As soon as the cost of travelling and covering President Barack Obama throughout Asia and a stop to Australia came into open, the news media were left shocked. According to the estimations that had been given out the cost calculated to $60 000 per person. And to add to it the cost of hotel rooms, meals or ground costs have not even been added to the whopping amount. The expenses of travelling have increased more than the previous years.
The reason that had been stated was because less people are travelling along Mr. President hence those who are travelling have to face the extra burden of those who are not travelling. If the number of journalists or those travelling with Obama had been more the cost would have decreased eventually. Obama tours consist of travelling to China and Burma which are not rated as friendly places in the books of the news media. That made the number of journalist travelling less than half of what usually would have travelled with President Barack Obama. Kiran Kidwai – International Desk, NMTV