Dhaka Travel Mart will start on June 2

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The air transport, tourism and hospitality sectors are expected to recover this year after immense losses due to the Covid-19 pandemic over the past two years.

For this purpose, the 17th edition of Dhaka Travel Mart-2022 (DTM) will start on June 2.

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The three-day international tourism fair will be held at the Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel in Dhaka.

Kazi Wahidul Alam, editor of travel publication The Bangladesh Monitor, shared the information during a press conference at a hotel in Dhaka today (28 May 2022).

A total of about 50 organizations, representing national tourism bodies, airlines, tour operators, hotels, resorts, travel agencies, online travel agencies and domestic and foreign service providers are participating in the tourism fair, Wahidul Alam said.

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With a view to accelerating the recovery of the country’s travel and hospitality sectors – following the devastating effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, The Bangladesh Monitor will organize the tourism fair.

The adverse effects of Covid-19 have been profound in the hospitality and tourism sectors in Bangladesh as it lost around Tk 60,000 crore in gross value added during the pandemic, according to a survey by the Institute of Bangladesh Development Studies (BIDS) which was revealed in early April. .

The study also said that 1.1 million people lost their jobs amid the pandemic.

The fair will remain open to visitors from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily, upon payment of an entrance fee of Tk 40 per person.

Special offers and attractive discounts will also be offered by participating organizations during the fair, including free hotel accommodation.

Leaders of the Bangladesh Tour Operators Association said that towards the end of 2020 the tourism industry tried to recover from the losses, but the collapse caused by the second and third waves of coronavirus forced many tour operators to leave the area.

Rafeuzzaman, chairman of Toab which comprises 700 tour operators, travel agencies, hotels, motels, resorts, airlines and transport companies, told the Daily Star that 40 lakh people are currently employed in the tourism sector, which has added 4.4% to GDP in 2019. .

The event organizers said attractive door prizes will be given away in the raffle, which will include air tickets to the Maldives, Singapore, Kolkata, Cox’s Bazar and more.

Online travel agency Triplover is hosting as the main sponsor of the fair while US-Bangla Airlines is the co-sponsor. Flag carrier Biman is supporting as the airline partner while Bangladesh Tourism Board and Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation are the DTM-2022 partners.