Dhaka: Many of Bangladesh's well-off families are
utilising the Eid-ul-Fitr festival this year to take a holiday
abroad, moving away from the grime and jostling crowds at home.
Some tour operators recorded 20 percent increase this year in
their clients who will take a week-long holiday abroad, The Daily
Star reported Thursday.
Travel agents say the number of Bangladeshis travelling abroad or
visiting domestic tourist spots during a vacation like Eid is
Zahirul Islam Bhuiyan, chief executive officer of Discovery Tours
and Logistics, says overseas demand has increased by 20 percent
His firm will also send 50 people to Cox's Bazar, the southeastern
sea resort in Bangladesh, and Sylhet in the northeastern region
during the festival.
S. M. Shahabuddin, owner of International Institute of Hospitality
and Tourism Management near the beach of Cox's Bazar, said 100,000
people may travel to Cox's Bazar, the country's top tourist spot,
Egypt and Dubai (United Arab Emirates) are among the popular
foreign destinations. Bhuiyan's firm has also sent individuals or
groups to India, China, Malaysia, Australia, Singapore and
Taufiq Uddin Ahmad, president of Tour Operators Association of
Bangladesh, estimates that 50 tour operators in the country would
be flying some 40,000 people abroad during Eid.