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Wednesday, 26 March 2008

The government will enact a modern tourism act by October next and privatise the Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation (BPC) , reports agency.

Two committees comprising representatives from the government and the BPC have already been formed in this regard, new- appointed Chairman of the Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation (BPC) Shafiqul Alam Mehdi said this Monday while briefing the journalists at the BPC office in the city.

He said the BPC would be turned into a national tourism authority (NTA). BPC director (administration and finance) Arun Kanti Aich, director (planning) Abdul Quddus, director (commercial) Rity Ibrahim and officials concerned were present.

Citing Nepal, Malaysia and Singapore that developed their tourism sectors in recent days by turning their corporations into authorities, the BPC chairman said the act would help bring changes to the potential tourism industry.

The government is carrying out a survey to find out the country’s unexplored spots side by side with modernising the existing natural areas, the BPC chairman said.

The BPC should be a facilitator, instead of a business organisation, and its the main objective is to earn huge foreign currencies from the tourism sector ensuring maximum services for the local and foreign tourists, he added.

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