“We are impressed about Sri Lanka. This beautiful Island has all the qualifications to attract Bangladesh tourists. India records an average of 2,000,000 (2 million) arrivals from Bangladesh alone per annum. If Sri Lanka Tourism together with private sector tourism partners come forward we can assured that Sri Lanka would definitely attract a satisfactory number of arrivals from Bangladesh. If Sri Lanka could divert 20% from Indian outbound tourists Sri Lanka can exceed the number of arrivals from India. He further noted that if Sri Lanka could actively attend to some promotions at the upcoming Asian Travel Fair and further follow-up promotions the present average of 3000 arrivals per month from Bangladesh could immediately double and gradually developed to reach a practical target of 400,000 arrivals per annum within a very few years” said Mohiudeen Helal, Chairman & CEO of Parjatan Bichitra the event organizer of ASIAN TRAVEL FAIR.

He said Bengalis are also travel heavily to Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Nepal. However he regretted that Sri Lanka has not explored much in Bangladesh, therefore Bengalis are unaware of what Sri Lanka can offer them. Helal further noted that arrangements have already been discussed with the Tourism Minister Hareen Fernando and Priantha Fernando Chairman Sri Lanka Tourism development Authority in promoting Sri Lanka in Bangladesh.

Meanwhile Helal announced the biggest ever Tourism Expo in Bangladesh connecting regional tourism “ASIAN TOURISM FAIR” 11th edition that is all set to be held in Dhaka from 19-21 September 2024. Ten countries including Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, India, China, Nepal, Vietnam, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Turkey have been participating in this fair throughout its inception while further 6 countries will take part this year such as Egypt, Malaysia, Singapore and few other.

Mohiudeen Helal, said people of Bangladesh are immensely travel overseas and is a highly potential segment for tourism. He invited local travel trade partners to join hands with them to promote Sri Lanka.
Ashrafuzzaman Uzzal, President of Bangladesh Travel Writers Association revealed that Sri Lanka is a beautiful country and it is worth promoting voluntarily with pleasure subsequent to a Familiarization tour offered to them by Sri Lanka Tourism. Uzzal said he will release couple of write-up and Videos to Bangladesh National Media, promoting Bengalis to visit Sri Lanka. They also pleaded the local media and the tourism trade in return to support tourism of Bangladesh as well.

Meanwhile Chairman of Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority Priantha Fernado revealed that Bangladesh is also included the 67 Visa Free Countries proposal submitted to President Ranil Wickremesinghe. He confirmed participation of Sri Lanka Tourism at the Asian Travel Fair (ATF) 2024 to be held at International Convention City, Bashundara (ICCB) and noted that “Bangladesh is a very potential country same as India. We will actively engage in our future promotions in Bangladesh”. He also encouraged the travel industry to participate in the ATF 2024 and use this opportunity to promote Sri Lanka in Bangladesh.

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