The 29th Joint Commission Meeting of United Nation’s World Tourism Organisation’s Commission for Asia and the Pacific (CAP) and the Commission for South Asia (CSA) have been inaugurated on Tuesday in Chittagong.
Addressing the press conference, Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Rashed Khan Menon hoped Bangladesh’s reputation would increase through the international event.
"Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has a dream to create jobs for everyone and this dream can be materialised largely through the tourism sector", he said jointly with Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu.
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“Apart from 14 five-star hotels operating in the country, many more international hotel chains are also planning to come to Bangladesh. A massive tourism plan has been undertaken centring on Patenga of Chittagong. The plan will bring about a massive change in the tourism of Chittagong. Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation is going to construct a five-star hotel in Parky in Anwara upazila.”
Terming tourism as a major wheel-power of any country's economy, the minister said the tourism industry directly influences 109 industries.
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Ministers Rashed Khan Menon and Hasanul Haq Inu at the press briefing in Chittagong on Monday May 15, 2017 Rabin Choudhury/Dhaka Tribune
“Bangladesh has achieved phenomenal success in the tourism sector in the last three years. The country will emerge as one of the MICE (Meeting, Incentive, Cooperation and Exhibition) destinations in the outer world. Chittagong will attract the tourists from home and abroad and consequently it will give fresh impetus to the investment and the trade commerce of the port city,” Minister Menon hoped.
Citing an international report, he said a total of 11,37,500 direct and 23,46,000 indirect job opportunities were created in Bangladesh in 2015, 4.1% of the total employment.