The 9th Asian Tourism Fair (ATF) has begun at the International Convention City Bashundhara in the capital Dhaka.
Civil Aviation and Tourism Secretary Md Mokammel Hossain inaugurated the fair on Thursday.
The three-day long fair will remain open from 10:00am to 7:00pm every day till Saturday.
According to the organisers, a total of eight countries are participating in this year’s fair. Around 130 tourism organisations, including 50 foreign organisations from Nepal, Thailand, India, Bhutan, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Lithuania, are joining the event.
The participants have brought various attractive travel offers, hotel, resort or package bookings with special discounts targeting the tourist season.
Organisations participating in the fair include hotels, motels, resorts, cruise lines, airlines, tour operators and theme parks, among others.
Addressing the opening ceremony of the fair, the civil aviation and tourism secretary said more new possibilities will be created for the tourism industry in Bangladesh through this fair.
He said, “After the disastrous pandemic, a new door for tourism will be opened with the inauguration of the 9th Asian Tourism Fair. Various offers are kept for the tourists in the fair.”
Officials of BPC, BTB and Nepal, Malaysia and Royal Thai embassies, among others, were present in the opening ceremony. There will be various events in the fair including seminars on tourism, painting competitions for children and business to business meetings.
The fair will have cultural programmes from Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. An initiative has been taken to present a complete picture of the tourism industry to the visitors through this fair, said the organisers.