Celebration of "Dhaka OIC City of Tourism 2019" inaugurated

PM urges to make Islamic tourism a global business brand

- A Monitor Desk Report 11 Jul, 2019 | 3865 Views|-+
Dhaka: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina underlined the need for taking immediate measures to make Islamic tourism a global business brand considering its vast potential witnessing a global annual growth of 8.3 per cent while inaugurating the two-day official celebration of “Dhaka OIC City of Tourism 2019” today at Hotel InterContinental Dhaka.

Tourism ministers of Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) member states chose Dhaka as the “City of Tourism for 2019” at the closing ceremony of the 10th Islamic Conference of Tourism Ministers (ICTM) held in Dhaka last year.

Md Mahbub Ali, State Minister, Md Mohibul Haque, Secretary from Civil Aviation and Tourism Ministry; Dr Bhuban Chandra Biswas, CEO, Bangladesh Tourism Board and representatives from more than 30 OIC member states, including Musa Kulaklikaya, Assistant Secretary General, OIC were also present today at the inauguration ceremony.

The Prime Minister also mentioned that the value of Islamic tourism market will increase to USD243 billion by 2021. According to a report of Reuters, Muslim populations globally spent a total of USD151 billion on travel in 2015 (excluding Hajj and Umrah) and OIC member states contributed to USD109 billion of the amount.

By 2020, the world’s Muslim population will be 26 percent of the entire world population while the number of Muslim tourists will rise to 180 million from 156 million within that year, the Prime Minister claimed.

“So, all-out efforts and roadmap aiming at promoting Islamic tourism as a global business brand is urgently required,” she said.

Allocating a separate tourist spot in Cox’s Bazar for the OIC member states is another proposal the Prime Minister made at the event today.

She also called upon all the OIC member states to join hands in making Islamic tourism flourish. The growth of the tourism sector can be a great contributor to meet Bangladesh’s target to be a developed and prosperous nation. In this regard, Islamic tourism is the best option where Bangladesh has both the opportunity and potential to work together with OIC.

The Prime Minister further urged to promote intra-OIC tourism through easing visa process for investment promotion, branding, standardisation and capacity building. The private sector orgranisations in tourism infrastructure and development projects are to be encouraged by OIC member states for this purpose.

As part of the two-day celebration of “Dhaka OIC City of Tourism 2019”, Bangladesh Tourism Board (BTB) is arranging city tours for representatives of OIC member states today afternoon. Tomorrow, BTB will take the OIC delegation to visit the 500 year old Panam City in Narayanganj.

A grand show consisting of concert, laser show and fireworks will be held tomorrow night at Hatirjheel by BTB.

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