Hoards of travellers have flooded the Shugondha and Inani beaches of Cox’s Bazar along with other tourist spots during the Eid-ul-Adha Holidays this year.
According to the business owners who stand to profit from the travel industry, over 1 Lac tourists are estimated to visit Cox’s Bazar if this pace of tourism is maintained. If the expected number of tourists do visit this sandy beach front city post-Eid, they will be able to compensate for their losses and earn some profit.
On 13 July, Wednesday, the fourth day of Eid, at 10 am countless tourists gathered on the spot of the Shugondha Point of Cox’s Bazar Beach. People were seen having the best times of their lives at other points of the beach as well. Some were playing in the salty water of the beach, while some just stood on the sandy beach, mesmerised by the beauty of the ocean.
From the hotels, guest houses and cottages in the Kolatoli, Laboni Point, and Shugondha area, it has been found that every hotel has been occupied by 50 to 120 travellers. They will be occupying 60 to 80 per cent of the rooms in those hotels and guest houses for 5 days, from 12th July to16th July. So, to attract more tourists, the hotels and guest houses are willing to provide a maximum of 60 per cent discount.
Cox’s Bazar Hotel-Motel, Guest House Owner’s Association General Secretary Abul Kashem Sikder has informed that until Saturday, 10th July, 75 to 80 per cent of rooms of the hotel-motel and guest houses were empty. Then the tables were turned on Sunday, and now there is a flood of tourists. He is hopeful that this tourism trajectory will keep elevating in the upcoming days as well.
Cox’s Bazar Kolatoli Marine Drive Hotel-Motel Owners Association General Secretary Mukhim Khan said that visitors suddenly started coming down to the beach after 10 am. As the day progressed, the beach’s Labani, Sugandha and Kalatali points became crowded with visitors. This crowd will probably increase around the afternoon.
He hopes that more tourists from the furthest corners will arrive in Cox’s Bazar on 14th July, Thursday, as the next 2 days, Friday and Saturday, are Government holidays.
Habibur Rahman, the leader of Cox’s Bazar Labani Point Business Association, said that tourism businesses in Cox’s Bazar have become stronger during the Eid holidays. The businesses started on the second day of Eid. Now the businesses are booming. He hopes that this progress will remain unhindered for the next couple of days.
Mahbubur Rahman, the team leader of the beach workers on duty at Cox’s Bazar beaches, said special attention has been paid to the overall safety and well-being of the tourists. Multiple teams are working hard to ensure this goes on without a glitch.
Rezaul Karim, the Additional Superintendent of Cox’s Bazar Tourist Police said, we have made arrangements so that no tourist is harassed, and they can return with good memories of their trip.