BBS to collect database of travel agencies
Staff Correspondent: Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) is set to create a database of all travel agencies who send tourists abroad.
The government is going to collect information of all travel agents, tour operators, name of agents, travel expense, and Clearing and Forwarding (C & F) agents, as they process all travel-related procedures including visa applications, hotel and plane ticket bookings etc. BBS officials will start collecting information from 1st week of January 2019, according to BBS officials. According to a statistics, 50-60 lakh people go abroad in each year now. But this figure was way less about 5 years ago, which was roughly 25-30 lakhs. The reason behind this initiative is to have specific information about number of travelers, tourist destinations etc.