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Bangladesh plans new aviation route eying Indian tourists

11Civil aviation and tourism minister Rashed Khan Menon on Sunday said Bangladesh plans to introduce a new aviation route between Sylhet and Chittagong expecting it to attract tourists from bordering northeastern Indian region.

Inaugurating a photographic exhibition on tourism in the capital, he said his ministry contemplated introduction of the route taking into account the attraction of the sea resort town of Cox’s Bazar to the residents of landlocked hilly northeastern region of India, BSS reports.

“The Cox’s Bazar sea beach is nearer to them compared to any beach in their own country (India) . . . tourists from Shillong and Guwahati take the air travel entering into Sylhet crossing the land border,” he said.

Menon said directives were issued asking the civil aviation authority to work on the plan.

The minister also revealed another ambitious plan of “selling tropical Bangladesh’s famous monsoon to people of Middle Eastern deserts who do not get the opportunity of witnessing rains”

“Middle Eastern people are fond of monsoon what they can’t see in their own countries . . . the famous Sylhet downpour could be a matter of great attraction for theirs,” Menon said.

The minister was inaugurating a photographic exhibition and screening of a documentary on young adventurist M Z Rahman who walked down from extreme northwestern Banglabandh point to extreme southeastern Teknaf in 44 days.

A student of the Government Titumir College, Rahman took snapshots of scenes that appeared interesting to him while Bangladesh Tourism Board (BTB) sponsored the three-day exhibition at the National Museum auditorium.

BTB’s Chief executive officer Akhtaruzzaman Khan Kabir, Director General of National Museum Faizul Latif Chowdhury and Principal of Government Titumir College Professor Abu Haedar Ahmed Naser also spoke on the occasion.

The Minister said the government took huge preparations to celebrate the tourism year 2016, targeting to get one million foreign tourists in the country.