Foreign tourists see no security threat in Bangladesh


14th October, 2015 04:41:58 printer

Foreign tourists see no security threat in Bangladesh

Foreign tourists from different countries including Australia didn't see any security threat in any parts of the country as they complete their own tours.


"We didn't see any security threat here. We always felt very safe in our last seven days in Bangladesh," Deb Duncan an Australian 62 years old lady told BSS after her farewell lunch here before leaving the country on Wednesday afternoon.


Deb with her 82-year husband Arch Duncan arrived Bangladesh on October 8 under a tour of Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation (BPC) to visit Sundarbans just after one week of the cancelation of Australian cricket team tour in Bangladesh fearing security concern.


"It would be honest to say I was little bit surprise to see they (Australian Cricket team) didn't come because this incident (shooting of Italian national) is happening all over the world. In my opinion, the tour should not be canceled," Deb a high school teacher said who actually decided to visit here to enjoy Bangladesh-Australia test match.


Expressing their splendid impression about the world's largest mangrove forest and hospitality of local people, the Australian couple said they will tell their friends back home to visit Bangladesh as it has still some untapped natural beauty with simple and peaceful natives.


"We took this tour of Australian nationals very seriously as their government didn't allow to send their cricket team here showing security concern. I believe the safe tour of Australian couple will send a positive message to other intending Australian visitors here," BPC Marketing Manager Parvez Ahmed Chowdhury said.


Another 18-member group of Russian tourists left Dhaka this morning with high satisfaction who arrived here on October 4 just next day of the murder of a Japanese citizen in Bangladesh.


"In this group, 13 tourist from Russia, 4 from Ukrain and 1 from Latvia, they visited Rangamati, Chittagong, Bandarbans, Rasjshahi and Sundarbans in their 11 days 10 nights visit here," Toufiq Rahman, Chief Executive of journey plus, the tour operator of the group said.


"We enjoyed a lot in your country. It's a land of simple and smiling people. We didn't see any sort of security threat here," said Ten Alexandr one of the Russian tourist before leaving the country in a Turkish airline flight this morning.


Toufiq said another group of 10 foreign tourists with nationals of the USA, Canada, the UK, Australia and New Zealand presently visiting different parts of the country under their tour operation.


"I can say confidently that the travel alert after the killing of foreign nationals didn't hamper the tourist traffic from Europe and North America," he said.


However, Toufiq said currently the Bangladesh tour operators are getting huge queries from foreign tourists about security concern. "It's true we have to answer lots of questions now, but I yet to receive any cancelation. I am fully occupied for next month as I am expecting to welcome 250 foreign tourists under our different packages," he said.


Apparently the security concern has affected the Japanese tourist market as the Japanese citizens are always very sensitive, Masud Hossain Director of Bengal tours, one of largest inbound tour operators said.


After killing of Japanese national here, the Japanese government issued a level-2 security alert for its citizens to travel Bangladesh that means not to visit the country without any emergency, Masud said and hoped that the alert will be withdrawn soon.


Several countries including the USA and the UK issued travel alerts cautioning their nationals in the past several days after killing of Italian national in the capital.


However, in last couple of days envoys of different countries made positive comments on security situation and lauded security measures taken by the government for the foreign nationals.