Civil Aviation and Tourism minister Rashed Khan Menon on Friday stressed the need for building a common tourism platform among six South Asian (SA) nations.
“Nature, culture and adventure offer a kind of similarity among the South Asian Nations. Owing to the fact, a common tourism platform is a must for turning this region into a tourist destination”, he said.
The minister was addressing the launching ceremony of ‘We Asia’, a tourism platform comprising Bangladesh, India, Bhutan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Myanmar.
Held at the capital’s Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC), the function was addressed, among others, by the Tourism Minister for West Bengal, Goutam Dev, Tour Operators’ Association of Bangladesh (TOAB) president Toufiq Uddin Ahmed, director Toufiq Rahman and We Asia West Bengal Representative Satyaprada Dev.
Menon also said this is high time to take all-out preparations or initiatives for promotion of tourism in the region considering its importance in economy.
“For the purpose, foreign policy and visa process should be made tourist-friendly, he said.He emphasised on secured and hassle-free movement of tourists to the countries at affordable expenditure.
Tourism Minister for West Bengal Goutam Dev said people of the region possess same kind of nature, culture and emotion. He stressed on concerted efforts of all to materialize the dream.
Toufiq Rahman, one of the founders of We Asia, declared that his organization would provide one stop service to the tourists who have to face problems while touring countries of the region.