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Old February 2nd, 2019, 07:05 AM   #1701
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Pakistan needs to fully exploit tourism potential

Welcoming the government’s timely judicious decision of allowing tourists from 175 countries to visit the country with visa on arrival, SAARC CCI Senior Vice President (SVP) Iftikhar Ali Malik Friday said still Pakistan needs to take more concrete steps for marketing itself as a tourism destination as it is endowed with world’s best captivating beautiful landscapes and other bewitches attractions. In a press statement issued here today, he said the tourism industry of Pakistan has the potential to turn the country into a hub of economic activity as the total contribution of the industry in the global economy is more than $7.58 trillion. He said the direct contribution of tourism to Pakistan’s total GDP was 2.8 percent, amounting to the value of US$ 328.3 million which will hike up to US$9.5 billion by 2025. “It is such an untapped potential of Pakistan which, if harnessed intelligently, can increase Pakistan’s rank from 124 to double digits in terms of foreign tourists that visit the country,” he added.

He further said Prime Minister Imran Khan has recently taken immense interest in promoting tourism industry that will not only help boost the economy but generate positive perceptions about the country at global level; however, he said Pakistan and other South Asian countries should resolve outstanding issues among the member countries to boost tourism in the region.

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MINGORA: Ambassador of Switzerland Thomas Cooley on Thursday said his government had been working on various
development projects in Pakistan for the last 50 years.

He was speaking at a gathering in Saidu Sharif in connection with “Exploring Khyber Pakhtunkhwa” programme.

Senior Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Muhammad Atif Khan, who also holds the portfolio of Tourism and archaeology, was also present on the occasion.

Thomas Cooley said that the landscape of Swat valley and that of Switzerland was the same.

“Being in Swat, I feel like being in Switzerland. Our government wants to see the prosperity of this land and development in the tourism sector,”

said the ambassador, adding that Switzerland generated 10 percent of its GDP from tourism industry only.

He said that the KP had the potential to attract tourists from across the world. He added that the people of his country loved skiing, and so were the people of Swat valley.

Senior Minister KP Atif Khan said, “KP Tourism Authority” has been established to boost tourism in the province.

“We have identified two places in Chitral and one in Hazara to establish skiing resort and attract the maximum number of tourists. Through tourism, we can present a better image of Pakistan,” said the senior minister.

He added that the people of KP needed peace and prosperity and tourism was a tool to achieve these objectives.

The senior minister praised the government of Switzerland for taking a keen interest in the development of Pakistan.

Atif Khan also said this region not only had beautiful landscapes but also centuries-old archaeological sites.

He said that these sites were a source of attractions for the lover of archaeology and also for the followers of Budha. Traditional music and food were presented to the guests from Switzerland.
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LAHORE: The Punjab government is to develop four new tourist resorts in Mianwali, Kotli Sattian, Kohe-Suleman and Attock Khurd following feasibility studies of available infrastructure and services, The Express Tribune learnt on Saturday.

The Youth Affairs, Sports, Archeology and Tourism (YASAT) departments have already gotten approvals from the Punjab Planning and Development (P&D) department to hire consultants to conduct feasibility studies for the promotion of tourism in these areas. Tourism Development Corporation of Punjab (TDCP) Managing Director Ahmer Mallick said the corporation has prepared project proposals for the development of new tourist resorts in different areas of the province.

The corporation has proposed five sites for development of tourist resorts and tourist destinations, including Namal Lake, TallaGang – Mianwali; Kotli Sattian; Koh-eSuleman; Attock; and Panjinad. However, the approval for four sites has come in as the Punjinad project has been postponed. Responding to a question, Mallick highlights that the corporation has fixed a 20 to 36 week deadline after the issuance of the contract award letter for completion of the study.

“The corporation’s internal studies and surveys indicate there is a huge tourism potential available at these sites. However, the actual decision will be made after receiving consultants’ reports as the development of tourist resorts is just a small attraction. A successful tourist destination requires a whole range of services, including utilities, accessibility links, communication network, medical and shopping facilities, etc.,” he says.

