Media urged to portray Bangladesh positively attracting tourists

DHAKA State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism

M Mahbub Ali today urged the journalists to portray Bangladesh image

positively so that the country can get more tourists especially from abroad.

The state minister made the remarks while awarding Tourism Media

Fellowship 2019 to 10 journalists from three national newspapers, five

television channels and two online newspapers at Jatiya Press Club here.

Bangladesh Tourism Board (BTB) and Aviation and Tourism Journalists' Forum

of Bangladesh (ATJFB) jointly arranged the fellowship programme aiming at

encouraging policymakers and stakeholders, through objective news reporting,

to take proper steps for further flourishing tourism sector.

Civil Aviation and Tourism Secretary M Mohibul Haque spoke as special

guest while BTB Chief Executive Officer Dr Bhubon Chandra Biswas as the guest

of honor.

The Bangladesh Monitor Editor Kazi Wahidul Alam, Tour Operators

Association of Bangladesh (TOAB) first vice president Md Rafeuzzaman,

Association of Travel Agents of Bangladesh (ATAB) Abdus Salam Aref, ATJFB

President Nadira Kiran and its General Secretary Tanzim Anwar also spoke,

among others, at the programme.

Currently, the state minister said Bangladesh is advancing on highway of

prosperity under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and

many positive and constructive developments are going on in different

sectors. The current law and order situation is better than any time, he

added.

Mahbub said tourism and foreign affairs ministries are working together to

convince those countries, who issued travel alerts after the tragic incident

of Holy Artisan, to lift the advisories for their citizens regarding visit

Bangladesh.

Secretary M Mohibul Haque said the government has taken initiative to make

a Tourism Master Plan' for further development of the sector in a plan and

efficient way. We are going to give work order to a reputed company for

making the plan within October 7 next, he added.

He also said the government is working on formulating acts for tour

operators and guides to ensure proper tourism services for both domestic and

international tourists.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)