Rashed Khan Menon, MP, Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism will formally inaugurate the fair at 10.30 am.
The Bangladesh Monitor, premier travel and tourism publication of the country is organising the fair for the fourteenth time.
US- Bangla Airlines, a leading private airline of the country is supporting the event as the Title Sponsor while national carrier Biman Bangladesh Airlines is the Airline partner of the fair.
Kazi Wahidul Alam, Editor, The Bangladesh Monitor and Chairman of the US- Bangla Airlines DTM‑2017 organising committee informed those while speaking at a Press Conference, held today (March 28, 2017) at the Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel.
“With a view to unlock country’s tourism potential, we have launched this event sixteen years back and since then we are holding this fair as a regular annual event. We believe that Dhaka Travel Mart has been playing a very supportive role in the development of country’s tourism sector.”
“For a sustainable tourism sector we need to attract more foreign tourists. Lot of things to be done in this direction. First of all we need to identify the appropriate tourism product and promote world wide, specially in those countries, from where we may expect tourists. We need to plan effective ways of promotion as well. At the same time communication and other infrastructure, skilled human resources need to be developed.” he added.
Mr. Imran Asif, CEO of US-Bangla Airlines, Dr. Md. Nasir Uddin, CEO of Bangladesh Tourism Board, Mr. Aparup Chowdhury, Chairman, Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation and Mr. Md. Abu Taher, DGM, Sales, Biman Bangladesh Airline also spoke on the occasion.
About 50 organisations from different countries and host Bangladesh are taking part in US- Bangla Airlines Dhaka Travel Mart‑2017, which includes National Tourism Organisations (NTOs), Airlines, Tour Operators, Hotels, Resorts, online booking portals, Healthcare service providers among others.
Participating organisations during the 3‑day fair will offer special discounts on airfares and other tourism products and services. Attractive tour packages for domestic and foreign destinations will be available for the visitors.
On sideline of the fair a seminar on ‘Emergence of Halal Tourism- How Bangladesh Can Benefit’ will be held on Saturday, April 1 at Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel. International experts on this subject will be present in the seminar as guest speakers.
Visitors will be able to go around the fair from 10 am to 8 pm from Thursday to Saturday paying an entry fee of Tk. 30.
Raffle draw on the entry coupons will be held on the concluding day, April 1, at 7.30 pm at the fair venue in front of visitors. Prizes will include airline tickets to various destinations at home and abroad, exciting tour packages, star hotel accommodation, lunch/dinner coupons and others.