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Vacationers cram hotels in Cox’s Bazar as long holiday looms

  • Published at 03:56 pm April 28th, 2018
Vacationers cram hotels in Cox’s Bazar as long holiday looms

This is not the tourist season, but the city dwellers throughout Bangladesh are ready to make use of the upcoming seven-day government holiday.

Cox’s Bazar is a popular tourist destination in Bangladesh, and majority of residential hotels, motels and guest houses have been booked by vacationers who are determined not to let the holiday go to waste. Businessmen of the Tourism sector believe that during the holidays, that began on April 27 and will end on May 5, Cox’s Bazar will become full to the brim with foreign and domestic tourists. The district police and tourist police have also stepped up security to tackle the larger than average presence of tourists in the region. Traders have decorated their businesses, while hotels and motels are replacing their furniture and applying a fresh coat of paint to become more appealing to the visitors. Front Desk Manager Nur-e-Alam of Hotel Seagull told the correspondent: “Cox’s Bazar is used to facing a huge number of tourists during holidays every year, but this year it is different. “We are currently receiving a huge number of requests for booking.” Hotel, Motel Owners’ Association President Sakhawat Hossain echoed the same opinion saying: “More than 400 hotels and motels have already been booked for the nine-day government holiday. Hotel the Cox Today’s Room Division Officer Abu Taleb added: “We have already booked 80% of the rooms.” Tourist spots located in surrounding areas of Cox’s Bazar, especially Maheshkhali, Himchari, Inani, Darianagar and Bangabandhu Safari Park is also being decorated for tackling the onrush of visitors. Cox's Bazar Tourist Police Superintendent Md Zillur Rahman told the correspondent: “We are on alert for curbing criminal acts and for ensuring the security of tourists. We will coordinate with life guards, so that no lives are lost due to monsoon weather.” Cox's Bazar Deputy Commissioner Md Kamal Hossain, who is also the president of the Beach Management Committee, said: “We have issued a high alert to all officials concerned, for ensuring the highest level of security to the tourists. “All necessary preparations in this regard have been made.”