A four day ‘Bangladesh Festival’ will be held in the capital from September 27-30 to showcase the country’s various rich tourism products and services marking the World Tourism Day.
“This festival will be a platform to showcase all untapped tourist attractions of Bangladesh to boost up the ongoing post-covid recovery efforts of the country’s tourism industry," said Civil Aviation and Tourism Secretary Md Mokammel Hossain at a press conference at a city hotel today.
Bangladesh Tourism Board (BTB) is going to organize the event under its ‘Mujib’s Bangladesh’ campaign to mark the World Tourism Day-2023 at the Bangabandhu International Conference Center (BICC).
Jatiya Sangsad Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury is expected to inaugurate the festival on 27th September at 11 am.
More than 160 organisations including 20 hotel-resorts, 70 regional food stalls, 29 districts under district branding, 26 craft souvenirs, two airlines, amusement parks, travel agents, tour operators, tour guides and foreign missions are participating in the Bangladesh Festival.
Hossain said the ministry has the plan to organise such kind of event every year to celebrate World Tourism Day.
"Bangladesh Festival will help the visitors to make their interesting tour plans. Besides, it will generate enthusiasm among tourism stakeholders, speed up the post-Covid tourism recovery and play a vital role in the tourism industry," he added.
BTB CEO Abu Tahir Muhammad Zaber said, along with domestic tourists, the festival will also help to attract more foreign tourists in Bangladesh as different foreign missions stationed in Dhaka will also participate.
More than 70 traditional food stalls from 64 districts of the country will serve heritage food items like Naksi Pitha, Haji Briyani, Bakorkhani, Chui Jhal and Kebabs.
In this festival, the process of making jamdani will be demonstrated along with another Bangladesh’s heritage cloth Muslin making process.
The story of the recovery of Muslin yarn after 170 years will also be displayed in the festival.
The events will also include cultural programme Gambhira, regional songs of Sylhet, Gazi Kalur Pot, Patha Natya, Baul Song, Puthi Path, Kawali and song arrangement by eminent artistes.
Besides, there will be a special event on the tourism beauty pageant on September 30, the fourth and last day of the festival.
BDST: 2122 HRS, SEP 25, 2023