Bangladesh Tourism Board (BTB), Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation (BPC), different tour operators and other organisations arranged different programmes, including colourful procession, discussion, debate, art competition, photo competition promoting tourism and tourism award presentations, to mark the day.
The day started with a colourful procession, arranged by BTB, from in front of the capital’s Matsya Bhaban in the morning, which ended at Dhaka University’s Teacher Student Centre (TSC), after parading important city streets.
Civil Aviation and Tourism Secretary SM Ghulam Farooque inaugurated the programme, also attended by DU Vice Chancellor Prof AAMS Arefin Siddique, BPC Chairman Dr Aparup Chowdhury, and Bangladesh Tourism Board Chief Executive Officer Akhtaruz Zaman Khan Kabir, according to a BTB press release.
BTB and DU’s Tourism and Hospitality Management department cut a cake at the TSC on the occasion.
Later, a discussion was also held at the TSC auditorium.
Besides, different hotels and motels were decorated and the customers were offered special discounts across the country.
President Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Rashed Khan Menon issued separate messages.
The premier, in her message, urged private entrepreneurs to come forward along with public sector to provide all tourism facilities in an affordable way for all types of tourists from home and abroad.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a message said: “Everyone has the right to access leisure and tourism services on an equal basis.”