The MD adds that the corporation wants to execute these projects on a fast track basis.

Namal Lake

Official project documents made available to The Express Tribune highlight that the corporation has proposed a tourist resort/entertainment park near Namal Lake, Talla Gang Road and Mianwali.

It indicates that the Namal Lake is located in a corner of the Namal valley in Mianwali. It is a manmade lake that spreads over 5.5 square kilometres and is the largest of the many lakes that are spread across the valley.

The attraction of the lake is it’s thousands of water fowl and it is the most prominent feature of Namal Valley. It is an attractive tourist resort as people from across the Namal Valley and beyond visit this place as a picnic spot. The lake also serves as a perfect habitat for various species of birds, like Russian ducks and Siberian cranes that migrate to the area during winters.

In addition, Namal Dam was built by the British government in 1913 to conserve water coming from numerous streams that eventually gave shape to what is now the lake.

It was aimed at creating a water resource for irrigating vast tracts of barren land to the western side of Mianwali. For over a century the dam has served as a constant source of precious water for farmers in the area.

It also serves as an exciting excursion point for tourists as Namal Lake winds through the mountains. Therefore, it attracts boating enthusiasts to test its waters from the lake up to the dam.

Attock Khurd
Attock is a place of great historic significance. Emperor Akbar the Great recognised the strategic importance of this area in 1581
and built the famous Attock Fort Complex.

The fall of the Mughal Empire in the eighteenth century saw the rise of Sikhs in Punjab and Durrani Afghans to the West. Attock became a battleground between two the contesting powers.

The British finally ended the feud by subjugating both Sikhs and Afghans in the nineteenth century. The Raj also introduced the rail line to the area and built the first permanent bridge in 1880 over the River Indus.

Begum ki Sarai, Kamran ki Baradari, Old Attock Bridge, Ghazi Brotha Dam, Railway Station of Attock Khurd, Tomb of Hazrat Yahya are also the most visited places by tourists. The corporation proposed recreational resorts on 100 kanals of land that are located near main Grand Trunk Road before Attock Bridge on the way to Peshawar.

The project had already been discussed in 2016 when it was decided that the corporation would to re-submit revised proposals to incorporate the engagement of a well-reputed international consultant for the preparation of the feasibility.

Kotli Sattian
Kotli Sttian has a healthy environment and weather. It touches the Kashmir territory on the East by bridging the River Jhelum and is the next door neighbour of Islamabad. The different areas of the subdivision vary greatly from each other.

The highest point is at Phofandi peak, by the east of Patriata, is over 7,035 feet above sea level. The lowest point is on the River Jhelum near Patton is only 1,587 feet above sea level. There are lots of tourist attractions such as Chewra Hill Top, Neela Sandh, Danoi Forest Rest House, Forest Watch Tower and Karore Park Way etc.

Document highlights Murree is Punjab’s most popular hill station. It lies 65 km northeast of Islamabad at an altitude of 7,500 feet. A large number of tourists/visitors arrive in Murree every year. Over the last few decades, Murree has undergone unsustainable urban and commercial infrastructure development.

The downside is that this severe stress causes land sliding, hazards, shortage of adequate parking, solid waste management issues, traffic congestion, environmental pollution, deforestation, loss of biodiversity and poor livelihood.

Murree is already overcrowded and unable to cope with all the visitors, nor able to bear the load of new construction. Irregular and slouchy traffic is also a permanent problem with the area. Keeping in view the increasing flow of tourists, the government of the Punjab believes that new tourist destination can be developed.

The scenic landscape and easy accessibility of Kotli Sattian tehsil, just 36 km away from Murree, has lot of potential. The government highlights that the area can be developed as an alternate tourist destination to divert the tourist flow from Murree to Kotli Sattian.

