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3-day holiday: Hoteliers enjoying thriving business in tourist destinations

A large number of holidaymakers have thronged Sajek, Bandarban, Cox’s Bazar and Sreemangal to enjoy the long weekend

Update : 24 Dec 2022, 10:08 PM

Hundreds of tourists in Sajek, Bandarban, Cox's Bazar and Sreemangal had to spend Friday night under the open sky as hotels, motels and resorts ran out of room to accommodate the huge influx of people from all over the country.

A large number of holidaymakers have thronged these tourist destinations to enjoy the long weekend that began on Friday and will end on Sunday with the celebration of Christmas. 

Hundreds of tourists were still arriving in Sajek on Saturday although the hoteliers there had already run out of rooms.

Md Mamun, the owner of Kureghor Resort, told Dhaka Tribune that rooms at his establishment were booked a month ahead of the three-day holiday. 

The rooms in most of the hotels and resorts in the majestic valley have been booked till the first few days of the new year, he said. 

Many tourists thus had to spend the night in their private vehicles or in the open sky.

Meanwhile, all the tourist spots in Bandarban, including Nilgiri, Boga Lake,  Nilachal and Nafa-khum, are swarming with visitors. Hoteliers in the district are doing thriving business.

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All the rooms at the hotels and resorts in the district have been booked till the last of the month, hoteliers said. 

Meanwhile, tourist police and executive magistrates were seen patroling different tourist spots in the district to ensure the security of the visitors. 

Cox's Bazar beaches were already swamped with tourists on Friday. Due to the arrival of more visitors, many were seen spending the night on streets as the hotels there had run out of rooms on Thursday night. 

Besides, a large number of tourists left for St Martin's Island to celebrate Christmas Day today. 

A similar situation was reported in Sreemangal where hoteliers told Dhaka Tribune that they receive a good number of tourists on all public holidays, but this three-day holiday has brought a thriving business for them. 

On the other hand, many tourists complained that the hotels in Sreemangal are costlier than in any other destination within Bangladesh. 

Meanwhile, the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in Khulna has started a special drive in the Sundarbans to root out forest robbers and pirates.

A team of RAB-6 entered the forest by trawler on Saturday.

RAB-6 Company Commander Md Badrudozza said that the drive was aimed at ensuring security for fishermen in the area.

Our correspondents S Basu Das from Bandarban, Bijoy Dhar from Rangamati and Md Hedait Hossain Molla from Khulna contributed to the story

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