Serial blasts hit export, tourism in B'desh

DHAKA—The August 17 countrywide bomb blasts across Bangladesh have posed a negative impact on the export and tourism sectors, industry insiders said in Dhaka yesterday.

By From Our Correspondent

Published: Tue 23 Aug 2005, 10:27 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 4:16 PM

They said many of the foreigners suspended their scheduled tours of Bangladesh and were anxiously inquiring about the aftermath of the waveof blasts that killed two persons and injured over 150. Sources at Hotel Sonargaon said occupancy in the hotel, particularly in the business class, dropped significantly with the foreign buyers and businessmen stopped visiting the country since the incident.

We suffered a 5 to 6 per cent loss in business till Sunday as an impact of the August 17 occurrence, said a senior official of Sonargaon Hotel said. He, however, said the situation had started improving since yesterday.

The president of the Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association, Fazlul Haque, said the buyers were worried and it was clear through the way they communicated with the local exporters.

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