January 14: The Tourism Recovery Task Force Nepal (TRTF Nepal) has launched the Health and Hygiene Safety Standards (HHS Protocol) Manual for Tourism Service Operators. TRTF launched the HHS Protocol virtually in an event on Wednesday, January 13.
Dr Stephen Rosek, head of the development assistance department of the German embassy in Nepal, along with Deepak Raj Joshi, coordinator of TRTF Nepal and former CEO of the Nepal Tourism Board inaugurated the HHS protocol virtually.
The project aims to develop a manual for health and hygiene safety standards for tourism and hospitality service operators based on government-approved standards for epidemic and post-pandemic tourism-related services and businesses.
Dr Rosek informed that the Covid-19 was not only a global health crisis but also an economic crisis affecting the tourism sector mostly.
The German ambassador shed light on various programmes under the assistance of GIZ and also expressed his commitment to help the tourism sector.
According to TRTF Nepal Coordinator Joshi, 85 percent of small and medium entrepreneurs in Nepal have pointed out the need for training, education, and awareness programs in a survey conducted among Nepal's tourism entrepreneurs and stakeholders following the Covid-19 pandemic.
He said that the first phase training on health and hygiene safety standards is being conducted in collaboration with GATE Foundation and GIZ.