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Low tourist figures frustrate Cox’s Bazar hoteliers

2014-10-07 17:37:21
Low tourist figures frustrate Cox’s Bazar hoteliers

Thereport24.com Correspondent, Cox’s Bazar:

The number of visitors from other districts arriving in Cox’s Bazar did not match expectations in this year’s Eid-ul-Azha despite an all-out preparation of the leisure facilities.

Local tourists gathered at the sea beach in large numbers instead.

General secretary of Cox’s Bazar Hotel Motel Guest House Owners’ Association Abul Kashem Sikder said arrival of tourists from other districts was uncertain despite a long vacation that include Durga Puja and Eid-ul-Azha holidays.

“Unlike previous years, we did not have advance bookings this time. Nonetheless, we hope the number of visitors will go up within a day or two,” he said.

“Many families did not go on vacation before or after Eid as they had to complete Qurbani rituals like slaughtering animals and processing the meat,” added Kashem.

Abu Taleb, leader of Luxurious Hotel Owners’ Association, said the hotels with star ratings had attractive arrangements for guests and the prices were also low compared to previous years.

“Yet, we do not have as many tourists and visitors as we anticipated. We are optimistic that the depressing picture will not stay long,” he added.

The small number of visitors coming from other districts visited Inani beach, Daria Nagar and Himchari. Many of them also travelled to St Martin’s Island and returned safely as the weather remains favourable.

Belal Abedin Bhutto, executive director of Travel Tune, said more than 2,000 visitors would go to St Martin’s Island at this time of the year every day in the past but the number had sharply fallen to a maximum of 500.

Lifeguard agencies, meanwhile, have taken all necessary safety precautions to prevent unexpected death of visitors bathing on the beach.

In-charge of Robi Lifeguard Syed Nur said lifeguards were working at all the key points on the beach but said the visitors should also take precautions themselves to avoid danger.

“Visitors should be aware of the time when they are planning to go down to the water. It is less safe to be in water during ebb. One should not go down to deep water if he does not know how to swim,” he said.

Tourist police have also been deployed on the beach to avoid any untoward situation.

District police super Shyamol Kanti Nath said tourist police would make sure that the visitors are not harassed in any point on the beach.

“They are also on alert to prevent theft, mugging and sexual harassment,” he said.

There are more than 300 hotels and motels, and over 200 guest houses and cottages where more than 1.5 lakh visitors and tourists can check in.

Ends/thereport24.com/MI/Oct 07, 2014

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