Kolkata: Bangladesh and India have taken steps to ensure easy and hassle-free travel for the tourists visiting the two neighbouring countries.
AKM Shahjahan Kamal, Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism of Bangladesh, said this while inaugurating the three-day Travel and Tourism Fair (TTF) in Kolkata on July 6.
There exists a sense of nostalgia among millions in West Bengal, whose ancestors hailed from present-day Bangladesh, the minister said.
"The two countries have taken measures to increase connectivity through roads, rail and air, facilitating tourists from India to visit Bangladesh easily," he said.
Apart from being a culturally rich country, Bangladesh, a land of natural beauty, also boasts of the world's largest unbroken beach at Cox’s Bazar, the minister said.
Nine daily flights operate between the two countries daily, apart from train services connecting Kolkata with Dhaka and Khulna, an official said at the fair.
Ek Narayan Aryal, Consul General of Nepal in Kolkata, said the three neighbours can form a tourist circuit.
"India, Nepal and Bangladesh are very close neighbours. We can create a tourist circuit to reach out to people of the three countries," Aryal said.
The TTF, being held at Netaji Indoor Stadium, is in its 30th year. The fair witnessed the participation of 13 countries and 28 states in India, Sanjiv Agarwal, CEO, Fairfest, the organiser of the event said.