Bangladesh Monitor accords reception to Shahid Hamid

Youths urged to take up hospitality as a profession

- A Monitor Report 1 Aug, 2018  |    -      +
Dhaka : The Bangladesh Monitor, the premier travel and tourism fortnightly of the country, hosted a reception on July 21 at Pan Pacific Sonargoan Dhaka, in honour of Shahid Hamid FIH, on being elected to the Executive Board of Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) for the next two years. The event was moderated by Kazi Wahidul Alam, Editor, The Bangladesh Monitor.

Executive Director of Regency Hotel and Resort, Shahid Hamid is the first Bangladeshi to serve in such a prestigious position of PATA worldwide.

Speakers termed Shahid Hamid as an icon in travel and hospitality industry, a brand and a legend in the making.

A veteran and renowned personality in Bangladesh's hospitality industry Shahid Hamid, has been serving as the chairman of PATA Bangladesh Chapter for last four years. He is also the Board Member of PATA Headquarter for the period 2016-18. For the first time, Bangladesh has been elected to the prestigious position in 67 years history of PATA.

The reception was addressed, among others, by Abdul Muyeed Chowdhury, former Adviser of Caretaker Government and presently CEO of Tiger Tours & Travels; Toufiq Rahman, Managing Diector, Journey Plus and General Secretary of PATA Bangladesh Chapter; Syed Golam Qadir, Wonder Ways, M. Zaman of Vantage Tours & Travels, Hanif Zakaria, Regent Airways; Nasser Rahman of DuSai Resort. Akteruz Zaman Khan Kabir, Chairman, Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation was present on the occasion as a special guest He congratulated Shahid Hamid on being elected as PATA Board Member.

Felicitating Shahid Hamid, Kazi Wahidul Alam, Editor, The Bangladesh Monitor recalled his great contributions towards the development of country's hospitality industry in particular, and the travel trade as a whole. He urged upon him to put up his best endeavours to set up a PATA Tourism Excellence Centre in towards creating trained manpower for the travel and tourism sector and try to host PATA Travel Mart in Bangladesh during his tenure.

Reciprocating his sentiments, Shahid Hamid said he feels honoured to be elected as a member of 12-member Executive Board of PATA. It's my privilege to represent Bangladesh in the highest body of PATA. He assured that during his tenure, he will take utmost advantage of his position to use PATA's resources for the development of Bangladesh's tourism industry and be host country for some of its major events.

A well-known hospitality management consultant, Shahid Hamid has the experience of working with international chains and local hotels in various capacities. He is the Main Consultant of Regency Hospitality Management Institute and Chairman of Tourism and Environmental Development Ltd.

Hamid started his career in 1978 with Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel. He served as PATA Bangladesh Chapter Board member for two consecutive terms of 2014-2016 and 2016-2018 and is currently Chairman of PATA Bangladesh Chapter.

He recently completed four decades of chequered career in hospitality industry.

Hanif Zakaria of Regent Airways said Shahid Hamid has a bigger role to play in human development of the new generation of professionals to meet the demand of travel and tourism trade.

Citing a study, he said by 2036 that 32.1 million passengers will transit through Bangladesh's main international airports. To meet the capacity, the country needs 3.6 million young professionals for sustainable growth of the industry. The increase of the trade will contribute US$12.2 billion to gross domestic product (GDP), he remarked.

He opined that the curriculum of the present institutions, including the state and private universities which provides training and education to students is not of international standard and will not be sustainable to maintain the growth of travel and tourism in the decades to come.

Nasir said Shahid Hamid's unceremonious departure from Sonargaon Hotel has eclipsed the Food and Beverage department of the hotel.

However, his expertise has immensely contributed to development of Hotel Sarina, BRAC Inn and, of course, Regency Hotel and Resort.

He said, Hamid's elected to a prestigious position in PATA, has added another feather in Bangladesh's cap, too.

Abdul-Muyeed Chowdhury, a civil bureaucrat turned travel industry entrepreneur said Hamid is a gem in the industry. His election to PATA's top body from Bangladesh was indeed a major achievement in comparison to high profile hospitality services in neighbouring India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and the Maldives. Bangladesh's hospitality service is growing satisfactorily, but still young compared to our neighbours, he remarked.

Akteruz Zaman Khan Kabir said travel and tourism service is intertwined with Shahid Hamid's contribution to the hospitality sector. He has put Bangladesh on world map and has taken the country into international heights, he observed.

The BPC Chairman said he would be delighted if PATA holds major regional events in the country. Bangladesh is capable to take care of the guests and manage mega events too, he said.

Shahid Hamid, in his specch said he has two other issues which need to be addressed before his tenure in hospitality services end. First, he wishes to present a two-year strategic plan for Bangladesh hospitality industry and will solicit feedback from stakeholders soon. Second, he wishes to give more time for his son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren. He feels sorry for unable to attend any family events and reunion for ages. No more excuses for being absent from family life, he said.

The reception programme was attended by representatives from various institutions, organisations and establishments, related to Bangladesh travel and tourism industries, media representatives among others.

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