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World Tourism Day observed: High forex income potential
Rashed Khan Menon

World Tourism Day observed: High forex income potential

The World Tourism Day was observed here today with much enthusiasm in line with this year’s theme ‘Sustainable Tourism – A Tool for Development’.

Bangladesh Tourism Board (BTB), Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation (BPC), under the supervision of Civil Aviation and Tourism Ministry and Aviation and Tourism Journalists’ Forum of Bangladesh (ATJFB) arranged a series of programs as part of observing the day.

Aviation and Tourism Journalists’ Forum of Bangladesh (ATJFB), a platform of journalists covering aviation and tourism affairs, with the support from Bangladesh Tourism Board (BTB) organized a live musical show and tourism festival titled ‘Tourism Fest 2017’ held at Rabindra Sarobar in the city.

Popular music bands including Joler Gaan performed at the programme.

The celebration of the day began in the morning with a colourful rally where tourism-related government departments and different stakeholders of the country’s including Tour Operators Association of Bangladesh (TOAB), Association of Travel Agencies of Bangladesh (ATAB), ATJFB and tourism-related foundations and cultural organizations joined the rally.

The rally started from city’s Matsya Bhaban area and ended at Teacher-Student Center premises of Dhaka University.

Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Rashed Khan Menon and tourism secretary SM Golam Farooque attended the rally at TSC centre.

Dhaka University Tourism and Hospitality Management Department also observed World Tourism Day at DU Campus. On the occasion, varsity authorities organized rallies, seminars and cultural programmes.

Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Rashed Khan Menon was present at the seminar while DU VC Prof Dr Md. Akhtaruzzaman was present as the special guest with the head of Tourism and Hospitality Management Department Professor Shaker Ahmed in the chair.

Addressing programme, Rashed Khan Menon termed tourism as a tool for
sustainable development.

“Tourism industry will be developed using the natural beauty of

In order to tap the untapped potential of the tourism industry, trained and skilled manpower is needed”, he said.

The minister also said that militancy, worldwide phenomena, is the biggest bar in the development of the tourism industry. Therefore, everyone has to work united way to eradicate militancy.

Vice Chancellor of Dhaka University said discipline, non-communalism, display of kindness and generosity towards others are the prerequisite for sustainable tourism. Therefore, tourism industry people and young generation must remain cautious in this regard.

Since 1980, the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNTWO) has been celebrating World Tourism Day on September 27.

Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Rashed Khan Menon urged the authorities concerned to take proper steps for ending visa complications faced by potential foreign tourists, along with other problems.
The minister made the plea at a Tourism Festival arranged by the Aviation and Tourism Journalists’ Forum of Bangladesh (ATJFB) in the city.
ATJFB organised the tourism festival with musical show styled “Tourism Fest, 2017” with the administrative support of Bangladesh Tourism Board (BTB) marking the World Tourism Day 2017 for the first time.
Urging the concerned people not to create artificial market crisis in the tourism sector, Menon said, “We have many problems including visa complications as I already have received some complaints from different quarters.”
Bangladesh is making exemplary progress in the tourism sector overcoming many problems and obstacles not only in the country but also outside it, he added.
The tourism minister also said if government and non-government organisations invest in this sector properly, the country can earn more foreign currency from the tourism sector than the garments industry.
“The materials of the tourism sector need not to be imported as all the materials are available in the country,” he said, in apparent reference to most raw materials and other inputs in the garment sector being imported.
Mentioning the incident of Holey Artisan Bakery militant attack last year, the Minister said it is a matter of sorrow that some internal problems of the country have created problems in this sector, but now the country has proved how safe it is for the tourists from home and abroad.
Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation (BPC) ChairmanAkhtaruzzaman Khan Kabir, BTB CEO Md. Nasir Uddin among others also spoke while ATJFB President Nadira Kiran presided over the festival.
The government and different organisations have arranged many programmes to celebrate the World Tourism Day with the global theme ‘Sustainable Tourism – a Tool for Development’. – UNB