Amid the ongoing pandemic, 40 per cent travellers feel that health and hygiene protocols maintained by the Bangladeshi hotels are not satisfactory, according to a recent study.
The survey conducted by local tourism publication the ‘Bangladesh Monitor’ said 37.8 per cent travellers consider health and hygiene protocol as satisfactory while 22.2 per cent are not worried about this issue.The online survey conducted on 1-25 October 2020 was participated by 2,148 respondents from different genders, professions and age groups.
Kazi Wahidul Alam, editor of Bangladesh Monitor highlighted the survey findings at a virtual programme on Thursday.
Ram Chandra Das, Chairman of Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation joined the function as chief guest. Leading hoteliers, tour operators also attended the programme.
Amid the pandemic, the survey found that 62.2 per cent hotel guests within the country represent holiday and family travellers, 31.1 per cent business travellers and the rest travel to different places where their workstations are located. But 40 per cent respondents do not consider staying in a hotel, unless an effective vaccine is available in the market, while 28.9 per cent will consider may be in next three months or so and 31.1 per cent feel that they do not mind staying in the hotel even now.
Answering to a question about what are the main challenges for the hotels to get back their business, 46.7 per cent respondents feel it is reduced people's confidence in travelling, while 27 per cent think it is lack of foreign visitors and the rest 26.3 per cent think reduced economic activities in the country. A majority of 53.4 per cent people feel that offering promotional room rents and attractive package could attract more guests to the hotels at this time, while 33.3 per cent suggest that the hotels should adopt innovating business strategies and 13.3 per cent think they should undertake extensive promotional campaigns.
Booking through Online Travel Agencies (OTA) is the preferred mode of booking hotel rooms in Bangladesh now, as 52.1 per cent opted for this, while 42.7 per cent prefer to do directly with the hotels and the rest through tour operators, the survey mentioned.