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  1. Homo Sapiens

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    Sajjadur Rahman and Jagaran Chakma

    Bangladesh's tourism sector has grown with the pace of the country's economic growth in the past decade, as more and more people are having sizeable disposable income.

    In the past decade, the economy grew at an average of 6.5 percent; and in the last three years it clocked in more than 7 percent growth.

    At the end of last fiscal year, the per capita income stood at $1,751, in contrast to $703 nine years earlier.

    Though Bangladesh does not get a big number of foreign tourists, it has millions of domestic tourists who go for vacations often.

    According to different tour operators, the number of domestic tourists rose to 70 lakh in 2017 from 60 lakh a year earlier.


    And, December is the second busiest month after July for tourism in Bangladesh, as the schools break up for winter vacations then.

    “We have no room to rent until December 25,” said Iqbal Mohsin, general manager of Hotel Sea Crown, located on the beachfront at Cox's Bazar.

    The hotel has 90 rooms and the prices range from Tk 4,000 to Tk 7,500 a room.

    Winter is the peak season for tourism in Rangamati's Sajek, which has a strong appeal to tourists for its pristine natural beauty and indigenous population, said Suparna Debbarman, president of Cottage Malik Samity of Sajek, a forum of owners.

    “Now a tourist must book in advance for a room in Sajek.”

    Sajek has 90 resorts and cottages that can accommodate only 2,000 persons daily.

    The middle- and higher middle-class now love to spend money for recreation and leisure purposes, said Santus Kumar Deb, assistance professor of the department of tourism and hospitality management of the University of Dhaka.

    Referring to his research findings, he said the middle-class spend Tk 15,000 to Tk 20,000 per year, while the higher middle-class spend more than Tk 80,000 a year for tourism.

    Many Bangladeshis go abroad for recreation due to lack of facilities in the country.

    About 20 lakh people visited India last year and 7 lakh Thailand, he said, adding that several lakh Bangladeshis go to Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia a year for tourism.

    However, an official of the Indian embassy in Dhaka said they issued 14 lakh visas in 2017. But the number of tourists may be higher as they get visas for one year with multiple entries.

    MGR Nasir Majumder, a director of the Travel Operators Association of Bangladesh, said domestic tourism has been increasing in Bangladesh riding on young visitors as they have high interest in exploring new areas and also the time.

    The market size of domestic tourism reached Tk 5,000 crore in 2017 while it was not more than Tk 500 crore 10 years earlier, said Majumder, also the managing director of Century Travels Services.

    About 70 percent of tourists prefer visiting Cox's Bazar and Chittagong Hill Tracts, followed by Sundarban and Sylhet.

    Tour operators generated about 25,000 jobs directly across the country; about 500 operators provide services including hotel and transport booking, guide etc, he added.

    “Domestic tourism is booming, but there is no hard data on it,” said Aktar Ahmed, deputy director (marketing and public relations) of Bangladesh Tourism Board, a state-owned agency.

    The tourism board recorded 778,143 inbound tourists last year and the country made revenue of $97.05 million from foreign tourists.
     
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  2. Homo Sapiens

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    One thing to be noted here, 20 lakhs Bangladeshi goes to India every year while for Thailand the figure is 7 lakhs. That means, Thailand receive per capita more Bangladeshi people than India(one Bangladeshi tourist for every 675 Indian but one Bangladeshi tourist for every 97 Thais). But I do not find Thais are screaming about 'illegal Bangladeshis are taking over Thailand' mantra. Although Thailand is three times richer than India by gdp per capita. But it seams Bangladeshi people are not a problem for Thailand. Be it a reason that, there is no hindutva politics in Thailand?
     
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    The main reason is that Bangladeshis stick out in Thailand...and dont know any local language...and neither is there any direct 3 ways to sunday border between BD and Thailand.

    So use your common sense you absolute idiot.

