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TAAN felicitates new teams of VITOF Nepal

Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) congratulated the newly elected executive committees of Village Tourism Promotion Forum-Nepal (VITOF-Nepal) and Gurung Tourism Entrepreneurs Association of Nepal (GTEAN) at separate functions organized at TAAN Secretariat in Maligaun, Kathmandu, on Monday.

TAAN President Chandra Prasad Rijal congratulated VITOF Nepal President Ram Prasad Sapkota 'Kamal' by offering bouquet and khadas. He also congratulated other office-bearers and executive members by offering khadas.

VITOF Nepal 1st Vice President Ram Ghale, 2nd Vice President Deepak Dahal, General Secretary Basudev Pandey, Secretary Jastha Pandey and Joint Treasurer Krishna Bahadur Subedi were present at the program. Similarly, executive members Sanjiv Shrestha, Kul Prasad Subedi, Janga Bahadur Lama and Prakash Aryal were present in the program.

Welcoming the VITOF Nepal team, TAAN Executive Member Wangchu Sherpa said TAAN and VITOF Nepal should join hands for promotion of tourism in rural parts of the country. "We are looking to forge long-term partnership," Sherpa, who is also the coordinator of TAAN's Village Tourism & Homestay Department, said: "We will move forward by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)."

TAAN General Secretary Karna Bahadur Lama said TAAN was committed to make the partnership with VITOF Nepal more meaningful in the coming days.

Speaking at the program, VITOF Nepal President Ram Prasad Sapkota 'Kamal' said TAAN and VITOF Nepal must work together for tourism promotion in rural areas. "We highly appreciate TAAN's decision to forge long-term partnership with us by signing a MoU. It will be a milestone in village tourism promotion," he added.

Presiding over the program, TAAN President Rijal said VITOF Nepal is a key stakeholder of Nepali tourism industry. "You have expertise in village tourism promotion, and we have resources. Together we can take tourism to rural villages of the country," he added.