Reports paint grim picture of Bangladesh tourism

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Mismanagement, lack of a strategy and enforcement of law are killing tourism in Bangladesh, reports the local Daily Star newspaper.

As an example, the paper reports that: “The natural forest of Jaflong is disappearing rapidly due to dumping of stone illegally excavated from the Dawki and Sari rivers by a group of profit mongering traders.”

It adds: “No wonder tourism in this scenic hill station, home to subtropical mountains, rainforests, tea gardens and the Khasia ethnic group is on the decline.”

In a sign that officials within the tourism sector were not adequately equipped for their jobs, the Star reported: “Bangladesh Tourism Board, the other tourism-related arm of the government, is responsible for promotional activities, product identification and development, training, awareness building and branding. Taufiq Uddin Ahmed, president of TOAB complained that it does not even have brochures for all the tourist destinations of Bangladesh.”

Bangladesh’s tourist attractions include historical and monuments, resorts, beaches, picnic spots, forests and tribal people, wildlife of various species. Activities for tourists include angling, water skiing, river cruising, hiking, rowing, yachting, and sea bathing.

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