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Published on : Monday, December 2, 2013
The Bangladesh International Tourism Fair (BITF)2013, Nov-28-Nov-30 was held at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC), Sher-e-Bangla Nagar, Dhaka. It took off to a great start despite immense political unrest. People came to visit the fair amid strike and complete traffic disorder. The inauguration ceremony was attended by A.B.M Ruhul Amin Hawlader Minister, Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh; High Commission Of Sri Lanka, W.A. Sarath K. Weragoda; Khurshed Alam Chowdhury Secretary of Civil aviation and Tourism; Prof. Dr. Akbaruddin Ahmad President Elect TOAB Tour Operator Association of Bangladesh; Dr. Genius Umar,S.Sos,M.Si Vice Mayor of Pariman City West Sumatra, Indonesia; Iwan Wiranata-atmadja, ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia; Karma S. Tshosar Counsellor/Deputy Chief Mission; Subhas Goyal President of the Indian Association of Tour Operators; HM Hakim Ali Chairman BFTD and President, Bangladesh International Hotels Association; Rezaul Ekram Executive Director, BFTD President, BD inbound CEO, Entourage. The day concluded with a dinner party organized by the hosts.
The second day of the fair was on a holiday and people turned up in large numbers. The tour operators too could make profitable sale on the 29th Nov. The day proved to be quite successful. Almost 150 stalls were put up by the organizers. There were some participants from India and Malaysia, the rest of the buyers were from Bangladesh. Foreign participation was somewhat less due to the political turmoil in the country. The fair closed on a promising note and the next event of the BITF was announced in mid June.
Various issues concerning more international participation, Visa issues from Bangladesh to India and other SAARC countries were discussed. With fairs like these it can be hoped that the ties between the Asian countries can be made stronger and tourism can prosper in Asia.