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My very last tourism seminar in Bangladesh was for the members of Tour Operators Association of Bangladesh (TOAB) – this seminar meant a lot to me as I was among many friends as well as a key stakeholder in the national tourism industry.
When I moved to Bangladesh in 2007 the tour operators /TOAB members were some of my very first contacts with the Bangladeshi tourism stakeholders. Furthermore my first guest speak in Bangladesh was actually at the installation of the new Board of Directors of TOAB in April 2009.
My seminar topic was ‘How to develop the Bangladeshi tourism industry’ – a bold statement, which was chosen to provoke the TOAB members to come a hear more. A good number of the TOAB members did show up as well as some journalists – not bad for a FIFA football night in Dhaka!
After the presentation there was a long discussion session and the TOAB members had very good questions. These questions included:
* Please elaborate your statement that the everyday life in Bangladesh is a very potential tourism product.
* Some tour operators is of the opinion that photos of children stripped to the waist is not representing the values of the Bangladeshi society and therefore should not be used in tourism marketing. Based on this discussion, what kind of pictures should Bangladesh use to brand itself as a tourist destination internationally?
* Who should lead the tourism development of Bangladesh – the government of the private sector?
* How to become a successful tour operator? Which markets should be targeted and how to reach them?
I thank the TOAB members for making this event a memorable one to me. I give my best wishes to the future development of TOAB and the Bangladeshi tourism industry.
Abar deka hobbe! See you again!
The article is uploaded by Majbritt Thomsen, administrator on ‘Views On Tourism’.
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