A three-day international tourism fair titled “Novoair Dhaka Travel Mart-2019” begins in Dhaka tomorrow.
The announcement came at a press conference yesterday at Pan Pacific Sonargaon in Dhaka. The Bangladesh Monitor, a travel fortnightly, is organising the 16th edition of the show.
Nepal will join the fair as a partner country for the first time, said Raquib Siddiq, the publication's chief editor.
He said inflow of foreign tourists increased in the country due to significant infrastructure development for tourism. Moreover, the number of domestic tourists is increasing thanks to improvements in income levels, he said.
With the economy growing fast, it is high time to give a boost to tourism businesses by attracting both foreign and domestic tourists, said Akhtaruz Zaman Khan Kabir, chairman of Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation.
He said the government was planning to provide facilities at identified tourist spots and go for publicity to promote tourism.
Private sector players should play a role in exploring tourist spots and ensuring safety and accommodation to attract tourists, he opined.
Fourty one tourism organisations from seven countries, including Bangladesh, Nepal, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia, will participate in the event offering discounts on products and services, including domestic and international air tickets and holiday packages.
The fair will be supported by private airline Novoair while Bangladesh Tourism Board, Biman Bangladesh Airlines and Mutual Trust Bank are the partners.
Mes-bah-ul-Islam, head of marketing and sales at Novoair, and Shakil Meraj, general manager of Biman, attended the event.