Bangladesh to set up casino zones

Cox's Bazar
Cox's Bazar

Bangladesh plans to set up a tourism zones including casinos to boost tourism development, according to local media reports. 

The resorts would be reserved exclusively for foreigners, with the first likely to be situated in Cox’s Bazar, media cited State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Secretary Md Mohibul Haque as saying.

The minister was speaking at a press conference, organized to brief the media on the World Tourism Day programs for September 27.

Mohibul said the casinos were needed for the foreign tourists. “Malaysia has casinos where tourists enter after showing their passports.”

“We are not providing such facilities to them [foreign tourists] at the moment. We will build an exclusive tourist zone where these facilities will be available for the foreigners,” he added.

He said the government would also set up such zones in Khulna, Bagerhat and Satkhira, centring the Sundarbans and targeting foreign tourists.