATTA Centre was led by President Mr. D.B. Limbu. Mr. Limbu, the Chief Guest of the program lighted the tradional lamp and inaugurated the Convention and AGM of NATTA Pokhara. In his inaugural speech President Limbu focused on the current issues of travel fraternity viz., Tourist Bus Park in Kathmandu, the plight of TIA, problems with IATA, Pokhara and Lumbini Airport, Amendment in the  NATTA Statute and NQ Tax etc. NATTA CEO Prof Dr Hari Sarmah assisted the NATTA Western Regional Association in conducting the election of the new executive committee. Mr. Pom Narayan Shrestha was unanimously elected as President.

Representatives from NATTA Eastern Regional Association and NATTA Palpa Chapter also participated actively in the aforesaid AGM. The following day in the morning a joint meeting of all the participants was held in the same premises where the participants expressed their views in regard to the solution of the problems they have been facing in their respective regions and chapter.


NATTA in FITUR 2014

As in the past years, this year too, Nepal Association of Tour & Travel Agents (NATTA), in conjunction with Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), coordinated the participation of the stakeholders of Nepalese Travel Industry in FITUR held in Madrid (Spain) from 22 through 26th January. A total of sixteen travel related companies exhibited their products under Nepal pavilion. Mrs. Jiswan Tuladhar Shrestha, the Joint Treasurer of the association was assigned to coordinate the participation and perform to facilitate the exhibitors. The list of FITUR participants this year has been as shown below:

 

 

Ms. Jiswan Tuladhar Shrestha

Coordinator,          NATTA Executive

Ms. Sabita K.C. Bhattarai

Sub- Coordinator, NATTA Executive

Mr.  Khem Raj Niroula

Scenic Adventure Travel & Tours

Mr. Ram Shrestha

Royal Mountain Travel

Mr. Shiva Prasad Dhakal

Royal Mountain Travel

Mr. Warish Dharel

Highlander Trekking

Mr. Sumit Kunwar

Highlander Trekking

Mr. Sujan Baidya

Vista Travel

Mr. Niranjan Raj Joshi

Vista Travel

Mr. Laxman Lamsal

Makalu Adventure/My Destination Treks

Mr. Rishi Ram Bhandari

 Snowy Horizon Treks and Expedition

Mr. Gokul Sapkota

 Outshine Adventure

Mr. Basu Dev Panday

Nepal Social Treks

Mr. Phadindra Neupane

Roshi Travel

Mr. Trilochan Neupane

Roshi Travel

Mr. Bal Bahadur Suyal

Asian Adventure Treks

Mr. Upaul Majumdar, CEO

Annapurna Hotel

Mr.  Rishi Paudel Chhetri

Annapurna Hotel

Mr. Sajan Man Mulmi

Sampurna Aventura Travel

Mr. Anjan Dhungel, Joint Asst. 

Yeti Travels

Mr. Atul Kant Gupta, Chief 

Yeti Travels

Mr. Tilak Bahadur Thapa Magar

Trail Blazer Trekking

Mr. Deepak Phuyal

Outdoor Expedition

 

NATTA EASTERN REGION 3rd AGM CONCLUDE

 

The Eastern Regional Association of NATTA organized its 3rd AGM at its HQ Kakadvitta on 25th January last. The AGM was followed by election of the new executive committee. NATTA President Mr. D.B. Limbu accompanied by 1st VP Mr. Shambhu Raj Pathak, Treasurer Mr. Narayan Pd. Koney Gurung, Secretary Mr. Ramesh Thapa and Ms. Kamala Gurung and Ms. Phudoma Sherpa both executive board members of NATTA Central committee participated in the ER NATTA AGM.  Details will be posted after the return of the delegates.


SAMARTH-NMDP and DFID Delegates call on NATTA Secretariat

A core team comprising of Samarth-NMDP and DFID to prepare a study report on Assessment of the impact and effectiveness of Nepal's destination marketing called on NATTA Secretariat on January 16th to discuss about the given topic and collect NATTA's feedback.

President D.B. Limbu welcomed the team and let the floor attended by NATTA Executives open for interactive discussion. Rabi Jung Pandey, representing New Zealand based TRC and Sumit Baral from IFC, a World Bank Group finally thanked all NATTA Members for their excellent deliberations and hoped that IFC would be in a position to assist the Nepalese private sector in their destination marketing efforts after the publication of the report.


BREAKING NEWS!!! New Board Members Elected

THE 50th NATTA AGM 7 ELECTION OF THE NEW EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE HELD

The 50th Annual General Meeting of Nepal Association of Tour & Travel Agents (NATTA) and the election of the new executive committee of NATTA was held on Thursday, the 09th January, 2014 at Hotel Radisson in Kathmandu.
 

