Number of domestic tourists rose to 80 lakh in 2018, 70 lakh in 2017 from 60 lakh a year earlier, according to tour operators
Zahid Hossain Biplob: Despite heavy heat wave during the ongoing season, the country’s tourism sector is amazingly booming now as a good number of people are planning to go outside the capital to rejoice their Eid vacation.
Apart from spending Eid days with families, many of those who live in the capital city prefer feeding their souls with the gentle breeze and profound beauty of nature with friends and family.
The tourist sites of the greater Sylhet, Cox’s Bazar, Patenga and Kuakata beaches, the Sundarbans, places in the Chattogram Hill Tracts, other national parks and non-traditional places became the main holidaymaking places, said travelers and tourist agencies.
According to different tour operators, the number of domestic tourists rose to 80 lakh in 2018, 70 lakh in 2017 from 60 lakh a year earlier.
The country has been taking active steps over the years to solidify the tourism sector as a venerable part of the country’s economy, as well as a major selling point to investors and tourists alike, according to officials of the Civil Aviation &Tourism Ministry.
Because of the heavy mercury this season, not only foreign tourists but also domestic sightseers did not travel a lot in the country, said tourism operators sources.
But the Eid vacation has boost the domestic tourism and the hoteliers are now seemingly busy with the sudden mad rush of the tourists, they added.
Most of the hotels in Cox’s Bazar, Rangamati are Bandarbans are fully occupied just ahead of Eid-ul-fitr as the travelers have booked the hotels at their favourite destinations, according to sources of the Tour Operators Association of Bangladesh (TOAB).
President of Bangladesh Hotel and Guest House Association, Abdul Aziz said every room in resorts throughout the country would be filled this holiday.
The rises of the middle class in the country and expanding destinations in the domestic market have already seen tourism soar over the last decade, he also added.
Faisal Ahmed, a public bank employee, has taken a three-day tour to the greater Sylhet region with his wife to enjoy the Eid-ul-Azha vacation.
Ahmed said, “We pass days in rush over the year so Eid vacation is a suitable time to make a pleasure trip and pass some time close to nature which, to me, a fuel as well as a source of refreshment to start the busy city life again.”
The hotel-owners besides offered 10 to 20% discount to attract the tourists. Even, special packages are being offered by the hotel authorities, said sources of Bangladesh Hotel and Guest House Association.
Apart from Cox’s Bazar, hotels in the hill districts-Bandarban, Rangamati, and Khagracchari are also set to get a huge number of guests ahead of Eid.
Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation, national hospitality organisation of the country is still offering 20% discount for the domestic tourists.
Tito Siddique, managing director of Excellence Asia Limited, a tour operator, observed that those, who are not getting any rooms in Cox’s Bazar and the 3 hill districts, are trying to move other places like Sundarbans.
“It is a good sign for our domestic tourism as a good number of travellers are going out to enjoy tour sites. We hope this trend will continue till winter,” said Kazi Wahidul Alam, a tourism expert and editor of tourism fortnightly magazine, The Bangladesh Monitor.