Amusement park owners seek reopening

Staff Correspondent

3 June, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Owners of amusement parks in Bangladesh have urged the government to reopen the privately-run tourism entities affected badly by the coronavirus pandemic.

Bangladesh Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (BAAPA) said the reopening of the amusement parks is needed for the sector’s survival.

At a press conference in Dhaka on Wednesday, BAAPA leaders also expressed their frustration as the government excluded the sector from its COVID stimulus packages.

BAAPA president Shahriar Kamal said the privately-run amusement parks can be operated maintaining health guidelines.

“Amusement parks can be operated following health guidelines, which may not be possible in open space tourism spots like Cox’s Bazar and Kuakata beaches,” said Shahriar Kamal.

He said, “We can manage the parks properly following all health guidelines. Besides, the water in all the water parks in Bangladesh is filtered by chlorine, and the water mixed with chlorine is a barrier to coronavirus infection.”

He cited related information and data from the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA).

BAAPA sought soft loan facilities at 1 percent interest rate apart from tax exemption on amusement parks for the next five years to ensure services at a relatively low cost.

There are around 100 amusement parks in the country, half of which are privately run, according to the officials.