15 June 2020
The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) has been
prepared a draft of new ‘Tourism Act’ where minister is collecting open suggestion
by stakeholders. At the same time, ministry is working for well planning to boost,
promote Nepali tourism industry with various campaign.
During this time the Trekking Guide Association of Nepal (TGAN) met to Yogesh
Bhattrai, the ministry of the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation
(MoCTCA) and requested to ensure jobs for those trekking guides who have lost
job due to the current pandemic. While submitting the note, the TGAN has
informed to MoCTCA that around 22,000 trekking guides and 35,000 trekking
workers are in trouble. Sharki Sherpa, general secretary of TGAN has informed
that TGAN has requested the ministry to mobilize workers in other alternative
works as per the previous announcement of minister e.g. cleaning, maintaining and
marking trekking trails, national parks, conservation areas and base camps.
Earlier, the minister himself had expressed this plan as a recovery of tourism
industry. So, as lockdown and recovery of tourism is uncertain in the context of
Nepal, government has to lunch this program soonest possible so that livelihood
can be easier to workers. TGAN further suggest arranging skill-based training for
trekking guides so that they can sustain.