KHAGRACHHARI, Feb 14 : Normalcy is yet to be restored in tourism sector in Khagrachhari as the number of tourists has not yet increased. Its number is still beyond the expectation
During the last last four months there was very little number of tourist due to political unrest in the country in the the name of 19-parties continued hartal and blockade.
District administration sources said, there are 40 different types of hotel, motel and restaurant in the district headquarters and these can accommodate at least 20 thousand tourists including foreigners in a year.
All the hotel, motel, local handicrafts and tourism related businessmen can to earn more than Tk 5 core from the tourists in a year. All the hotesl, motels and restaurants earned more than Tk 1.5 core from tourist last year. But they had not fullfilled their targets due to political anarchy, the same sources added.
Managing Director (MD) of luxurious Hotel Gairing Ananta Bikash Tripura said now the tourist's season is going on and the numbers of tourist are also rising then the figures of last four months.
We get a few local tourists this year while presence of foreign tourists is also not satisfactory, he said adding that government would relax the rules in regard of foreign tourist movements in the hills. We can't earn as we expect this year, Ananta added.
Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation, Khagrachhari district unit Manager Alok Bikash Chakma said they had earned tk around 53 lakh in 2012-2013 financial year but they get only 1323 tourists, in last four months of 2013-2014 financial year. Both from residential and dining side they earn only tk 7 lakh while r the expenditure of their organization including salary of the staff was around twelve lakh.
This year their target is to earn tk 80 lakh but they can't reach their target due to shortage of the tourist, Alok Bikash added.