During the “Combating Future Challenges in Tourism Security: Bangladesh Tourist Police Perspective” seminar in Dhaka on September 25, Bangladesh Tourist Police launched a 24/7 helpline number in an effort to ensure the safety and security of local and international travellers visiting the tourist destinations of the country.
Speaking on the occasion, the chief guest Chowdhury Abdullah Al-Mamun, Inspector General of Police, said, “Following the establishment of this special unit of Bangladesh Police dedicated to serving travellers, both domestic and foreign tourists will feel safe to freely roam around at the country’s tourist destinations even late at night.” Habibur Rahman, Additional Inspector General presided over the programme.
Jabed Ahmed, former CEO of Bangladesh Tourism Board; Ashwani Nayar, General Manager of InterContinental Dhaka; Monowara Hakim Ali, Member of Bangladesh Tourism Board Governing Body; Professor Dr Santus Kumar Deb, Chairman, Department of Tourism and Hospitality Management, University of Dhaka and Shiblul Azam Koreshi, President of Tour Operators Association of Bangladesh were also present on the occasion as speakers while Dr Md Masudur Rahman, Professor, Department of Marketing, University of Dhaka presented the keynote paper.
In their respective speeches, the speakers mentioned that the number of domestic travellers in the country has increased to 10 million currently due to the sense of safety they feel thanks to the Bangladesh Tourist Police.
Md Abu Kalam Siddique, Deputy Inspector General, Tourist Police, expressed in his closing remarks that the Tourist Police has brought the country’s most popular tourist destination, the world’s longest sea beach—Cox’s Bazar—under CCTV surveillance. And now, efforts are underway to bring the rest under CCTV surveillance to ensure complete security and safety of tourists.
It may be mentioned here that Tourist Police earlier launched an app called “Hello Tourist” as well as a Facebook page titled “Tourist Police, Bangladesh” to promote their safety and security efforts dedicated to local and international travellers. All these efforts of the Tourist Police to ensure the security of travellers should promote Bangladesh as a safe destination to visit worldwide in no time.
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