The tourism sector has been the most affected in this pandemic as lockdown and harsh travel restrictions were imposed.
The lockdown began in March, 2020. After a few months when the lockdowns were lifted people began travelling but infections rose in April which imposed another lockdown making 4 million people unemployed.
Last month August 2021, the sector reopened again but tourists were allowed at half the capacity of hotels, resorts and beaches complying with mandatory health guidelines.
Amid the decline of infection rate many are not visiting the tourist destination in Bangladesh as per the assistant commissioner for tourism at the district administration of Cox’s Bazar. It is only foreigners involved with NGO that visit Cox’s Bazar. So as per the president of Tour Operator Association of Bangladesh (TOAB), the sector is dependent on local tourists for revenue.
He also requested for a relaxation of rules acquiring funds from the government since it is only the land owners that can apply for such incentives though he believes the sector can recover in 2022 if the infection rate declines further.