Admire Air Travels Ltd. in Palton, Dhaka
After the independence in 1971, the first generation travel agents of Bangladesh started feeling to be united under an umbrella to form a platform for the greater interest of the travel agency to protect their rights and privileges and to ensure the healthy growth of the travel & tourism sector. On the other hand, they were much more interested to develop fellowship and better understanding amongst them. The inception of the platform started in the year 1974 & 1975 and continued to achieve the result.
Keeping in mind with this aims and objectives, the first meetings of the travel agents of Bangladesh were held at Dhaka on 22nd October, 1976. In the subsequent second meeting was held on 11th December, 1976 at 6.00 p.m., an to form association, namely, “IATA Travel Agent’s Association” at Dhaka Club. Mr. M.A. Talib and Mr. A.N.B. Karim were elected as the Founder-President and Founder-General Secretary respectively of the newly formed association. Other founder-members were Mr. Md. Sarqum Ali, Mr. S. Huda, Mr. M.M. Haque, Mr. S. Rahman, Mr. A. Salam Khan and Mr. Masoodul Haque.
The first Annual General Meeting (AGM) of this unregistered Association was held in Bangkok on 10th April, 1978 while the second AGM were held on 29th June, 1979 at Dhaka Club. The historic amendment of the constitution of the Association was adopted in the second AGM by re-naming the association as “Association of Travel Agents of Bangladesh”, in short, “ATAB”.