Dhaka to set up tourism authority

April 6th, 2008 - 2:21 pm ICT by admin  

Dhaka, April 6 (IANS) Bangladesh is set to enact a law to establish a National Tourism Authority to monitor the industry and ensure the safety of domestic and foreign travellers. All tourist organisations will need to register with the body and take licences for tourism-related business, the New Age newspaper said Sunday.

Tour operators will be responsible for providing security to visitors.

Those who will have to register themselves and secure licenses will be tour operators, hotels, resorts, tourism training institutes, restaurants, amusement parks, health centres, spas, airport taxi services, cruise tourist vessels, guides and life guards.

Bangladesh attracted 200,000 foreign tourists in 2008, earning $89 million. But tourism is perceived as one of the neglected sectors in Bangladesh.

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