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3-day holiday: Cox's Bazar, Rangamati, Sreemangal abuzz with tourists

Hotels are running out of rooms to accommodate the high volume of guest

Update : 24 Dec 2022, 09:03 AM

A large number of holidaymakers have thronged different tourist spots across the country to enjoy the long weekend that began Friday and will end Sunday with the celebration of Christmas. 

Cox's Bazar beaches have been swamped with tourists enjoying the cool December weather. Locals said that over 350,000 tourists are now enjoying the fresh air of the city and its different beaches. 

Hotel owners said people have been visiting Cox's Bazar in numbers since Friday morning. Hotels are running out of rooms to accommodate the high volume of guests. 

Several tourists feared that they may have to spend nights on the streets due to the shortage of rooms at hotels and motels in the city. 

Besides, a large number of tourists were seen heading towards St Martin's Island.

Zobaida Hossain, a tourist from Dhaka, said: “I came to Cox's Bazar after finishing my exams. It was a bit difficult to find a room, but it was worth it as I could swim in the ocean here.”

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Rubel, a lifeguard at Cox's Bazar beach, said he and his colleagues were under significant pressure due to the large number of tourists.

Anwar Kamal, president of Tour Operator Owners Association of Cox's Bazar, said: "Our business was not going well for some time. But now all the hotels in Cox's Bazar have been booked for the three-day holiday. Many tourists are still calling us for bookings.”

Delwar, officer-in-charge (OC) of Cox's Bazar tourist police, said: “Thousands of additional tourists may come to Cox's Bazar in the next two days. Therefore, our teams are patrolling the entire city to ensure security for the guests.”

A similar situation was reported in Rangamati. Holidaymakers of all ages have thronged to the hill district to enjoy its scenic beauty.  Shopping malls, shopping centres and boutiques have been witnessing brisk business. 

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Additionally, all resorts have been booked till December 31 in the eye-catching Sajek Valley. Tour operators and resort owners said thousands have been coming to the valley since Thursday night and many are expected to visit the majestic valley in the next couple of days. 

In Moulvibazar, tourists were swarming different spots yesterday, on the first day of the three-day holiday. Despite high room rent, all the hotel rooms were already booked ahead of New Year's Eve, hotel owners said. 

The tea gardens in Sreemangal are the most favoured spots for tourists, the hoteliers added.

Many visitors are also expected to visit the Lawachhara National Park and Madhabpur Lake, alongside tea gardens in Sreemangal. 

Industry insiders said there are a total of 75 hotels and resorts in Sreemangal, all of which are now swarming with guests. 

Our correspondents Abdul Aziz from Cox's Bazar and Saiful Islam from Moulvibazar contributed to the story

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