The other name of Tourism Business is the business which is possible through the precise presentation of any place or any attraction. The combination of some sectors is necessary to present tourism and Tourism industry is consisting of this combination. This industry moves forward by centralizing transportation & communication, foods & beverage, Entertainment and attractions. World Tourism is now much more ahead than ever before and Aviation industry has played an important role here behind the progress of the industry. Successful commercial flight of Planes has added a new dimension and the world have come within our own hand.
These two words-Travel and Tourism are the most talked-about words of the current world. The number of travel-seekers is increasing day by day. Air route has become the most popular and easiest way for communicating from one country to another. The whole world is traveling in air route. Day by day the prospect of aviation sector is increasing commercially, in the same way the need of skilled manpower is also increasing. In the world, 278 airlines from 117 different countries are operating their schedules flights to different terminals of the world by the means of their airlines international trade organization “International Air Transport Association (IATA).”
According to the information of International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), on an average, daily 1 lac flights are operated in different terminals of the world. From the context of air transportation, Bangladesh being a very lucrative destination is in the top among all the destinations. “Saudi Arabia Airlines is operating 23 flights weekly from Bangladesh to different countries of the world.”Said Mr. Mohammad Touhidul Islam, the proprietor and managing director of Safwan Tours & Travels. Besides, “Biman Bangladesh Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Etihad Airways, Singapore Airlines, Air Arabia, Qatar Airways and some other renowned airlines are operating their services from Bangladesh he added.”
The biggest and commercial IATA ticketing and travel agents association of Bangladesh, “The Association of Travel Agents of Bangladesh (ATAB)” is considering this sector as a potential one of Bangladesh. About 35 thousand skilled manpower will be needed in Bangladeshi aviation sector in the next few years for airport service, ground operation, promotion and development, ticketing arrangement, flight service and office management. Besides, a great number of skilled manpower is also needed in ticketing and reservation section of the travel agencies under ATAB membership.
The Government of Bangladesh has taken different types of projects with a view to bringing proper dimension in the aviation sector of the country as well as preparing skilled manpower. Meanwhile, with a view to implementing these projects the government has introduced NTVQF Level-2(Ticketing and Reservation) training with the financial aid of Canadian government along with ILO. Those students who have completed their training under this project will be capable of getting jobs in different sectors of tourism and aviation according to their qualification. Those who are interested in this sector can get training facilities on Tourism Management, Aviation Management, Ticketing and Reservation, Hospitality Management, flight operation management, tour guiding, travel desk management and so on from NHTTI, ATAB Tourism Training Institute, Update College, Regency Tourism Training Institute, BHMTTI.
In upcoming days, Tourism and Aviation will work as an aid to help reduce the number of unemployed from Bangladesh. Lakhs of young people will work in four domestic airlines; Biman Bangladesh airlines, Us Bangla, Regent airways and novoair along with some other foreign airlines. This industry will work as a weapon to help reduce the unemployment problem of Bangladesh.
Md. Shaifullah Rabbi
MBA, BBA (Major in Tourism and Hospitality Management)
Faculty of Business Studies
University of Dhaka