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World Tourism Day today

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 27 September, 2021 12:00 AM
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The World Tourism Day will be observed in Bangladesh and elsewhere in the world today to create awareness about importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value.

The theme of the Day this year is “Tourism for Inclusive Growth”.

President Md Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages on the eve of the day wishing success of the programmes marking the day.

The President, in his message, said, “We have to work according to a specific plan in order to present the diverse tourist attractions of Bangladesh to domestic and foreign tourists.”

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, in her message, said, “Tourism has a huge potentiality in Bangladesh. It has emerged as an important sector of economic development with more and more domestic and foreign tourists visiting the country’s tourists’ destinations.”

The government and different organisations have chalked out various programmes, maintaining the health protocols due to the Covid-19 pandemic, to celebrate the day. The Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism arranged a press briefing at the secretariat on Sunday to inform the media about the government’s initiatives to promote country’s tourism sector and different programmes of the ministry marking the day.

While addressing the briefing, State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Md Mahbub Ali said that the government has taken initiative to make tourist visas easier for the international travelers to boost the tourism sector of the country.

Asked if Bangladesh has any steps in this regard, the state minister said, “We have talked to the home ministry on simplification of the visa process for international tourist so that they can come and enjoy the beauty of our country.”

“While inaugurating the Cox’s Bazar Airport a few days ago, the Prime Minister told for creating an exclusive zone for foreigners. We are also moving towards that goal,” he added.

Asked about the current situation of the master plan for tourism, the state minister said, “Before the pandemic, we commissioned an international organization for completing the master plan. But the pandemic had stopped their works. We talked to them. They will come soon and I hope the master plan will be completed by December 2022.”

Secretary of the Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism Mokammel Hossain said that they have taken initiatives to offer on-arrival visas to foreign tourists.

“We have written about this to the security services division of the home ministry. We have some laws for issuing on-arrival visas. They will decide considering the laws,” he said.