Taufiq Rahman is the founder Chief Executive of Journey Plus that has been established in 1994. He has acquired vast knowledge and wide experience in tourism. He has studied Hospitality Management in Nicosia, Cyprus in 1993. During his stay in Cyprus he obtained certificates on Introduction to the Hospitality Industry, Financial Accounting for hospitality Industry and other courses from American Hotel & Lodging Association. In 1995, he joined National Hotel & Tourism Training Institute, run by the National Tourism Organization of Bangladesh and sponsored by ILO & UNDP, as a Guest Teacher. He enriched his academic profile in 2008 by obtaining MBA. Being a tourism expert, he has been lecturing in the ‘Tourism & Hospitality Management’ department of Dhaka University as well as several other universities and institutions as a guest teacher.
Before establishing the company Mr. Rahman worked as an F&B Manager at a city hotel for couple of years. With passion and skill, he has been working hard to develop the tourism sector in Bangladesh. His dynamic management made Journey Plus one of few very successful tour operators in Bangladesh. He is a regular travel writer and has few publications on the field. Being an expert, he coordinated the “Tour Management for Tour Operator” organized by Dhaka Chamber of Commerce & Industries (DCCI), three times. He also coordinated the “TOAB standardization workshop” twice.
He has attended Tourism Marketing Planning Course in WES, Brugge, Belgium in1999, Executive Development Institute for Tourism (EDIT) course in 2003 from University of Hawaii in Hawaii, USA, and MICE Development Program in Kandy, Srilanka in 2004 organized by Srilankan Convention Bureau and Certificate course in Hong Kong in 2015 organised by school of Hotel and Travel Management, Hong Kong Polytechnic University. In attending these courses he was the only scholarship holder representative from Bangladesh. He has also attended several Travel & Tourism fair around the world as a member of Bangladesh Delegate including ITB-Berlin, WTM-London, JATA - Tokyo, ALTM-Shanghai, BITE & COTTM – Beijing, ITB Asia – Singapore, Meeting Luxury – Lugano, Switzerland, TTF-Calcutta, BTF - Brussels, PATA Travel Mart – Bangkok & Singapore and SATTE-Delhi etc.
Mr. Rahman has served Tour Operators Association of Bangladesh (TOAB) as Treasurer for the period from 2002-2004, 1st. Vice President from 2009-2011 and Director from 2015-2019 (02 consecutive term) at the same Association. He is also the Secretary General of Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Bangladesh Chapter, Former Co-Chairman of Standing Committee on Civil Aviation & Tourism, The Federation of Bangladesh Chamber and Industry (FBCCI), Former Chairman of Standing Committee on Hospitality & Tourism, E-Commerce Association of Bangladesh (E-Cab).
Recently he has been elected the Chairman of Association of Buddhist Tour Operators (ABTO), Bangladesh. He also enriched his profile to became the Inbound Tour Operator Expert of Tourism Master Plan project implemented by Bangladesh Tourism Board and Ministry of Civil Aviation & Tourism.