Talks between tourism secretary Sushil Ghimire and agitating Joint Tourism Coordination Committee (JTCC) ended inconclusively today.

The committee has been agitating against the incumbent acting chief executive of the Nepal Tourism Board Subash Niraula, apart from some probing the accounts of the board.

They have also asked to cancel tourism fair scheduled for this month and restructure current board inducting more private sector players.

The ministry has, however, postponed the tourism fair scheduled for May 2.

The three major demands have yet not been met, coordinator of the committee Ramesh Dhamala, said, adding that they are planning more agitation.

Dhamala – also the president of Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) – also informed that they will soon announce more protest programmes.

The tourism institutions like TAAN, Nepal Association of Tours and Travel Agents (NATTA), Hotel Association of Nepal (HAN), Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA), Nepal Association of Rafting Agents (NARA), PATA Nepal Chapter, Nepal Association of Tour Operators (NATO), Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA), Expeditions Operators Association Nepal (EOA Nepal), Village Tourism Promotion Forum Nepal (VITOF), Thamel Tourism Development Council (TTDC), Association for Tourism, Pokhara Tourism Development Committee, Tourist Bus Association of Nepal, Nepal Tourist Vehicles Association, National Tourism Entrepreneurs Association of Nepal (NEAT Nepal), Nepal National Tourism Entrepreneurs Organisations and UCPN Maoist Tourism Sector Committee have formed the struggle committee.

The committee will not cooperate the board until their demands are met, he said, adding that they will continue their sit-in protest at the premises of the board.

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