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Coronavirus impact hits Cox's Bazar tourism business

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Shibabrata back from Cox's Bazar :

As world-wide impact  of the attack of coronavirus continues , the hotel-motel as well as  tourism  business has been badly  affected in Cox's Bazar recently .
Tourism and hotel industry that thrived for more than half a century, has been affected on a large scale as hotels and motels in Cox's Bazar have become tourist-less buzzing of tourists and holiday-makers has been fallen owing to the cancellation of their hotel and motel booking in the wake of Corona Virus that has already been declared endemic by world Health organization (WHO) on 11th March.
In fear of large scale Corona attack many foreign tourists and expatriates have been cancelling their hotel booking now-a-days, for this the hotel and tourism business is going to sustain a huge financial loss owing to the dearth of tourists and holiday-makers in Cox's Bazar, the most expatriate-studded region in the country, While talking to The New Nation  many hotel and motel authorities opined, during this season every year, there had been heavy rush of expatriates, tourists, holiday-makers in Cox's Bazar. Even advance booking was very hard here in hotels and motels. But this year, there has been scarcity of expatriates, tourists and holiday-makers in hotels and motels in Cox's Bazar town  areas on Friday and Saturday . The hotels were 80% booked up by expatriates, tourists and holiday-makers of both and abroad.
There have been almost 300 hotels and motels, small and large, which are almost without tourists, expatriates and holiday-makers.
Those who are attached to this vital tourism and hotel business sectors opined, 5 to 6 lakh expatriate-tourists pay a visit to Bangladesh every year particularly December-January-March season (dry season) of whose a large number of tourists come form china.
Owing Corona Virus attack, arrival form China has been suspended. In expatriate-studded Cox's Bazar in Chittagong Division about 20-25 lakh are staying abroad, of whom at least 10-12 lakh have been staying in U.K. and other European Countries, Middle Eastern countries like K.S.A. Oman, Bahrain, Kwait, Qatar, Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
About 5-6 lakh are staying in Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Japan, Australia and New Zeeland. Several lakhs of Chittgong-based expatriates are living in America and Canada.
For the last two weeks, Chittgong-based expatriates arrival to Cox's Bazar has been fallen awfully, for which the hotels and motels have hardly 20-25% boarders.

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