Koh-e-Suleman

The Suleman Mountains or Koh-eSuleman, are the southern extension of the Hindukush mountain
range, located in southwestern Punjab, District Dera Ghazi Khan, northern Balochistan, and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

Kohe-Suleman Range lies in Dera Ghazi Khan some 443 kilometres from Lahore and 95 kilometres from Multan. The Suleman Mountain Range separates the provinces of Balochistan and K-P, bordering Dera Ghazi Khan of Punjab and Dera Ismail Khan in KhyberPakhtunkhwa. The Range approaches the River Indus near Mithankot and Maari Hills Rajanpur District of Punjab.

The most famous site on Fort Munroe is Dames Lake which has many species of unique birds. A winding road leads to another top called Anari from where a nice view is available. There is a famous Christian Graveyard near Park with graves of two army soldiers and their families.

There are surrounding walls for its protection. There is not much rainfall in Fort Munroe and therefore its mountains are not green like Murree. There is also an issue of drinking water for which many plans have been made in the past. In recent times, road congestion is also becoming a problem during summer holidays.
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Prime Minister Imran Khan has issued directives to formulate a 25 member National Tourism Coordination Board for the promotion of tourism in the country by engaging international and local tourists.

The decision has been made in a meeting chaired by PM and attended by the members of Tourism Task Force including Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain, Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination Dr. Fehmida Mirza, Special Assistant to PM Iftikhar Durrani, and Zulfi Bukhari.




The 25 member National Tourism Coordination Board will have representatives from all the stakeholders including government officials, members from the private sector tourism industry, and federal and provincial ministers.

The board will reorganize Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) where properties worth Rs 200 billion will be transferred to provinces. PTDC will also serve as the secretariat for the National Tourism Coordination Board.

The government has also decided to constitute special teams to uplift:

Religious Tourism
Adventure Tourism
Cultural tourism
Historical and Archaeological Tourism
Trans-Himalayan jeep rally
Infrastructure and Amenities at Tourist Spots
Policy Reforms
Investment and Tourism Branding
Also Read: Pakistan and Malaysia Decide Visa Free Travel

The board will also be tasked to promote tourism in the country on a level to make it a booming industry. The members will also help legislatures in the country to formulate laws related to the tourism sector. Earlier Raja Yasir Humayun Sarfraz, Provincial Minister of Punjab for higher education, and tourism had also clearly stated at the launching event of Cholistan Jeep Rally that the government wants to play a role of the regulatory body while all the tourism business will be extended to the private sector.

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KARACHI: The travel industry has suggested to the government to make active use of Pakistani embassies and the national airline to promote tourism in Pakistan. The Travel Agents Association (TAA) welcomed the measures of the federal government to ease visa formalities for foreigners, including issuance of e-visa for tourists from 175 countries and on-arrival visa facility to 50 states, terming them revolutionary steps to boost the tourism industry.

In his meeting with journalists, TAA Chairman Muhammad Naeem Sharif expressed hope that the measures will not only give an extraordinary boost to the number of tourists, but will also lead to local and foreign investment in the tourism sector as well as create employment opportunities.

National air carriers such as Sri Lankan Airline, Thai Air and Turkish Airline play a crucial role in promoting tourism in their countries, he said, while stressing the role of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) in promoting tourism within the country.

The TAA chairman said that PIA offices and airport counters in various countries of the world can be used to market tourism destinations of Pakistan, while travellers should also be offered to use tourism packages of the national carrier.

The step will not only boost tourism but will also help overcome financial deficit faced by the national airline. In the same manner, he said, Pakistani embassies and commercial assets can also play an effective role by marketing tourist destinations of the country, for which the Travel Agents Association is also available for support.

Sharif stressed the need to set up a state-of-the-art online portal, in line with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) standards to assist registered tour operators in promoting the tourism industry. The portal, he said, could be connected with tourist companies for better results. Both the tourists and the travel industry would benefit if visas are issued on recommendations of the travel agents association.

He also urged the need to scrutinise tour operators for the quality of their services and stressed that only those with adequate financial competence and experience are permitted to operate as travel agents.

