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Fetching tourism potentials of Muslim countries

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BANGLADESH Prime Minister has called for everyone to work together to explore greater opportunities and potentials in tourism sector as tourism is the fastest growing sector. While tourism is greatly contributing to the economy and employing many youths across the world, the Islamic countries are lagging behind, despite having much potential, due to a lack of coordinated efforts. There are numerous scopes and opportunities to work together for the betterment and welfare of the people of Muslim Ummah.
As per the news media, Bangladesh Prime Minister came up with the remark while she inaugurated the 10th session of the Islamic Conference of Tourism Ministers in the capital on Tuesday. It is undeniable that the Islamic economy has become a new phenomenon in the world amidst the shrinking Western influence in the global economy. The Islamic economy continues to grow and be operated by the Muslim community around the world. Because of the universal acceptability of the Islamic products and services, and a large consumer community, it has a huge potential to develop faith-based Islamic products and services. These products and services have become popular even in the non-Muslim communities.
Travelling and tourism occupies a significant portion of the economy of the Muslim world compared with other Islamic products and services. Halal foods, Islamic finance, halal pharmaceuticals and cosmetics, halal tourism are some of the growing sectors of the Islamic economy. In order to develop these sectors, member-states of OIC need enhanced cooperation and partnerships both in public and private sectors.
Bangladesh has paid tremendous importance and emphasis on developing tourism by the formulation of a National Tourism Policy in 2010 to ensure sustainable development of tourism. To implement the policy, Bangladesh Tourism Board was established in 2010. It has been identified as a thrust sector in the Industrial Policy-2010 and the government is providing attractive investment facilities to local and international investors.
It is imperative to build an adhesive and cohesive relation among the member states of OIC in various fields of economy and culture, including tourism to achieve the goal.
Capacity building, knowledge and technology transfer, exchange of expertise, human resources development, occupational skill development, private sector and stakeholders' integration, strong institutional networking should be the prioritized areas to work on. The Islamic countries should have extended cooperation to build a tourism belt that can enhance their economy for the betterment of Muslims.

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