‘Media plays vital role for tourism development’

For rapid development of the country’s tourism industry, print and electronic media can play a key role. From their writing, both domestic and foreign tourist gathered information of a particular tourism destination. 

Civil aviation and tourism state minister came up with the statement at a conclusion programme of the 9th Bangladesh Travel and Tourism Fair (BTTF) – 2019 at Bangabandhu International Conference Center (BICC) in the capital on Saturday. 

He said, in recent times information and technology developed towards an extent level where tourism industry started getting advantage from it. 

‘People’s using internet find information over a particular spot, both print and electronic media as well as social media can be a good medium for tourism industry development’- he added. 

About the state owned own organisations website the state minister said, ‘Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation and Bangladesh Tourism Board has their own websites, now we are trying to make these website more informative and tourist friendly’. 

Citing The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) 2019 statistics Mahbub Ali said, during 2017, tourism industry contributed Tk 850.7 billion which was 4.3 percent of the total GDP. ‘By 2028 tourism industry will contribute 6.8 percent of the total GDP’ 

Tour Operators Association of Bangladesh (TOAB), the apex body of tourism in Bangladesh, organized the three-day fair in association with the Civil Aviation and Tourism Ministry, Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation, Bangladesh Tourism Board, Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FBCCI), Tourist Police and Bangladesh Chapter of Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) with title sponsor of national flag carrier Biman Bangladesh Airlines Limited.

With the participation of 14 countries including host Bangladesh, will take part in the fair where as many as 140 foreign exhibitors like tour operators, airlines, hotels, and resorts from Nepal, Bhutan, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, the United Arab Emirates, Philippines and the Maldives along with local Bangladeshi tourism service providers will display their various services at 160 stalls and 15 pavilions.