World Tourism Day 2012
World Tourism Day held on 27th September 2012. To create awareness among people about tourism, every year UNWTO organizes ‘World Tourism Day’ globally in this day. Like other countries Bangladesh also had taken initiatives to celebrate the day in a festive way. As a National Tourism Institute of the country, Bangladesh Tourism Board has taken many initiatives by organizing different programs under the supervision of the Ministry of Civil Aviation & Tourism for celebrating the day. The motto of 2012’s World Tourism Day was “Tourism & Sustainable Energy: Powering Sustainable Development”.
Bangladesh Tourism Board organized Rally, Roundtable Discussion, Talk Show and published supplement in Daily Newspapers in the view of this day. A colorful rally held on 27th September 2012 at 8:00 am from TSC area of Dhaka University. The rally was inaugurated by Mr. Muhammad Faruk Khan, MP, Hon’ble Minister, Ministry of Civil Aviation & Tourism, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh. Hon’ble Mr. Khorshed Alam Choudhury, Secretary of the Ministry of Civil Aviation & Tourism was present as special guest. Hon’ble Vice Chancellor of Dhaka University, Mr. A.A.M.S. Arefin Siddique were be present as invited guest in the rally. Supplement was published in the daily newspapers with the message from Hon’ble President, Hon’ble Prime Minister & Hon’ble Minister focusing on the occasion and the motto of the day. Talk Shows in different television channels were organized where Hon’ble Minister and the Secretary discussed with different people who are engaged with the tourism industry of Bangladesh, on the motto of 2012’s World Tourism Day which was “Tourism & Sustainable Energy: Powering Sustainable Development”. A roundtable discussion held on the same topic with the participation of people engaged with the Tourism Industry of Bangladesh, on 27 September 2012 at National Press Club, Dhaka. Hon’ble Minister, Ministry of Civil Aviation & Tourism, Mr. Muhammad Faruk Khan, MP were present as the Chief Guest in the round table discussion
Bangladesh Tourism Board organized a two day long Photo Exhibition & Competition named “Lets See Beautiful Bangladesh” on 27-28 September 2012 in the South Plaza of National Parliament Building with the support of Social organization “Work Space” and with the support of “Vromon Bangladesh” organization at Chittagong Shilpokala Academy. A debate competition organized on Tourism by Bangladesh Tourism Board at TSC Cafeteria of the University of Dhaka with the support of Dhaka University Tourist Society on 27 September 2012. As a part of the celebration of the day in Dhaka and other tourism cities out side of Dhaka, Rally, Roundtable discussion, Photography Exhibition, special discount on food and accommodation in star rated hotel and motels, road decoration, branding, lighting, food festival, banner, festoon, etc. had been arranged. Apart from these a “Tourism Photography Competition” & an “Icon Competition” organized.