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India - Nepal journalists to unite for tourism promition

India - Nepal journalists to unite for tourism promition
Indian journalists and their counterparts from Nepal have agreed to form a co-ordination committee for promotiing regional tourism  as also to put pressure on the governments of the two nations for infrastructure development to attract domestic and international tourists.
This was announced to officials of the Mechi Hill Area Tourism Promotional Development Committee under Nepal's Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation during the interaction programme held at Ilam Bazaar on Sunday evening. The Committee had organised a six-day familiarisation tour where 14 working journalists from  Kolkata, Siliguri, Sikkim and Kathmandu interacted with local tourism stakeholders, hoteliers, political leaders and government officials for the promotion of tourism in Sikkim, West Bengal and eastern Nepal.
The 14 journalists toured three hill districts, namely Ilam, Panchthar and Taplejung visiting picturesque tea gardens, historical places, the famous Pathivara Temple and enjoyed cultural shows.
Bidrohi Giri of National News Agency and the president of Nepal Forum of Tourism Journalists appreciated the proposal placed by the Indian journalists for the sharing of accurate information related to tourism and other activities.
He also focused on the cleanliness, behavioral culture with tourists and guests by hotels, drivers, guides and home-stays.
Ajay Roy of Associated Press from Kolkata suggested his Nepalese counterparts to focus on tea tourism to develop eastern Nepal. Rana Bahadur Khadka, president of committee and team coordinator,  said the proposal will be forwarded to the Nepal government for the development of tourism.(EOI)

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