?Last week i visited Cox,s Bazar to see the possibility of development of tourism infrustucture!
Yes i get this?, as an ultimate opportunity option to develop which can role as a vital economy development of Bangladesh.
Minister for civil aviation and tourism G M Qader? said, the government is going to set up a ‘tourism development authority’ to replace the existing Parjatan Development Corporation.
Speaking as the chief guest at a seminar at Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI), he said, the government is reformulating the existing tourism policies and going to set up a ‘master plan’ to develop Cox’s Bazar as an attractive tourist hub.
He said, once the tourism development authority would be in place, the Parjatan Corporation of Bangladesh would be abolished.? The government would also set up a tourism board comprising stakeholders such as representatives of hotel, motels tour operator agencies to promote the industry and develop new infrastructure and other facilities to serve the tourists.
The seminar titled as ‘development and potentials of tourism industry in Bangladesh’ was jointly organised by DCCI and Association of Travel Agents of Bangladesh (ATAB) at the conference room of the chamber. Prof Ashraful Islam Chowdhury of the department of marketing and founder chairman of department of tourism and hospitality presented the keynote paper in the seminar.
DCCI president Zafar Osman was in the chair. ATAB President of Muhaimin Saleh and other directors of the chamber took part in the discussion.
The minister said, the government is taking a new look to all aspects to develop the industry by restructuring existing facilities and adding new dimensions to it.
As part of it, he said, policies are being reviewed. Biman is going under restructuring and work is going on to make it tourism supportive carrier although more time would be required to promote the services like other regional carriers offering lucrative packages.
Qader said, his ministry has already asked district deputy commissioners to identify tourist spots within the district and provide particulars about them to the ministry.
He said, the government would hand over responsibility to local government authorities where such spots may be promoted locally. The national authorities may take up bigger projects. Referring to government seriousness to promote tourism not only in cities and urban centers but also in rural areas such as eco- tourism, he said, the forthcoming budget may allow investment of ‘unaccounted money’ in this sector without questioning about sources.
Qader said, it may not be possible to create a whole lot of tourist infrastructure in the country in public sector. So the government is planning to pass more of the activities in the private sector under a supportive policy regime.
He said, the government is having many proposals from foreign investors aimed at developing exclusive tourists spots and hotels with all modern facilities.