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Asian Tourism Fair from Sept 29

A three-day regional tourism fair is going to be kicked off in the capital on September 29 with a vision to make common tourism promotion strategies for the Asian countries highlighting their own unique regional characteristics.

The fair titled “Asian Tourism Fair-2011”, first of its kind in the country, will focus on the prospect of tourism industry in the region to attract tourists from across the world to eye- soothing tourist attractions in the region, official sources said.

The Parjatan Bichitra and Bangladesh Tourism Board (BTB) will jointly organize the fair at the Bangabandhu International Conference Center (BICC) here with the support of Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism and Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation (BPC).

Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister G M Quader is expected to open the fair as the chief guest.

The sources said a total of 172 stalls mostly from tour operators, airlines and leading hotels of Dhaka, Chittagong and Cox’s Bazar would be erected in the venue during the fair to showcase their services and other facilities to be offered for the tourists.

Of the total, more than 50 stalls would be set up by 12 countries from the Asian region.

Talking to BSS today Head of Media of Asian Tourism Fair- 2011 Shahidul Islam said apart from the host country Bangladesh, tour operators, airlines, hotels and others service providers from public and private sectors from India, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Nepal, Vietnam, China, Japan, Iran, Malaysia, Indonesia, Qatar, among others, will participate in the fair.

The fair organizers expect around 50 foreign exhibitors from different countries and 50,000 visitors including foreign buyers, trade visitors, media professionals, corporate personalities, educators, researchers from Bangladesh and abroad.

Apart from showcasing services, three seminars on prospect and obstacles of tourism sector in the region and cultural functions would be organized during the three-day fair which will remain open for public from 10 am to 8 pm every day.

Islam said the main objective of organising the fair is to promote Bangladesh’s tourism sector and encourage foreign tourists to the country which has immense potential to emerge one of the best tourist destination in the world.

He said that they will identify major problems of the country’s tourism sector through discussions and put forward those to the government for solution for the sake of development of the sector which could contribute a lot to the national economy by earning huge foreign currency.

Organisers hoped that the fair would play an important role in evolving a common tourism promotion strategy for the Asia countries which have many world famous tourist attractions and world heritage.

Under the current global tourism perspective, they said that the Asian countries should take concerted efforts instead of individual efforts to survive in the present competitive global tourism market.

They described security lacks and bad communication network as major problems in flourishing tourism industry in Bangladesh and requested the government to address the problems on priority basis.

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