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PATA Nepal Chapter Elects New Executive Committee

PATA Nepal Chapter Elects New Executive Committee
– Nepalayatimes

PATA Nepal Chapter Elects New Executive Committee
PATA Nepal Chapter Elects New Executive Committee

Kathmandu – Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Nepal Chapter successfully concluded its 43rd Annual General Meeting at Park Village Hotel and Resort under the theme “Design Thinking – Creating Lifetime experiences in Nepal”.

The AGM unanimously appointed the New Executive Committee with the Chairmanship of Mr. Bibhuti Chand Thakur, Chairman of Himalayan Holidays Treks and Tours. He succeeds Mr. Sunil Sakya who was elected as the Chairman on December 13, 2017, then and remains in the Executive Committee as the Immediate Past Chairman.

After his appointment, Mr. Bibhuti Chand Thakur shared his thought with Nepalayatimes, “It is an honor and I feel humbled. I feel a sense of profound gratitude and immense responsibility to be joining this office of PATA as the chairman and to be entrusted with this responsibility to safeguard the legacy of this institution. PATA Nepal will continue to work with the spirit of PATA headquarters and is also 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.”

He added, “At PATA Nepal, we are prioritizing our engagement on new concepts of marketing, human capital development and research of resource identification, product development and service standardization in tourism; as well as exerting our advocacy for infrastructure development on utmost priority, strengthening Aviation along with the growth and development of our national flag carrier and our policy reforms would continue in our tenure which is also the need of the hour to achieve our Government’s vision of “Prosperous Nepal and Happy Nepali through tourism. ”

Accordingly, the AGM elected 1st Vice Chairman – Mr. Deepak Raj Joshi (CEO – NTB), 2nd Vice Chairman – Tanka Nidhi Dahal (Commercial Director – Nepal Airlines), General Secretary – Mr. Shiva Prasad Dhakal (Chairman – Royal Mountain Travel -Nepal Pvt. Ltd.), Hon. Treasurer – Mr. Khem Raj Lakai (CEO – Global Academy of Tourism & Hospitality Education).

PATA Nepal Chapter Elects New Executive Committee
PATA Nepal Chapter Elects New Executive Committee

The Executive Committee comprises of 4 Ex officio members including Mr. Dandu Raj Ghimire (Director General – Department of Tourism), Mr. Rajan Pokharel (Director General – Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal), Mr. Krishna Gopal Joshi (Corporate Director – Nepal Airlines), and Ms. Shradha Shrestha (Brand Manager-NTB). Other Executive Members include Mr. Narendra Deo Bhatta (MD – Heritage Tours and Travels), Ms. Reetal Rana (Managing Director – Mid valley Int’l College), Mr. Abdullah Tuncer Kececi (General Manager – Turkish Airlines), Mr. Tashi Gurung (MD – Himalaya Kailash Travels & Tours), Mrs. Manjani Shrestha (Marketing Chief – Summit Air), Tika Ram Sapkota (MD – Nepal Vacation) and Mr. Ram Kumar Barakoti (Managing Director – Hiking Adventure Treks Pvt. Ltd.)

During the AGM, PATA Nepal Chapter also elected 6 Proxy Members to its Executive Committee including Ms. Lakpa Phuti Sherpa (Founder – Luxury DMC Travels), Mr. Sunil Kumar Bhusal (CEO – Premier Hotel School), Mr. Lila Dhar Bhandari (CEO – Going Nepal), Mr. Sanjay Bhakta Mathema (President – SDU Travels), Mr. Prithbi Shrestha (MD – Nepal Kaze Travels), and Mr. Kul Prasad Subedi (MD – Himalayan Smile Treks and Adventures).

The outgoing chairman Mr. Sunil Sakya extended thanks to all the members and stakeholders of Nepal’s tourism for the continued collaboration and support to the association; inviting and requesting all present to work together for sustainable development of tourism in the country.
Addressing at the AGM, Dr. Mario Hardy, CEO-PATA HQ congratulated PATA Nepal Chapter for its active engagement in the country and gave a presentation on “Harnessing Global Tourism Opportunities” with emphasis on “Collaboration for Tomorrow” as the PATA’s vision and Focus for the year 2020. He recommended making the ease for travel formalities including Visa for as many countries as possible for welcoming more tourists in Nepal.

The first Vice-Chairman of PNC and CEO of NTB, Mr. Deepak Raj Joshi extended congratulations to PATA Nepal Chapter for the very successful and progressive tenure under the leadership of Mr. Sunil Sakya; and said that NTB is dedicated to working together with private sectors in developing more prospective destinations and in every aspect of tourism promotion and development.

Similarly, Mr. Suraj Vaidya, the National Program Coordinator of Visit Nepal 2020 congratulated the newly elected executive committee and extended his gratitude to PATA for the continued collaboration and partnership with VNY 2020 campaign; especially with two major initiatives, NICE (Nepal India China Expo) and PATA YTPs Engagement (Volunteers) at TIA.

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