Dhaka : The 17th edition of international tourism fair US-Bangla Airlines Dhaka Travel Mart 2020 scheduled to begin in Dhaka from March 12 has been postponed due to ever increasing threat of pandemic and lethal coronavirus infection.
Nearly one hundred participants from Nepal, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, UAE, Oman, India and host Bangladesh already had registered for participation in the upcoming travel and tourism fair and the organisers were expecting a record number of visitors this year.
Kazi Wahidul Alam, Chairman of the host organisation The Bangladesh Monitor and Editor of the travel publication announcing the postponement of DTM-2020, said, “In 17 years of history of the DTM, we have never encountered such a situation in the past, which could deter us in holding the event on due date. But the present situation is beyond anybody’s control. To us, health and safety of our valued partners, participants, visitors from home and abroad are of topmost priority; hence we can’t take any risk.”
It may be mentioned here that due to deteriorating situations worldwide, following fast and wide spread of coronavirus, travel restrictions have been in place in many countries including recent impose of ban on Umrah pilgrimage and tourist arrivals to KSA. IEDCR Bangladesh in one of their recent circular has also requested all Bangladeshis not to plan or undertake any travel unless very urgent or unavoidable. Moreover, people all around the world are avoiding all sorts of travel plans, which have greatly impacted the Bangladesh market.
A fresh date for holding the DTM-2020 will be announced soon, once the present situation improves.