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HATT & HITT PARTNERSHIP FOR TRAINING TEA-HOUSES AND SMALL RURAL LODGES IN MANASLU, NEPAL
The main objective of the training was to train locals from trekking trails where Tea-Houses or basic accommodation facilities for tourists are non-existent to run and manage tea-houses and small rural lodges in the Manaslu region. By this training, we hope to develop the Manaslu region as a tea-house tourist destination where the tourists visiting these areas will be catered with basic services and facilities.
IMPORTANCE OF THE PROJECT
Tea House – a form of tourism where tourists stay in a private home to experience daily life with their host’s family and community, sharing local life and culture, is proving to be quite popular in rural areas where hotels and lodges are few or non-existent.
Despite the huge potential of Manaslu region, this area has not been able to lure tourists like the Everest,Annapurna, Langtang because of unavailability of basic accommodation and food for trekkers visiting the area. The only option left for tourists is a fully organized camping trek which is not economically friendly, involves a lot of Logistics hassle and ultimately causing burden to the fragile Himalayan environment.
So, to facilitate the tourists visiting these areas the Himalaya Academy of Travel & Tourism (HATT) and its sister organization Explore Himalaya are trying to grow the concept of tea Houses by imparting Homestay Management training to local people. This will facilitate the tourists and make trekking to these areas easier and cost friendly. Introducing Tea Houses in the remote mountain regions will benefit the locals directly and will also boost local economy.
The training was organized by the HITT Nepal programme in collaboration with the Himalaya Academy of Travel & Tourism (HATT), a Kathmandu based tourism academy and also the training wing of Explore Himalaya, especially formed to share the Knowledge and technology with the Community and Nepalese youths under the scheme of “Sharing the Wealth of Experience with Future Generation”. Kipling Travel, a travel company from Denmark operating tours in Nepal for the last one decade, was another sponsor of the program.
The 15 day training which commenced from July 19th, 2012 included a total of 31 participants .The venue of the event was Kakani where they received both Theoretical and Practical training from experts. The training also included a five-day placement at different Hotels and Guest Houses in Kathmandu.
After successful completion of the training, a closing ceremony was held at NTB premises where all participants were awarded “Certificate of Attendance” and “Certificate of Appreciation” from the Chief Guest Mr. Zimba Zangbu Sherpa (President of Nepal Mountaineering Association) and Mr. Subash Niroula, Officiating CEO of Nepal Tourism Board as Guest of Honor
All trainers were trained to apply the HITT Learning Approach and Active Learning techniques which are methods to enhance teaching and learning.
Sharda Malla Thakuri, Training Coordinator
Experienced in the administrative work, Ms. Malla was the main coordinator for the event and also contributed in developing the course curriculum.
Rajaram Timilsina, Training INSTRUCTOR
Holding a Masters degree in management and ample of experience as F & B manager in well known hotels of Nepal, Mr. Timilsina was the main trainer for the cooking section.
Abhishek bikram shah, Training INSTRUCTOR
Currently employed at Hyatt Regency Kathmandu and a Bachelor in Hotel management fromTribhuvan UniversityNepal, Mr. Shah was the key resource person for housekeeping training.
SANJEEV THAPA, Training INSTRUCTOR
Bachelor in Hotel Management fromBangalore UniversityIndiawith huge experience hospitality management, Mr. Thapa was one of the main trainers of the training.
Namgyal Sherpa, Assistant Trainer
A veteran expedition leader and nine times Everest Summitter was also present throughout the training to share his experience and expertise with the participants.]
Nima Sherpa, Assistant Trainer
Mr. Sherpa possesses a vast experience of over 25 years of trekking in theAnnapurnaand Manaslu region as a trek leader, high credit goes to Mr. Sherpa for his effort in gathering all the participants of the training. He is also one of the members to supervise the training.
Dayula Sherpa, Assistant Trainer
Highly experienced climbing guide and also 3 times Everest Summitter, Mr. Sherpa was also one of the key resource persons of the training.
Mekh Bahadur, Assistant Trainer
A trained high altitude cook with high expertise in cooking for Expedition & Trekking, Mekh Bahadur imparted valuable advice and tips from greeting the Clients to serving them meals.
Bagh Bir Tamang, Assistant Trainer
A highly experienced mountain guide with more than 15 years of experience in the trekking field was also involved throughout the training to compliment with their experience and knowledge to participants.
A total of 31 participants, 26 from Manaslu region and 5 from Kakani undertook the training as per the syllabus and guidelines prescribed by Nepal Tourism Year, 2011 and using the active learning materials developed by the HITT programme.
The training proved to be very beneficial for all the participants. All the participants now possess the basic knowledge in Hospitality and are expected to be able to cater the needs of the tourists visiting this area in a hygienic and scientific way. Overall, this training shall also be very instrumental in promoting Manaslu region as a Tea- house trek destination like the Everest,Annapurna and Langtang region.
POST TRAINING ACTIVITIES
After the training, Explore Himalaya will be carrying out various post- training activities as listed under:
- There shall be regular supervisions on the performance of the participants through Explore Himalaya Mountain Guides.
- Explore Himalaya Agents, Clients and Leaders will also be given a copy of this project and asked to supervise as well as motivate the participants.
- All the Agents, clients and Leaders of Explore Himalaya will be provided with a feedback form to keep a quality check on the services provided by the participants to Tourists visiting these areas.
Provide Backup and Assistance:
We hope to develop at least one or more tea houses as per below itinerary for the tourists visiting this region. Where there are no people and houses, through its sister organization Explore Himalaya, the Himalaya Academy of Travel and Tourism (HATT) will be supporting the locals by providing Tents and other necessary equipment required to cater the basic needs of Tourists.
- Explore Himalaya shall also carry out various marketing Campaigns like Sales Call, Distribution of Brochures, and promotion through Travel Fairs to inform all the interested people around the globe that now “Tea-house trekking can also be organized in the Manaslu region”
- All the Agents, clients and Leaders will be provided with a feedback form to keep a quality check on the services provided by the participants to Tourists visiting these areas.