State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism M Mahbub Ali on Sunday said that the government is promoting community-based tourism in the country involving marginalized community.
The minister also said that community based tourism initiatives would act as a supplementary force in implementing various endeavors of incumbent government.M Mahbub Ali made the comments while speaking at a virtual discussion, organized by Bangladesh Tourism Board (BTB) marking the World Tourism Day with the global theme ‘Tourism and Rural Development’.
Chairman of parliamentary standing committee on civil aviation and tourism ministry R A M Obaidul Muktadir spoke as the special guest while senior secretary of the ministry M Mohibul Haque presided over.
The state minister said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has already taken a number of epoch-making steps for rural development like electrification, setting up community clinics, internet availability, building houses for the homeless, providing LPG gas and road communications.
He said his ministry has also been facilitating training programmes on community based and home-stay tourism for rural people so that villages can be further developed with modern amenities while offering hospitality and leisure for both domestic and international tourists.
Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had established Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation (BPC) for flourishing the country’s tourism while her able daughter Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina formed Bangladesh Tourism Board to explore all tourism potentials, he added.
“Now time has come to realize their dreams on tourism development into reality,” he said.Narrating tourism’s contribution to the country’s GDP is still much less compared to its potentiality, Mohibul Haque assured that the government is working sincerely to create tourism-friendly environment across the country that is pre-requisite for proper development of the sector.
BTB CEO Zabed Ahmed and BPC chairman Ram Chandra Das also took part in the discussion.