Over 20,000 Malaysian tourists will visit Bangladesh next year, said Jabed Ahamed, chief executive officer (CEO) of Bangladesh Tourism Board (BTB).
He made this comment in the eighth edition of the "Tourism: A Penalty Shoot for the Economy of Bangladesh" webinar series organised by travel Magazine Vromon and the BTB on Wednesday.
"Our tourism sector will improve after the pandemic. The government will take all possible steps to ensure that tourists from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) member countries visit Bangladesh to celebrate our Tourism Year in 2021 and make it a successful one," said Jabed, who was the chief guest at the event.
He also stated, "Bangladesh has the fourth biggest Muslim community in the world. So, our relation with Malaysia is very strong."
The acting high commissioner of Malaysia to Bangladesh, Amir Farid Dato' Abu Hasan, said, "If we make right decisions with the right partners, we can go far ahead from the current position by collaborating with the tourism sector of Bangladesh."
A paper was presented by Fitra Mohd Ali on industry development of the Islamic Tourism Centre under the Malaysian Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture.
Hosted by Abu Sufian, editor of Vromon, special guest Ram Chandra Das, chairman of Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation, Md Fazlur Rahman, acting head of Bangladesh Tourist Police, and Mahbub Jaman Khan, director of Biman Bangladesh Airlines, were also present during the discussion among others.