World Tourism Day-2017

Country can earn more foreign exchange from tourism than RMG - Menon

A Monitor Report 01 Oct, 2017  |    -      +
DHAKA : Bangladesh is making exemplary progress in the tourism sector overcoming many problems and obstacles not only in the country but also abroad.

Rashed Khan Menon, Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism, said this while addressing a Tourism Festival arranged by the Aviation and Tourism Journalists' Forum of Bangla-desh (ATJFB) in the city on September 27 to mark World Tourism Day-2017.

The tourism minister also said if government and non-government organisations invest in this sector properly, the country can earn more foreign currency from the tourism sector than the garments industry.

ATJFB organised the tourism festival with musical show "Tourism Fest-2017" for the first time with the administrative support of Bangladesh Tourism Board (BTB).

Menon urged the authorities concerned to take proper steps for ending visa complications faced by potential foreign tourists, along with other problems.

Bangladesh Parjatan Corpora-tion (BPC) Chairman Akhtaruzzaman Khan Kabir, BTB CEO, Md Nasir Uddin, among others, also spoke while ATJFB President Nadira Kiran presided over the festival.

A colourful rally to mark World Tourism Day was taken out in the morning from city's Matsya Bhaban area earlier, which ended at Teacher-Student Center premises of Dhaka University. This year's theme was "Sustainable Tourism_ a Tool for Development. The year is also being observed as "International Year of Sustain-able Tourism for Development (IYST)".

Menon and SM Golam Farooque, Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism, led the rally where Akhtaruz Zaman Khan Kabir, Chairman, Bangla-desh Parjatan Corporation (BPC) and Dr Md Nasir Uddin, CEO, Bangladesh Tourism Boards (BTB), ATAB and TOAB leaders were present at the rally.

Department of Tourism and Hospitality Management Depart-ment of Dhaka University also observed World Tourism Day at DU campus. On the occasion, varsity authorities organised rallies, seminar and cultural programmes.

Menon was present at the seminar while Prof Dr. Md. Akhtaruzzaman, Vice Chancellor, Dhaka University was present as special guest with the head of the department Professor Shaker Ahmed in the chair.

Addressing programme, Menon termed tourism as a tool for sustainable development.

"Tourism industry will be developed using the natural beauty of Bangladesh. In order to tap the untapped potential of tourism industry, trained and skilled manpower is needed", he said.

Prof Dr Md Akhtaruzzaman said, discipline, non-communalism, display of kindness and generosity towards others are the prerequisites for sustainable tourism. Therefore, tourism industry people and young generation must remain cautious in this regard.

Asian Tourism Fair-2017

Meanwhile, Asian Tourism Fair 2017, powered by Biman Bangladesh Airlines, was held at International Convention City, Bashundhara from September 28-30. The airline offered 20 per cent discounts on six of its international destinations.

BPC

The Bangladesh Parjatan Cor-poration (BPC) also observed the day with an elaborate programme which began with the hosting of a Breakfast meeting.

Breakfast meeting

Rashed Khan Menon hosted the breakfast meeting at his official residence at Minto Road for the Editors of national dailies, electronic and travel media earlier. It was also attended by high officials of the Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism, Bangladesh Tourism Board (BTB), Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation (BPC), Biman Bangladesh Airline, BSL and HIL.

Speaking on the occasion, Menon mentioned that tourism activities in the county has grown significantly during the last few years, as part of which, the country very successfully hosted a number of international events in Bangladesh like Buddhist Circuit Tourism in Dhaka, UNWTO Commissions for Asia and Pacific, Regional Meet in Chittagong and PATA New Tourism Frontier Conference in Cox's Bazar.

In recognition to Bangladeshi's increased role in the development of country's tourism potentials, Bangladesh has been elected as Chairman of the South Asian region of UNWTO at the 22nd general Assembly, held recently in Chengu, China, said the Tourism Minister.

He mentioned, though 2016 was declared as the Visit Bangladesh Year, but despite all good intentions, it couldn't yield desired results, due to several untoward incidences in the country, resulting issuance of travel advisories by several countries, which barred their nationals to visit Bangladesh.

The breakfast meeting was arranged by Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation and the trainees at the National Hotel and Tourism Training Institute (NHTTI) prepared an array of delicious Bangladeshi dishes which were highly appreciated by the guests.

The 10-day-long programme, chalked out by BPC in observance of the World Tourism Day-2017 include, among others, food festivals and cultural programme, seminar on Sustainable Tourism for Future Development, awareness programme on hygienic food, rally, food fair, sound and light show on the bank of Buriganga River and live cooking show by indigenous population.

Chittagong

In Chittagong, a rally was held in the port city on September 27 morning to mark the day. Earlier addressing a press conference on September 26, HM Hakim Ali, CEO, Hotel Agrabad and President, Bangladesh Interna-tional Hotel Association (BIHA), said proper planning needed to develop tourism in Chittagong as it was blessed with a huge potential for tourism.

The present government has given emphasis on the tourism industry and allocated a considerable amount for the development of the sector, said Hakim Ali, adding that the tourism sector could play a vital role through promoting brotherhood among the people in this strife-torn world.

Apart from bringing out the rally, Hotel Agrabad arranged an art competition for children and Bangla as well as Sri Lankan Food Festival from September 27 to 28 marking the day.

Mustafa Tahseen Arshad, Managing Director and Mushtak Luhar, General Manager, The Peninsula Chittagong led the hotel Associates in cleaning GEC intersection of the port city and surrounding areas.

The hotel arranged special buffet lunch and dinner at Laguna restaurant where Chef Edward Gomez presented his special dishes and desserts. Those who dined were offered a 30 per cent discount.

Events making the day were held elsewhere in the country, including Khulna.

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