After a long nine-month sanguinary war, we achieved our independence in 1971. Independence from the dominance of the then West Pakistan under the greatest leadership of the father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman is the supreme achievement of the Bengali nation. In the sphere of tourism industry, our main success was creation of Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation in 1972 by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. His immense visionary leadership and dream for development of tourism in the country inspired him to establish Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation as the national tourism organization. Bangabandhu, the greatest person of thousand years history of Bengali loved the country and always aspired to promote the country as one of the best tourist destinations of the world. The dedication and contribution of Bangabandhu's family to build up the newly-independent Bangladesh was also immense.
Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation (BPC) has been putting in an unflagging diligence to establish tourism as an industry in the country since its inception in 1972 by the Presidential Order no-143. As a Government Tourism Organization, the foremost objectives of the corporation are to promote tourism in Bangladesh, build up positive image of the country abroad, elevate infrastructure at tourist sites, provide services to tourists and flourish tourist resources that exist in Bangladesh, vis-à-vis contribute to the growth of the national GDP. The board of directors of the organization is comprised of three Directors and one full-time Chairman.
With the motto of providing best services to tourists as well as creation of standard facilities across the country, BPC always first ventured with the projects in different tourism potential areas. In fact, it showed the path for private investment. For the encouragement of private investment in the country and invite foreign investment, BPC in co-ordination with the Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism framed a national tourism policy in 2010.
At present this organization also encourages the private tourism investment in different tourism potential areas and help their investment find secured. For encouraging the private investment, it has leased out a few number of its establishments in private sector on management contract for a long time period.
Given that tourism is a fast growing and labour-intensive industry, to reap the due share of this fast expanding industry, Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation (BPC), has been developing and creating various tourist facilities throughout the country and it has plan to create tourist facilities in all the 64 districts of Bangladesh with active co-operation from private sector . Till date, it has created as many as 42 tourism establishments at different places of tourist attractions of Bangladesh in order to offer facilities to the tourists.
The organization is striving hard to create more infrastructural facilities to cater to the demand of increasing tourist arrival. BPC has upgraded its service standard for all kinds of tourists like elderly people, physically challenged people and children. Separate ramp for the physically challenged people have been installed; and discounted facilities are being offered to freedom fighters and other less privileged persons in the society.
Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation in liaison with Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism is actively working with at least 4-5 regional and sub-regional co-operations for the promotion of tourism. Some of those are – South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation (SAARC), Asia Co-operation Dialogue (ACD), Bay of Bengal Initiatives for Multi-sectoral Technical and Economic Co-operation (BIMSTEC), South Asia Sub-regional Economic Co-operation (SASEC), Asia Productivity Organization (APO). The objectives of all these co-operations are to pursue common goals that are regional development, employment generation and poverty reduction through co-operation of various issues including tourism. Bangladesh has also entered into agreement with some foreign countries for bilateral tourism development such as Iran, Pakistan, Kuwait and China. It has also signed an agreement with the Yunnan province of China for mutual tourism development. BPC is also making contact with different international airlines for offering package tours of Dhaka city and river cruise to the foreign tourists.
Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation is now again on the board of PATA.
Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation as a pioneer of tourism development in the country, it is always committed to bring about a positive change in Bangladesh through offering standard hospitality services, creating international standard and unique tourism facilities more and more, diversifying tourism products and developing tourism human resources. The organization is also firmly committed to generate employment and reduce poverty margin of the country.
Md. Ziaul Haque Howlader
Manager (PR & SP), Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation