Drawing up tourism recovery plan

13 Jun 2020 10:17 AM
Image collected
The sudden outbreak of Covid-19 has plunged the tourism industry of Bangladesh into a worst-ever evolving challenge. Like elsewhere of the environment, the virus has recently taken an excellent toll on the slow-progressing tourism industry of Bangladesh in its all verticals -- leisure getaway, adventure or eco-tourism, organization or VFR etc. Meanwhile, different tourism market associations of Bangladesh possess called upon the federal government for a restoration incentive bundle for the survival of this delicate sector. The associations dread retrenchment of three million persons and about BDT 30 billion fiscal losses in this industry due to Covid-19. Tour Operator Association of Bangladesh (TOAB) offers held a separate press meeting; and Tourism Resort Industries Association of Bangladesh (TRIAB) has submitted a request letter for a recovery incentive package plus some different organisations wrote open up letters to the federal government. In fact, all of the associations reiterate identical recommendations for the survival of this industry. Though the government has recently declared a bailout program of about BDT 73 thousand crore in five separate loan-scheme incentive plans, Bangladesh tourism industry insiders happen to be skeptic about how exactly much money will trickle down for the survival of the tourism sector. Tourism as a service sector falls under bundle-1 of the federal government bailout programme.

Though tourism includes a multiplier effect on the society, the result is always not tangible. Occasionally, its impact cannot conveniently be calculated beneath the so-called mathematical program. Its extensive contributions must be justified by the confident improvements in communities and therefore in contemporary society. As its contribution isn't however perceived by the plan makers of Bangladesh, the budgetary allocation isn't made in the expected manner.

The coronavirus impact is immense, as tour operators have found confirmed tour packages cancelled; hoteliers shed their guaranteed bookings, food and beverage owners happen to be totally undone. This year during the peak time of the tourism, the sector has experienced the most severe crisis following the political turmoil in 2014.

This industry immediately needs at least 2-3 years' tax waiver to bounce back. Hence, listed below are needed some correct planning and policy suggestions from the federal government. Among the planning, more give attention to domestic tourism has to be manufactured. Domestic tourists have to be encouraged for travelling with latest enthusiasm as tourism places are now fresher than ever before. Simultaneously confidence should be constructed among the overseas tourists to go to Bangladesh.

In the planning process, there can be a year-long recovery incentive bundle such as for example, tax rebate for vacation resort owners and hoteliers; exemption of dual taxation on foodstuff and beverage industries. Likewise exemption of ferry and bridge tolls for tourist-carrying vehicles could be made. Access to tourism locations including archaeological sites could be calm for at least three years for group-tour managed by tour operators of Bangladesh. 

Interest-free deferred bank loans for investment on tourism parks, resorts, picnic spot, etc. could be offered. The policy may include budgetary allocation for production of tourism spots in the united states. Allocations also could be designed for the tourism training institutes that are involved in tourism individual resource development. As the skilled-manpower made by working out institutes go overseas and generate remittance for Bangladesh. Therefore, Ministry of Expatriate and Labour can help to find jobs abroad as soon as possible. Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism has recently sought information regarding losses from the tourism-related associations. Once the ministry receives all the information and data, it may calculate the actual loss and make correct planning about how to cope with the problem and provide recovery incentives.  Likewise, the travelling -- related updated facts and advisory should effectively be published. The tourists may be requested to travel responsibly and keep maintaining their very own hygiene -- they should practice frequent side washing and become careful that they don't litter the tourism spots.

If the planning is not executed properly, the tourism industry will lag behind all the industries of Bangladesh by many years. As retrenchments have previously occurred in the tourism sector of the united states, more time is required to create careers and get it back its original location. Tourism itself is definitely a resilient market in nature. This industry has evolved despite various disasters and global crises. It always bounces again with its rejuvenated persona. But, it needs time with congenial policy rules to bounce again. UNWTO can be hopeful of its go back with the much improvement. The organisation also recommends government insurance plan support for a few years. Based on the UNWTO suggestions, Bangladesh's tourism urgently takes a recovery incentive bundle. Once it receives incentives, the sector can contribute triple to the overall economy of Bangladesh.