IUCN Bangladesh country office has celebrated the World Tourism Day (WTD) jointly with the Tour Operators Association of Bangladesh (TOAB) and Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation (BPC). A seminar was organized at the Banquet Hall of Hotel Abakash, Mohakhali, Dhaka to mark the day. Mr. Ishtiaq Uddin Ahmad, Country Representative, IUCN Bangaldesh presented the key note paper on the theme of the World Tourism Day of this year which is “Tourism and water: Protecting our common future.” In the presentation Mr. Ishtiaq has underlined the relationship between water and tourism in Bangladesh and also the tourism´s responsibility and needed commitment to preserving the water resources. The seminar was chaired by Mr. Maqsudul Hassan, Chairman , BPC while Hon'ble Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Lt. Col. (Rtd) Muhammad Faruk Khan , MP, attended the seminar as the Chief Guest and Mr. Khorshed Alam Chowdhury, Secretary of the same ministry was the Special Guest.
In his speech the minister said the present government has taken various kinds of steps in the last four and a half years for expansion of the tourism industry. After the presentation of the keynote paper the discussants discussed on the paper and highlighted the importance of water and it’s management in the tourism industry. Finally, the Chair Mr. Maqsudul Hassan, Chairman, BPC thanked IUCN Bangladesh, TOAB and BPC to support and organize the event successfully.