Pacific Asian Travel Association (PATA) Nepal Chapter held its 41st general assembly on 14 December. The assembly released its theme “Vision 5 million” among its members, partner organizations and government representatives. The mission aims to welcome 5 million visitors to Nepal by 2030. The assembly was graced by the presence of Chief Guest, Mr. Maheshwor Neupane, Secretary- Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation and Keynote Speaker Dr Yuv Raj Khatiwada, the former Vice-Chairman of National Planning Commission.
The General Assembly elected the new executive committee under the Chairmanship of Mr. Sunil Shakya, Chairman of KGH Group of Hotel & Resorts, with unanimous acclamation. Mr. Shakya took over the chairmanship succeeding Mr. Suman Pandey who served PATA Nepal Chapter from 2013. Mr. Pandey remained a member of executive committee as an immediate former Chairman. The other elected members of executive committee included 1st Vice Chairman -Mr. Deepak Raj Joshi (CEO at NTB), 2nd Vice Chairman- Janak Raj Kalakheti (Commercial Director-Nepal Airlines), General Secretary-Mr. Bibhuti Chand Thakur (Founder-Himalayan Holidays Trekking), Treasurer -Mr. Shiva Prasad Dhakal (MD- Royal Mountain Travel).
Mr. Shakya expressed his gratitude for the trust given to him to lead PATA Nepal Chapter as the Chairman. “PATA Nepal will continue to work with the spirit of PATA HQ and is committed to working closely with the government, Ministry of Tourism, Nepal Tourism Board and reach out to work closely with all our tourism-related associations and private sectors, ” said Mr Shakya on his new appointment.
The outgoing chairman Mr. Suman Pandey shared the initiatives, activities and achievements PATA had in the last five years. He added, “PATA team has had various opportunities to explore innovative avenues of Nepali Tourism through PATA’s Next Generation Campaign and Digital Marketing.” He asserted the need of aggressive investment and innovation in Nepali tourism to meet the target of “Vision 5 million”. During the program, the Keynote Speaker Dr. Yuv Raj Khatiwada emphasized on the need of the development of infrastructure for the economic development of nation through tourism. “Both government and private sector should collaborate for the infrastructure development,” said Mr Khatiwada.
The Chief Guest, Mr. Maheshwor Neupane appreciated PATA Nepal Chapter for its significant contribution in the promotion and development of Nepali tourism. He asserted that Nepal Government is working for infrastructural development to welcome quality tourists. He also assured that Nepal Government is quite willing to collaborate with private sector to achieve the goal of “Vision 5 Million”. During the AGM, Mr. Karna Sakya, Founder of Sakaratmak Soch and a well-known tourism activist was awarded with the “PATA Personality of the Year 2017”. Similarly, Nepal College of Travel & Tourism Management was also awarded with the “Best Student Chapter of the Year 2017” for their significant contribution to PATA Nepal Student Chapter initiatives.
The General Meeting also elected 4 Ex officio members including Mr. Rabindra Shrestha (Corporate Director-Nepal Airlines), Mr. Krishna Lamsal (Director- Department of Tourism), Mr. Subhash Jha (Deputy. Director- Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal). Other Executive Members include Mr. Sanjay Bhakta Mathema (President- SDU Travel), Mr. Vinaya Shakya (Travel Consultant -Tripitak Holidays), Mr. Abdullah Tuncer Kececi (General Manager- Turkish Airlines), Mr. Khem Raj Lakai (CEO-GATE College), Mr. Tika Ram Sapkota (MD- Nepal Vacation), Mr. Tashi Gurung (MD- Himalaya Kailash Travels & Tours) and Mr. Abhishek Bikram Shah (GM-Chandragiri Hills).
Similarly, the assembly also elected 7 Proxy Members to its Executive Committee including Mr. Sambha Shah, proxy General Secretary (CEO- Soaltee Sibikrim Hotels & Resorts), Ms. Pragya Sharma, proxy Treasurer (Operating Manager- Adventure Outdoor Treks & Expedition), Ms. Manjani Shrestha (Marketing Chief- Summit Air,) Ms. Reetal Rana (MD- Mid Valley Int’l College), Mr. Ram Barakoti (Director- Nepal Social Treks & Expedition), Mr. Prabhakar Khadka (Director- Rupakot Resort), Mr. Lila Dhar Bhandari (CEO- Going Nepal). Likewise, an 11-member main committee for PNC-Youth Forum including Mr. Niroj Karmacharya, Mr. Mr. Lomash Dhamala, Mr. Bimoj Pradhan, Mr. Prem Kumar Danuwar, Ms. Ujani Khadka, Ms. Kabita Risal, Ms. Shreeyukti Shah, Mr. Sagar Nepal, Mr. Bigyan Chapagain, Mr. Pasang Syangtang, and Ms. Sarina Shrestha was also formed.
The assembly concluded by endorsing the objective of “Vision 5 million” and emphasizing on PATA Nepal Chapter’s instrumental role in initiating dialogues with all stakeholders to achieve the goal by working together with the Government, Nepal Tourism Board, other Associations from private or public sector.
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