Bangladesh government to create detailed master plan for sustainable development of local tourism

Published on : Tuesday, January 21, 2020

The Bangladesh government is working towards preparing a detailed master plan for bringing in a sustainable development of the local tourism industry.


“If properly implemented, the master plan will help increase the sector’s contribution to the gross domestic product to 10 per cent, from just over 2 percent now,” said Md Mohibul Haque, senior civil aviation and tourism secretary.


IPE Global, an India-based international development consulting firm, has already been given the work and it would work with support from Horwath HTL, an international hotel, tourism and leisure consultant and two Bangladeshi consultancy companies BETS Consulting Services and At Earth Bangladesh.


Short-, mid- and long-term strategies have already been taken for materilizing the plan by June 30, 2021, said Md Mahbub Ali, state minister for civil aviation and tourism.


The move will brighten the image of various natural and cultural heritage sites, which Bangladesh has not been able to develop as global brands, Ali added. The plan would be executed in three phases.


In the first phase, there would be a situation analysis of the tourism sector evaluating the potential of tourism products in all 64 districts of the country.


There would be meetings, focus group discussions, invitation workshops and online surveys with public and private sectors stakeholders at national, divisional and districts levels for studying the existing state of tourism.


The next phase will spot different areas or products needing special focus for boosting destination planning and ensuring overall development of the sector.


Identification of suitable areas for various tourism development activities and intervention will be completed in the last phase.


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