MoCAT Secretary urges coordinated efforts for tourism development

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Dhaka : Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism (MoCAT) is presently working with the stakeholders to promote the tourist attractions of the country among the local and foreign tourists.

The government is working on a master plan for the Sundarbans, the biggest mangrove forest in the world. An intensive tourism zone will be developed near the Sundarbans.

Md Mohibul Haque, Secretary, MoCAT, was speaking at the inaugural ceremony of a workshop "Tourism in Development Plan," organised by the Bangladesh Tourism Board (BTB) at the CIRDAP auditorium in the city on April 3.

He informed that his ministry has already declared the adjacent areas of the Cox's Bazar-Teknaf route as tourism intensive zone. The ministry will extend cooperation to private entrepreneurs who will be working with a specific plan for tourism development. Special entertainment will be ensured at Cox's Bazar.

Talking about future plans, he said that a special tourist zone will be developed at the estuary of Bakkhali River in Cox's Bazar ensuring all facilities for recreation and entertainment.

A special plan is under consideration for development tourism in hill districts of Bandarban, Rangamati and Khagrachhari. Tribal culture will be presented to the tourists with due importance.

Required facilities will be ensured at all religious, historical, cultural and archaeological tourism establishments.

He further stressed on the proper promotion and utilisation of the available resources for the development of tourism.

Dr. Bhubon Chandra Biswas, CEO, Bangladesh Tourism Board (BTB) presented the keynote paper on the occasion. Md Atiqul Haque, Additional Secretary, MoCAT presided over the workshop which was addressed by Akhtaruzzaman Khan Kabir, Chairman, Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation (BPC) and Abu Tahir Muhammad Zaber, Director, BTB, among others.

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