Adventure tourism, a prospective area for Bangladesh
- A Monitor Report
16 May, 2018 |
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Akhtaruz Zaman Khan Kabir, Chairman, Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation (BPC), addressing a seminar on "Promotion of Adventure Tourism in Bangladesh," organised by BPC, on the sidelines of BBTTF-2018 at Bangabandu International Conference Centre (BICC) in the city recently -Photo : Monitor
Dhaka : Bangladesh, like other neighbouring countries, is equally a unique place for adventure tourism for young travellers looking for fun and excitement.
The country has a lot of potential in the sector, but the government must take active initiative in developing mountaineering, rafting, rippling, paragliding, parachuting, hiking and trekking.
Speakers said these at a seminar on "Promotion of Adventure Tourism in Bangladesh," organised by Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation, at Bangabandu International Conference Centre (BICC) recently on the sidelines of Biman Bangladesh Travel and Tourism Fair-2018.
The seminar, moderated by Akhtaruz Zaman Khan Kabir, Chairman, BPC, was addressed by JP Shaw, Regional Director (East), Indian Ministry of Tourism, Sinan Thourn, Chairman, PATA Cambodia Chapter, Syed G Qadir, CEO, Adventure Escape Asia, Sampath Erapola, President, Sri Lanka Association of Bangladesh, Sunil Sharma, Director of Nepal Tourism Board, Syed Akhteruzzaman, CEO, Beyond Adventure and Tourism, Sajjid Tanjil, Base Camp, Najir Jillany, Executive Director, Akij Foods and Beverage and Taufiq Uddin Ahmed, President, Tour Operators Association of Bangladesh (TOAB).
Adventure tourism is experiencing an unprecedented growth globally. Bangladesh's neighbouring countries Nepal and the Maldives are earning huge revenue by offering diverse adventure tour options.
The said tourism is a vibrant, dynamic, and fast-changing sector with new variants routinely added to the possible experiences of tourists. Only adventure tourism offers opportunities to entrepreneurs in rural areas, outbacks and backwaters.
Bangladesh currently offers tourists' trekking in Chittagong Hill Tracts and enjoyment of rives and thrills while crossing through the world's largest mangrove forest, the Sunderbans, a UNESCO world's heritage site.
Goup cycling tourism is on the rise across the country in recent times, with an increasing number of adventure tourists embarking on both road and mountain biking tours in Chittagong Hill Tracts.
In the new lists of adventure tourism, Bangladesh has already able to write its name in Guinness World Records, following an event organised by BDCyclists, a non-profit social community aims to promote locals to cycle to work.
An incredible 1,186 cyclists set a Guinness World Record for the longest single line of moving bikes down the Purbachal Highway near the city to commemorate the Victory Day on December 16, 2016, breaking the previous record of 984 that was achieved in 2015 during the Sarajevo Grand Prix in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Akhtaruz Zaman Khan Kabir, Chairman, BPC, said Bangladesh has stepped into fifth year of adventure tourism and adventure tourism products are abundant, but there is need for trained operators and professional guides.
BPC is planning training of operators, guides as well as training for base camp for high altitude adventure. A 40-feet artificial rock climbing wall is planned and will be open for training soon.
Most speakers urged the state run national tourism aorganisation and the government to be partners in development of soft tourism and adventure tourism to promote the country's smiling and hospitable people.
The speakers at the seminar stressed with dramatic rise of adventure tourism, the need for responsible and community tour operators, to ensure sustainable tourism in the country, has also risen.
Security, safety and food hygiene should be top priority of the tour operators, they said.
JP Shaw said, it is primarily important to focus of number of days of stay, instead of numbers of tourists.
Shaw said the regional bus services will open a new horizon for land tourism soon when the buses from Dhaka-Siliguri-Kakarbhitta-Kathmandu will begin. A trial run of the bus service has begun and is hopeful that it will open for passengers soon.
There is huge opportunity for Bangladesh, India and Nepalese tour operators for forging joint ventures in tourism, Shaw said.