Prof Dr Arefin Siddique says while inaugurating DoTHM’s 1st int’l confce on tourism

Tourism growth has to be socially, environmentally sustainable

A Monitor Desk Report 14 Feb, 2017  |    -      +
Dhaka : Tourism is starting to emerge as an industry in the country, but still there is lot to be done to claim our rightful share of (international) tourists. And this tourism growth has to be economically, socially and environmentally sustainable.

Prof Dr AAMS Arefin Siddique, Vice Chancellor, University said this while inaugurating the three-day First International Conference on Tourism “Tourism Beyond 2050: Future of Mass Tourism,” organised by Department of Tourism and Hospitality Management (DoTHM) at Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban, DU on February 14.

Academicians, researchers, policy makers and tourism professionals from India, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Netherlands and Thailand are taking part in the conference, besides host Bangladesh.

Two tourism and hospitality professionals of the country – Hasan Mansur, Managing Director, The Guide Tours and Hakim Ali, CEO, Agrabad Hotels - were honoured on the occasion for their outstanding contributions towards development of country’s tourism potentials.

Prof Arefin Siddique said tourism has to rely on many components and these are coming together. The economy is running well, infrastructure facilities like roads and good hospitality properties offering world class accommodation and services are coming up. But there are many elements that need to be enriched.

Making mass tourism sustainable and green, is the challenge of the time, the DU Vice Chancellor said, adding information technology has brought about a drastic change in composition of the industry, which has to be taken into account.

Mentioning that Bangladesh had become the biggest source country for India in tourist arrivals, Prof Dr SP Bansal, Vice Chancellor, Indira Gandhi University, India said training adequate human resources in different sectors of travel and tourism, ensuring safety and security and proper marketing of products were the challenges facing the country.

The country has good tourism potentials and these needed to be tapped. Hopefully, Bangladesh Tourism Board (BTB) has started taking the right steps in the field of promoting Bangladesh abroad, he said.

Prof Dr Nasreen Ahmed, Pro Vice Chancellor (Academic), DU said that tourism can be a force for education, for environment protection and for the creation of a conflict free world. It needs to be dealt with in a professional and efficient manner, she felt.

Prof Shibli Rubayat Ul Islam, Dean, Faculty of Business Studies, said tourism work as a bond between the tourist-generating and destination countries. It has the potential to enhance employment, project yet protect the unique attractions of local communities as well as generate income for them and the country.

Prof Dr Md Akhtaruzzaman, Pro Vice Chancellor (Administration), DU and Prof Dr Md Kamal Uddin, Treasurer, DU also spoke on the occasion.

Tourism is an effective platform for sustainable development and for many countries it is the primary source of foreign exchange and employment generation, and it could be the same for Bangladesh, said Prof Dr Syed Rashidul Hasan, Conference Convener, while presenting the welcome address.

Prof Dr Shaker Ahmed, Chairman, Department of Tourism and Hospitality Management, DU while delivering the vote of thanks said despite having all the potentials, tourism has been growing in Bangladesh at a relatively slow pace. He opined that youths will get the opportunity to learn from experts and professionals at this conference and take the industry forward with their involvement.

The inaugural session to be followed by five technical sessions and technical tour to Inani Beach, Marine Drive and Ramu Buddhist temple.

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