 The following contestants have returned the election to form the New Executive Committee with the tenure two years. Out of 421 valid voters, 396 voters cast their votes.
 

 

President                                        Mr. Dal Bahadur Limbu (221 votes)

First Vice President                         Mr. Shambhu Raj Pathak (200 votes)

Second Vice President                    Mr. C.N. Pandey (200 votes)

Secretary General                           Mrs. Mihika Dhakhwa (232 votes)

Treasurer                                        Mr. Narayan Prasad Gurung Koney (196 votes)

Secretary                                        Mr. Ramesh Thapa (212 votes)

Joint Treasurer                               Mrs. Jiswan Tuladhar Shrestha (189 votes)
 

Executive Members (7)

Mr. Chitra Bahadur Gurung (243 votes)

Mr. Yubaraj Subedi (188 votes)

Mr. Sudhir Kumar Upadhyaya (212 votes)

Mrs. Sabita Bhattarai KC (231 votes)

Mr. Binay Basnet (219 votes)

Ms. Kamala Gurung (193 votes)

Ms. Fu Doma Sherpa (177 votes)                                              


News

News Published in Rajdhani Daily on 1st January 2014.


NATTA Welcomed Newly Elected TAAN Executive Body

Kathmandu-9th October. Nepal Association of Tour & Travel Agents (NATTA) extended a warm welcome to newly elected executive body of Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) at its Secretariat at Goma Ganesh, Gairidhara. On the occasion, NATTA President Mr. Pavitra Kumar Karki offered a flower bouquet to his counterpart TAAN President Mr. Ramesh Dhamala and khada to all the others present.
 

President Karki iterated the fact that NATTA and TAAN unity have drawn both of these associations towards greater heights of achievements in matters pertaining to the professional interest of their respective members. And he also expressed the hope that this will continue to grow further with mutual understanding and stronger coordination and active co-operation. Senior Vice President of TAAN Mr. Keshav Pandey speaking to the gathering at NATTA assured that the new body of TAAN will always stand by NATTA to assist and support the agendas raised by NATTA. TAAN Secretary General Mr. Sagar Pandey thanked NATTA for arranging such a meeting and pledged that TAAN will never forsake the greater ideas for greater achievements.
 

President, TAAN, Mr. Ramesh Dhamala  greeted NATTA and thanked for creating this forum to exchange and share views. He said they were elected to the executive body by their members to protect and safeguard the interest of their businesses. And therefore, their target would be optimum accomplishment within the tenure of their office.
 

First VP of NATTA Mr. Madhu Sudan Acharya  wished for the great success of the newly elected TAAN Executives.


NATTA Special Program 2013

Nepal Association Of Tour & Travel Agents (NATTA) celebrates 4th NATTA Special Program to mark the 34th World Tourism Day, the 27th Sept. 2013.

 

The chain of celebration began with 2nd Inter-Agency Table Tennis Tournament held on 18th September. The Tournamet had three categories: Men's Above 40, Men's Under 40 and Women's Single.

Then, on 21st Sept. NATTA organised Inter Agency 5A side Futsal Tournament. Eighteen travel agencies participated in the Tournament. It was a day long program.

 

The 27th September program "4th NATTA Special Program" was graced by Tourism Secretary Sushil Ghimire as the Chief Guest. The program was held at Army Officers' Club and more than 1500 members of the fraternity including high level officials from tourism ministry, Nepal Tourism Board and representatives from Int'l Airlines participated in this program which was full of fun, stage performances by Nepalese young celebs, and revelries. 

 

On Sunday, the 29th Sept, a Blood Donation camp was set up by NATTA at its Secretariat premises. The program was inaugurated by NATTA President Pavitra Kumar Karki. NATTA Executives, NATTA member agents and staff donated blood on the occasion. 


NATTA's CHINA SALES MISSION- 2013 LAUNCHED

A 36-member team of the Nepal Association of Tour & Travel Agents (NATTA) in collaboration of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) and Nepal Embassy, Beijing, China left for China on a Sales Mission under the banner China Sales Mission – 2013 on last 15th May, 2013. The delegation will visit Chengdu, Shanghai, Beijing and Xi'an where they will meet their Chinese tour operators and leading media representatives. Besides B2B meetings, there will be multi-media presentation on Nepal. The delegation will return home on 24th May.

 


NATTA's role in enhancing Disaster Resiliency

Nepal Association of Tour & Travel Agents (NATTA) in collaboration with National Society for Earthquake Technology-Nepal (NSET) and USAID/OFDA, organized a half-day workshop in Kathmandu on last 28th April, 2013.

The workshop focused mainly on disaster risk management and the role of private sector entities. This initiation of NATTA in Disaster Risk Reduction was greatly appreciated by participating NATTA members. A total of 140 NATTA members attended the workshop.


