A three-day international tourism fair titled ‘First Trip 11th Bangladesh Travel and Tourism Fair (BTTF)-2023’ will be held in the capital from Mar 2-4. Tour Operators Association of Bangladesh (TOAB), the country's apex body of tour operators, is going to organize the travel expo. The fair will be held at Bangabandhu International Conference Center (BICC) with the association of Civil Aviation and tourism ministry, Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation (BPC), Bangladesh Tourism Board (BTB), FBCCI and Bangladesh Tourist Police. Airlines, hospitals, tourism boards from around 11 countries including India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Vietnam, Japan, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will be participating in the fair.
The information was revealed at a press conference on Tuesday (Feb 28) where BTB’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abu Taher Mohammad Jaber, TOAB president Shiblul Azam Koreshi, just past president Md Rafiuzzaman and fair director Mohammad Anwar spoke, among others, local media reported.
Jaber hoped that the fair will help the sector to get back its post pandemic track while the BTB has been preparing to implement the Tourism Master Plan with a holistic approach for sustainable growth of Bangladesh's tourism industry.
"Creating awareness about tourism and sustainable development of this sector are the main objectives of this edition of the fair and we hope this expo will attract more local, international tourists here," Koreshi said.
Rafiuzzaman said that a section of the fair will be dedicated to promote Bangladesh's domestic tourism for the first time.
Travel agencies, tour operators, hotels, resorts, cruise liners, destination management companies and other travel and tourism sector service providers will be showcasing their different products with various offers and discounts at fourteen pavilions and 146 stalls.
B2B sessions, seminars and roundtable discussions are also scheduled to be held during the fair as sideline events.
The fair will remain open from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.