ATF Dhaka gears up with an objective of Linking Tourism Diversity

first_imgThe 5th Asian Tourism Fair (ATF), organised by the popular tourism magazine in Bangladesh–Parjatan Bichitra in collaboration with Bangladesh Tourism Board (BTB) and Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation (BPC), Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism, Government of Bangladesh, is scheduled to take place on September 29, 30 & October 01, 2016 at the International Convention City, Bashundhara (ICCB), Dhaka, Bangladesh.The theme of ATF Dhaka this year is Linking Tourism Diversity. It is a mix of B2B and B2C pattern for inbound and outbound tourism operators. The fair intends to help build strong linkage among industry partners, service providers and travellers.Bangladesh is one of the fastest growing markets for outbound and domestic tourists. Many of the companies are offering the annual corporate trip at home as well as abroad. Flights are increasing significantly between Bangladesh and other countries, especially in the Asian and Middle East regions.ATF Dhaka is a platform providing huge opportunities for tourism sellers from Asian countries to come and showcase their latest products and services to Bangladeshi buyers. It is the largest and most popular tourism event in Bangladesh.As a comprehensive tourism showcase for better business networking, the fair acts as the ground for meeting point of private sectors, government organisations and development agencies with regional as well as far off countries.On the occasion of Visit Bangladesh Year 2016, ATF has taken added glory and prestige with the sideline events like the showcase of Green Initiatives, Community Based Tourism Mart, Tourism Skills Convention, seminars, workshops, cultural exchange, photo exhibition, etc. along with tourism trade exhibition and B2B sessions.last_img read more

The Challenges of Crowdfunding for a Research Community

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesJanuary 6, 2014; San Diego Union TribuneAs a powerful symbol of our increasingly interconnected world, a current Indiegogo campaign indicates that for $1,000 (the “philanthropist” level) three prototype sensors will be sent to Mongolia to begin “crowdsourcing a freshwater map” and one sensor will be sent to the donor him or herself “with the invitation to be one of the first citizen censors here at home.”According to the site, Distributed Health Labs, the UC San Diego division of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, aims with OASIS to train nomadic people to use cellular phones to share information about water pollution hotspots that have a connection to human health problems. This is undeniably an edgy and important scientific concept, which makes the Union Tribune’s observation that “UCSD is faring poorly at crowdfunding” worth exploring.UC San Diego’s pilot crowdfunding policy specifies Indiegogo as the institution’s designated vendor and notes that for “specific, academic research projects needing one-time funding,” crowdfunding sites can “offer an economical means for researchers to effectively market information about their innovative projects, and communicate them broadly via social media in a cost-effective and streamlined manner.” Although the OASIS campaign had raised only about 9.2 percent of its stated $50,000 goal as of Tuesday, with most gifts at the $50 “promoter” level, the institution wisely structured the campaign to have “flexible funding,” meaning that it will still receive the funds raised even if it doesn’t meet its goal, minus either a 4 percent “platform fee” if the goal is met or a 9 percent fee if it isn’t.The Union Tribune attributes UC San Diego’s “stumble” with this initiative as primarily a messaging issue. As a gentle way into this scientific world for the non-science person, UC San Diego uses a short promotional video, complete with lots of graphics and some of the actual UC researchers working on OASIS, all of whom do a good job of relaying a level of urgency about the work they are doing. Still, as the Union Tribune points out, the “video also refers to the project by several names, including ‘global tricorder,’” a term that in no way can be considered user-friendly.In his own assessment of the challenges of the OASIS campaign, Albert Lin, UCSD engineering professor and co-lead on OASIS, attributed the limited response to date to a lack of donor cultivation and poor timing. In a phrase that will likely ring familiar to nonprofit employees even outside of research labs, he told the Union Tribune in an email, “These campaigns live or die by the support from a local community, and we are just getting started in activating ours.” He added, “Our launch timing coincided with the holidays, a time when most people are not in front of their computers.”—Anne EigemanShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more