Bangladesh International Travel and Tourism Expo (BITTE)-2022 is going to be held on 1-3 December at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre at Begum Rokeya Avenue in the capital.
Officials of the Association of Travel Agents of Bangladesh (Atab), organiser of the expo, at a press conference in the capital on Tuesday said the expo will create an opportunity to showcase air ticketing, hotel bookings, tour packages, traditional food and other services to domestic and foreign tourists.
Tourism stakeholders like airlines, travel agencies, tour operators, hotel motels, resorts, restaurants, and event management firms from at least 30 countries are expected to participate in the event, they informed.
Atab President SN Manzur Murshed (Mahbub) said, "One of the objectives of organising the expo is to showcase Bangladesh's diverse tourism sector and services to the world market and promote inbound tourism by highlighting popular tourist destinations of our country."
"In addition, companies and organisations participating in the fair will be able to exhibit and sell their products or services," he added.
According to industry insiders, though Bangladesh has enormous tourism prospects, the number of foreign travellers is still very low in comparison to neighbouring countries like Bhutan, Nepal, and India.
There will be exhibitions, seminars, roundtable discussions, workshops and B2B sessions to discuss policies required to be formulated and implemented to move the country's travel and tourism sector forward, said Manzur Murshed.
Bangladesh recorded a total of 323,000 foreign tourists in 2019, according to the Bangladesh Tourism Board.
Among others, Atab Secretary-General Abdus Salam Aref also spoke at the press conference.