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Travel operators wooing Eid holidaymakers with offers

  • Published at 09:21 pm June 2nd, 2019
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This photo, taken recently, shows tourists enjoying bathing in the sea at the world's largest sea beach in Cox's Bazar Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

For those having small budget, there are many good tourist destinations

Travel operators are gearing up, making various offers to attract the Eid holidaymakers and make a good business on the occasion. 

Foreign operators are also targeting Bangladeshi nationals — an indication of the country's economic growth and people's purchasing power.  

Activation Tourism is offering both inbound and outbound Eid packages. Besides, they are selling different products and services.

“Outbound offer has already been closed. We are now offering domestic packages — Cox’s Bazar and Bandarban trips covering three days and two nights at a cost of Tk9,500 and Tk8,500 respectively,” says Activation Tourism CEO Abu Raihan.

Be Fresh Limited has crafted a concept — One window service, which covers almost all the facilities that a person, an organization or a family needs while away from home.

To make itself different from others, Be Fresh has established a well-groomed team and a wide network of hospitality services (tickets, hotels, foods, amusements, site seeing etc), which are constantly updated to fulfill your demands, dreams, requirements and so on.

Be Fresh in-charge Abdullah Al Mamun says: “Growth of their ticket sales is 30%.”

This year 10 people have confirmed booking for Europe, 350 for India and 60 for Bhutan and Nepal during the Eid holidays, says Tanzina Murshed, assistant manager of Amazing Tourist BD. 

“We are offering family and couple package at lowest cost,” she adds. 

Mountain Club Tours is offering a special package — Royal Bhutan Thimphu and Paro (three nights and four days from June 7 to June 10) at Tk39,000.

Akashbari Holiday CEO Towhidul Alam Milky has told Dhaka Tribune: “Currently, the sector has 30% growth. It is growing every year.

“Due to the ICC World Cup, England is now a favourite destination for many while Thailand and Mali are also on their list of preferred destinations. Akashbari holiday package costs Tk10,000 to Tk2.5 lakh for any of these countries.”  

Robi’s digital travel solution, Ghurbo, has attractive travel package ahead of the Eid festival — the travellers can enjoy up to 15% discount on any international flight from Dhaka, 10% discount on any hotel booking and up to Tk1,000 discount on any travel packages offered by Ghurbo.

These offers, which will be valid till June 6, can be availed only by Robi users

Payments for any services from Ghurbo can be made using credit cards from 15 banks of the country, including City Bank, Brac Bank, Dutch-Bangla Bank, Eastern Bank, Dhaka Bank, Bank Asia, Jamuna Bank etc.

Anyone can download the Ghrubo app from Google Play Store to look into the offers. The offers will be served on first come first serve basis. Ghurbo is also accessible via website discount offer limited to Robi users.

Despite the recent plane crash in Kathmandu, many people are interested in Nepal and Bhutan. Nepal gets 30,000, Bhutan 15,000 and Sri Lanka 17,000 Bangladeshi in a year on average. 

India gets the highest Bangladeshi tourists, around 55% year-on-year, according to the Bangladesh Tourism Board.  

Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia each gets over 1 lakh, the Maldives and Indonesia get over 25,000 Bangladeshi visitors in a year, according to the Civil Aviation and Tourism Ministry.  

The airlines including Biman Bangladesh Airlines, Regent airways, US-Bangla and others too are offering lucrative deals to attract tourists. They are offering 20 to 30% discount.  

Shakil Miraz, general manager at Biman says they have a target to make sales over Tk 5 to Tk 7 crore on the occasion. 

Local travel agents, social networking group and tour operators are also selling different products and services targeting the Eid vacation.

Mohammad Imrul Rashed, a sales executive of Amazing Tours BD, informs they are offering huge discounts on different destinations. 

Explore Holidays is promoting tour packages to China.

Ziaul Haque Howlader, manager, public relations, Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation, says: “The rush of domestic tourists has also increased, the number being more than nine million. We may help enhance the domestic tourism for the greater economic and social benefits. The resort owners and the tours operators are also currently focusing more on the domestic tourism. In this context, the service facilities are also being offered at reasonable prices.” 

Domestic tour

Inside the country, people now have a lot of options. For those having small budget, there are many good tourist destinations.

This season is appropriate for travel to Chittagong Hill Tracts — Rangamati, Bandarbans and Khagrachari, Greater Sylhet and Cox's Bazar to come close to the nature. 

Touring the archaeological sites in the northern part of the country is also advisable. For a touch of difference, tourists may organise river-cruise down the Meghna River or in the haors of Sylhet.

During Eid, one of the peak seasons for tourism, the tour operators offer various packages making a good business. 

The family vacationers can make their own arrangement as per their choices. They can either go to a resort for an overnight stay or make a day-tour. 

Talking to Dhaka Tribune, Shahedur Rahman of Tour Operators Association informs that the hotel and resort operators have already received a lot of bookings in the run-up to the festival this year. 

Domestic package cost between Tk3,000 and Tk5,000.

“We expect an increased number of tourists during the Eid vacation,” he adds.