India-Bangladesh tour operators intend to set up joint venture

Agartala, April 18 (UNI) Tripura Tourism Development Corporation on Monday convened an interface meeting of tour operators from Bangladesh and other northeastern states, West Bengal and Delhi to finalize strategies to boost tourism activities in the region. Tourism officials said that up to 25 leading tourism entrepreneurs from different parts of India and Bangladesh have joined the second edition of the three-day Bharat-Bangladesh Tourism Festival at Ujjayanta Palace, which was inaugurated by Deputy Chief Minister of Tripura, Jishnu Dev Varma, accompanied by Member of Parliament of Bangladesh, Dr Md Abdus Sahid on Sunday evening. “The tour operators have agreed to sign memorandums of understanding for package tours, start bus services with other destinations in the northeast, cultural exchange programs and launch a campaign on the tourism potential of the northeast and Bangladesh. At the end of the festival on Tuesday, several memorandums of understanding are expected to be signed between the northeast states and with tour operators in northern India and Bangladesh,” officials said. responsible. However, during the inauguration, Deputy Chief Minister Jishnu Dev Varma highlighted the northeast’s tourism opportunities with neighboring countries and between states, while Dr. Sahid focused on natural beauty, beaches, food and cultural places and activities of Bangladesh to attract tourists from the North East region and West Bengal. “The people of Bangladesh feel like home in Tripura because of the language, food habits and cultural affinity. Similarly, people here in Bangladesh feel like coming home. Tripura and Bangladesh are divided into lands, but the feelings and emotions The relationship between them has remained the same, which has encouraged the government of the two countries to explore the opportunities of trade, commerce and different exchange programs,” Dev Varma pointed out. further stated that a few hundred Bangladeshi nationals use Agartala as a travel corridor to Indian states every day.A large number of Bangladeshi people travel to South India, West Bengal, Delhi and Mumbai via Agartala airport. ‘Agartala and the Indian government are planning to organize international flights from here to South Asian destinations via cities in Bangladesh. Narendra Modi’s government has helped us to co n building an SEZ in the southern border town of Sabroom to attract investment from neighboring countries by taking advantage of the seaport of Chittagong, which is only 70 kilometers from the border of Tripura and now a bridge over the Feni River, is open”, Dev Varma added. Meanwhile, Dr. Sahid recalled Tripura’s contribution to the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War and reiterated that the government of Bangladesh is keen to further strengthen relations with Tripura and other Indian states. Bangladesh has already liberalized the visa regime and lifted several trade restrictions for India. “Tourism is one of the soft industries where the economies of both countries will develop each other and equally, opening an opportunity for other Southeast Asian countries to invest and get involved in tourism business. of the region. If things move in order, it is not far to announce a South Asian tourist circuit with all the beautiful places of our neighbors”, hoped Dr Sahid. UNI BB BM