Cox's Bazar beach has become a popular destination for tourists. Tourists flocked to this longest beach in the world as it was a three- day-long vacation.
Due to huge gathering of tourists, the businessmen of the tourist city have made brisk business. Tourist police and lifeguards are working for the safety of tourists.
President of the Cox's Bazar Tour Operators Association (TOAB) Rezaul Karim told Bangladesh, “Due to three –day- holiday people flocked in Cox’s Bazar. There are nearly 500 hotels with a capacity of 1 lakh to 1.5 lakh guests and during these three days the tourist city will make a huge business.”
However, he also said, at present there are about 3.5 lakh tourists in Cox’s Bazar.
Due to sudden rise in the number of tourist hotels, motels and guest houses are all full. It is also known that many tourists have to spend the night on the road. Apart from the beaches, a large number of them are seen visiting various tourist spots.
But the tourists complained about the high charge of hotels and motels. Many could not find accommodation according to their desire.
Cox's Bazar Hotel-Motel Guest House Owners' Association general secretary Abul Kashem Sikder said, “There are no accommodation anywhere in more than 450 hotels, motels and guest houses in Cox's Bazar. These were booked long ago. So, many tourists have to spend the night on the road.”
Necessary security measures have been taken to ensure that tourists visiting Cox's Bazar are not harassed in any way, said tourist police official.
Cox’s Bazar Tourist Police SP Md. Zillur Rahman said, “The tourist police are working to ensure the safety of tourists visiting Cox’s Bazar. Tourist police will also work for the safety of tourists who visit the beach and surrounding areas at night.
Apart from the beach, other recreation centers including Marine Drive, Himchhari, Maheshkhali Adinath Temple are also buzzing with tourists.