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PATA New Tourism Frontier Forum to be held in Cox's Bazar this month

Update : 20 Nov 2016, 03:13 PM
The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) will arrange a three-day PATA News Tourism Frontiers Forum 2016 in Cox's Bazar from November 23, as an image restoration drive against the backdrop of recent terrorist attacks. Bangladesh Tourism Board (BTB) CEO Akhteruzzaman Khan Kabir made the disclosure at a press conference at its office on Sunday afternoon. The event is being hosted by the Bangladesh Tourism Board (BTB) under the supervision of the Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism. "After the Gulshan terrorist attack, a few international events had already been canceled which portray a negative image of the industry. Defintely the PATA conference would boost the country's tourism industry," said Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Rashed Khan Menon. Menon said the upcoming event will definitely give a positive message to the foreigners that Bangladesh is now a safe tourist destination. A total of 50 foreigners from different countries will visit Bangladesh to attend the Pacific Asia Travel Association New Tourism Frontiers Forum 2016. In addition, over 100 local participants will also take part in the conference. Royal Tulip Sea Pearl Beach Resort & Spa located on Inani beach in Cox’s Bazar has been selected as the venue to host the PATA conference. Founded in 1951, PATA is an organisation that is internationally acclaimed for acting as a catalyst for the responsible development of travel and tourism within the Asia Pacific region. The tourism industry received a blow after the Gulshan terrorist attack on July 1 at Holey Artisan Bakery where 22 people, mostly foreigners, were brutally killed by extremists.
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