Asian Tourism Fair (ATF) is scheduled to be held for the ninth time in Dhaka from September 29 aiming to encourage domestic and foreign tourists to travel and explore Bangladesh.
The three-day international tourism fair will be held at International Convention City Bashundhara and end on October 1, said organisers at a press conference held at a city hotel on Sunday.
State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Md Mahbub Ali, addressing the e event as the chief guest, said that the fair will play a very important role in the recovery of the tourism industry in the post-Covid-19 period.
The participation of domestic and foreign tourism organisations in the fair will increase the opportunity of great promotion of the tourism industry internationally.
Md Mahiuddin Helal, editor of the Parjatan Bichitra and chairman of the Asian Tourism Fair, presented the details of the Asian Tourism Fair at the press conference.
The fair will be held in cooperation with the Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation, Bangladesh Tourism Board under the overall cooperation of the Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism, organised by Tourism Bichitra.
Eight countries have already confirmed participation in the upcoming Ninth Asian Tourism Fair. Around 130 different tourism organisations from Bangladesh, Nepal, Thailand, India, Bhutan, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Lithuania will participate in the ATF.
The fair will demonstrate various attractive travel offers, hotel, resort or package bookings including special discounts for domestic and foreign travel in the upcoming tourism season.
Among the organisations participating in the fair are hotels, motels, resorts, cruise lines, airlines, tour operators and theme parks and many other entertainment establishments, organisers said at the news conference.
Apart from this, the fair will have tourism related seminars, Art competition for children, Business to Business (B2B) meetings. The fair will have cultural programmes from Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Through this fair, there will be an effort to present a complete picture of the tourism industry to the visitors, organisers added.
The fair has an airline partner - Biman Bangladesh Airlines, hospitality partners - Intercontinental Dhaka and Pan Pacific Sonargaon, adventure dining partner - Fly Dining, cruise partner - Dhaka Dinner Cruise, entertainment partner - Fantasy Kingdom and transport partner - Convoy Service.
Of the Ninth Asian Tourism Fair, Prime Partner Country is Nepal and Partner Country is - Thailand, Feature Countries are - India, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Lithuania and Fair Host Country - Bangladesh.
The secretary of the ministry Md. Mokammel Hossain said tourism organisations in Bangladesh will also get a special opportunity for promotion and publicity by this fair.
Through this fair, the new potential for the tourism industry will be created in Bangladesh and this fair will play an important role in getting information about travel and tourism in the coming tourism season.