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Dhaka Tribune

Kuakata ready to embrace tourists in long holiday

  • Hotel bookings surged since inauguration of Padma Bridge
  • 80% of rooms already booked for the September 28-30 period
Update : 25 Sep 2023, 01:46 PM

With the approaching celebration of Eid-e-Miladunnabi and a three-day holiday on September 28-30, tourists are scrambling to secure accommodations along the picturesque Kuakata sea beach, which is known as "Sagar Kanya" or the "Daughter of the Sea”—the only place in the country from where both sunrises and sunsets can be seen over the sea.

The surge in bookings follows the recent inauguration of the Padma Bridge, which facilitates easier, more cost-effective, and time-saving travel to this coastal paradise from the capital, Dhaka, and other parts of the country.

The Kuakata Zone of the Tourist Police has assured the safety and well-being of visitors, especially in light of adverse weather conditions currently prevailing in the region.

Assistant Commissioner of Tourist Police in Kuakata, AK Azad said: "We have made extensive preparations to ensure the overall safety of those who will come to Kuakata for three consecutive days of vacation."

As of Friday, approximately 80% of the rooms in residential hotels in Kuakata had already been booked in advance for the September 28-30 period, as reported by Ruman Imtiaz Tushar, president of the Tour Operators Association of Kuakata (TOWAC).

Tushar added: "This early surge in bookings is a clear indicator of an upcoming influx of tourists in the winter season."

Kuakata boasts more than 170 large and small hotels, with a combined capacity to accommodate only fifteen to twenty thousand tourists. Consequently, with the impending holiday rush, many visitors are expected to spend their nights in nearby homes and vehicles.

Zahirul Islam, a member of the Kuakata Hotel Motel Owners Association, noted: "Many people return to their destinations at night after enjoying the holiday from early morning to evening, witnessing the mesmerizing sunrise and sunset from the same beach."

Muhammad Sakur, director of Hotel Khan Palace, revealed that 80% of the rooms for September 28 and 29, along with 70% of rooms for September 30, have already been booked. He expressed optimism that full occupancy would be achieved in the coming days.

Hossain Mohammad Shakib, managing director of Hotel South Bengal, said 90% of the rooms for September 28 and 29, and 80% of rooms for September 30, have been reserved. He too expects full bookings as the holiday approaches.

Inspector Hasnain Parvez of the Tourist Police Kuakata Zone confirmed that an increased number of tourists is anticipated during the three-day holiday. Consequently, additional tourist police teams have been deployed to ensure the safety of visitors.

Tourists are being continuously advised to exercise caution and are under round-the-clock surveillance, including regular public announcements for their safety.

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