Tourists snub Bandarban

Buddhyajoti Chakma | Update:

Nilachal, one of Bandarban`s busiest tourist spots, wore a deserted look this Eid. Prothom AloTourism businesses in Bandarban has been hit hard by the recent landslide that had claimed around 150 lives. Although tourists used to flood different parts of the district during Eid and other holidays, the number has plummted this Eid.

Around 11:00am on Tuesday, most of the district's tourist spots looked empty. A number of people roaming around said they were in fact residents of nearby areas.

"We are four friends coming from Dozahari. We will return by afternoon," Jasim Uddin, one of the tourists said.

At the entrance of Meghla tourist spot, ticket seller Sukumar Das said only 180 tickets have been sold till 10:30am from the morning. Last year, more than a thousand tickets were sold in those few hours.

Assistant manager of Parjatan Motel Suman Tanchangya said there was no booking there for Tuesday while the next day 50 percent of the rooms have been booked.

The waterfall next to the Bandarban-Chimbuk highway was almost empty as well. Prothom AloAshish Dhar, manager of Green Hill, a moderate hotel, said his hotel is empty, whereas it was full booked seven days before Eid last year.

Mohammad Badsha, treasurer of Bandarban Jeep Bus Shramik Union, said last year they rented out 500 vehicles, but this time only 50 have been rented by the tourists.

However, the district administration is not that frustrated. "It's true the number of tourists have gone down, but it's not alarming. There is still time for the tourists to come," said Hossain Muhammad Al Mujaheed, nejarat deputy collector (NDC) at the deputy commissioner's office.

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