Listing to world tourists’ Map Vital for boosting Bangladesh’s tourism

Listing Bangladesh in the world tourist map is important to boost its tourism industry. If listed on the map, then the country’s tourism industry will be promoted. Global travelers will then know Bangladesh as a tourist country.
Taleb Rifai, Secretary General of United Nation World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) made this view recently.
He visited Chittagong for a two-day annual event of the United Nation`s World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) last month.
During his visit, he discussed with Bangladesh tourism related stakeholders about the ways to promote Bangladesh tourism industry globally.
UNWTO Secretary-General also appreciated the activities of the stakeholders for promoting the industry under the initiative ‘Welcome Bangladesh.’ He assured of his all-out cooperation for Bangladesh.
Bangladesh organised the ever-first annual event of the UNWTO.
On the sideline of the event, he shared views with various stakeholders. He also talked to Dalton Zahir, the initiator of Welcome Bangladesh.
During a meeting, Zahir requested the UNWTO official to include Bangladesh as a tourists’ destination country in the World Tourist Map so that travellers across the world can understand and find Bangladesh as a tourist destination and that will help Bangladesh tourism to explore to global travellers.
Mentionable, the United Nations has declared 2017 the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. UNWTO Secretary-General also discussed how Welcome Bangladesh can work together with UNWTO jointly and promote Bangladesh globally.Speaking in the event, Taleb Rifai said, “With growth what comes is power, and with power comes responsibility. Some 1.8 billion international tourists are expected to travel world-wide by 2030. These 1.8 billion travellers can and should translate into opportunities for inclusive economic growth, for more and better jobs, opportunities to protect the natural and cultural heritage, to better know and respect each other, to bond people, to distribute wealth and share prosperity. ”As per the declaration a two-month long programme will be celebrated for promote of the tourism sector to building a better world. This is the major goal of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017 that will start shortly, it was focused at the event.
The United Nations General Assembly declared 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development recalling the potential of tourism to advance the universal 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The International Year aims to support a change in policies, business practices and consumer behavior towards a more sustainable tourism sector than can contribute effectively to the SDGs.
“This is a unique opportunity to build a more responsible and committed tourism sector that can capitalize its immense potential in terms of economic prosperity, social inclusion, peace and understanding, cultural and environmental preservation” said UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai.
Accounting for 7 percent of worldwide exports, one in eleven jobs and 10 percent of the world’s GDP, the tourism sector if well managed can foster inclusive economic growth, social inclusiveness and the protection of cultural and natural assets.
The International Year will promote tourism’s role in five key areas. They are –  inclusive and sustainable economic growth; social inclusiveness, employment and poverty reduction; resource efficiency, environmental protection and climate change; cultural values, diversity and heritage; and mutual understanding, peace and security.
The presentation of the International Year will take place in Madrid on 18 January 2018 on the occasion of the Spanish Tourism Fair, FITUR, it was informed.

Dalton Zahir

Mohammad Zahirul Islam (Dalton Zahir) has earned 18 years of holistic and ambidextrous experience in hospitality, tourism. His creativity and strive to do innovative things placed him in a very well deserving position. He worked as a Head of Sales and Marketing of BRAC Services Ltd. as ahead of Sales And Marketing he looks after BCDM Savar, BCDM Rajendrapur, The Artisan Hotel Uttara, BRAC INN, Mohakhali. and Rose View Hotel in Sylhet. Manager, sales, and marketing at Grand Sultan Tea Resort & Golf. During his tenure, the hotel achieved World Luxury Hotel Award and Trip Advisor’s Best Guest Comment Award. He got the Manager of the Month Award by The Management. He also worked with Ocean Paradise, Lake Shore Hotel, Motorola Mobile, Apple Computer, Philips Mobile, and Fujifilm Camera Distribution for Bangladesh (Jel Corp HQ in Singapore) for more than 16 years in various capacities. Dalton, curious about the tourism and hospitality sector, has been working to explore tourism potentials focusing Beautiful Bangladesh for its different places, cultures, and cuisines. His thirst to devise tools and to draw a blueprint to attracting tourists makes him dexterous in hospitality and tourism. Besides working in a hotel as Head of Sales and Marketing, he is also curious about a number of organizations like UNWTO (World Tourism Organization). He is the Co-Chairman, Standing Committee on Hotel, Motel, Resorts and Guest House Development and Member of the Tourism Development Standing Committee of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI). Dalton Zahir also does Photography; he is the Member of Photographic Society of American, since 2008 & Bangladesh Photographic Society. He received Photography Awards for his remarkable Achievements. A travel-loving personality, Dalton visited UK, Germany, South Korea, Singapore, Poland, Denmark, Austria, Czech Republic, Malaysia, India, Nepal, China, Myanmar and the Dubai UAE. He also participated various esteem events like India’s largest event Travel Tourism Fair, ITB Berlin (World’s largest travel tourism fair in Germany), WTM London (World Travel Market, UK), Arabian Travel Market (ATM, Dubai) also participated for photo competitions of USA, Germany, and France. Among the remarkable achievements, receiving AJFB Award 2015 as the Best Tourism Promotion of Bangladesh is the most significant one. Other than Photography he also knows the nationally as Writes and in the Ekushay Book Fair Published his 6 Books other 2 Book will be published from Kolkata Book Fair. He has to Achieve remarkable 10 Awards. He also was known as Tourism Editor. With long working experience in Hospitality Industry in various capacities Dalton Well Known to the Industry as a Dynamic tourism Promoters for the Country. He is involved with national & international Tourism Events with private & Government organizations.

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