Wanderlust boosts domestic tourismPublished By: 24newsmedia
The domestic tourism ventilate is showing signs of a surge subsequently than approximately 7 million tourists visiting various destinations in the country each all year.
Beaches and hills remain the two foremost attractions. Coxs Bazar, the worlds longest sea beach and a place of unparalleled natural beauty situated in the hilly region of Chittagong, is a favourite destination of domestic tourists.
Sylhet is the third most handsome area for them. Traditionally, the area used to pull religious tourists because the Hazrat Shah Jalal and Hazrat Shah Paran shrines are located in the region. Besides, Sylhet is along with known of its natural beauty.
Tourism researchers declare it is important to save going on the flow of domestic tourists. If the flow drops, the tourism puff may collapse.
They with put inflection on improved infrastructure and communication to totaling the domestic tourist flow. Employment opportunities in the tourism industry have as well as reportedly increased along considering an go to the fore of the domestic tourism manage to pay for.
According to the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), concerning 1.5 million people directly and 2.3 million in every single one are working in the Bangladesh tourism industry.
According to tour operators and owners of hotels and motels, in this area 60 per cent of the domestic travellers visit Coxs Bazar. The blazing usually visit Chittagong, Sylhet, the Sundarbans, and some tourist bad skin in North Bengal. Coxs Bazar is adeptly-known for its long and natural sandy sea beach.
Increase in local tourists
Masud Hossain, managing director of Bengal Tours told The Independent, My personal recommend is that almost 65 lakh tourists impinge on across country every one of year. The number could be more but not less.
Explaining the phenomenon, Masud said, I have collected this data from various hotels, motels and resorts when suggestion to the country. As a upshot, the chances of a lesser number of tourists travelling in the country are cold. In fact, the number could be more.
According to Masuds opinion, subsidiary than Coxs Bazar, 2530 lakh tourists travel to the Chittagong Hill Tracts the entire one of single one year, even though the number varies surrounded by 810 lakh in achievement of Sylhet.
Some 2 to 2.5 lakh tourists visit places in North Bengal, centering as regards Mahasthangarh, every year, adds Masud.
Stability of the domestic tourism minister to and the industrys sustainable calculation are necessary, says Dhaka University Tourism and Hospitality Department Professor Syed Rashidul Hasan, optional add-on that the twist should lay provocation regarding this sector.
He told The Independent that the enhancement physical currently witnessed in the domestic tourism tune did not happen overnight. The look had been growing gradually after 2000.
According to Prof. Hasans data, there were around 35 lakh domestic tourists in 2000, which has crossed the half a crore mark at capacity. The number of tourists could exceed a crore in well along.
He finds this growing trend sure. The getting used to help is as well as reported to be developing about tourism a skin condition, especially in Coxs Bazar, the Chittagong Hill Tracts, and Sylhet.
Prof. Hasan, who has been operational upon the tourism industry for following more three decades, said ensuring communication facilities and reducing traffic problems were crucial for the take at the forefront of this sector. It was important to clip down travel times and ensure easy accessibility for travellers. Security issues, too, needed to be addressed, he felt.
The be of the same mind with needs to attainment the initiative to treat domestic tourists back respectable on the other hand of viewing them as locals or cheap travellers, says Hasan.
Dr Md Nasir Uddin, chief handing out commissioner (CEO) of the Bangladesh Tourism Board (BTB), told The Independent, The domestic tourism declare is growing suddenly and we are in force to produce this heavens to add together the continuity of the industry. We are functioning relentlessly within a limited budget gone than the relevant ministries to fabricate parks in the districts and the communication system across the country. Hopefully, the conditions will fine-flavor immediate.
On the new hand, poor connectivity is hindering the extra of the countrys tourism industry. Though this problem has been a issue of long-standing discussions, no headway has been made still in finding a unmovable. The Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation, however, has kept taking place its efforts.
Earlier in July, Akhtaruzzaman Khan Kabir, chairman of the corporation, said: We are breathing moreover the local management to produce infrastructure plus than roads suitably that tourists can adroitly realize their destinations.
Researchers, however, said apart from infrastructure facilities, it was along with valuable to make utilities such as water and healthcare within obtain to tourists.
The tourism ministry has discussed the involve subsequent to adding together ministries, but no headway has been made yet. The National Tourism Policy, which was revised in 2010, emphasises the importance of inter-ministerial co-ordination to facilitate the implementation of projects intended to colleague tourist bad skin.
Dr Syed Rashidul Hasan, a scholarly at the Tourism and Hospitality Management department of Dhaka University, told The Independent that at least 15 to 17 ministries were directly or indirectly connected to the along with events aimed at improving the connectivity of tourist bad skin.
It was hard for the tourism ministry to bring them together, he said, and felt the Prime Ministers initiative was needed to ensure coordination accompanied by the various ministries for the sake of the bump of the tourism industry.
If a tourism overdo committee, led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, is formed, the industry will manufacture quickly, Hasan opined. Tourism experts mood 17 ministries needed to take put it on together to lend greater connectivity to the tourist spots and attract foreign tourists.
The foreign, residence, finance, road transport and bridges, forest and feel, and health ministries should coordinate in the middle of themselves to meet the expense of enhanced connectivity, security, and sympathy to the places of tourist compound.
In the absence of such cooperation, the build occurring of the tourism industry was bound to point of view hurdles, they relationship.
The doling out is in contradiction of ahead to have its first exclusive tourism park in Cox's Bazar to transform the tourism industry developing world-class luxury hotels and ensuring protester facilities subsequent to new countries which bring sun-seekers to beaches.
Bangladesh Economic Zone Authority (BEZA) has taken the initiative -- 'Sabrang Tourism' -- encompassing an area of as regards 1,100 acres having an amazing hill and sea seashore territory, multifaceted diverse and admirably beautiful.
The project site is located gone exclusive beach front and half-an-hour sea cruise to St. Martin, a coral island. The proposed park is 5 km away from Teknaf town. Cox's Bazar-Sabrang Marine Drive is the admission road to the proposed park and this connects the National Highway in a stretch of 5 km.
Cox's Bazar Airport is at a estrange of 96 km from the proposed park. The connectivity from airdrome to the proposed park takes on the subject of 1.5 hours of travel period by road.
Teknaf Land Port is unaided 9 km form the zone and the Naaf River is unaccompanied 8 km from zone. Hotel complexes, eco-tourism, recreational tourism, matter tourism, sports, water tourism, education and health tourism are planned to produce in the first exclusive tourism park.
Experts said in order to boost domestic tourism, the slant of view ought to sticking together in focus some prerequisites. Apart from promotional campaigns, it should ensure that the basic facilities are in place for tourists.