According to Faisal Naeem, Chairman of the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (KCCI) standing committee for travel and tourism, young travellers from different parts of the world, including Poland, Germany and other European countries, are visiting Pakistan, despite inadequate infrastructure for the industry.

By relaxing visa conditions, the government has paved the way for development of the tourism sector, while travel agents have also started to come up with improved strategies. He also noted the need for effective marketing and lauded government’s measures to lift tourism to the status of an industry but lamented that operators have not been given any benefits as such.

He complained that the commerce ministry had only set its attention on exports, while ignoring the tourism industry even though it could serve as a big source of foreign exchange. Travel agents and tour operators are not given any sort of state assistance when it comes to international tourism conferences and exhibitions, he lamented, adding that representatives of the industry were also ignored in high-level business delegations.


The tourism council being formed by the government does not include members from travel agents’ association or industry representatives from Karachi and Lahore chambers of commerce, he said, urging the government to ensure adequate presence of travel agents in the council so that the sector may develop through a strong bond in the form of public-private partnership.

The eased-up visa policy will immensely increase the number of tourists from other countries, including Japan, Middle East, Gulf and Asian countries as well as people from Europe. The rise of the industry will also boost commercial activities in Karachi as a large number of tourists are expected to visit its beaches.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 6th, 2019
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Three firms hired to identify new tourism sites in GB

In a bid to promote domestic and international tourism in the country, the Ministry of Kashmir Affairs has hired services of three international companies to identify new tourism sites in the region of Gilgit-Baltistan. The Gilgit-Baltistan has great potential in the tourism sector and the federal government was working on a comprehensive programme to project various scenic destinations in the areas, official sources told APP. In its recently published ranking, Forbes has enlisted Pakistan among the '10 Coolest Places to Go in 2019’ along with Bhutan, Columbia, Mexico, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Mongolia, Rwanda, The Turkish Rivera and Portugal.

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CM okays plan to develop DGK tourist spots

Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar Thursday approved a plan to develop tourist spots in Dera Ghazi Khan for promoting tourism industry on modern lines in the province.

Chairing a meeting at his office, the CM issued directives to develop the tourist spot of Suleman Range in DGK. The meeting also decided to renovate the resorts owned by Tourism Development Corporation Punjab (TDCP) in DGK. Camping sites, safari, paragliding and local heritage markets will also be developed.

Addressing the meeting, Buzdar said that vast opportunities are available to promote tourism as industry in the province and the PTI government devised a comprehensive strategy for the purpose. “The southern Punjab was neglected in past and the development of tourist sites of southern Punjab will help promote tourism there.”

He said that Suleman Range areas have a potential of tourism. Promotion of tourism would also create jobs for locals, he added. The tourists will be provided all possible facilities at Mubarki Top as well. Provision of electricity at new tourist sites through solar panels should also be examined, he said.

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WCLA, GCU seal deal for promoting cultural activities



The Walled City of Lahore Authority (WCLA) and the Government College University (GCU) have signed a memorendum of understanding (MoU) for promoting tourism and cultural activities for five years.

Walled City of Lahore Authority Director General Kamran Lashari and Professor Dr Hassan Amir Shah of Government College University signed the accord at the GCU. Under the agreement, students of the Government College University would conduct research on the history of the Walled City while the Walled City of Lahore Authority will provide the GCU students with an opportunity to show their talent.

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Tourism :: In next few years, InshaAllah major sports competitions including Skiing competitions will be held on regular basis in the country. Existing skiing resorts will be upgraded and 5 new skiing resorts will be developed in KP.

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Rs5bn to be spent to develop Kaghan infrastructure


PTI MNA Salah Mohammad Khan on Monday said the federal government would spend Rs5 billion on infrastructure development in Kaghan valley to promote tourism.

“Prime Minister Imran Khan has announced promotion of tourism in Kaghan valley for which Rs5 billion will initially be spent for the purpose,” the lawmaker told a public meeting in Sarwai area of Balakot tehsil on Monday.

