Published on : Thursday, March 9, 2017
Since 1960, tourism has emerged as a powerful industry from being a relatively small sector in the past. Bangladesh has many resources for local as well overseas travelers with its ethnic diversity, landscape, cuisine and rich heritage and many more. Though, the sector hasn’t been able to reap the benefits much in all these years.
However, 14 February the international academic conference on tourism took place in Bangladesh with the support of Department of Tourism and Hospitality Management of Dhaka University (DU). The theme of the conference was ‘Tourism Beyond 2050: Future of Mass Tourism’. The main aim of this conference was to introduce a platform for academicians, scholars, researchers and practitioners of India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Malaysia, China, Bhutan, Indonesia and Thailand to circulate their research findings.
Dr. AAMS Arefin Siddique, DU Vice-Chancellor inaugurated the international conference at Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Building at the campus of Dhaka University. At this conference, more than 20 keynote papers were received from 12 different countries worldwide. The best five keynote papers were presented in the conference.
The first keynote paper was ‘Opportunities of and threats to future tourism’ by Prof. Dr. S P Bansal, vice chancellor of Indira Gandhi University, Haryana, India. The second one — ‘Challenges for Tourism Development in Chittagong Hill Tracts including the Great Himalayan Trail’–was presented by Pranesh Sharma, principal, Nepal College of Travel and Tourism Management, Nepal. The third one was ‘Cultural and Religious Tourism’ by Dr. Suranga Silva, Department of Economics, University of Colombo.
The fourth one was presented by Dr. Sandeep Kulshreshtha, director, Indian Institute of Tourism and Travel Management, Gwalior, India and it was on ‘Scope for SAARC Tourism’. The final paper had ‘Contemporary Issues in Tourism’ and was presented by Dr. Sujindra Chemsripong, Dean of Faculty of Business at Naresuan University, Thailand.