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Mega tourism project in Ctg in the offing

By Chittagong Bureau
17th-May-2017       
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Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Rashed Khan Menon yesterday  said the Government has embarked upon a mega tourism development project centering the picturesque Patenga sea beach here and the beach town of Cox's Bazar.
"Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has a dream to create jobs for everyone and this dream can be materialized largely through the tourism sector", he told a press conference jointly with Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu.
The press conference was called at Chittagong Circuit House on  Monday afternoon on the eve of the launching of a three-day United Nation's World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) meeting in the port city.  The tourism minister said Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation (BPC) has taken initiative to build a five star hotel at Parky Beach of Anowara upazila in the district.
"Besides 14 five star hotels in Bangladesh and many international chain hotels are being registered to extend their service and business to promote tourism in Bangladesh", he said adding that a tourism village would be set up in Cox's Bazar for the foreign tourists.
The 29th meeting of the UNWTO Commission for East Asia and the Pacific and the UNWTO Commission for South Asia (CAP-CSA) UNWTO Regional Forum on Crisis Management is being held at city's Hotel Radisson Blu.Menon said considering the importance of tourism sector, Bangladesh Bank has included tourism in its CSR Policy.
Terming tourism as a major wheel-power of any country's economy, the minister said the tourism industry directly influences 109 industries.
"In spite of those two hurdles, Bangladesh has progressed a lot in tourism sector as the government is determined to build up Bangladesh as a tourism friendly country", he said.
The ministers later unveiled the cover of a book on the tourism in Chittagong division jointly published by BPC and Department of Films and Publications (DFP).
Civil Aviation and Tourism Secretary SM Golam Faruk, Chief Executive Officer of Bangladesh Tourism Board Dr nasir Uddin, BPC Chairman Akhtaruzzaman Khan Kabir, Additional Secretary of Civil Aviation and Tourism Ministry Mohammad Imran, among others, were present at the press meet.

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