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A number of projects have been taken by the government for tourism sector’s development and to draw more local and foreign visitors that will eventually help achieve the much desired double-digit GDP growth for the country.

The government is building a ‘ Tourism Building’ in the Sher-e-Bangla Nagar city area spending Tk 62.81 crore, according to an official document.

At Parky Beach in Chittagong, it is also building 14 cottages, restaurants, walkways, lake and children’s corners at a cost of Tk 62.11 crore.

The document shows that the construction of the hotel, restaurant, souvenir shop, walkways and parking lot at Dudh Sagar in Barishal are also underway, while hotel and restaurant and other related facilities at Panchgar at a cost of Tk 16.18 crore.

At Nijhum Dwip and Noakhali’s Hatia, hotels and restaurants are being built spending Tk 49.61 crore, while two water vessels are being procured.

The government has approved projects to build tourism centers for budget involving Tk 22.73 crore in the Panchgar and Mahananda Sheik Hasina Bridge area of Chapainawabganj.

The government is undertaking a feasibility study to build a world-class tourism establishment in the Sundarbans region, keeping its biodiversity intact to make the mangrove forest as one of the desirable domestic and international tourist destination.

As well as renovating the Sonamosjid Tourism Motel, the capacity building of the National Hotels Tourism Training Institute (NHTTI) has a budget of Tk 14.96 crore.

In addition, under the Public Private Partnership (PPP), the government is implementing certain projects to expand the tourism sector.

The ventures are: construction of tourism resort and entertainment village at the Parjatan Holiday Complex in Cox’s Bazar costing Tk 1,500 crore, establishment of international standard tourism complex at the current BPC Motel Upal Compound in Cox’s Bazar spending Tk 500 crore and establishment of a 5-star hotel and other amenities at the existing BPC Motel Sylhet Compound at Sylhet with Tk 100 crore.

Other ventures under the PPP are: establishment of an international standard hotel-cum-training center on the current BPC property in Muzgunni, Khulna at a cost of Tk 350 crore, establishment of a star standard hotel and other amenities at the existing Pashur hotel complex in Mongla, Bagerhat with Tk 100 crore.

In addition, a project is underway to approve the development of a five-star hotel in an 8-acre Motel Probal property under the BPC at the price of Tk 565 crore and the establishment of a training center and international standard hotel in Barishal costing Tk 150 crore.

Another project has been taken, according to the document, to conduct a feasibility study to build tourism facilities in the country’s hill tracts areas.

Steps were taken to develop the Sheik Hasina Tower at Khurkushkul, Cox’s Bazar, creating an exclusive tourist area on 95 acres of land, and the Hotel Labonya at Cox’s Bazar’s Laboni point.

Another venture is underway at Tanguar Haor in Sunamganj to develop a sustainable climate resilient tourism system at a cost of Tk 1 crore.

A senior official at the Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism said that after the completion of these projects, both domestic and foreign visitors will get better facilities.

He also said, “Once these projects are implemented, Bangladesh will earn much more from tourism”. At present, Bangladesh earns around US$ 100 million from tourism sector.