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  Volume: XXIV, Issue No. 15 March 16-31, 2015  
  Workshop on Tourism Products Marketing held in Sylhet
  Published Date : 1 January, 2013
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Sylhet : Hotel Metro Inter-national, Sylhet recently held a "Workshop on Tourism Products Marketing" arran-ged by jointly Bangladesh Foundation for Tourism Development (BFTD), ATB (Sylhet Zone), Tour Operators of greater Sylhet and Sylhet Hotel and Guest House Owners Group. A good number of participants attended the programme.
At the inaugural speech Rezaul Ekram, Executive Director, BFTD said, "Sylhet is the hub of tourism of greater Sylhet and nearby destinations. Though Sylhet has its so many destinations and spots for tourism have been ignored. As for example he cited many examples like in this respect which can be developed as tourism destination if proper care and attention is given from government and private sector. He urged upon all tour operators to develop and promote tourism of Sylhet as a destination."
"We know our partners are all sincere and they will leave no stone unturned if they once get a proper guideline and pathfinder for the development of tourism. Now the ball is in our court and we have to sincerely take proper planning in consultation with our valued partners" he said.
Khalilur Rahman Masum, President, Sylhet Hotel and Guest House Owners Group said, "We need to promote greater Sylhet for tourism development.?
He requested all to bring to the notice of all about the tourism destinations of Sylhet and its problem for solving. Now-a-day's Sylhet need the attention of government bodies as well as entrepreneurs for tourism development, he said adding, this attention not only for Sylhet. It also works for tourism industry in Bangladesh. We need good hotel/resort, proper environment, standard vehicles for communication etc.
HM Hakim Ali, President of Bangladesh Foundation for Tourism Development (BFTD) said, "Sylhet is one of our exclusive tourism zone but the infrastructure is not supported. We should to develop the infrastructure. Government should come forward to promote and develop the infrastructure, Sylhet itself can earned billions of dollar by tourism. Sylhet has tea garden, hills and lakes which can be developed like any tourist destination of Europe. Sunamganj (haor) lake can be developed like Kashmir.
Waterfall of Sylhet is another big attraction, so what we need is promotion? It is only possible if it is done by us unitedly. The main job of BFTD is to guide the government to develop the tourism industry in Bangladesh. So far we are receiving good cooperation from the Ministry and the Tourism Board. The President said to all the participants to keep in touch with BFTD and also proposed to hold tourism fair jointly in Sylhet.
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