Menon papers over failure to revive tourism

19 Dec,2016


Dhaka, BdChronicle:

While acknowledging that Bangladesh is yet to become a single country destination for tourists the world over, Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Rashed Khan Menon insists it is recognized as a ‘tourism country’ globally.

Infrastructure development of country’s tourism industry is the key challenge towards to become a single country destination, he added.

The Minister made the remarks while addressing a workshop on ‘The role of Journalists in recovering Tourism Image under Current Situation’ on Sunday. Aviation and Tourism Journalist Forum of Bangladesh (ATJFB) organized the workshop held at Hotel Abakash in the city, says a press release.

Bangladesh Tourism Board (BTB) Chief Executive Officer Akhtaruzzaman Khan Kabir, Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation (BPC) chairman Aparup Chowdhury and Tour Operators Association of Bangladesh (TOAB) president Taufiq Uddin Ahmed also spoke on the occasion.

Addressing the programme, Menon said that it has been possible to establish Bangladesh as a ‘tourism country’ – a vague, very general term -before the world with the relentless effort of incumbent government.

It has hosted a couple of international conferences like Buddhist conference, PATA NTTF conference and attended several international fairs, road shows and conferences which helped to attain this ‘status’.

“There is still a long way to go. All have to put much effort to become a top destination internationally and media can play a big role in this effort, he added.

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