Show will help revive Bangladesh’s tourism industry after Covid shock, organizer hopes

April 01, 2022, 9:55 p.m.

Last modification: April 01, 2022, 10:11 p.m.

Tourists and locals came to enjoy the beauty of the mountains of Bandarban during the rainy season. Photo: TBS

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Tourists and locals came to enjoy the beauty of the mountains of Bandarban during the rainy season. Photo: TBS

After a two-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the country’s largest tourism fair ’10th MasterCard Bangladesh Travel and Tourism Fair-2022′ has managed to attract a large number of visitors, most of them have expressed interest in visiting locations within the country.

The three-day international fair, organized by the Tour Operators Association of Bangladesh (TOAB), kicked off on March 30 at the Bangabandhu International Conference Center in Dhaka.

Local and foreign tour operators, travel agencies, tourism enterprises, airlines, hotels, resorts, amusement parks and transport companies participated in the event with a wide range of offers and attractive packages for traveling within the country and abroad.

The Secretary of the Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism, Md Mokammel Hossain, inaugurated the fair by animating at least 80 stands, including 8 pavilions.

The companies in attendance were busy discussing their offerings at the booths on Friday as visitors crowded in at the last minute. Most visitors, however, browsed through domestic tour plans and packages.

Hoping to offset the shock of the pandemic, tour operators were busy offering striking packages with steep discounts.

“Avijatrik” has been working as a local tour operator for almost seven years. After a long hiatus during the pandemic, it resumed operations in October last year. The operator offered 3-day Sundarbans tour, 2-day Sajek Valley tour and 4-day Bandarban package tour for visitors.

“Domestic tourists are our main customers,” Nadeem Sarkar, co-founder of Avijatrik, told The Business Standard (TBS).

“We visit different places on our own air-conditioned boat. Locals mainly prefer to visit Cox’s Bazar and St Martin, but we want people to go beyond the usual places. We are giving a 10% discount on this fair “, did he declare. said, adding that the operator received an overwhelming response from visitors on the last day of the fair.

Nazrul Islam, director of TripLover, told TBS, “We were giving visitors a 20% discount on domestic and international flights.”

“We want more people to travel. The purpose of the fair is to showcase a variety of tour operators so that tourists have a choice,” he said.

To boost tourism in Rangamati, at least 10 small and large resorts have been established in recent years. Beach resorts offer picturesque views away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Photo: TBS

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To boost tourism in Rangamati, at least 10 small and large resorts have been established in recent years.  Beach resorts offer picturesque views away from the hustle and bustle of city life.  Photo: TBS

To boost tourism in Rangamati, at least 10 small and large resorts have been established in recent years. Beach resorts offer picturesque views away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Photo: TBS

Heaven Tour & Resort Ltd has offered various packages including air tickets for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

Swarna Das, deputy manager of Saimon Group’s “Sri-Lankan Holidays”, told TBS that they offer 6-day, 5-night tour packages to Maldives and Sri Lanka for Tk 1.05 lakh.

Visitor Sharif Ahmed said he was unaware of the many high-end tour operators in Bangladesh.

Another visitor, Sharmin Islam, said: “Coming to the fair, I bought a three-day, two-night family package in Sajek from an agency. It saved me a lot of money.”

Title sponsor of the fair, ‘MasterCard’ stand manager, Md Ujjal, said: “We were giving 50% off the first year card fee at the fair. MasterCard also has other facilities and a many people welcomed us on our offers.”

The ecosystem of Saint-Martin is rich in biodiversity which includes a large number of species of fish, molluscs, mangroves, corals, plankton, seagrass and algae. Photo: RASHED KABIR, UNSPLASH

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The ecosystem of Saint-Martin is rich in biodiversity which includes a large number of species of fish, molluscs, mangroves, corals, plankton, seagrass and algae.  Photo: RASHED KABIR, UNSPLASH

The ecosystem of Saint-Martin is rich in biodiversity which includes a large number of species of fish, molluscs, mangroves, corals, plankton, seagrass and algae. Photo: RASHED KABIR, UNSPLASH

According to the organizers, B2B sessions, seminars, country presentations, press conferences and many cultural events took place at the fair.

On the closing day, the Bangladesh Tourism Board organized a “Mujib’s Bangladesh Night” at the InterContinental Dhaka hotel.

The fair will help revive Bangladesh’s tourism industry after the Covid shock, the organizer hoped.

The three-day show was co-sponsored by the Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism, Bangladesh Tourism Board, Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation, Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry and Bangladesh Tourism Police. Bangladesh.