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Promoting tourism can help the economy

Update : 28 Feb 2014, 07:53 PM

With the T20 World Cup approaching and more international attention being focused on Bangladesh, this is a key time to promote tourism in the country.

The sector has much more potential to help the economy than is often realised.

According to the World Travel and Tourism Council, tourism and travel are responsible for 1.8% of the country’s jobs, underpinning over 1.2m jobs in 2012.

Like other parts of the economy, the tourism sector was hit hard by transport disruptions during recent blockades and strikes. Hoteliers in Cox’s Bazar in particular suffered during one of their key seasons.  

In this regard, it was good to see our one of our state ministers taking foreign envoys on a visit to the country’s leading beach resort. With over 97% of tourism income currently generated by domestic travellers, there is much untapped potential to attract international travelers, who can bring in foreign exchange and higher levels of investment in the sector.

As the economy develops and more improvements are made to communications allowing more day trips to attractions both within and outside cities, the potential for this sector to grow is huge.

Developing this sector will require continued investment in developing infrastructure and in encouraging visitors. The government should work with the private sector to ensure a sustainable basis for the growth of the industry.

In addition to the jobs that can be created directly, by promoting the country and its culture, tourism can encourage other forms of inward investment and development.

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