There is no doubt that Bangladesh’s scenic beauty is one of its defining features and also a major attraction to tourists around the world. Tourism, therefore, can be a game changer for our economy. Unfortunately, due to lack of maintenance and proper policy to protect local tourist spots, the industry is failing to attract foreign visitors. Local visitors, among other influences, are largely to blame for the deteriorating condition of many tourist spots; they randomly dump trash such as poly bags, plastic bottles, water cans and other packaging materials to the detriment of the environment.
It is perhaps no wonder that such a thing should happen because we, as a nation, have a pathetic track record of breaking laws as well as a poor understanding of individual responsibility to preserve the environment. In Cox’s Bazar and surrounding regions, the huge presence of Rohingya refugees has led to the destruction of forests and caused an ecological imbalance the effects of which are already being felt. Some tourist spots face the triple whammy of lack of accommodation, security and communication. The government, along with the private sector, should come forward and utilise the potential of tourism by creating the right environment so that tourists may visit the places without causing any harm to them.