More earning from tourism –
DIFFERENT projections established tourism as the fastest growing service industry in the world with good prospects in a large number of countries apart from the handful of countries that presently draw a maximum number of tourists. Hence, it has the potential to experience a boom from a wave of first time visitors. Besides, it has many places of attractions for the tourists.
One big reason for Bangladesh actually receiving a much lesser number of international tourists than it should is the lack of publicity regarding its tourism attractions. The government’s tourism promotion body, the Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation (BPC), has been rather ineffectual in launching and sustaining a campaign in the international tourism circuits about the pleasures of tourism in the country. The commercial wings of the diplomatic missions of the country could play a useful role in this area.
It is imperative to good the BPC and the foreign missions to take up regular tourism related promotional activities. Bangladesh can earn notably bigger amount from tourism than its present earnings and the same can be of much support to its economy when its few export items like ready made garments and shrimps are facing adverse competition. Investment in this sector can be quite gainful. Investors in the domestic sectors of the Bangladesh economy are in search of sound investment areas. It is one area where the returns on investment can be attractive. Domestic tourism in the country, of late, has been showing sharp uptrend’s and the investors can exploit this business opportunity by adopting innovative ways.
Tourist resorts of international standard can be built in the country’s offshore islands and coastal areas. Private sector investors need to be encouraged by the relevant ministry to take up such projects. The government, on its part, can build supportive infrastructures in these potentially lucrative sites and in other areas leading to them so that the investors find it worth their while to take up projects in these areas.
Expansion of this sector is important because it will create jobs and demand for construction materials and other goods and services. Locally, around the tourist sites many services are likely to sparing up. This in turn, is likely to create jobs and economically gainful activities on a bigger scale.
In order to provide back up to the initiatives of private entrepreneurs in the tourism field, the government will have to relax its present outdated rules that deny foreign tourists many of the things they take for granted in countries. Where it has flourished. Extreme rigidity in the selling of alcoholic drinks and allowing of night life that are integral part of tourism internationally, discourage foreign tourists from coming to Bangladesh in increasing number. Therefore, it would be only sensible to drop such prohibitions in an around the tourists spots or at least in tourist spots designed exclusively for the foreign travelers.