Tourismis growing faster day by day over the world. It can also be the major source offoreign earnings and can also be a part of employment for many developingcountries (Haque, M. A., Islam, F., 2015, PP 23-32). Tourism is a way of leisureactivity and a great way of recreation.
Tourism is mainly the movement ofpeople from one place to another. Two basic elements of tourism are thedestination and the stay. In short, tourism means the business of providinginformation, transportation, accommodation and other services to travelers(Rahman, M.
L., Hossain, S. M. N., Miti, S. S.
& Kalam, D. A., 2010, pp. 65-75). Tourism can be defined as one or more nights awayfrom home, or a day trip of over 40 km, which includes foreign and domestictravelers, includes many industries, e.g. accommodation, attractions, food andbeverage, recreation, culture, entertainment, transportation, retail.
As Bangladeshis blessed with beautiful natural resources so it has so many potential intourism sector. With that we can easily earn so many foreign currencies whichcan increase our GDP significantly. Beyond Cox’s Bazar and Sundarbans, Sylhetis in the third position of the ladder of priority of tourism sector inBangladesh (Rahman et al 2010, pp. 65-75). Sylhet region is growing faster in thetourism industry of Bangladesh. Sylhet is situated in the northern-eastern partof Bangladesh. Sylhet is situated graphically beside Surma Valley with teaplantations and lush green tropical forests. Above all, Sylhet is a primeattraction for all tourists visiting Bangladesh.
About 80 km. far away fromSylhet town, Srimangal, which is known as the tea capital of Bangladesh, is theactual tea center of the area (Haque, M. A., Islam, F., 2015, PP 23-32). Though,Sylhet has good potential to be developed and promoted as one of the main tourismdestinations in Bangladesh. However, a large gap exists to reach there. Themajor reasons behind this situation are lack of local peoples, policy makers,and tourism service providers’ awareness about sustainable tourism, itsbenefits and its positive impacts on the Sylhet’s natural environment, culturalheritage, local economy, and society (Jahan, N.
& Amin, M. R., 2014). However,quality and quantity of research works in our country on this sector is verypoor.
In this situation, as a small but pleasant part of the nation, tourismsector of Sylhet region has not gained much attention in research as well as inactual development. In fact, Sylhet has a bright prospect to develop itstourism sectors as its treasures whether it is going to be a worrying situationin absence of proper plan and realistic steps. In my research, problems of thetourism sector of Sylhet region would be investigated and after this with theempirical experiences, solutions would be provided. Tourism would increase themobilization of economic condition which will expand the scope of employment inthis area. Thus, another potential areaof income will be established and it will play a tremendous contribution in ournational economy.
If the problems can be solved and congenial situation fortourism in Sylhet area are established, it would attract the foreign visitorsfabulously because this area is well known for dealings with foreigners. Thus,our socio-Economic condition and image will be boost up. Furthermore, thisresearch would play a vital role to develop the tourism sector of Sylhet andthrough this it will contribute to the national development process ofBangladesh. Hypothesis Sylhet have some great potentialitiesto be one of the best tourism places in Bangladesh. Sylhet is mainly the landof fascinating hills and tea gardens. Other focuses of Sylhet are: hills,waterfall; museums, lalakhal etc. are the main focus for the tourists. Everyyear many foreign tourists as well as our countries’ tourists come to visitthese places.
Young generations are more interested in Sylhet’s tourism. Theywant to discover and know new places to enlarge their knowledge. Thetransportation system, and most importantly the border area of Sylhet give itthe most potentialities to become the best tourism place. Someother vacation destination of Bangladesh are: Cox’s Bazaar, the longestunbroken clean and sandy beach in the world; Sundarbans, the home of the majesticRoyal Bengal tigers; Dhaka, the capital known as the city of mosques andMuslim; Rangamati, the heart of the panoramic lake district; Chittagong, thelargest port city of the country and known as the city of shrines; Mainamati,Mahasthangarh and Paharpur.
These places are also very important forBangladesh’s tourism. But some factors like accommodation, transportation,safety, economical condition etc. all of these factors are concerned in thesevisiting these places. On the other hand these places are well known to all,and there are new things in these places.
But day by day Sylhet is becomingknown to all and we all are fond of new discoveries.Significance The significance of tourism isviewed from many angles like economic, social, cultural, political, etc. I havegone through about some concepts of Tourism in Bangladesh. But these shortconcepts do not contain all information for discovering the tourism potentialsof a destination. Sylhet is one of the most beautiful and historical place ofBangladesh. It has huge potential to explore the tourism sector.
There is ahuge potentiality to develop border tourism in Sylhet with the adjacent partsof India. Even it can easily attract a large number of local and foreigntourists for its unique features and earn a large amount of foreign exchanges.This paper intends to identify the tourist products of Sylhet, what strategyand guidelines are needed to develop the destination at the internationalstandard.
This paper will assist stakeholders to identify the potentials oftourism development and will also help others for further investigation in thesector. Methodology Two types ofmethod for collecting data are:i) Primary dataii) Secondary Data For primary data I will conduct some interviewwho has already visited Sylhet. I will also do survey related to Sylhettourism. At the time of collecting data I will consider gender, income,educational level etc. to know what sorts of people are more interested intravelling. Secondary data will be collected fromthe various travel magazines as well as articles available in the websites. Iwill be using Google for searching various PDFs which is written on thepotentiality of tourism development in Sylhet.
I will also do literature review for the secondary data. I will gothrough some books for more information about tourism. I will also useNewspaper and Journal for collecting other secondary data.