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How tourism is taking off in Bangladesh

‘Come before the tourists visit” is the old Bangladesh tourist board slogan that had caught my eye and partially inspired my trip. Two days after arriving in the country, I unexpectedly meet the woman who came up with it. I’m at Wilderness, a resort in the north-eastern region of Sylhet, where the majority of British-Bangladeshis hail. It’s owned by Nazim Choudhury, whose glamorous wife, Geeteara, now runs her own advertising company. Yasmin Choudhury, founder of Bangladesh specialist Lovedesh.I tell them I’m heading to Cox’s B...

Bangladesh Resorts & Hotels’ new property in Bandarban    

Bangladesh Resorts & Hotels, which is developing the country’s largest hotel - Royal Tulip Sea Pearl Beach Resort & Spa, at Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh - will next start the construction of their third hotel project at Bandarban Hill District in the country. According to Mohammed Aminul Haque Shamim, Managing Director, Bangladesh Resorts & Hotels, they will be developing a luxury holiday resort in Bandarban with duplex villas and five-star facilities. Five-Star-hotel“Bandarban is known as a paradise on earth considering t...

Japan’s Kobe restaurant forays into Bangladesh    

Japanese company Shishikura Ltd is set to open a restaurant in Dhaka with its speciality, Kobe beef, on December 15, a top official said. Called Kobe Steak and Seafood, the restaurant will be located in Banani, said Koki Mizutani, managing director of Leo Global Ltd, a locally formed company that will run the business here. Bangladesh is the first country where Shishikura is opening a branch outside Japan, Mizutani told The Daily Star on Tuesday. kobe Shishikura is a 230-year-old family business operating in restaurants, convenient retail stores and supe...

Asian Tourism Fair in city from Thursday

The 3rd Asian Tourism Fair (ATF) will kick off at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the city on Thursday. The three-day fair will be orgainsed by monthly Magazine Parjatan Bichitra in cooperation with Bangladesh Tourism Board and Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation. Bangladesh-TourismCivil Aviation and Tourism Minister Rashed Khan Menon will formally inaugurate the fair in the morning. The fair will be opened from 11am to 8pm for every day. The entry fee for the fair is Tk 20. Apart from Banglad...

Tourism rebounds on Eid vacationers

The tourism industry expects good business from the Eid as hotel and resort operators received a lot of bookings in the run-up to the festival, thanks to a stable political climate. “We expect an increased number of tourists during the Eid vacation,” said Omar Sultan, president of Cox’s Bazar Hotel-Motel and Guesthouse Owners Association. Different hotels, motels and guesthouses in the beach city have sold 50 percent of the rooms for the July 31-August 1 duration, he said. Bangladesh-TourismThe industry was hit hard l...

Surge in tourists from Bangladesh to India  

Bangladesh continued to top the list of six neighbouring countries in terms of number of foreign tourists arriving in India, Rajya Sabha was informed today. Bangladesh held the apex position in this regard during the last three years. bd-indiaA total of 1,139,238 people from six neighbouring countries Afghanistan, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Bangladesh visited India in 2013, Tourism Minister Shripad Naik said in a written reply. There were 4,63,543 visitors from Bangladesh in 2011 which increased to 4,87,397 in 2012 and the number increa...