Published on : Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Bangladesh Tourism has found a new opportunity with hundred ocean cruise tourists recently visiting several areas of Bangladesh’s coastal belt, putting the country on world cruise map. Cruise tourists from 95 different nations visited Maheshkhali Island in Cox’s Bazar and the Sundarbans, the largest mangrove forest in the world, between February 22 and 24 on a ship named Silver Discover.
Bangladesh earned 35 lakh in foreign currency from that tour. There will be another team with tourists from 67 nations to travel in Bangladesh and its various coastal areas. This trip is also expected to bring significant amount of foreign exchange. According to Bangladesh Tourism Minister Rashid Khan Menon, “Cruise tourists can play an import role in boosting the sector that can directly impact our economy.”
He expects the tour operators to take the initiative and the government will sponsor them. Tourism Secretary SM Ghulam Farooque said that the Bangladesh government will ensure all kinds of incentives to help flourish the tourism sector. There is a scope to earn foreign currency directly, and it is a good source of employment.
Like Sri Lanka, India and the Maldives, Bangladesh has been trying long to be a part of ocean cruise tourism. Bangladesh observed tourism year in 2016, which the government extended for another year.