Dhaka, Bangladesh
Bangladesh earned $100m as revenue from tourism sector in last fiscal

World Tourism Day celebrated

Bangladesh earned $100m as revenue from tourism sector in last fiscal

The World Tourism Day (WTD) was celebrated across the country like elsewhere around the world focusing on formulating a sustainable 'tourism and water management' strategy for ensuring balanced and proper use of water in tourism industry, reports BSS.
Bangladesh Tourism Board (BTB), the National Tourism Organization (NTO) and Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation (BPC) under the supervision of Aviation and Tourism Ministry arranged a series of programmes to celebrate the day under the theme of "Tourism and Water: Protecting Our Common Future".
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina gave separate messages on the occasion. The day's programme began with a colourful rally, led by Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Lt Col (retd) Faruk Khan.
The rally beginning in front of Ramna restaurant at 9.00am ended at TSC of Dhaka University via Doel Chattar.
Civil Aviation Secretary Khorshed Alam Choudhury, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Bangladesh Tourism Board (BTB) Aktaruz Zaman Khan Kabir and Chairman of Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation (BPC) Maqsudul Hassan joined the rally.
Different stakeholders of the tourism sector including Tour Operators Association of Bangladesh (TOAB), Association of Travel Agencies of Bangladesh (ATAB), Aviation and Tourism Journalist's Forum of Bangladesh (ATJFB), Tourism and Hospitality Department of the Dhaka University, American International University of Bangladesh, Pan Pacific Sonargoan, Ruposhi Bangla and Dhaka Regency hotels and numbers of tourism related foundations and cultural organizations joined the rally.
At end of the rally, the Tourism Minister Faruk Khan urged all owners of hotel and resorts to ensure a proper use of water for establishing a sustainable environment.
The minister said the present government has taken various kinds of steps in the last four and a half years for expansion of the tourism industry.
He said the country's tourism sector got 5.28 lakh foreign tourists and 50 lakh domestic tourists in the last fiscal year which proves that the tourism industry is growing.
Noting that the tourism sector crossed the 100 million US dollar mark of revenue for the first time in the last fiscal year, the minister urged all tourism stakeholders to work together for earning more revenues from the sector.
Later replying to queries of journalists on Rampal power plant, the minister said the present government is an environment friendly one and it took the project after evaluating the environment hazards.
"The present government will not take any attempt that can degrade environment of world's largest mangrove forest the Sundarbans," he said.
Bangladesh Tourism Board (BTB) also celebrated the day arranging colourful rallies and discussion meetings on various aspects of tourism in different districts with tourist attractions.
The BPC and Tour Operator Association of Bangladesh (TOAB) jointly held a roundtable discussion on this year's theme of the day at Hotel Abakash at Mohakhali.
The government gave a special reception with souvenirs to the foreign tourists, who arrived at Hazrat Shahjalal international Airport today. The BPC organized a photo exhibition on tourist destinations with collaboration of 'DOTS' at TSC of the Dhaka University.
In the evening, an open air folk concert will be organized by Association of Travel Agents of Bangladesh (ATAB) at Ramna park at 6 pm.
The national dailies published special supplements while television and radio broadcast various programmes marking the day.
Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel celebrates World Tourism Day
Pan Pacific Sonargaon Dhaka celebrated World Tourism Day (WTD) across the country in line with the 2013 theme for World Tourism Day 'Tourism and Water: Protecting our Common Future'.
As the most widely celebrated global day for tourism, it represents a unique opportunity to raise awareness of tourism's role in water access and shine a spotlight on the sector's contribution to a more sustainable water future.
In the capital, the day's programme began by staging a colorful rally, led by Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Farukh Khan.
Pan Pacific Sonargaon Dhaka, as an active hospitality organisation under the ministry participated in the procession.
Besides the top management and members of the owning company, Hotels International Limited, expat General Manager of the hotel Eldridge J. Mac Ewan also joined the procession.
Pan Pacific Sonargaon Dhaka also hosted a 3-day long Bangladeshi Food Festival from 26-28 Septemberat its Café Bazar Restaurant offering delicious, mouth watering Bangladeshi Traditional Cuisine.

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