Bangladesh Tourism Board (BTB) CEO Akhteruzzaman Khan Kabir made the disclosure at a press conference at his office on Sunday afternoon.
The event is being hosted by Bangladesh Tourism Board (BTB) under the supervision of the Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism.
Akhteruzzaman Khan Kabir said: “Bangladesh had to get the opportunity to host the event following all the process. We hope that after hosting the event successfully, the country’s tourism sector will get back a new life.”
“After the Gulshan terrorist attack, a few international events had earlier been cancelled, which painted a negative image on the industry. Definitely, the PATA conference would boost the country’s tourism industry,” said Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Rashed Khan Menon.
Menon said: “The upcoming event will definitely give a positive message to the foreigners that Bangladesh is now a safe tourist destination.”
The minister reminded that Bangladesh successfully had earlier hosted Buddhist Circuit Conference in Dhaka. “Using the previous experience the government will host the forthcoming event.”
A total of 50 foreigners from different countries will visit Bangladesh to attend the Pacific Asia Travel Association New Tourism Frontiers Forum 2016. In addition, over 100 local participants will also take part in the conference.
Royal Tulip Sea Pearl Beach Resort & Spa located on Inani beach in Cox’s Bazar has been selected as the venue for the PATA conference.
Founded in 1951, PATA is an organisation that is internationally acclaimed for acting as a catalyst for the responsible development of travel and tourism within the Asia Pacific region.
The tourism industry received a blow after the Gulshan terrorist attack on July 1 at Holey Artisan Bakery where 22 people, mostly foreigners, were brutally killed by extremists.