Mr Salah said Balakot was the gateway to Kaghan valley and therefore, the PTI governments both in the centre and province had prioritised its development.

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The government’s announcement last month of a visa-on-arrival policy for 50 countries and giving e-visas to citizens of 175 countries has given hope of revival to the tourism industry.

This is the first time in decades that a formal policy is being introduced for allowing citizens of such a large number of countries to get visa on arrival, which was before this available to nationals of only 24 countries.

It was also principally decided to lift the condition of a no-objection certificate (NOC) if foreigners want to travel to places such as Gilgit Baltistan and even the cantonment areas in some instances.

Pakistani missions will be allowed to grant multiple entry visas with a five or one-year validity to foreigners of Pakistani origin and their spouses.

Multiple-entry visas for family visits with a five-year validity will be issued within seven to 10 working days after receiving an application.

Saying the initiative was “a harbinger of change” and “backbone of the Naya Pakistan economy”, Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry had said the government was introducing a “revolutionary visa regime” to attract tourism and investment.

He had also said that British and US citizens of Indian origin will also be able to get visas on arrival. He said business visas will also be extended to 96 countries from the present 68 countries.

Founding member of the Pakistan Association of Tour Operators Mubarak Hussain said initiating e-visas was a long-standing demand of tour operators.

“The notification will hopefully be issued soon. I have visited 70 countries to convince people to come to Pakistan but the perception about Pakistan is not positive. Till 1998, Pakistan used to hold the International Tourism Conference (ITC) every year not one has been held since. We suggest ITC should be held after every six months. Pakistani foreign missions should be directed to play their role for promotion of tourism,” he told Dawn.

Mr Hussain, who also runs a tourism company, said one of the other major issues is that many foreign airlines do not operate in Pakistan.

He said most of the airlines coming here are UAE based and suggested an open-sky policy. He also suggested improving infrastructure, promoting a soft image and facilitating tourists.

“Most tourists go to GB and even there, they are stopped by the police many times. Foreigners are directed to step out of their vehicles and show their passports. After they do that, they are asked to show permits for entry into GB. Tourists walk away with the impression that Pakistan is a police state,” he said.

Mr Hussain said many tourist spots are in dilapidated condition, such as the Derawar Fort in Bahawalpur, which he said is a “marvellous” site but repair work on the facility was stopped years ago.

Najamul Hassan, who is a frequent visitor to the northern areas, said the number of flights operating should be increased. “I suggest a book on the historic sites in Pakistan should be published,” he said.

A member of the Prime Minister’s Task Force on Tourism, Aftab Rana, told Dawn there was a strict visa policy for over a decade as the government wanted to ensure tourists are safe and there was also fear that spies would enter the country posing as tourists.

“Genuine tourists were also affected by this and they were asked to produce invitations from tour operators. Due to the new policy, people will be able to apply from their homes and not travel to different cities and wait outside embassies,” he said, adding that India had started e-visas a long time ago.

Mr Rana said that 1.3 million foreigners visit Pakistan a year of which about 15pc are tourists and more than half are overseas Pakistanis with foreign passports.

“The total revenue generated from foreign tourism is about $300 million to $400 million, which is nowhere near the potential. Nepal generates $700 million a year. Sri Lanka generates $3.5 billion and India earns $28 billion via foreign tourism. We can earn over $1 billion by making the visa process simple and providing a few facilities,” he said.

Mr Rana said Pakistan is facing a financial crisis and that the government wants to generate foreign exchange through tourism.

“We are also abolishing NOCs for GB and Kashmir so no one will ask tourists for them in the future,” he said.

The provinces are responsible for providing infrastructure and it has been decided to facilitate provinces and soon a few projects will be launched to improve infrastructure, he added.

“Steps are also being taken to improve Pakistan International Airlines. British Airways and Lufthansa will also start operation in Pakistan soon. There is a proposal for installing a navigation system in Skardu Airport so it will be possible to land planes there in any weather,” he said.

