Finance Minister AHM Musatafa Kamal has declared an incentive package of Tk 1,000 crore to help the tourism industry to recover from the pandemic losses.
In his budget speech in Parliament on Thursday, the minister said the country’s tourism industry was hit hard during the COVID-19 pandemic.
He said 10 government-funded projects are under implementation for the development of potential areas for tourism in Bangladesh.
Besides, the government has taken steps to set up Sabrang Tourism Park, Naf Tourism Park, and Sonadia Eco-Tourism Park in Cox’s Bazar district with international standards accommodation and recreational facilities to enrich the tourism sector.
“To achieve economic prosperity through the development and growth of tourism, steps are being taken for the physical infrastructure development and beautification of the tourist areas of different districts and upazilas by branding 36 districts having tourism potential,” said Kamal.
Documentaries and television commercials are being prepared featuring Bangabandhu’s contribution to the development of the tourism industry and for the preservation of the attractive spots where there are precious memories of the Liberation War, he added.