Master Plan to attract foreign tourists
Published: 16:39 8 October 2019 Updated: 16:54 8 October 2019
Cox’s Bazar sea beach
Bangladesh is yet to see any success in the tourism sector, despite the wonderful beauty of natural beauty. But this time, the government has taken a great plan to attract foreign tourists. Which is on its way to the final.
It is learned that the government is working to restructure the tourism sector. To develop the tourism, tour operators and tour guide laws are being enacted and the Bangladesh Tourism Corporation Act is being amended.
Exclusive tourist zones will be set up in different regions of the country to attract foreign tourists. These exclusive tourist zones include Bagerhat, Khulna, Satkhira and Cox’s Bazar. In addition, research is on whether the three hill districts can provide special facilities for tourists.
Meanwhile, the government is planning to develop a special area called Sabang Tourism Park on about 1,000 acres of land in Teknaf upazila of Cox’s Bazar. In January this year, a request for land allocation was also received from the tourism service providers.
It is learned that these exclusive tourist zones will have facilities like multiple hotels, cottages, beach villas, night clubs, convention halls, amusement parks.
Mahibul Haque, secretary of Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism, said that a master plan (tourism plan) has been finalized in tourism. Work orders for the master plan will be placed on the 7th of this month. “I have heard the statement of all the representatives of the government and non-government in formulating this plan.”
Special initiatives will also be taken to focus on the Sundarbans. Meanwhile, a delegation of BUET surveyed the Sundarbans. Their report is in the final stages. The government will take necessary steps to attract tourists there and foreign eco-cruise ships can enjoy eco-tourism, he added.
The Secretary said that the government has various plans to increase the facilities for the development of tourist-centric tourism in the Sundarbans and World Heritage Sat Gambuj Mosque. Also, all kinds of initiatives will be taken from the Ministry of Tourism to attract domestic and foreign tourists.
According to statistics, 1.60 lakh foreign tourist arrives in Bangladesh in 2014. The following year, it dropped again. However, foreign travelers increased from 2016 to 2018. In 2019, 2.70 lakh foreign tourists came to Bangladesh.
According to the list of the World Economic Forum, Bangladesh has taken 5 steps ahead in terms of tourism since 2017. The government believes that if the government’s plan for tourism is implemented, there will be more successful in this sector.
Md Mahbub Ali, State Minister for Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism said Bangladesh is a country of natural beauty. The country has the world’s longest beaches and mangrove forests. Besides, the forests, haor, tea gardens, Paharpur Bihar, Swamp Forest, Sylhet shrine and Bagerhat mosque are also undeniably beautiful. These natural and historical places will attract tourists, he added.
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