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Int'l travel & tourism fair kicks off in capital

DHAKA, April 20, 2017 (BSS) - A three-day international tourism fair dubbed "Biman Bangladesh Travel and Tourism Fair (BBTTF)" began here today with the participation of 13 countries to boost domestic tourism sector.

Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Rashed Khan Menon opened the BBTTF as chief guest in city's Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC).

Tour Operators Association of Bangladesh (TOAB) has organized the 7th edition of the mega event with the partnership of national flag carrier Biman Bangladesh Airlines.

Some 50 exhibitors from the 13 countries, especially South and South-East Asia, are showcasing their offer and packages for in and out bound travelers.

The participating countries are: Bhutan, Nepal, Singapore, Thailand,
Myanmar, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Philippine, Turkey, Cambodia, India and host Bangladesh. Apart from these, some tour operators of Indian states - Assam, West Bengal, Odisha, Kashmir and Tripura- would also take part in the BBTTF.

Speaking on the occasion, Rashen Khan Menon said tourism generates
employment opportunities along with economic development. "So, we have to develop a skilled workforce for the tourism sector." he added.

Referring to the successful arrangement of recent IPU conference in Dhaka, Menon said: "There is no doubt that foreign tourists would visit Bangladesh."

He emphasized branding Bangladesh tourism abroad to boost it.

Tourism Minister of West Bengal Goutam Deb and Secretary AK Battachariya attended the inaugural ceremony as guests of honors.

Civil Aviation and Tourism Secretary SM Golam Farooque, Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation Chairman Dr Aparup Chowdhury, Bangladesh Tourism Board CEO Dr Nasir Uddin, Biman Bangladesh Airlines CEO AM Mossaddique Ahmed, Master Card Country Head Syed Mohammad Kamal and TOAB President Toufiq Uddin Ahmed were also present.

Apart from the tour and travel operators, airlines, local and
international hotels and resorts, banks, liberation war museum, educational institutions as well as Nepal Tourism Board, Nepal Association of Tour and Travel Agents (NATTA) and Tourism Authority of Thailand are also attending the fair. In the three-day BBTTF, several seminars would be organized to materialize the scopes and potentialities of the country for tourism sector.

In the first day, a seminar titled "National Crisis: Tourism and Role of Stakeholders" was held while another seminar "Regional Tourism Initiative: what Next?" would take place on the second day and "Young Tourism Professional: Future Face of Bangladesh" by the student of the department of tourism of Dhaka University on the final day.

Besides, B2B sessions would take place among the tour and travel operators of Bangladesh, Cambodia and Nepal to dig out the potentially of country's tourism industry.

The BBTTF will remain open for visitor from 10am to 8pm till April 22 and entry fee is Taka 30.