22 December, 2014
Minister of Information and Communications Minendra Rijal said investment in tourism has increased lately.
Speaking at the 36th annual general meeting (AGM) of Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN), Rijal said tourism is the indicator of development and as investments in the sector has been increasing we can say that our country is moving toward economic development.
“China and India are increasing grants and loans to Nepal while international financial institutions like the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank are also interested to invest in Nepal,” said Rijal.
TAAN launched the DVD of Badimalika, which the association is develop into a religious trekking destination.
Ramesh Dhamala, president of TAAN said TAAN and Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) will work together as they are inter-related. “TAAN will promote the mountains below the height of 5,800 meters and NMA will promote those above 5,800 meters,” said Dhamala.
Saying lack of information took lives of several people in the avalanche in Annapurna region, Dhamala requested the minister to develop a modern information center that can provide necessary information to the trekkers and climbers round-the-clock.
Pradip Jung Pandey, president of Nepalese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said it is only through investment and development of hydropower and tourism that Nepal can reduce its ballooning trade deficit.
TAAN Fetes Maskey
TAAN felicitated Sushmita Maskey, who recently scaled all the highest peaks in seven continents. Minister for Information and Communications Minendra Rijal and Ramesh Dhamal, president of TAAN, felicitated Maskey.
Maskey, who took mountaineering training from Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) in 2003, scaled Mt. Everest in 2008 and started scaling six other highest peaks from June 2013 and completed in 1.5 years.
“I scaled all the peaks except Mount Everest on my own expenses and it was very difficult to manage the fund that I had to take loans from my friends and relatives to achieve my dream,” said Maskey.
Minister Rijal said Maskey is a pride of Nepal.