The event is being hosted by the Bangladesh Tourism Board (BTB) under the supervision of the Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism.
The recent terrorist attack forced many organizations to cancel their conferences in Bangladesh including many tourists cancelling their trips after the Holy Artisan Cafe attack where 22 people, mostly foreigners, were brutally killed by the extremists.
Akhtaruz Zaman Khan Kabir, CEO, BTB said that he hopes the tourism industry will bounce back from the deadly terrorist attack after the PATA NTFF 2016.
It will definitely promote tourism in the country especially in Cox’s Bazar, he told the Dhaka Tribune in a recent interview.
A total 200 foreigners from different countries will visit Bangladesh to attend the PATA NTFF 2016 this year in addition, a total of 100 local participants will also attend the conference.
“We commend Bangladesh for hosting such an important event, particularly as the country celebrates the ‘Visit Bangladesh 2016’ Year, and trust that this will be a relevant step forward in building a stronger image of Bangladesh as a tourist destination,” said Akhtaruz Zaman.
PATA is honoured to confirm that Xu Jing, Regional Director of Asia and the Pacific at the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) will be opening the conference.
In attendance will be British Social Entrepreneur, Yasmin Choudhury, Founder and Managing Director of E-Tourism Frontiers, Damian Cook, Rob Holmes, founder and chief strategist GLP Films, Sarah Mathews, head of destination marketing, APAC, TripAdvisor; Tania Miorin, country representative, Myanmar for Istituto Oikos and Maeve Nightingale, Mangroves for the Future Programme Manager, IUCN, as speakers.
Akhtaruz Zaman said: “Bangladesh offers ample opportunities for cruising, hiking, trailing, rowing, wild life obseravations, bird watching and exciting cultural festivals.”
A three member PATA official team has already inspected the conference venue and it's security ahead of the program.
The team was satisfied with the over the security arrangement.
Last year PATA NTFF 2015 was held in Philippines.
Founded in 1951, PATA is a non-profit association that is internationally acclaimed for acting as a catalyst for the responsible development of travel and tourism to and from within the Asia Pacific region.