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Amaya Kebab special buffet at Amari Dhaka

The most tender kebabs in town with five live kitchens Dhaka, Bangladesh – August 2019: To delight buffet lovers with excitement and food varieties, Amaya Food Gallery at Amari Dhaka is bringing back Amaya Kebab Nights with live grilling of succulent lamb and chicken kebabs at its Interactive Dinner Buffet. Read More »

Promote roadmap to Islamic tourism: PM Hasina

Dhaka, Jul 11 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday stressed the need for preparing a roadmap to promote Islamic tourism as a global brand to unlock the potentials of its rapidly growing market. “The value of Islamic tourism market will increase to $243 billion by 2021 with an annual 8.3 percent growth. So, we’ll have to take all-out ... Read More »

Dhaka-Benapole direct train for cross-border traffic: Minister

Benapole, July 3 (UNB) – Good news for cross-border travellers! A direct train service from Dhaka to Benapole will be launched on July 25 next, which will facilitate the travel of India-bound people through Benapole Checkpost, said Railways Minister Md Nurul Islam Sujan. “Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the train service from Dhaka through a videoconference,” the minister said ... Read More »

Place Sundarbans on ‘World Heritage in danger’ list: IUCN

Dhaka, June 15 – International Union for Conservation of Nature( IUCN), the official advisor on natural World Heritage, recommends for three natural sites, including the Sundarbans in Bangladesh, to be listed as “World Heritage in danger.” The other two sites are Mexico’s Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California and the Ohrid region in North Macedonia. IUCN’s advice ... Read More »

Exclusive tourist zone in Cox’s Bazar for foreign tourists

Dhaka, Jun 13 (UNB) – The work on establishing an exclusive tourist zone for foreign tourists is underway at Sabrang in Cox’s Bazar. Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal disclosed this while placing the national budget in parliament for fiscal 2019-20 on Thursday. He said Bangladesh has many tourist spots, including the world’s largest unbroken  sandy  sea  beach in  Cox’s  Bazar,  ... Read More »

Biman pilot travels to Doha sans passport: Cop suspended

Dhaka, June 8 – An immigration police officer at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport has been suspended over the travel of a Biman Bangladesh Airlines pilot to Qatar without his passport. On June 5, Captain Fazal Mahmud reached Doha Hamad International Airport in Qatar operating an aircraft from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport here without any passport. Contacted, Additional Superintendent of Police ... Read More »

At least 21 dead, 30 injured after tour bus crash in Mexico

Xalapa, May 30 (AP/UNB) — A tour bus and a semi-trailer collided Wednesday on a mountain road in the Mexican state of Veracruz, and the bus rolled over and caught fire, killing at least 21 people and injuring 30, officials said. Roberto Hernández, the civil defense director for Nogales township, said the bus turned onto one side and the ground ... Read More »

7 dead, 21 missing after sightseeing boat sinks in Hungary

Budapest, May 30 (AP/UNB) — Seven people were confirmed dead and 21 remained missing early Thursday after a sightseeing boat carrying 33 South Korean passengers and two crew members collided with another vessel and sank in the Danube River in downtown Budapest. Rescue officials said seven bodies had been recovered. Pal Gyorfi, spokesman for the National Ambulance Service, said seven ... Read More »

Submit report on Rooppur Nuke Plan furniture purchase: HC

Dhaka, May 20 – The High Court on Monday directed the government to submit the inquiry reports of Ministry of Housing and Public Works over the alleged irregularities in purchasing furniture and other household products for officials and employees of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant, before it by June 23. It directed the attorney general’s office to collect the investigation reports ... Read More »

24 travel agencies fined in Sylhet for irregularities

Sylhet, May 13 (UNB) – A mobile court here on Monday fined 24 travel agencies a combined Tk 4.75 lakh for various irregularities and not having legal papers. Five teams led by five executive magistrates conducted drives against illegal travel agencies in the town. Human traffickers Hera of UCS Education, Mahbub of Reach Reliance and an employee of Jakir Education ... Read More »

Space-tourism enters ‘home stretch’ toward commercial flight

Santa Fe, May 11 (AP/UNB) — Billionaire Richard Branson is moving Virgin Galactic’s winged passenger rocket and more than 100 employees from California to a remote commercial launch and landing facility in southern New Mexico, bringing his space-tourism dream a step closer to reality. Branson said Friday at a news conference that Virgin Galactic’s development and testing program has advanced ... Read More »

PM Sheikh Hasina returns to Dhaka from London

Dhaka, May 11 – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina returned home from London on Saturday morning wrapping up her 10-day official visit to the United Kingdom (UK). A VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the Prime Minister and her entourage landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 9:55am. The flight took off from the Heathrow International Airport in London for ... Read More »

US searches of phones, laptops at airports rising: suit

Washington, May 1 (AP/UNB) — U.S. government searches of travelers’ cellphones and laptops at airports and border crossings nearly quadrupled since 2015 and were being done for reasons beyond customs and immigration enforcement, according to papers filed Tuesday in a federal lawsuit that claims scouring the electronic devices without a warrant is unconstitutional. The government has vigorously defended the searches, ... Read More »

‘5 days of grill’ at Amari Dhaka

Dhaka, April 2019 – Prepare your taste buds for different delicious regional cuisines every weekday. Amari Dhaka’s Deck 41 is an enthralling roof-top restaurant offering an eclectic array of delectable bites along with chilled invigorating mocktails surrounded by dreamy panoramic city views. ‘5 Days of Grill at Deck 41’ is a trend-setting offering which presents delicious grills and sizzlers from ... Read More »