NATTA upholds the longest TV Talk Show

NATTA upholds the cause of Longest Marathon TV Talk Show being organized as an attempt of getting into Guinness World Record by News24 Channel and Event Management & welcome. The humble cause is Lord Buddha was born in Nepal. The 60 hr. long show will be presented by Mr. Rabi Lamichhane. A meeting was organized at NATTA on Sunday the 31st March last at NATTA Secretariat in which the organizers justified their effort and travel association representatives from NATO, PATA, TURGAN, HAN and NATTA unanimously expressed their words of appreciation to this step taken by the broadcaster and event managers.
 

The show will take place on 29th Chaitra and will conclude with the first sun on the Nepalese New Year.


CNTO Director calls on NATTA Secretariat

CNTO Director calls on NATTA Secretariat

The acting Director of China National Tourist Office, Kathmandu Mr. Gao Wu called on NATTA Secretariat on lastwednesday and met President Mr. Pavitra Kumar Karki and held discussions as how to improve the existing number of outbound and inbound of Chinese as well as Nepalese tourists. He also declared that the new slogan of Chinese tourism is now : Beautiful China.

President Karki expressed his satisfaction over the increasing trend of Chinese visitors to Nepal. In 2012 a total of 107500 Chinese tourists from mainland China had visited Nepal and a total of 41000 Nepalese visited mainland China. He also appraised Mr. Wu of NATTA's planning to lead a sales mission to China in Mid-may this year. Also present on the occasion was NATTA CEO Prof Dr. Hari Sarmah.

 

CCTV interviewed NATTA President

China Central TV channel interviewed NATTA President Mr. Pavitra Kumar Karki and gathered information about Nepalese Tourism, current tourism scenario, and potential products and packages for Chinese visitors.

 

Ambassador Dr. Mahesh Maskey at NATTA Secretariat

Nepalese Ambassador to China Dr. Mahesh Maskey called on NATTA Secretariat on Friday, the 29th March, 2013. NATTA 1st VP Mr Madhusudan Acharya, 2nd VP Mr. Shambhu Raj Pathak, NATTA Secretary Mr. Gokul K.C. and EC Member Mr. Chitra B. Gurung as well as Past President of NATTA Mr. Dhruba Narayan Shrestha and CEO Prof. Dr. Hari Sarmah welcomed His Excellency Dr. Maskey at the Secretariat and held discussions on the upcoming event of NATTA – China Sales Mission-2013.


THIRD NATTA SPECIAL PROGRAM CONCLUDED

The Third NATTA Special Program – 2012 organized on last Saturday, the 22nd September,  to mark the upcoming 33rd World Tourism Day has concluded very successfully. The program held in the premises of Army Officers' Club drew the gathering of all NATTA members including past tourism ministers and secretaries, Excellencies representing foreign embassies and high level officials from concerned government and non-government authorities. Quite a number of business houses and travel agents had also displayed their products as exhibitors at the event venue.

This program had begun in the afternoon with grand opening jointly done by NATTA President and executive body, Tourism Secretary, former IGP, DG of Civil Aviation Authority Nepal, Managing Director of Nepal Airlines and Rev. Ani Choying Drolma. Ani then presented two melodious songs expressing her longing for everlasting peace and wishing solemnly a bright future for Nepalese tourism industry as Inaugural songs. Earlier, NATTA President Mr. Pavitra Kumar Karki had delivered his short welcome speech. He also expressed his profound thanks on behalf of NATTA to the Int'l airlines, business houses, NATTA members, Gorkha Brewery and all those involved in organizing the event. Awards of lucky draws were given away to the winners of lucky draw at the spot by the country managers and representatives of int'l airlines.

Various cultural programs presented on the stage by renowned artistes turned the evening a very musical one tempting number of jolly participants dance on the floor.

The Third NATTA Special Program-2012 ended with a dinner hosted by NATTA at the event venue.

 

CELEBRATING 33rd WORLD TOURISM DAY

NATTA BLOOD DONATION PROGRAM & FIRST NATTA TABLE TENNIS COMPETITION

The above two more NATTA events will be taking place on 27th Sept and 29th Sept respectively. The following is the timing and venue for the events:

Blood Donation ; 0930 hrs to 1330 hrs on 27th Sept at the premises of Goma Ganesh Temple, Gairidhara (adjacent to NATTA Secretariat)

Table Tennis Competition ; 0900 hrs to 1700 hrs at NSC Covered Hall, Lainchour on Saturday the 29th September 2012.

You are all invited to participate!

Nepal Association of Tour And Travel Agent (NATTA)
P.O. Box: 362, Gairidhara, Goma Ganesh
Naxal, Kathmandu, Nepal
Tel: 977-1-4419409, 4418661 Fax: 977-1-4418684
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