The country’s tourism sector incurred around Tk 10 billion loss in 2021 due to second wave of covid 19 pandemic.
Tourism and theme parks of the country were closed from April 1, 2021 to August 18, 2021.
He said some 600 hotels, motels and theme parks have incurred loss of Tk 15 billion. “The loss may cross in the current fiscal year as huge numbers of hotel, motel and guest houses have already been forced to close their businesses after failure to pay for their rented buildings,” he said.
He said around 80 percent of hotels and guest houses are running their businesses by rented houses.
“We have reopened our hotel, resorts, tourist spots, theme parks and community centres with its half capacity following hygiene rules from last Thursday but response from the tourists is very poor despite offering maximum 70 percent concessions,” said Saif Ahmed.
Only few tourists visit at Cox’s Bazar and Kuakata tourist spots, he added. He said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has introduced Tk 10 billion stimulus package to revive the tourism sector.
“But I assure you that most of tourism businesses including me have yet to receive the package,” he claimed.
He feared that it would be difficult for them to operate businesses in peak season to start from October to March next, if they don’t get support. The tourism and recreation centres of the country were closed from March 18 to August 16 last year. All tourist spots were closed again amid the second wave of coronavirus on April 1 this year.