Dr Kamal off to Thailand for medical treatment

Dhaka, Apr 8 (UNB) – Jatiya Oikyafront Convener and Gonoforum President Dr Kamal Hossain flew to Thailand on Monday for medical purposes. Dr Kamal along with his wife Hameeda Hossain left Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in a Thai Airway’s flight at 12:30pm, Gonoforum central executive committee member Maj (retd) Afsary Ameen Ahmed told UNB. He said the Oikyafront chief will ... Read More »

BD youth del begins weeklong India visit Thursday

Dhaka, Mar 27 (UNB)— A 100-member Bangladesh youth delegation will embark on a seven-day visit to neighbouring India from Thursday. They will visit cultural and historical sites, and business centres. They will also interact with Indian youths at educational, business, IT and technological institutions. The Indian High Commission organised a flag-off ceremony in Dhaka for the delegation on Wednesday. Deputy ... Read More »

Amsterdam bans red light district tours

(CNN) — Amsterdam has moved to end one of the city’s most popular travel activities.The city government has announced that it will end tours of the Red Light District in the Netherlands’ capital, citing concerns about people — in this case sex workers — being treated as a tourist attraction.”We do not consider it appropriate for tourists to leer at sex workers,” city ... Read More »

Norway cruise ship arrives at port after passenger airlifts

A cruise ship that got into trouble off the Norwegian coast has arrived safely at the port of Molde after the dramatic rescue of hundreds of people. The Viking Sky lost power on Saturday and sent out a distress signal after it began drifting towards land. Almost 500 of the 1,373 people on board were airlifted off in bad weather. ... Read More »

Chattogram, Mar 23 – Assistant High Commissioner of India in Chattogram Anindya Banerjee on Saturday said around 1.45 mln Bangladeshi nationals visited India in 2018 on tourism, medical and business purposes. At a press briefing at the assistant high commission’s stall of the ongoing 27th Chattogram International Trade Fair, he also said Indian visa application centres have been opened in ... Read More »

Dhaka issues travel advice for BD nationals in Australia

Dhaka, Mar 19 (UNB) – Bangladesh has issued travel advice for its nationals living in Australia and travelling to the country. They are advised to be vigilant at all times, particularly in public places, stay informed of potential risks to safety and security by monitoring the media and other local information sources.  The Bangladesh High Commission in Canberra remains at ... Read More »

Dhaka issues travel alert for Bangladesh nationals in NZ

Dhaka, March 18 – Bangladesh government has issued travel alerts for its citizens who are living in New Zealand or preparing to visit the country after the gruesome attacks on two mosques in Christchurch. Foreign minister AK Abdul Momen yesterday said, “We have issued travel alerts for our citizens who are staying in New Zealand and who are planning to ... Read More »

Tokyo is Asia’s best city for work and recreation – Study

Singapore – Media OutReach – 1 March 2019 – As corporate travel booms across Asia-Pacific, the concept of bleisure is gaining traction, spurring the region’s cities to better integrate opportunities for leisure amid busy business trips. The 2019 bleisure barometer: Asia’s best cities for work and recreation, sponsored by All Nippon Airways, reveals that while Asia’s best bleisure destinations provide ... Read More »

Thawatchai Gapaha joins Amari Dhaka as Executive Chef

Dhaka, February 2019 – Famed Thai Chef Thawatchai Gapaha (Deaw) has now taken the role of Executive Chef at Amari Dhaka, working under the guidance of General Manager Kelly Lewis. A tremendous excitement surrounds his joining as he promises to introduce an innovative contemporary line of dishes. Chef Deaw, a Thai native, has a tremendous experience working for a strong ... Read More »

Valentine cuisine at Amari Dhaka

Dhaka, February 2019: The season of love is here and there is no other better way to celebrate the beautiful rendition of love along with the exquisite surrounds of Amari Dhaka. Celebrate your love with the most exclusive Valentine Dinner at Cascade & Amaya- lovingly spread out by our chefs, and an exclusive couple spa and room package which will ... Read More »

Should elephant play be called extortion trade?

Dhaka, Jan 29 (Xinhua/UNB) — Elephants, sometimes adorned with jewels and gaudy, decorative garments, are not an uncommon sight on the streets in many parts of Asia. They can be seen ridden by their mahouts (riders or keepers) in public places where they artfully commandeer cash from passersby or unsuspecting tourists sipping a brew outside a cafe. Bangladesh’s capital city ... Read More »

US-Bangla crash: Distracted pilot, bad runway approach seen

Report unilateral, did not mention ATC’s fault, says Bangladesh official Dhaka, Jan 28 – The US-Bangla Airlines aircraft was misaligned with the runway and its pilot was disoriented and tried to land in “sheer desperation” when it crashed last year in Nepal, said Nepal’s investigation report. However, Bangladesh’s lone representative to the investigation commission Salauddin M Rahmatullah said the report ... Read More »

Tourist ship Silver Discoverer arrives Sunday in Sundarbans

Bagerhat, Jan 26 (UNB) – Silver Discoverer, a cruise ship operated by Silver Sea Cruise, will reach the Mongla port here on Sunday with 53 tourists from five different countries to visit the Sundarbans, a Unesco world heritage site. They will stay here for three days as part of a tour jointly arranged by Bangladesh’s Journey Plus and Pugmark of ... Read More »

Making tourism more responsible

Long before Joy Daniels became the manager of a travel company she was cleaning rooms at a guesthouse. But after joining a Fair Trade-certified business, a place that valued its staff, in a few years she was soon promoted to manager. A Fair Trade certification is one of several initiatives in South Africa aimed at developing tourism in a responsible ... Read More »