Tourists-empty Cox’s Bazar on holidays
Published: 06:05 PM, 15 April 2022 Updated: 06:05 PM, 15 April 2022
Tourist-free Cox`s Bazar beach; Photo: Daily Bangladesh
Although the holidays of Pahela Baishakh and the three-day weekends are coming to an end, there are no tourists in Cox’s Bazar. Although a number of local tourists can be seen at a couple of points on the beach, no tourists are visiting from far and wide.
Tourism officials believe that this situation has arisen due to Ramadan. However, those concerned are hopeful that a large number of tourists will come for the upcoming Eid.
Visiting the beach and the surrounding area, it was seen that the tourist centers are deserted. Officials and employees are spending lazy times in most of the hotels, motels, cottages and restaurants due to the tourists’ crisis. Hotels, motels and cottages in the tourist area, Kolatoli, are not booked. Beach bikes, floating hawkers, shopkeepers and photographers are sitting idle on the beach.
Jamal Uddin has been riding a beach bike on this beach for eight years. He said millions of tourists gather at Cox’s Bazar beach every year on the first day of Baishakh. However, this was not seen this year, as a result, we have fallen into “disarray”.
Beach photographer Shafiul Alam said the month of Ramadan is underway. Due to this, there are no tourists on the beach even on public holidays. Although there are a number of tourists, no one is taking pictures at sea – because most of them are local tourists.
Oyster-garland seller Abul Kashem said no tourists were seen on the Pahela Baishakh this year. “But I sold much better than other traders,” he added.
Fahima Akhter, a ninth-grader at Viqarunnisa Noon School in Dhaka, who was visiting Cox’s Bazar with her mother, said she came here on Wednesday to spend her holidays. “I heard that kite festival is held here every year on Pahela Baishakh. But this year it did not happen and yesterday there was no event on the occasion of Baishakh,” she mentioned.
Sohel-Raisa couple from Chattogram visited Cox’s Bazar three days ago. They said they came to Cox’s Bazar on the occasion of Baishakh. However, no Baishakh event was held here yesterday. Even though, they are enjoying thier time here. “To be honest, Cox’s Bazar beach is very beautiful. So, we are spending quality time,” said Sohel.
Mukim Khan, general secretary of Cox’s Bazar Kolatoli Hotel Motel and Resort Owners’ Association, said hotel and motel traders were “disappointed” that tourists did not come even during public holidays as it was the month of Ramadan. They see the possibility of tourists coming in the upcoming tourist season. So many people are preparing in advance for the arrival of tourists during Eid.
Cox’s Bazar Zone Additional Superintendent of Police Md. Mohiuddin Ahmed said apart from the beach, various entertainment centers are very empty. So the pressure on us is less.
He added that not only beaches and hotels, but also restaurants. The busiest Kolatoli and beach roads are also empty. That is why traders are dreaming of compensating for the upcoming Eid.