The government has a plan to install 30 wind turbines with 60-MW capacity in Cox’s Bazar within the next six months.
Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Lt. Col. (retd) Faruk Khan said this while speaking at a roundtable discussion marking the World Tourism Day (WTD) at Jatiya Press Club on September 27.
He called upon the owners of hotels and resorts to use green energy to supplement the government’s effort in establishing sustainable eco-tourism in the country.
Bangladesh Tourism Board (BTB) arranged the roundtable on this year’s WTD theme ‘Tourism and Sustainable Energy: Powering Sustainable Development’.
Civil Aviation and Tourism Secretary Khorshed Alam Chowdhury, chairman of Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation (BPC) Maksudul Hassan, BTB Chief Executive Officer Aktaruz Zaman Khan Kabir spoke on the occasion as designated discussants.
Editor of the Bangladesh Monitor Kazi Wahidul Alam presented the keynote paper highlighting problems and prospects of the tourism industry.
Khan said the government is considering withdrawing duties on gears used for tourism including tourist vehicles, hot balloon, water scoter and water ski as well as solar panel.
Citing the government’s diverse initiatives including introduction of green fund, he said the private sector should come up with investment in the tourism sector to make the country’s tourist destinations attractive for both local and foreign tourists.