Md Mahbub Ali, State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Ministry; SN Manzur Murshed, President of ATAB and Abdus Salam Aref, Secretary General of ATAB are seen on the occasion among others
An ATTI student receiving certificate from Md Mahbub Ali, State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Ministry
Dhaka: Association of Travel Agents of Bangladesh (ATAB) organised a View Exchange and Certification program at ATAB Conference Hall today. Md Mahbub Ali, State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Ministry attended the program as the chief guest.
SN Manzur Murshed, President of ATAB and Abdus Salam Aref, Secretary General of ATAB were also present on the occasion along with other ATAB officials, students of ATAB Tourism Training Institute (ATTI) and media representatives.
Abdus Salam Aref, Secretary General of ATAB presided over the event.
The program began with a presentation on ATAB and its range of tasks. Later, ATAB raised various issues of the aviation and tourism industry and proposed possible solutions for the development of the sector.
Among the issues mentioned, some involved airlines not paying the duty on non-refundable tickets, high trade license fee for tour operators, syndicate in hajj packages, agencies not getting commissions from the airlines etc.
In response, Md Mahbub Ali, State Minister, Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism, said, “I feel that ATAB’s scope of activities is the same as the ministry. I have asked for advice from the experts of the industry, journalists and travel associations such as ATAB to help me identify the holes in this sector. Due to these holes, we are yet to achieve our target.”
“Our aviation and tourism industry contains great potential. Every airline wants to set foot in our market because it shows great promise. The existing ones are already expanding their fleet and operations. I am optimistic that ‘together’ we can bring everything in the right track. If people’s participation is ensured then development of the country is guaranteed,” he added.
The program concluded with 20 ATTI students of NTVQF – Level 2 course (Ticketing and Reservation) and some other students from another level course receiving certificates from the State Minister.