Industry insiders say many of the country’s tourist destinations do not have adequate infrastructure. Again, where infrastructure is being built, it is not working in a planned way. Cox’s Bazar is the most prominent example of unplanned infrastructure. The natural beauty of St. Martin’s Island is also now under threat due to overcrowding. The same situation has been created in several tourist destinations, including Sundarbans, Ratargul in Sylhet, and Jalarban. Again, the communication system to go to various tourist destinations is not good.
Bangladesh Tourism Corporation and Bangladesh Tourism Board are expanding the country’s tourism industry
Officially, Bangladesh Tourism Corporation and Bangladesh Tourism Board are expanding the country’s tourism industry. But according to analysts, 16 ministries are involved in the development of tourist destinations and their infrastructure. Although the National Tourism Policy prepared in 2010 at the Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism initiative called for coordination in this regard, it saw no effective initiative.
Chief executive officer of the Bangladesh Tourism Board, said the sector’s expected development is possible only if various ministries involve tourism in their development ideas. The tourism board is trying for this. With an example, he said, there is no plan to build separate tourist centers on both sides of the river in the Padma Bridge project. However, it is possible to create a river-based tourism system around this project easily.
Declining foreign tourists
Although the number of domestic tourists has increased, the opposite has happened with foreign tourists’ arrival. No government agency has any exact statistics on the number of tourists coming to the country from abroad every year. However, according to the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), foreign tourists have declined in the country over the last seven to eight years.
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