J K News Today
Jammu , January 8
Bangladesh became the third tourist sending country to Jammu and Kashmir, popularly known as “Paradise on Earth” last year after Malaysia and Thailand.
“We started our promotional campaign in Bangladesh last year and it is amazing that we received third largest number of foreign tourists from here in 2017 after Malaysia and Thailand,” visiting Chairman of Association of Tour Operators of Kashmir (AKTO) Nazir Mir told a newspaper in Bangladesh.
In 2017, he said around 5,500 Bangladeshi tourists visited different places in Kashmir followed by 15,000 Thai and 20,000 Malaysian tourists.
Mentioning that Domestic travellers are the backbone of Kashmir’s tourism, he said, “As we are getting only 50,000 foreign tourists every year, now we concentrate more on international tourists to flourish our tourism industry.”
About the security issue, AKTO Vice Chairman Nazir Ahmad Tunda said there is no security hazard for the tourists at all. “You can’t find a single unwanted incident around the tourist spots so far,” he said.
Tunda said tourism in the state is improving every year. This year, we have lined up many interesting activities for the tourists including fairs, festivals, sports and adventure and expect satisfactory growth in arrivals, he added.
Bangladesh Tourism Board CEO Dr Nasir Uddin, President of Tour Operator Association of Bangladesh (TOAB) Taufiq Uddin Ahmed and Secretary General of Association of Travel Agents of Bangladesh (ATAB) Abdus Salem Aref also spoke on the occasion.