Bangladesh draws 0.3m foreign tourists in 2019

Sohel Hossain Patwary

14 January, 2020 12:00 AM printer

The number of foreign tourists visiting Bangladesh is increasing every year owing to the government pragmatic steps to draw foreigners through projecting Bangladesh beautifully before the world.

Records show that some 3,23,295 tourists visited the country last year, a 21 percent higher than that in 2018.

According to Bangladesh Tourism Board (BTB), a total of 2,67,209 foreign tourists visited Beautiful Bangladesh in 2018.

The data shows that the highest number of Indian tourists came to Bangladesh on tourism purpose in 2019 which was the highest during the last decade.

Some 2,70,024 Indian tourists explored the tourism beauty of Bangladesh which is around 84 percent of the total foreign tourists’ arrival in Bangladesh in 2019.

According to the BTB latest data, the second highest of 7,225 tourists visited Bangladesh from United States while 7,004 came from China and 4,195 came from Japan taking third and fourth position respectively.

The countries like United Kingdom, Malaysia, Australia, Canada, Germany, and Saudi Arabia were on the top 10 list in terms of Bangladesh visit last year.

Since the incumbent government is giving priority on attracting foreign tourists, the number has started to rise every year.

The scenario was not that good in 2010 when only 1,39,100 tourists visited the country.

The government observed 2016 as ‘Tourism Year’ and took a three-year plan to promote the country’s tourism sector and attract at least one million foreign tourists.

Though the target is far away, however, the number of foreign tourists is significantly growing every year.

In 2016, Bangladesh hosted 1,82,469 foreign tourists which increased to 2,37,452 in 2017 and which continues to grow.

“The more we will be able to present Bangladesh beautifully before the world, the more tourists will come here. We expect that the positive growth will increase further in coming years,” said Dr Bhubon Chandra Biswas, Chief Executive Officer of Bangladesh Tourism Board (BTB). He added that there are many indicators that help attract foreign tourists, and in all aspects, Bangladesh in now stable. “Globally Bangladesh’s image is quite good and we are intensifying our promotional efforts,” the BTB CEO told daily sun.  Inbound tour operators and sector specialists believe that Bangladesh has a huge tourism potential to attract more tourists from around the world. They think lack of positive projection of Bangladesh before the world, tourism infrastructure development and communication system are the key challenges to getting the expected volume of international visitors. Motiur Rahman Imtiaz, an inbound tour operator and CEO of ‘No Border Tourism’, said foreigners are interested in exploring tourism beauty of Bangladesh, but concerted efforts are required to instill attraction into them to visit Bangladesh.

Tourists love to explore new destinations and it is high time steps be taken to promote and project Bangladesh globally to attract more and more tourists, said Motiur.