Dhaka, Bangladesh
Bangladesh largest tourist-sending country to India

Bangladesh largest tourist-sending country to India

News Report Bangladesh became the largest tourist-sending country to India last year as about 30 lakhs Bangladeshi travelers visited there. The Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka Harse Vardhan Shringla said this while speaking as the guest of honour at the inaugural ceremony of a three-day international tourism fair on Thursday. Tour Operators Association of Bangladesh (TOAB) has organised the fair with participation of 11 countries at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC). Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister AKM Shajahan Kamal inaugurated the fair titled 'Bangladesh Travel and Tourism Fair (BTTF) 2018' as the chief guest. He said the Indian mission here has already eased the visa process and keen to work with Bangladesh to jointly develop the tourism sector of the two friendly neighbours. Shringla observed 'One Sundarbans campaign' as well as cross-border cruise can give an extra boost to the tourism industries of both Bangladesh and India. Tourism Minister Kamal said the present government has declared the tourism as a thrust sector and is committed to further flourishing the country's inbound and domestic tourism. Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation (BPC) chairman Akhtaruz Zaman Khan Kabir, CEO of Bangladesh Tourism Board (BTB) Dr Md Nasir Uddin, Director (Sales & Marketing) of Biman Bangladesh Airlines Ali Ahsan Babu, Canadian High Commissioner to Bangladesh, Ambassador of Vietnam in Dhaka Tran Van Khoa, Ambassador of Maldives to Bangladesh Aishath Shann Shakir and Nepal Ambassador in Dhaka Prof Dr Chop Lal Bhusal, among others, spoke on the occasion with TOAB president Taufiq Uddin Ahmed in the chair. TOAB director (Trade & Fair) Md Taslim Amin Shovon delivered the welcome speech. Apart from host Bangladesh, national and international tourism organisations, tour operators, travel agents, tourism authorities, airlines, hotels and resorts from Thailand, Sri Lanka, India, Nepal, Bhutan, the UAE, China, Cambodia, the Maldives and Vietnam participated in the fair. Bangladesh Tourism Board (BTB) along with Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation (BPC), Nepal Tourism Board, the Tourism Authority of Thailand and the Ministry of Tourism of India are taking part in the fair along with 50 foreign organisations in 10 pavilions, 18 mini-pavilions and 130 stalls. On the sidelines of the fair, the TOAB held a B2B session Thursday afternoon between its members and foreign exhibitors for the first time to expedite inbound tourism in the country.

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