Bangladesh became the third tourist sending country to Indian Jummu and Kashmir, popularly known as "Paradise on Earth" last year after Malaysia and Thailand.
In 2017, he said around 5,500 Bangladeshi tourists visited different places in Kashmir followed by 15,000 Thai and 20,000 Malaysian tourists.
Mentioning that Domestic travellers are the backbone of Kashmir's tourism, he said, "As we are getting only 50,000 foreign tourists every year, now we concentrate more on international tourists to flourish our tourism industry."
Jammu and Kashmir consists of three regions -- Jammu, the Kashmir Valley and Ladakh, he said, adding "We get pilgrims for Jammu, families and groups for Kashmir valley and youth for Ladakh," he added.
Tunda said tourism in the state is improving every year. This year, we have lined up many interesting activities for the tourists including fairs, festivals, sports and adventure and expect satisfactory growth in arrivals, he added.
AKTO organised a Kashmir night at a city hotel in Dhaka on Saturday to make a road show on different exciting tourist destinations of Kashmir.
Bangladesh Tourism Board CEO Dr Nasir Uddin, President of Tour Operator Association of Bangladesh (TOAB) Taufiq Uddin Ahmed and Secretary General of Association of Travel Agents of Bangladesh (ATAB) Abdus Salem Aref also spoke on the occasion.
The ATKO members made a visual presentation on different tourism features of Jummu and Kashmir.