Initiatives undertaken to declare 2021 Tourism Year: State Minister

- A Monitor Desk Report 22 Feb, 2020 | 1294 Views|-+
Dhaka: To celebrate 50 years of independence, the Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism is taking measures to announce 2021 Tourism Year. Detailed action plan awaits the Prime Minister’s approval.

Md Mahbub Ali, State Minister, Civil Aviation and Tourism said this as the Chief Guest on at a seminar titled “Tourism of Bangladesh: Opportunities and Challenges” organised jointly by the ministry and Bhromon Magazine held today at Pan Pacific Sonargaon Dhaka.

To ensure tourism development, all the recommendations of the stakeholders will be fully implemented. Also, the government will brand every historical and archeological site including Ahsan Manjil, Lalbagh Fort, Choto Katra and National Parliament worldwide, the State Minister urged.

He further mentioned that the formation of Tourist Police has led to additional safety of tourists at any tourist destination in the country.

Moreover, works for preparing a Master Plan is already underway. A team consisting of both local and international experts who will chalk out the lacks as well as potential in the tourism sector. The government will rapidly implement their suggestions, added Ali.

He also said that a change of mentality is essential for the development of tourism. There are certain facilities that need to be offered to attract foreign tourists towards visiting the country. Respect and tolerance towards tourists are to play significant role in this regard, suggested Ali.

Md Mohibul Haque, Senior Secretary, Civil Aviation and Tourism also spoke on the occasion.

He said that the government is making efforts to arrange entertainment facilities to ensure tourists have a good time here during their visit. As part of the efforts, a cultural programme will start to take place regularly by the next 15 days at the motel of Parjatan Corporation in Cox’s Bazar.

Among other initiatives to boost tourism, Haque mentioned that the government is launching direct flights on Sylhet–London route from April. It has also acquired 912 acre of land to develop the Saidpur Airport to make it of international standard.

Similarly, a designer has been appointed to turn Cox’s Bazar airport into a world-class aviation hub. The ministry is expecting to receive the design by next two years, said the Senior Secretary. Also, to run the airport 24/7, the entire lighting system of it including the runway is being upgraded. Soon, 24/7 flights will be operated from the Cox’s Bazar Airport, he added.

Jabed Ahmed, Chief Executive Officer, Bangladesh Tourism Board, Ram Chandra Das, Chairman, Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation, Md Mokabbir Hossain, Managing Director, Biman Bangladesh Airlines and others also spoke while Abu Sufian, Editor, Bhromon Travel Magazine moderated the seminar.

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