First-ever UNWTO event in Bangladesh May 15

A Monitor Desk Report 11 May, 2017 | 1658 Views | - +
Dhaka: Bangladesh is going to hold the first-ever annual event of the United Nation’s World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) this month considering it as notable global recognition on tourism potential of this delta having the world’s longest sea beach and largest mangrove forest.

“We are going to hold the 29th meeting of the UNWTO Commission for East Asia and the Pacific and the UNWTO Commission for South Asia (CAP-CSA) in the port city Chittagong on May 15 and 17,” Rashed Khan Menon, Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism, disclosed at a press conference at Bangladesh Tourism Board (BTB) conference Hall on May 9.

The event will be a landmark for the country’s tourism industry as it is the first-ever event of the world’s highest tourism organisation in our country, Dr Md Nasir Uddin, CEO, Bangladesh Tourism Board said.

A high-level UNWTO delegation led by Taleb Rifai, Secretary General, will attend the 29th CAP-CSA Joint Meeting, the UNWTO’s principal annual event in the Asia-Pacific region, to be held at Radisson Blu Hotel in Chittagong.

“During the meeting, CAP 21 and CSA 9 countries minister, secretary, international tourism experts and different stakeholders from 35 countries of East and South Asia and Pacific region will be attending and discuss on sustainable tourism, tourism ethics, protection of tourists and rights and obligations of tourism service providers,” Menon informed.

“This initiative will be helpful for our tourism sector’s promotion and development on the foreign countries. It also can introduce our country as a MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions) destination”, the minister said.

In the last three years we have showed immense success in tourism sector which even the UNWTO has accorded recognition. That’s the reason they chose Bangladesh, he added.

The Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism floated tender to develop a separate beach for the foreign tourists. The work will begin very soon and we expect it will be finished by 2018, he said.

On May 15, one day ahead of the main event, the BTB will also organise a daylong discussion titled “UNWTO Regional Forum on Crisis Communication” at the same venue. “This discussion is very important and time befitting as the entire global tourism industry is facing challenge due to terrorist acts,” BTB CEO said.

Nasir said the UNWTO event will help to flourish MICE tourism in Bangladesh. “Cox’s Bazar can be as a lucrative destination for MICE tourism as we have already numbers of high-end hotels and more are under construction there,’ he said.

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