Imran Ahmed, MP says at views exchange session

Govt very keen to promote tourism in Sylhet region

- A Monitor Report 07 Jan, 2018 | 4991 Views|-+
Sylhet: The government is very keen to promote the tourism sector in Sylhet region and has allocated Tk 200 crore for development of roads in Jaflong, work on which will start soon.

Lifting of boulders has been banned in the tourist spots of Bholaganj, Jaflong and Bichanakandi and no new leases have been given.

The steps have been taken to maintain the ecological balance in these areas which are tourists’ favourites.

Imran Ahmed, MP, said this while addressing a views exchange session on “Development of Tourism industry in Sylhet and its prospects,” held between The Sylhet Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) and Tour Operators Association of Bangladesh (TOAB), here on January 4 evening. Khandker Shiper Ahmad, President, SCCI presided over the session.

Imran Ahmed said it is not possible for the government alone to develop tourism. For this, the private sector will have to come forward.

He called for promoting the culture and heritage of Sylhet to attract tourists.

Khandker Shiper Ahmad said Sylhet region, located on Jaintia and Khasia foothills, holds great prospects for tourism sector. The natural beauty of Sylhet always attracts tourists. Sylhet can be turned into a focal point for tourism utilising this beauty.

Shiper Ahmad said many world-class resorts, hotels and motels have come up in Sylhet, which is important for tourism growth. But government’s patronisation is needed to transform Sylhet into a tourism city.

Traffic jam and hawkers on footpaths were great hindrances in this regard, he said and called for resolving these twin problems.

The SCCI chief demanded improvement of roads leading to the places of tourists’ interest here and improving their infrastructure.

Taufiq U Ahmed, Toufiq Rahman of TOAB, Dr Zakaria Hossain, former Director, Bangladesh Tourism Board (BTB), Swarnalata Roy, President, Women’s Chamber of commerce spoke on the occasion, among others.

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