Foreign media persons opine

Promotion of sustainable tourism will help attract tourists

-A Monitor Report01 May, 2019 | 2357 Views|-+
Dhaka : Bangladesh has enormous potentials in the field of tourism. Still an unexplored country to the world, tourism has to be promoted in a sustainable, responsible manner so that young people of different countries feel the urge to come and explore the country by themselves.

Besides good connectivity, building of infrastructure, specially roads for easier communication, is also needed to lead to more international footfalls in the country.

This was the reaction of the participants of a 10-day familiarisation trip organised by Bangladesh Tourism Board (BTB) for foreign media persons, expressed at the concluding session of the tour, at InterContinental Dhaka.

Md Mahbub Ali, State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism, was the chief guest. Akhtaruzaman Khan Kabir, Chairman, Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation, Dr Bhuban Chandra Biswas, Chief Executive Officer, BTB and Sardar Nurul Amin from Tourist Police also spoke on the occasion.

Bangladesh Tourism Board (BTB) organised the familiarisation trip under which 26 journalists, travel writers and tour operators from 10 countries visited different attractive tourist spots of Bangladesh.

The journalists and travel writers were from US, UK, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy, India, Lebanon, China, South Korea and Japan.

Smiling faces

Every member of the delegation praised the people who welcomed them with warm smiles. People participating in "Mongol Shovajatra" on Pahela Baishakh were to them - a sea of smiling faces.

Besides witnessing Bengali New Year's Day in the capital city Dhaka, the media personnel visited World Heritage sites - Paharpur Buddhist monastery, 60-domed mosque built by Khan Jahan Ali at Bagerhat, the world largest mangrove forest Sundarbans -the longest sea beach at Cox's Bazar, Sonargaon, the ancient capital of Bengal and the hill district of Bandarban, among other places.

They all felt Bangladesh needs to be made known in their respective countries and promised to write, telecast and promote the country so that more people, specially the youths come here for a visit.

The State Minister urged the visiting foreign journalists to promote Bangladesh's tourist attractions by writing in their respective newspapers, magazines and cover it on television channels on their return to their respective countries.

Giving them a local perspective, he said, "We are encouraging private sector to come up with new and innovative ideas for the investment as well as create employment opportunities through tourism business."

The state minister said establishment of Exclusive Tourist Zone at Sabrang in Cox's Bazar on 1028 acres of land was under process to attract international tourists. Foreign investors have also been invited to develop this Exclusive Tourist Zone, he added.

Mahbub Ali said riverine tourism between Bangladesh and India has started while cruise liners visiting the country's coastal points have added a new dimension to the country's tourism industry.

Recently Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Bhutan have signed 'Motor Vehicle Agreement' to expedite tourism among the SAARC countries, Mahbub Ali added.

Speaking about safety and security, the state minister said, the government of Bangladesh is committed to ensure safety and security for all tourists.

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