As tourism gains momentum in business after relaxation of Covid restrictions, the few health protocols still in force are being completely ignored in violation of the conditions imposed by the government.
One of those protocols for the hotel authorities at the famous tourism spots was to keep 50 per cent of the accommodation empty. But it is being highly disregarded by the management of hotels and motels.
Taufiq Rahman, Secretary General of Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Bangladesh Chapter, said it's hard for hotel authorities to follow the health rules even if they wish to because of the onrush of tourists at the spots soon after the mass unlocking.
"A strict monitoring by the local government on how many tourists can visit a spot at a time may ensure the compliance of the government's direction," suggested Taufiq.
Apparently health guidelines have already become a myth in Cox's Bazar, one of the most frequented tourism spot in the country with 500 t0 600 hotels and motels.
President of Tour Operator Association of Bangladesh (TOAB) Rafiuzzaman said crowding of in open places can't actually be controlled or monitored.
"In our meetings we are asking operators to operate tours maintaining health guidelines. But most tourists go personally and they don't actually care much about those rules," said the president of TOAB.
Regarding keeping 50 per cent accommodation vacant, Rafiuzzaman said though the five star or standard hotels are maintaining the guideline small hotels are taking full bookings.