Tourism in Bangladesh

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Table of contents 1. 2.
2.1. 2.2. 2.3. 2.4. 2.5. 2.6.

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5.1. 5.2. 5.3. 5.4. 5.5. 5.6.

The upcoming tourist industry ........................ 31
Transportation .............................................................................31 Accommodation, restaurants and night life ..............................33 Tour operators .............................................................................35 How is Bangladesh sold ...............................................................36 The future Bangladeshi tourist supply.......................................38 The potential of the tourism industry ........................................39

Introduction ..................................................... 3 Bangladesh – at a glance ................................... 4 Geography...................................................................................... 4 Climate ........................................................................................... 5 History............................................................................................ 6 Population ...................................................................................... 7 National economy .......................................................................... 9 Travel advice for Bangladesh..................................................... 11

6. 7. 8.
8.1. 8.2. 8.3. 8.4. 8.5.

Executive summary ......................................... 44 Reference ........................................................ 47 Appendix ......................................................... 51 Tourist arrivals (in thousands) ...................................................51 Tourism revenue (in millions US$).............................................51 Players in the local tourism business..........................................51 Prices in Bangladesh....................................................................53 SWOT analysis of the Bangladeshi tourism sector...................56

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3.1. 3.2. 3.3. 3.4.

Tourist destinations........................................ 14 The four main tourist divisions.................................................. 14 The two secondary tourist divisions .......................................... 17 Status for tourist attractions ...................................................... 18 Potential ....................................................................................... 21

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4.1. 4.2. 4.3. 4.4. 4.5.

Target groups.................................................. 22 Inbound tourists .......................................................................... 22 The local middle and high class ................................................. 24 The expatriate community ......................................................... 26 Future tourist demand................................................................ 28 Potential ....................................................................................... 29

8.5.1. Strengths________________________________________________ 56 8.5.2. Weaknesses______________________________________________ 58 8.5.3. Opportunities ____________________________________________ 60 8.5.4. Threats _________________________________________________ 61

8.6.

Contact information ....................................................................62

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Reality however is not as devastating as indicated by the

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Introduction

image of the country since the national economy is improving, population growth has slowed down, poverty seems to be abating, and a nationwide nature warning system functions effectively. Further more Bangladesh is nowadays standing at a political crossroad as a temporary government since October 2006 has introduced reforms to eliminate corruption and public inefficiency. This paper is written by Majbritt Thomsen, Danish MA in Tourism living in Bangladesh since October 2007,...
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