Namaste and Warm greetings from Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA).

Thank you all the members of NMA for electing me as the President of this prestigious organization for another 3 years. This is yet higher responsibility for development and promotion of mountain tourism in Nepal. Also, this is a real challenge to save our mountain environment and community in this time of industrialization and global warming. We have many different issues to respond to the mountain lovers around the world. This will be possible only if all the stakeholders work together constructively.

We all know that Nepal has the potential to become the global center for climbing sports. However, currently we are lacking quantity and quality of human resources to claim that position. NMA is planning for different trainings and education to develop such human capital to boost up climbing sports. Our dedicated international partners like UIAA, UAAA, IFSC are with us to share knowledge, skills and resources in this regard. I am very optimistic that all the development agencies have understood the importance of tourism and they are ready to join hands to implement creative ideas for sustainable development of tourism in Nepal; which NMA is planning for. Professional ethics and regulation is another important chapter in Nepalese tourism, which NMA is working hard to ensure tourists' satisfaction and establish the value for their money.

Thank you all the advisors, members, well wishers of NMA for your continuous support. Thank you Park Young Seok Foundation for generous support in Climbing Competition activities and Scholarship support to the children of victims of disaster during mountain climbing activities. I thank the government of Nepal, Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Department of Tourism and Nepal Tourism Board, different associate partners for their kind cooperation.

Thank you.

Santa Bir Lama
Nepal Mountaineering Association
5 August 2017

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