PM Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the “InterContinental Dhaka”

A new feather has been added to the country’s hospitality industry with inauguration of another state-owned five-star hotel in the city’s heart of the lush green Ramna Park area today.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the “InterContinental Dhaka” this evening, hoping that the complete green hotel with the latest facilities would be able to charm world customers and attract foreign tourists.

Sheikh Hasina said the country is needed more posh hotels as the flow of foreign investors, tourists and visitors is on rise with economic progress of the country.

The prime minister said the InterContinental carries many memories and evidences of Bangladesh’s glorious history and heritage. Many important political events at the time of the War of Liberation were held in this hotel.

She said most of the foreign journalists were staying in the hotel when Pakistan occupation force started their crackdown on Bengalee people on March 25 in 1971.

The government kept all journalists under lock and key in the hotel to keep their atrocities in dark, she added.

But Simon Dring was the first man who fled the confinement with the help of hotel staffs and disseminated the news and photograph of the brutality of the Pakistanis, the prime minister said.

Sheikh Hasina recalled that the hotel came under attack by the Crack Platoon of Sector-2 two times in 1971 and “Intercontinental hit and run’ was the first guerrilla operation successfully conducted by the valiant Freedom Fighters.

“From that operation the whole world came to know about the fierce resistance of Bangalees against the Pakistani occupation forces,” she said.

“Now the hotel with a new look has added a new dimension to the constant success of Bangladesh and it would carry the memories of the liberation war,” she said.

Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism AKM Shahjahan Kamal, chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Civil Aviation and Tourism Faruk Khan and Civil Aviation and Tourism Secretary Md Mohibul Haque and regional director of InterContinental Hotel Group David Todd also spoke on the occasion.