Dhaka : Dhaka Travel Mart-2010 (DTM-2010), the 7th international tourism fair, organised by The Bangladesh Monitor, was able to provide fresh push for the development of neglected tourism sector in Bangladesh.
The fresh push was given through a roundtable conference on “Present Scenario of Bangladesh Tourism and The Course of Action for Public and Private Sectors.” The roundtable highlighted the economic importance of tourism, failure of the government to recognise the potentials of tourism and demanded measures to develop of the sector. Speakers at the roundtable underscored immediate government actions for proper development of tourism industry.
While inaugurating the three-day fair on March 11 at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel, G.M.Quader, Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism announced that his ministry is seeking an allocation of Tk 1,000 crore in the National Budget for 2010-11for the development of tourism infrastructure in the country and promotion of Bangladesh abroad. Of the total Taka 10 crore will for promotional activities.
Admitting that the tourism has failed to receive the kind of government attention and recognition it deserved, GM Quader said that due to prevailing socio-economic situation priority of the government had to be something different. “Only Tk 3 crore was allocated for the current fiscal year”, he added.
He welcomed DTM-2010 and said that it is showcasing what Bangladesh has achieved in tourism.
Quader said that Bangladesh has not been able to exploit tourism potentials of the country, but made some progress and private sector has played a commendable role in that.
He said that the government is taking “a lot of steps” to develop tourism industry in the country. In this regard he mentioned for formulation of master plan to develop Cox’s Bazar and Kuakata; framing of laws for planned development of tourism infrastructure and earmarking exclusive tourist zones.
Quader underscored the urgent need for sustainable development of tourism and assured that government would take measures to ensure that.
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