Bangladesh Tourism Corporation has entered its fiftieth year. Founded by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the organization is celebrating its 50th anniversary with the theme ‘Path Chalar 50’.
On this occasion, a discussion program, logo unveiling, cake cutting, rally and other programs were organized at Paryatan Bhaban in Agargaon on Saturday (January 1).
State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism in his speech as the chief guest. Mahbub Ali said that tourism was one of the areas on which the visionary statesman Bangabandhu paid special attention to the reconstruction of the war-torn country immediately after independence. The official journey of tourism in Bangladesh started with the hand of the father of the nation. He set up ‘Bangladesh Tourism Corporation’ to showcase all the aesthetic beauty and splendor of nature and man to the domestic and foreign tourists – which is a pioneering organization for the development of tourism industry in this country.
He further said that for a long time now Bangladesh Tourism Corporation has been providing quality food, accommodation and various tourism services to the tourists by constructing hotels, motels, restaurants, duty free operations, resorts, training institutes etc. in the attractive tourist areas of the country. In the last few years, Bangladesh Tourism Corporation has made significant contribution in developing Cox’s Bazar, the main tourist destination of the country and other tourist attractions of the country.
The state minister said the Bangladesh Tourism Corporation also runs the National Hotel and Tourism Training Institute, the country’s first tourism training center established by Bangabandhu to impart hands-on training to those involved in the tourism industry. This training center is creating about 1600 skilled human resources every year. Since its inception, the company has built up more than 60,000 skilled human resources, who have been working at home and abroad with a reputation. Due to the expansion of tourism industry in the country, keeping in view the continuous demand for skilled manpower in this sector, the work undertaken to modernize and expand the National Hotel and Tourism Training Institute in 2016 under the kind direction of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is nearing completion. This will increase the capacity of the organization as well as meet the growing demand for skilled manpower from tourism partners.
Mahbub Ali said that the journey started by the hands of Bangabandhu that the tourism industry, over time it is evolving through continuous development under the multi-dimensional leadership of his worthy daughter Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and is becoming international meaning. As a result of the Prime Minister’s tourism-friendly policies and activities, the country’s tourism industry has now reached a new chapter of development. In recent years, along with government initiatives, private initiatives in this sector have been developing in the country, which is very positive for the industry.
The State Minister further said that since its inception, the management and service delivery of Bangladesh Tourism Corporation has undergone many changes. Measures have been taken to modernize its services in view of the needs of the age. In the last 12 years, the tourism corporation has implemented 20 development projects at a cost of around Tk 264.06 crore. Besides, Bangladesh Tourism Corporation has undertaken 12 projects worth Tk. 335 crore as part of various important initiatives of the government for the development of tourism industry in the country.
RAM Ubaidul Moktadir Chowdhury, Chairman of the Standing Committee on the Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism was present as the Guest of Honor and Civil Aviation was present as the Special Guest. Secretary of the Ministry of Transport and Tourism. Mokammel Hossain, Chief Executive Officer of Bangladesh Tourism Board Jabed Ahmed and others.
Officials of various departments of the Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism and public-private tourism partners were also present on the occasion.