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Cross border heritage linkage to boost tourism in Bangladesh

Dhaka : Help Tourism of India and Journey Plus of Bangladesh will observe World Tourism Day (WTD) through a WTD Week to initiate community participation in protecting biodiversity and cultural hotspots in Bangladesh and linking them through conservation tourism across borders

The ‘yatra’ is the journey which will be made to establish responsible tourism in Bangladesh through motivation of communities who will conserve their local culture and nature.

“World Tourism Day is observed globally on September 27 every year, and this year we have decided to observe WTD Week at different biodiversity sites of Bangladesh,” said Taufiq Rahman of Journey Plus, one of the oldest travel companies of Bangladesh with international network.

All participants will meet at the WTD Yatra 2010 evening at Dhaka of September 27. This yatra or journey, which will be flagged off from Dhaka on September 28 will cover the cultural and natural sites of the country, which are in less visited areas.

Zafar Iqbal, noted education and litterateur will lead the host team which will consist of 20 personalities. Goutam Ghosh, noted film maker of international fame will lead a team of 15 personalities from India. Personalities from Nepal and Bhutan are expected to join the WTD Yatra.

“Tourism In Bangladesh can only flourish through cross-border heritage linkage with India and other countries of Asia,” said Rahman, stating the mission statement of the yatra.

“Responsible tourism and heritage conservation In Bangladesh has to be a community-driven movement,” he said, adding, “land-based cross border linkage is necessary to increase tourist traffic and to decrease ‘carbon footprint’ from tourism.

Tourism has to be established as an ‘engine of growth’ for Bangladesh and a tool for ‘global connectivity,’ he opined.

A workshop will be held at Paharpur World Heritage Site on “Heritage Tourism and Cross Border opportunities” on September 29 to draw up a “Paharpur Declaration.”
Activities are planned from September 30 to October 5 at biodiversity sites of Sylhet and Chittagong Hill tracts for “Chittagong Hill Initiative.”

This article is quoted from The Bangladeshi Monitor. Read the original article from the edition September 16-30, 2010.

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