Boosting tourism industry
Monday, 07 July 2008

Steps by govt. and private sector needed

Tourism is a highly profiting industry in today's world. Countries like Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, and the Maldives have boosted their economies through promoting travel and tourism sector. But the number of tourists is declining in Bangladesh. The reasons for this are image crisis and lack of political will. Complexity in issuing visas to tourists and outmoded bureaucracy also stand in way of promoting tourism. The country is still unknown in the tourist map. Steps in right direction can surely set the ball of progress in motion. We understand that the tourism sector is facing multiple challenges. The sector faces some insurmountable social barriers. These barriers do not allow all sorts of enjoyment and other forms of entertainments that the tourists like the most. The law and order situation and environmental hazards are two major causes for the decline in the number of tourists. Tourists do not like to a country lacking law and order and plagued by adverse environment. They want to pass some time in a peaceful place where they can enjoy the time according to their will.  The government must therefore improve the law and order situation of the country. The social barriers must also be relaxed for the tourists in different spots. The government and the private sector must also provide various facilities to the tourists for the uplift the tourist sector.  Bangladesh is a beautiful country fit to attract tourists. We have the longest natural sea beach in the world. The Sundarban is the home of distinguished Royal Bengal Tigers. Then the country consists of many archeological sites. Potential tourists should be informed of these places. Suitable arrangements should also be made to visit those sites. We hope and are sure that proper steps by the government and the private sector will attract more and more tourists to Bangladesh. 

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