State Minster for Civil Aviation and Tourism M Mahbub Ali made the statement while addressing a pre-budget discussion on Civil Aviation and Tourism at the National Press Club in Dhaka
The government is set to turn Bangladesh into a “beacon of tourism,” which will give the national economy a big boost, State Minster for Civil Aviation and Tourism M Mahbub Ali said on Monday.
"The 21st century is for Asians. We want to see Bangladesh become a beacon of tourism in the world," he said while addressing a pre-budget discussion on Civil Aviation and Tourism at the National Press Club in Dhaka, reports UNB.
The state minister said the government together with all stakeholders will take up a mega plan for the development of the tourism industry, and it will implement it through collective effort.
"We have everything needed to develop the tourism industry and boost the national economy," he added.
The Aviation and Tourism Journalists' Forum of Bangladesh (ATJFB) organized the discussion, and Civil Aviation and Tourism Secretary M Mohibul Haque spoke as special guest.
US Bangla Airlines CEO Imran Asif, and Tour Operators Association of Bangladesh (TOAB) adviser Md Masud Hossain presented separate papers highlighting their demands.
National Board of Revenue (NBR) member (income tax policy) Kanon Kumar Roy, TOAB President Taufiq Uddin Ahmed, First Vice President Md Rafeuzzaman, adviser Syed G Qadir, Association of Travel Agents of Bangladesh (ATAB) Secretary General Abdus Salam Aref, tourism expert and editor of Bangladesh Monitor Kazi Wahid Ul Alam, and General Manager (Public Relations) of Biman Bangladesh Airlines Shakil Meraj also addressed the program, among others.
ATJFB President Nadira Kiron chaired the discussion, while General Secretary Md Tanzim Anwar delivered the welcome speech.
Speaking as the chief guest, State Minister M Mahbub Ali said the government is sincere in its efforts to develop the tourism sector and upgrade required infrastructure.
He also said the government will remain cautious, and avoid spending money in unproductive areas.