About Turgan

Tourist Guide Association of Nepal (TURGAN) is, in reality, a representative body of Tourist Guides or escorts, who are, and have been engaging themselves, throughout the country, in the field of guiding, teaching and lecturing the in-coming tourists or lay visitors at the sight, who come to Nepal in the quest of gathering knowledge and understanding, in regard to its history, culture, social life, flora and fauna, etc. The associated member-guides of this organization are all well qualified and have been trained intensively from the then government approved "Hotel Management and Tourism Training Centre (HMTTC) and, with the possession of, at least, graduate degree obtained from the approved university. The erstwhile HMTTC'S name has now being changed to stand as Nepal Academy of Tourism & Hotel Management- NATHM). In addition to English, the guides do also speak other international languages. Hence, the organization is proud of having the congregation of guides, speaking almost all the languages of the world, apart from the international one.

Background

A bunch of dedicated and well qualified Tourist Guides, involved in the profession of guiding and lecturing the visitors in Nepal, sat down in a meeting in 1989 and, after long deliberation, decided unanimously to form an organization with the objective of safeguarding and protecting their interest. Such a wishful thinking and subsequent effectual endeavor, taken up by them, finally culminated in the establishment, on the same year, of this august body named as "Tourist Guide Association of Nepal" With the name being figured out, and charter of the organization being prepared by the lawyer, it was duly registered in the concerned Department of Nepal Government to have its legal sanctity and status. Now it enjoys full authority and recognization in the tourism fraternity of Nepal as well. TURGAN now forms part as one of the fifteen tourism organizations of national level in terms of providing advices, services and expertise to the government or to the local bodies whenever broad policy matters, concerning the tourism promotion and advancement, is to be discussed and finally approved.

Definition

In regard to the definition of a Tourist Guide, it is mentioned in the charter of TURGAN, that the guide is a person who has obtained training in Hotel Management & Tourism Training Centre (now it is called NATHM) and officially be holding a valid guiding license, to be widely and effetely used for all over the country, issued and directed by the Nepal's government Department of Tourism. Those who do not come under this purview of qualification and possession of valid license, will be debarred from guiding tourists, as an illegal act, subject to punishment, according to the prevailing law of the land.

Objective of TURGAN

(a)To foster a feeling of brotherhood and amity amongst the member fellow-guides while realizing one's duty and responsibility in the run up to making the guiding profession as a successful as well as a progressive venture.

(b) To be aware of one's rights, duties and safety and for the sake of preserving it, get prepared to take effective steps for the restoration and realization.

(c) To promote a feeling of mutual understanding and felicitation amongst the national and international organizations for the growth of tourism in Nepal.

(d) To make concerted attempt to explore and provide knowledge of Nepal's religious, historical, traditional, cultural, geographical, social, language, art and way of life of Nepalese people to the outside world.

(e) To build a healthy and co-operative partnership amongst the related tourism entrepreneurs and different bodies of the same line-agencies for achieving perpetual mutual understanding and goodwill.

(f) To conduct seminars, workshop, research on various facets of tourism advancement in Nepal and notify the related agencies including the government with suitable suggestions and advices for timely improvement.

TURGAN as an Organization TURGAN'S supreme organizational set-up is the assembly of all the registered bona fide members which is called The General Body. The general meeting of this body takes place every year to decide on the policy matters including election and other subjective issues. The general body reserves the right to nominate 11 members team, through the election procedure, as being the official functioning Executiv Committee of TURGAN, which will be comprised of a President, two first and second Vice Presidents, General Secretary, Secretary, Treasurer and four members with the Past President becoming inevitably as one of the members too. The term of office for the Executive Committee, in accordance to the charter, will be for three years period.

Activities of TURGAN

TURGAN has continuously participated, in the capacity of Presidential or other Executive levels in all of the seminars, workshops, meetings and other mutual discussions called either by government departments or other non government organizations like Tourism Board, NATTA, NARA, HAN, PATA and TAAN, etc and, have effectively provided its opinion and expertise on relative issues from the time of its inception.

TURGAN did also organize, by its own initiative, a workshop in the past, based on the theme "Prospect of Tourism in Nepal", which saw the participation from all of its tourism fraternity. The views expressed by the tourism entrepreneurs then were taken by the government as a guideline for the formulation of policy and schemes to shape the future of overall tourism perspective. The launching of the workshop seminar was highly acclaimed by the tourism pundits then for its successful and result-oriented conclusion.

Membership

GENERAL MEMBER: Any Nepali Citizen who has obtained valid Guiding License from the concerned Department of Nepal Government shall be eligible for the membership of TURGAN if applied for. He or She will then be liable to cast vote for the Executive Committee election.

LIFE MEMBER: Any bonafide member-tourist guide who wishes to become a life member of this association, is required to pay a sum of rupees 10,000(ten thousand only). The life membership amount fee may be revised by the Executive Committee of Turgan from time to time based on the situation.

ASSOCIATE MEMBER: The Executive Committee reserves the right to nominate, if it deem necessary or consider beneficial to TURGAN, any Nepali nationals or foreigners or even firms and organization as the associate member. But such appointees may not enjoy voting rights; They will be bebarred from voting.

HONORARY MEMBER: The Executive Committee also holds the power to nominate honorary member of TURGAN to those Nepalese or Foreign Nationalswho have either contributed for the uplift of tourism or by virtue of one's talent has acclaimed to be an indispensable for tourism. Such member may also be debarred from voting rights.