Tourist Guides’ Association Nepal (TURGAN), an association of tourist guides in Nepal, on Tuesday marked the International Tourist Guide Day amidst various programmes in the Capital.

World Federation of Tourist Guide Association (WFTGA) celebrates February 21 as International Tourist Guide Day every year.

As a member of WFTGA, TUURGAN also celebrated the day with the theme of professionalism in sustainable tourism. TUURGAN has been a member of WFTGA since last year.

As a part of marking the Tourist Guide Day, some of its members provided free services to tourists at the Kathmandu Durbar Square and the Patan Durbar Square.

According to Hare Ram Baral, president of TURGAN, more than 15 professional tourist guides provided free services to the FITs (Free International Travellers).

Talking to The Rising Nepal, Baral said that the association has underlined the need to offer quality services. Nepalese tourist guides are highly qualified and we are working towards developing professionalism, he added.

Nepal Academy of Tourist and Hotel Management (NATHM) has produced around 3,000 tourist guides until now. Out of them around 1,500 are active in Nepalese market.

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