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Joy as Fiji reopens borders to international tourists
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Joy as Fiji reopens borders to international tourists

Traditional dancers in grass skirts welcomed waving holidaymakers as Fiji opened its borders to international travellers Wednesday for the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic swept the globe and devastated its tourism-reliant economy. Fiji Airways flight FJ914 arrived a Nadi airport from Sydney at 11.40 am (2340 Tuesday GMT), ending 615 days of international isolation for the Pacific island nation. As the plane taxied down the runway, two fire engines lined up and aimed their hoses in the air to honour it with a water salute. Inside the terminal, face coverings obscured the beaming smiles of tourism operators but cries of "bula" (hello) and indigenous songs of celebration reverberated around the building. Fiji Airways chief executive Andre Viljoen said it was a "momentous" o...
Parliament passes legislation to regulate country’s tour industry
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Parliament passes legislation to regulate country’s tour industry

The Parliament on Thursday unanimously passed ‘The Bangladesh Tour Operators and Tour Guides (Registration and Operation) Bill, 2021’ to make it mandatory for tour operators and guides to get registered. It aims to bring the tour operators under the legal framework for ensuring the best services and thus give a boost to the tourism sector. State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism M Mahbub Ali moved the Bill and it was passed by voice vote. As per the proposed law, a touring company will have to collect a license. No company will be allowed to operate tours without registration. If anyone does, it would be tried under the Code of Criminal Procedure. The proposed law also has a provision for handing over the registration to another tour operator in case of death and physical...
Guliakhali Sea Beach declared as reserved tourism zone
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Guliakhali Sea Beach declared as reserved tourism zone

Guliakhali Sea Beach, a little-known sea beach located at Sitakundu Upazila in Chattogram, has been declared as a reserved area for tourism. The Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism announced 259.10 acres of land on the beach under Khas Land Account-1 protected for tourism. A notification signed by Deputy Secretary of the ministry Shyamoli Nobi was issued in this regard on Monday as per the President’s order. Development of tourism in the beach area is being hampered and affected because of unplanned establishments and other projects, says the notification. To stop the establishment of such structures and projects in the potential tourism area and to flourish the tourism sector of Bangladesh, the ministry has made the announcement under section 4 of the Bangladesh Tourism Res...