In an effort to provide accurate information based on ground realities, Nepal Tourism Board organised a FAM tour of five Indian journalists from Bangalore from March 31 to April 6, 2005. After returning from Pokhara visiting Jomsom and Marpha, they interacted with the officials of Nepal Tourism Board, Royal Nepal Airlines, Cosmic Air and Pashupathi Area Development Trust on April 6, 2005 sharing their experience.
Responding the queries made by NTB Officials, P.S. Phadnis, Chief of Bureau, Deccan Herald said that Nepal is a perfect destination of South Indian tourists as the people of Bangalore are getting affluent day by day, have more access to money than people of other cities of India and software engineers of Bangalore always look for new places to visit. He further said that 'Bandh' and strike happens everyday in India, and it doesn't bother Indian tourists much. "No major newspaper reports anything bad about Nepal purportedly but it sometimes happens due to some ideological and political difference," he said.
Sharing his experience, R. Chandrakanth, Special Correspondent of The Hindu said that he found Nepal totally different from what he perceived before coming here. "Places are simply too good to describe in the words especially Jomsom and Marpha. People are humble and docile, and this is the plus point that attracts people to Nepal from all over the world. I have already decided to bring my family in this October for some adventure sports," he said.
Chief Executive Officer of Nepal Tourism Board Mr. Tek Bahadur Dangi requested them to report the fact that they have seen during their stay in Nepal and asked them help NTB to disseminate the message that Nepal is a safe destination for tourists. Mr. Basant Chaudhary Member Secretary, Pashupathi Area Development Trust, Mr. Deepak Manadhar, Deputy Director of Royal Nepal Airlines and Mr. Lawrance Lew, General Manager, Cosmic Air also requested them to write what they had seen in Nepal without exaggerating the situation.
Other journalists who came to Nepal for FAM tour are Vasanth Nadiger, News Editor, Vijayanand, Mr. Kiran Prakash M.S., Chief Sub-editor, the New Indian Express and Ms. Divyalakshmi Nambiar, Sub-Editor, Yoyagers World. They also visited Bhaktapur and Nagarkot.
The FAM tour was supported by Royal Nepal Airlines, Jomsom Mountain Resort, Hyatt Regency, Country Villa, Fishtail Lodge, Soaltee Crowne Plaza, Nepal Recreation Centre and Bhojan Griha.
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