Tour Operators Association of Bangladesh (TOAB), was formed in the year of 1992. This was the time when a handful of agencies operating tours inside Bangladesh, felt the need of such an association or trade body to overcome immense problems and difficulties being faced by them regularly. Besides this, the other main objective or aim of the organization was to develop and nourish tourism in Bangladesh and to promote tourism products of Bangladesh in the international arena. After long wait and completion of different formalities, the association was recognized as a trade organization by the Ministry of Commerce, Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh in 2002. Currently TOAB is having 678 members.
It was started from 47 New Easkaton road in 1992. Hasan Mansur was the founder President followed by Faridul Haque, Syed Ghulam Qadir, Syed Ghulam Mohammad, Harunur Rashid, Col. Rtd Anisuzzaman, ASM Samsul Arefin, and Syed Ashraful Haque. TOAB was registered as a trade body in 2002 under the able leadership of Faridul Haque and his Team mates: Syed Ghulam Qadir, Taufiq Rahman, Zahiruddin Babar, DH Dulal, Nawshad Ali Khan. The process was supported by Khorshed Ali Mollah, later who became a member of TOAB.
In tourism, all over the world tourist's expectations are very high for a hazardless traveling, secured food & lodging, efficient spot-visits, economically cost-effective transaction in every step whether it is a business or a personal recreational tour. To fulfill these demands of an individual or group of tourists the tour operators come into picture and provide all the services they need. They are like one-stop service provider starting from their arrival to departure in case of the overseas tourists and from your house back to your house in case of local tourist either it is inside the country or to a foreign land. In Bangladesh where the infrastructure of this industry is not well developed it is always recommended that a tourist should arrange his travel here through a member of TOAB, which will be more safe and authentic.
It is a fact that due to different limitations prevailing in the field, TOAB failed to perform to its full capacity in the past years. However, they still hold meeting to exchange views with the Aviation and Tourism Journalist Forum, observed World Tourism day and organized seminar in collaboration with Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation. It also organized seminar in association with Federation of Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industries (FBCCI). It is expected that, with the change in the whole atmosphere in Bangladesh including the executive body of TOAB, they will do much more in the coming years. TOAB is the Premium Partner of Dhaka Travel Mart since its inception.
TOAB maintains excellent relationship with Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism, Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation, Bangladesh Hotel Owner Association of Travel Agents of Bangladesh, PATA Bangladesh Chapter and other trade bodies.
Since the beginning of TOAB, its members have been actively participating in different international trade fairs like ITB - Berlin, WTM - London, BITE - Beijing, ATA Travel Mart -Bangkok, TTF - Kolkata, SATTE - Delhi etc. in collaboration with the Ministry and BPC from to time.