Nepal- (its tagline says Naturally Nepal) received one of the worst natural blows recently, the effect of which will be felt rather strongly especially for its tourism and hospitality sector. The country depends heavily on tourism and especially mountain tourism. Though Nepal Tourism Board is yet to give out an official statement, the quake has taken a toll on a UNESCO world Heritage site and few strategic tourist spots. Further, the Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) under the leadership of its president, Ramesh Dhamala, have taken a decision to postpone their second phase of trekking guide training at Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management (NATHM) which was scheduled from April 28, 2015. The new date should be around the May 5, 2015 subject to the situation being reasonably in control. TAAN has been active in relief work and rescue operations. The group was active even during the Annapurna tragedy which hit Nepal in October 2014. According to Dhamala, “TAAN is keen to work closely with India to encourage quality tourism and also encourage education and training in mountaineering. India is a vital market and we are focused to meet the needs of our clients.”
The Government of Nepal recognises tourism as its national industry and are focused to provide the country’s tourism entrepreneurs complete support. The private players related to the tourism business of Nepal had started a committee called ( JTCC) Joint Tourism Coordination Committee in April 2014. This body is committed to work toward the revival of the tourism industry. From, trekking associations, to airlines from rafting organisations to travel agents and hoteliers are all part of JTCC.