    No one is saying that BD people that get visas (and thus screened by Indian consulates) to visit India are turning into illegals by overstaying or whatever (you do understand there is such a thing as entry/exit stamp data for border forces and Indian govt to look at right?...and have policy-revoked 20 years ago if any major discrepancy found).

    Illegal Bangladeshis enter India by all together different means and reside there for all together different reasons (to BD tourists)....in fact getting their name on a visa database is last thing they would want to do.

    I am glad that you are getting this desperate and shrill (given the political transformation of the N.E based on this issue) over what is going to inevitably happen in the short and mid term because of your illegals.

    You couldnt dictate any terms to Myanmar....you have no chance with Dada. Open wide when the time (of our choosing) comes.

    @Aung Zaya @hellfire @django @Game.Invade @CHACHA"G" @Major Sam @Desert Fox
     
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    They call it tourists, we call them Illegal Immigrants..
     
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    That guy is neck deep in hatred that he started comparing tourists to illegals. I will never understand why would they deny that many Illegal Bangladeshis are in India. I would not have said if i didn't see from my own eyes.

    I approached and asked them but i wouldn't say they were doing any illegal work but only hard labor work. so yes they residing in India illegally but not in illegal work.
     
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    Tamil slumdog because of bangldeshis your people able to eat. Big amount of bd tourist spending big bucks helping indian economy grow. Obvious it's too much for your bleak tamil head to comprehend you fascist hindutva scumbag who seems to be drinking the the cow coala daily sometimes hourly !

    Nope. Your hindutvas label tourist or none tourist as "illegal BANGLADESHIS" shame on your people need another 100years to become civilised lol. You should be thankful BD tourist contributing to indian economy. Such uncivilised people and nation of a suppa power country damn. Imagine Switzerland banned Indians for smelly bad. Or non whites coming in. It's u thinkable of any civilised country's doing such thinks, tourism takes place all over the world only the low iq low class cheap minded Indians have issues.
     
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    No Indian has ever been able to give a simple explanation why they allow BD'shis to freely visit India while claiming that BD'shis are illegally entering India in the millions.
     
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    @Nilgiri and you guys helped them , actually made them independent ,,,,,,,, LMAO ……. Now enjoy …… I am feeling sad for you man.
     
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    India did it for it's own interests.

    BD has already paid back India many times for this help.


    Dont let your butt-hurt at BD make you form some kind of "alliance" with your enemy India.
     
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    Butt-Hurt from BD !!!!!!!!! Joke of the day !!!!!!!! Alliance no kido ….. Just showing him @Nilgiri and many other Indian members here on PDF what type of people BDeshis are !!!!!!! How ungrateful this nation is to her real father of nation (India) !!!!!!! That's It.
     
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    So when does BD stop being grateful to India for their help in 1971?
    Can we have a date from you?
     
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    Good point. Getting Indian visa is very easy in BD. Rejection rate is almost nil. So if India was such a dream destination that crores of Bangladeshi people have gone to India illegally braving BSF bullet, then I would expect much larger number of Bangladeshi to apply for Indian visa than just 2 million. At least 5 million visa apply every year and at least 2 million should vanish once reached in India. But this is not happening. Given the vast population of Bangladesh, extensive economic relation, people to people relation(Most of the Bangladeshi Hindus have relatives in West Bengal), medical tourism, 2 million visit is not much. You can be sure, most of this 2 million people are repeat visitor, due to 5 years multiple entry visa. 80 percent Bangladeshi never gone to India I am sure.
     
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    Exactly - no country in the world complains of millions of illegal immigrants from country X and then hands out millions of visas to country x.

    Indians are both playing their politics due to demographics and also trying to look that they are so developed that BD'shis will flock there as illegals.

    Pathetic "country" which will be trounced in the next 10-15 years economically by BD.
     
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    This is true, Bangladeshis are providing millions of Indians with jobs and livelihood through tourist spending, trade, remittance etc. Instead of whining about demographic threat, loss of habitat, becoming endangered, Indians should rather be grateful to Bangladesh and get rid of their paranoia and insecurity.
     
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