POST TIME: 19 April, 2018 07:18:30 PM
Launch ‘One Sundarbans campaign’ to promote Indo-Bangla tourism: Shringla
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Launch ‘One Sundarbans campaign’ to promote Indo-Bangla tourism: Shringla

The Indian High commissioner in Dhaka Harse Vardhan Shringla today(Thursday) observed ‘One Sundarbans campaign’ as well as cross-border cruise can give an extra boost to the tourism industries of both Bangladesh and India, reports BSS. 

"Sundarbans would be one area where we can operate single tour from both side of the borders...and I think we both can take advantage of it," he said while speaking as the guest of honour at the inaugural ceremony of a three-day international tourism fair here. 

Tour Operators Association of Bangladesh (TOAB) organised the fair with participation of 11 countries at Bangabandhu International Conference Center (BICC).

Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister AKM Shajahan Kamal inaugurated the fair titled 'Biman Bangladesh Travel and Tourism Fair (BTTF) 2018' as the 
chief guest.

Sundarbans is the world's largest mangrove forest jointly shared by Bangladesh and India.

Speaking on the occasion, Shringla said cruise lines on boarding tourists can make tour starting from India and enter Bangladesh through the Padma River while it could conclude in Barisal via Chandpur. 

Mentioning that there is huge interest among Indian tourists centring the Kuthi Bari in Kushtia where Kobiguru (master of poets) Rabindranath Tagore had made his best works, he said India is keen to invest there (Kuthi Bari) for flourishing tourism.

The Indian envoy said Bangladesh became the largest tourist-sending country to India last year as about 30 lakhs Bangladeshi travelers visited there.

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. 

Tourism Minister Kamal said the present government has declared the tourism as a thrust sector and is committed to further flourish 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 Benoit Pr‚fontaine, 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 authority, 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 (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 this afternoon between its members and foreign exhibitors for the first time to expedite inbound tourism in the country. 

Besides, two discussions, presentation on adventure tourism, cultural events and raffle draw will also take place during the three-day BTTF 2018, which will remain open from 10 am and 8 pm every day.