Availing the situation, travel operators are making various offers to attract the Eid holidaymakers and make a good business on the occasion
Holidaymakers flocking out of the cities, including the capital, have already set out on their journey as Eid-ul-Azha is just around the corner.
While most of them are headed for the rural areas, where their roots are, some will make for unfamiliar and exotic places, be it at home or abroad, to break the monotony of their routine life.
Availing the situation, travel operators are making various offers to attract the Eid holidaymakers and make a good business on the occasion.
A newly married couple Sajjad Hossain and Wahida Hossain plans to fly to Bangkok after the Eid day for a week.
‘Since our marriage, we could not manage enough time for each other. We want to make this Eid different spending time together," says Sajjad, glowing.
Association of Travel Agents of Bangladesh (ATAB) President SN Manzur Murshed (Mahbub) says: “A large number of people have already left for abroad because their families are there.”
“Besides, our regular customer are also touring abroad on various occasions. Outbound demand has increased this Eid likely previous year," he adds.
Taufiq Uddin Ahmad, president of Tour Operators Association of Bangladesh (TOAB), estimates that over 100 tour operators in the country serve one lakh people, both inbound and outbound, during Eid.
He says outbound travellers tour countries such as India, China, Malaysia, Bangkok, Nepal, Bhutan, Singapore, Indonesia, Australia, Thailand and Egypt.
But this year dengue fever has caused a little problem for the inbound tour and suddenly Kashmir issues have also created problem for tourists bound for India, the travel operator mentions.
Activation Tourism is offering both inbound and outbound Eid packages. Besides, they are selling different products and services.
"Outbound rush have declined on this occasion. I do not know what is the selling position of other travel operators. But we are now offering domestic packages — Cox’s Bazar and Bandarban trips covering three days and two nights at a cost of Tk9,500 and Tk8,500 respectively,” says Activation Tourism CEO Abu Raihan.
Be Fresh Limited has crafted a concept — one window service — which covers almost all the facilities that a person, an organization or a family needs while away from home.
To make itself different from others, Be Fresh has established a well-groomed team and a wide network of hospitality services (tickets, hotels, foods, amusements, site seeing etc), which are constantly updated to fulfill your demands, dreams, requirements and so on.
Be Fresh in-charge Abdullah Al Mamun says: “Growth of their ticket sales is 30%.”
This year 200 people have confirmed booking for Europe, Malaysia, Bhutan and Nepal during the Eid holidays, says Tanzina Murshed, assistant manager of Amazing Tourist BD.
“We are offering family and couple package at the lowest cost,” she adds.
Mountain Club Tours is offering a special package — Royal Bhutan Thimphu and Paro (three nights and four days) at Tk39,000.
Akashbari Holiday CEO Towhidul Alam Milky has told Dhaka Tribune: “Currently, the sector has 30% growth. It is growing every year."
The travellers can enjoy up to 20-30% discount on any international flight from Dhaka, 10-15% discount on any hotel booking and up to Tk1,000 discount on any travel packages offered by Abakash Parjantan Litd.
Nepal gets 30,000, Bhutan 15,000 and Sri Lanka 17,000 Bangladeshis in a year on an average.
Besides, India gets the highest number of Bangladeshi tourists, around 55% year-on-year, according to the Bangladesh Tourism Board.
Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia each gets over one lakh while the Maldives and Indonesia get over 25,000 Bangladeshi visitors in a year, according to the Civil Aviation and Tourism Ministry.
The airlines including Biman Bangladesh Airlines, Regent Airways, US-Bangla and others too are offering lucrative deals to attract tourists. They are offering 20% to 30% discount like previous year.
Local travel agents, social networking groups and tour operators are also selling different products and services targeting the Eid holidaymakers.
Mohammad Imrul Rashed, a sales executive of Amazing Tours BD, informs that they are offering huge discounts on different destinations.
Explore Holidays is promoting tour packages to China.
Ziaul Haque Howlader, manager, public relations, Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation, says: “The rush of domestic tourists has also increased. The resort owners and the tours operators are also currently focusing more on the domestic tourism. In this context, the service facilities are also being offered at reasonable prices.”
Inside the country, people now have a lot of options. For those having small budget, there are many good tourist destinations.
This occasion is appropriate for visiting Chittagong Hill Tracts — Rangamati, Bandarbans and Khagrachari, Greater Sylhet and Cox's Bazar to come close to the nature, says Naseer Bhyuia, managing director of Trip tour operator.
Touring the archaeological sites in the northern part of the country is also advisable. For a touch of difference, tourists may organize river-cruise down the Meghna River or in the haors of Sylhet.
During Eid, one of the peak seasons for tourism, the tour operators offer various packages doing a good business.
The family vacationers can make their own arrangement as per their choices. They can either go to a resort for an overnight stay or make a day-tour.
Talking to Dhaka Tribune, Shahedur Rahman of Sundarban Tour Planner spoke of an exclusive Eid-ul-Azha tour package on SUNDARBAN.
He informed that the hotel and resort operators had already received a lot of bookings in the run-up to the festival this year.
Domestic single packages cost Tk3,000 while couple packages cost Tk5,000.
“We expect an increased number of tourists during the Eid vacation,” he added.