: Almost all the cities of the world have been able to develop tourism-based on the waterbodies in or around them; but despite being blessed with rivers on almost all its sides, has been unable to offer tourism products based on those.
Access to terminals, traffic situation, pollution of the rivers, unplanned establishments on both banks of the river, specially brick kilns, act as impediments in enjoying the eternal natural beauty of the adjoining countryside.
In spite of these, some private sector organisations like Dinner Cruise on Weekends and others made efforts, which could not leave much of a mark.
So, "Be Fifteen" and 12 other tour operators organised "Floating Tourism Fair-2018" on January 19, for the second consecutive year.
Through the fair they wanted to popularise river cruises as well as provide the tour operators a platform to offer their river-based products.
A large number of fare-paying visitors to the fair, organised on board the luxurious vessel "Sundarban 10," enjoyed a day-long cruise from Sadarghat in the city and back as well as purchased the tour operators' products.
Meals were arranged on board as were music.
Akhtaruz Zaman Khan Kabir, Chairman, Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation (BPC), Zamiul Ahmed, Brand Member, BTB Taufiq Rahman of TOAB, Rezaul Ekram Raju, BD Inbound Assoc. Syed Istiaque Reza of Ekushey Television and industry leaders were present, among others.
Akhtaruz Zaman Khan Kabir, inaugurating the floating tourism fair lauded the organisers for taking the initiative and hoped the fair would help boost tourism, specially riverine tourism.