Bill passed at parliament to develop tourism industry

_A Monitor Report Date: 16 June, 2022

Dhaka : The Parliament on June 7 passed "Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation (Amendment) Bill-2022" aiming at strengthening the corporation, and expanding its scope to develop the tourism industry.
State Minister for Civil Aviation M Mahbub Ali placed the bill in the House which was unanimously passed by voice vote.
Jatiya Sangsad Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury presided over the sitting at that time.
The definition of a tourist has been changed in the draft law. According to the existing law, a person spending over 24 hours but less than six months away from home for travel or leisure purposes is considered a tourist.
The time has been extended to one year in the draft law. If the person is away for work, he or she will not be termed as a tourist.
The objective of the amendment is to expand the corporation's scope to develop the tourism industry.
While placing the bill, the junior minister said if the law was amended, it would reduce unemployment, create new jobs, increase income and expand the scope of tourism.
The proposed law increased the authorised capital from BDT 15 crore to BDT 1,000 crore and the paid-up capital from BDT 5 lakh to BDT 400 crore.
The bill states that the tourism corporation will be able to operate and manage duty-free shops.

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