An interactive session on ‘Promoting Tourism in Bangladesh’ was organised by MVIRDC World Trade Center Mumbai in association with Bangladesh Deputy High Commission in Mumbai at WTC Mumbai. Mr. Md. Lutfor Rahman Deputy High Commissioner of Bangladesh in Mumbai said, “We invite all tour operators to visit Bangladesh as it presents immense opportunities for Indian tourists to come and explore the country. Bangladesh Economic Zones Authority (BEZA) develops Special Economic Zones (SEZs). Three Economic Zones are dedicated to Indian investors and entrepreneurs, of which two of them are exclusively promoting tourism. One is Sabrang Tourism Park which is over an area of 1027 acres. The other is Naf Tourism Park is being built on the 271 acre island.”
Mr. Rahman said that his office will be inviting tour operators in Mumbai to visit the country and gain from first-hand experience of the place, in terms of sightseeing locations, tourism agencies and hotels. He further added that Bangladesh has three world heritage sites, while five more have been nominated and are pending approval. India is successfully promoting tourism and Bangladesh looks to India on building a strategy to promote its tourism.
Mr. Rahman further added that currently Indian visitors to Bangladesh were only businessmen and the Commission is issuing upto 50 visas per day. He also said that Biman Bangladesh Airlines is operating flights to Bangladesh from Delhi and Kolkata, however, if tourism gets a boost and if there is a sizable number of tourists from Mumbai then direct flights would be arranged from Mumbai.
Ms. Rupa Naik, Senior Director, MVIRDC World Trade Center Mumbai said, “With cultural similarities and short distance, Bangladesh offers a perfect travel destination for Indian tourists.” She invited all participants to BIMSTEC Expo and a session on ‘Tourism as a Tool for Regional and Development’ on February 26, 2020 at World Trade Center Mumbai. She further suggested the tour operators to visit Bangladesh and participate in the upcoming exhibition of ‘Travel & Tourism Fair (BTTF) 2020’ in Dhaka, Bangladesh in April 2020.
A view of the Indian tour operators along with Mr. Anil Velde, Joint Director – Trade Promotion and Marketing, MVIRDC World Trade Center Mumbai (extreme left), Mr. Md. Lutfor Rahman Deputy High Commissioner of Bangladesh in Mumbai (foreground, center) and Ms. Rupa Naik, Senior Director, MVIRDC World Trade Center Mumbai (extreme right).