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Cox's Bazar businesses ready to serve tourists amid Eid holidays

  • Tourist harassment is not new phenomenon in Cox's Bazar
  • 50% of hotel-motel rooms are already booked
  • Businessmen advises to book online in advance
Update : 09 Apr 2024, 06:53 PM

Businessmen hope that a large number of tourists will visit Cox’s Bazar during the upcoming Eid-ul-Fitr and Pohela Boisakh holidays for five consecutive days, all measures have been taken to ensure that the tourists coming to Cox's Bazar are not harassed.

More than five hundred hotels-motels, guest houses and almost equal number of restaurants in Cox's Bazar have already made all kinds of preparations.

Tourism-related businessmen said that more than 50% of hotel-motel rooms have already been booked in advance on the occasion of Eid holidays.

They hope that the rest of the rooms for the holidays will be booked before Eid.

Abdur Rahman, a businessman from Cox's Bazar said: "All preparations have already been completed for the arrival of tourists. Tourists will come here as expected during consecutive holidays.''

He advises to book online in advance to avoid overcharged hotels and hassles.

Moukhim Khan, general secretary of Kalatali Hotel-Motel Owners Association said: "Cox's Bazar will be crowded with millions of tourists every day during the consecutive holidays. So, hotels-motels, resorts and restaurants have been modified in a new form.

“Besides, we are working with the administration to ensure that tourists do not fall prey to any kind of fraud,” he added.

General Secretary of the Tour Operators Association of Cox's Bazar (Tuac) Md Nurul Kabir Pasha said: "Due to the stormy weather, the main tourist attraction St Martin's is closed. However, there are arrangements to visit other tourist places in Cox's Bazar. We are fully prepared to serve the tourists.”

Additional DIG of Tourist Police Cox's Bazar Zone Apple Mahmud said: "More than one and a half lakh tourists are expected to gather in Cox's Bazar every day during the five-day holiday from April 10 to 14.

“At least 8,00,000 tourists may gather during this Eid holiday. Hence, additional police have been deployed along with the patrol team at the beach. CCTV cameras have been installed at various points,” he added.

At the beginning of the tourism season this year, the tourism industry of Cox's Bazar suffered a lot due to natural disasters and election violence. As a result, the businessmen did not see the profit like in other years.

So, this year they are hoping to overcome the loss during the Eid and Pohela Boisakh holidays.

Notably, Tourist harassment is not a new phenomenon in Cox's Bazar.

In March 2021, some restaurants in Cox's Bazar set the price of only dal-rice at Tk400 and a plate of rice and mashed potato at Tk300. In December of the same year, a woman tourist was gang-raped by some locals.

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