Tourism to flourish despite terror attacks: GM Quader

United News of Bangladesh . Dhaka

Former civil aviation and tourism minister GM Quader on Thursday said tourism in Bangladesh is set to flourish despite the recent unfortunate terror attacks.
He said this while inaugurating the three-day 5th Asian Tourism Fair, arranged by Parjantan Bichitra, a monthly magazine, in association with Bangladesh Tourism Board and Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation at International Convention Centre, Bashundhara in the capital.
In line with showcasing Bangladesh’s year of tourism, over 120 travel, tourism and hospitality organisations participated in the fair, introducing a wide array of offers and discounts to lure tourists for both inbound and overseas travelling.
Mohiuddin Helal, editor of Parjatan Bichitra, said this year’s tourism fair is going to be an amalgamation of services from different tourism segments to showcase both the conventional and untapped travel destinations in the country.
A series of discussions and seminars are also scheduled to be held on the second and third days of the fair, covering topics such as community tourism, youth-based adventure tourism- as well as an art competition titled ‘Beautiful Bangladesh’.
A good number of Business to Business meetings are also expected to be held during the fair between vendors and potential investors.
Most of the prominent travel agencies and hospitality brands are expecting a surge in advance bookings for those who want to spend their holidays towards the year-end and at the same time avoid the peak-season charges by availing themselves of attractive discounts during the fair.
‘Although this is the first day, we’ve started receiving a significant amount of queries and potential bookings for trips to Kathamandu, Myanmar and other destinations in proximity, thanks to the discounts and lucrative packages we’ve stored for our customers,’ said Md Nasim Uddin, assistant sales and marketing manager, at
Sayeman Beach Resort, a popular choice of hotel for visitors in Cox’s Bazar, is offering a whopping 35 per cent discounts on all their room tariffs, only for those who will book during the fair.
‘It feels good to have attended this fair,’ said Salma Akter, a housewife, ‘I’ve been able to avail myself of a reduced package for my family next week to Fantasy Kingdom Complex, including Water Kingdom.’
The Asian Tourism Fair is scheduled to conclude on Saturday.

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