Master plan to boost tourism on cards

Aiming to boost contribution to the country’s national economy, the government is formulating a “practical” and “application” based Tourism Master Plan (TMP) to explore all the untapped potentiality, which is the also a motto of World Tourism Day.

Talking to The independent, Bangladesh Tourism Board (BTB) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Akhtaruz Zaman Khan Kabir yesterday said it would be an investment-friendly TMP where the investor would feel comfort and secured for their investment.
“The TMP wouldn’t be a theoretical plan rather an application-based plan supported by proper data and analysis,” he revealed.
The BTB CEO said they would provide the investors absolute support so they could reap the return of their investment timely.
In the line with the motto of World Tourism Organization (WTO), Bangladesh along with other countries across the globe will tomorrow observe World Tourism Day with the theme “Tourism for All – Promoting Universal Accessibility”.
WTO has chosen to celebrate World Tourism Day-2016 on the theme of accessible tourism so people with disabilities, senior citizens and families travelling with small children, and sooner or later all citizens will appreciate the advantages of universal accessibility.
Echoing the WTO motto, the BTB CEO Akhtaruz Zaman Khan Kabir also said Bangladesh has also taken initiative for inclusive tourism to ensure sustainable development of the sector.
Alongside the country’s youth, he said, they want to tap the youth girls and female with the tourism sector and secure a comfortable atmosphere for them so they don’t feel uneasiness during touring. “Without tapping youth and female who are representing the majority of the population, sustainable tourism sector is impossible.”
According to the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), in 2015, direct contribution of travel and tourism sector to national economy was Taka 402 billion which is 2.4 per cent of GDP and it is expecting to stand at 5.2 per cent in 2016. Beside, total contribution of the sector was Tk 809 billion which is 4.7 per cent of GDP and expecting to rise to 6.1 per cent in 2016.
To mark the day, government and private organisations have chalked-out three-day long varieties of events across the country. As part of the events, a colorful rally with participation of people from all strata of society would be brought out at 8:30am from the Matsya Bhaban that is scheduled to end at TSC, Dhaka University after parading High Court and Doyel Chattar.
Discussion, cake cut, folk song, lighting at important building and hotels, special discount at food and accommodation in hotels and motels, debating competition, art competition and seminar etc would be organized across the country. In addition, special supplements would be published in the national dailies while special programmes and documentary would be on aired and broadcast in Television and Radio.
Moreover, President and Prime Minister have issued separate messages on the occasion of World Tourism Day.
In his message, President Abdul Hamid said the government is working relentlessly to highlight the enormous beauty of the country before the foreigners to the grab the potentialities of the sector.
He underscored the necessity of reduction of travel and accommodation expenditure to avail the tourism services to all.
Abdul Hamid urged the authorities concerned to ensure the participation of all for a sustainable tourism sector.
Besides, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in her message said the Awami League led government has taken diversified activities for the development of the tourism sector as well as offer tourism service and hospitality to all with affordable cost.
Mentioning her government step of announcing the 2016 as Tourism Year, Prime Minister said Bangladesh has the potentiality to generate employment, foreign currency and other development activities through the evolvement of tourism sector.
She hoped Bangladesh would be turned into a developed and prosperous country through the implementation of Perspective Plan 2021 and 2041 with help of all.
Sheikh Hasina urged the private entrepreneurs alongside the government to ensure tourism facilities and help local and foreign people to visit Bangladesh with affordable cost.