Developing Sustainable and Inclusive Buddhist Heritage and Pilgrimage Circuits in South Asia’s Buddhist Heartland
The International Conference on Developing Sustainable and Inclusive Buddhist Heritage and Pilgrimage Circuits in South Asia’s Buddhist Heartland in Dhaka, Bangladesh held from 27-28 October 2015 brought together a diverse range of actors and stakeholders i.e. government policy-makers, civil society, NGOs, community-based organizations, faith based entities, academic-research-professional institutions/bodies, development partners, relevant UN agencies/organizations and mass media with the aim at securing inclusive and sustainable promotion, protection, conservation and entire development of Buddhist Heritage and Pilgrimage circuits in South Asia’s Buddhist heartland.
Observing that Bangladesh has all the treasures to emerge as the world’s new tourist destination, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina called upon the Buddhist-populated countries to work out a roadmap to boost tourism of this region with Buddhist culture while inaugurating a high-profile two-day international conference “Developing Sustainable and Inclusive Buddhist Heritage and Pilgrimage Circuits in South Asia’s Buddhist Heartland” at the capital’s Bangabandhu International Conference Centre on 27th October 2015. Sheikh Hasina said the government has taken a decision to celebrate the year 2016 as the tourism year or “Visit Bangladesh Year-2016” for further strengthening the campaign and marketing of the tourism industry. Prime Minister also hopes that, the respected delegates would be able to draw a roadmap for the development and promotion of tourism industry in the region and they would come forward to help each other to implement the roadmap. She firmly believes that they would portray Bangladesh tourism in different international forum as they will pursue a new path of mutual cooperation. The Prime Minister later visited the tourism souvenir corner outside the auditorium.