Bangladesh is endowed with enchanting scenic beauty, mighty river, sunny beaches, historical relics and colourful tribal life. Facilities of modern hotels, motels, rest housed, youth inns and restaurants as well as modern modes of communication are available at all places of tourist attraction. Some of the better known tourist centres are: Dhaka, Chittangong, Cox’s Bazar, Rangamati, Kaptai, Sylhet, Sundarbans, Bandarban, Kuakata, Mainamati, Mahasthangarh, Rajshahi, Natore, Paharpur, Dinajpur and Mymensing.
The government has recognized tourism as an industry and a National Tourism Policy aims to develop tourism with increased private sector participation. A national Tourism council headed by the Prime Minister has been constituted recently for rapid growth of the sector. Construction of exclusive tourism zones has been implemented by the government at Kuakata, Cox’s Bazar, Khagrachhari and Bandarban to attract tourists. Besides, tourism infrastructures have also been built at Patenga, Chittagong, Rangamati, Teknaf, Saint Martin’s Island and Inani.
Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation (National Tourism Organization) during the past few years has executed a good number of projects for promoting tourism and facilitating travel and hospitality. In 2008, around 250 thousand foreign tourists visited Bangladesh and the earnings from tourism were equivalent to approximately Taka 5 billion.
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