Govt committed to ensuring security of tourists


In order to ensure safe and peaceful travel experience, the government is committed to ensure all sorts of security for tourists visiting the country. State minister for civil aviation and tourism Md Mahbub Ali came up with the comment while addressing the concluding session of a familiarisation tour of foreign journalists in Bangladesh at a city hotel on Monday. Mentionable, in an attempt to promote countries tourism in the world, the government invited 26 journalists and tour operators from Italy, Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, United Kingdom, China, Japan South Korea, Thailand and Lebanon to visit the country’s historic and traditional tourism spots.

Addressing the visiting delegation, the state minister assured that the prevailing environment of the country is tourist-friendly at present. Besides the local tourists, foreign travelers can also venture into the remotest corner of the country to enjoy a hassle-free travel. He urged the visiting foreign journalists to promote Bangladesh tourism by writing on their respective newspapers, magazines and television channels upon returning their own countries.

“I believe, you are mesmerized with your experience of last ten days and this familiarization tour will help us to promote Bangladesh as the popular tourist destination of the world,” he said.
Mahbub Ali said Bangladesh’s landscape with lush green field, seashore with long beach, hills with scenic beauty, forests with flora and fauna as well as the heritage and archeological sites can attract any tourists of the world. The tourists would surely be thrilled seeing the unique culture and heritage of our ethnic group and hospitable people, he added. Mahbub said the present government under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has emphasized tourism as a prioritized sector for the country to enter the global competitive arena.

He said to promote tourism between SARRC countries, recently a motor vehicle agreement has been signed with India, Nepal and Bhutan. Urging all domestic and foreign investors to invest in the project, the state minster said an intensive tourism spot is going to be constructed on 1200 acres of land at Sabrang in Cox’s Bazar. “We are encouraging private sector to come up with new and innovative ideas for the investment as well as create employment opportunities through tourism business,” he said.

Mahbub said the journey of water-transport between Bangladesh and India has started while ocean cruise tourism added in the country’s tourism industry. In sharing their experience of the visit, the foreign journalists said Bangladesh has immense potentials to sell its tourism to international travelers. Terming smiling people of Bangladesh and their unique nature of hospitality is the asset of the country’s tourism; they suggested taking massive international branding to attract more foreign tourists here.

The visiting foreign journalists expressed their mesmerising experience of joining celebration of Pahela Baishakh, the Bengali New Year, in Dhaka especially the colorful parade of ‘Mangol Shoba Jatra”. Bangladesh Tourism Board (BTB) chief executive officer Dr Bhuban Chandra Biswas presided over the programme while Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation chairman Akhteruzzaman Khan Kabir, among others, also spoke on the programme.

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