|Visiting British journalists have
said despite negative coverage on Nepal internationally, Nepal is
a safe and secure tourist destination.
were speaking at a press conference at NTV in Kathmandu after assessing
the actual situation in the country.
During the course of their stay in Nepal, the British
journalists visited various major tourism destinations and garnered
their own first hand information about the tourism potential and
the existing safety and security situation in the country. The British
journalists visited Kathmandu, Nagarkot, Pokhara and Chitwan.
“Most of them realized the overall security
situation of Nepal is conducive enough to run any type of tourism
activities within the major tourism destinations.” NTB said.
Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) had invited the British
journalists under familiarization (FAM) trips with a view of re-orienting
them on Nepal’s tourism potential and updating the existing
The NTB has been carrying out such trips with objectives
to promote the deteriorating tourism industry to journalists from
countries with major tourism prospects. Such trips are cost effective
ways of destination promotion and the NTB has already hosted such
trips to over 300 journalists, NTB said.
Earlier in March, NTB invited 8 journalists from Mumbai,
5 from Bangalore, 10 from Delhi, 5 from China, 2 from Hong Kong
and 1 from Thailand for the FAM tour.
The trip was organised by Raj Ram Giri, general
secretary of Friends of Britain and Nepal in collaboration with
Hotel Association Nepal (HAN).