Bihar to feature in Japanese magazine

The Times of India, Sept 19, 2007

PATNA, India -- Japan’s leading tour operator Nippon Express Company Ltd will do a special feature on “Buddhism and Bihar” for its magazine.

This was stated by tourism minister Nand Kishore Yadav, who returned from Japan after participating in a seminar on “India tourism” held in Tokyo on September 12.

The seminar was jointly organised by FICC and Japan Association of Travel Agents. The seminar included a one-to-one interaction with tour operators.

Speaking to mediapersons on Tuesday, Yadav said that the magazine had a circulation of over 4.5 lakh in Japan and that the special feature would create awareness about tourism in Bihar.

"Only 9 per cent of the Japanese visit India for business purposes. The rest come for religious tourism. During the seminar, I emphasised that religious tourism cannot be complete without Bihar being in the itinerary since the state is the land of enlightenment," Yadav said.

He said that he also assured tour operators in Japan that the state government had started implementing several projects for tourists like air taxis, good roads and motels and hotels of international standards. He said that he had also invited tour operators to visit the state.