An open-sky policy was followed by various countries but was withdrawn after 9/11, he said,

“Karachi was a hub for airlines in the past which was moved to Dubai later. We hope Karachi will become the hub again soon,” he said.

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So roughly 200,000 people who travel to Pakistan are tourists.
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Prime Minister Imran Khan has assigned special tasks to the railway and Aviation Division and inter-provincial coordination ministries. The Aviation Division has decided to turn Skardu Airport into an international airport for the promotion of tourism.

According to the Aviation Division, a new runway and latest traffic control system will be installed at the Skardu Airport. An apron in addition to the new airport terminal will also be built.

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has granted approval for the renovation of the Skardu Airport based on the report prepared by the technical team, the final approval of which will be received by the Civil Aviation Board.

The upgrading of Skardu Airport will be undertaken by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and the Pakistan Air Force (PAF). 60 per cent of the total cost will be paid by the CAA while the remaining will be paid by the PAF in installments.


On the other hand, the tourist-friendly areas of Swat abound with beautiful scenery have returned to normalcy. Peace has been restored in the region after it had to bear the brunt of war, leading to the CAA to open the Saidu Sharif Airport.

A special team of the CAA has been constituted for this purpose. The airport will be upgraded on the committee’s report after the board gives it approval.

On the other hand, work by the railway ministry on the proposed plan to ensure rail access to the tourist spots in Punjab, Sindh and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa is set to commence. According to the proposed plan, the Pakistan Railways will run steam engines and tourist trains for the foreign and local tourists.

According to the Pakistan railway officials, rail access to the Gandhara civilisation will be ensured and the railway track from Peshawar to Takh Bai will be restored to promote tourism. Safari trains with the sponsorship of provincial governments and private sectors will be run to the tourist sites. A tourist train from Attock Khurd to Peshawar will be inaugurated in the current month.

On the directives of the PM Imran Khan the provincial ministers for tourism under the Federal Minister for Interprovincial Coordination Fehmida Mirza have compiled their recommendations.

The joint committee of the provincial ministers has identified 20 new tourist spots which will be opened for tourists after making the necessary arrangements. The committee will present its recommendations to take practical steps to promote tourism at the new tourist spots to the PM.

All the provincial governments in light of the committee’s recommendations will be bound to ensure the construction of roads and make the necessary arrangements before opening those spots for the tourists.

On the other hand, the PM has given the approval for the construction of roads in the tourist spots of Kaghan and Batagram. A budget of more than Rs11 billion in the development budget for the tourist spots of Hazara Division will be allocated in the financial year 2019-20, according to the proposed plan, the roads of Abbottabad, Murree, Galyat, Kaghan, Naran, Batagram and Manshera will be broadened and then new roads will also be constructed to make the tourist spot accessible for the tourists.

According to sources the federal government will reorganise the Pakistan tourism development corporation to promote tourism. Transferring property of PTDC worth more than 200 billion to the provinces is also being considered for which the PTDC has started working on behalf of the federal government.

The federal and provincial ministers and the coordination board consisting of the private departments have started working to promote tourism in the country.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 14th, 2019.
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Korea offers equipment for conserving Buddhist heritage

Korean Ambassador Kwak Sung-Kyu said Pakistan has great potential for Buddhist religious tourism.

“The current government is working towards the safety of religious sites as well as promotion of tourism,” he said, adding that Pakistan was home to the largest number of Buddhist sites and that promotion of religious tourism can greatly stabilise the economy of Pakistan.

Talking to Daily Express, he termed Pakistan as a friendly nation for Korea and said that the ancient cultural and religious artifacts in Pakistan were very unique. He said that Pakistan was home to the most ancient heritage of Buddhism. We request the Pakistani government to take special care of our religious sites and preserve them for our future generations. As per its contract with the Pakistani government, he said, Korea will provide modern equipment for the discovery of precious artifacts and cultural sites in Pakistan.
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K2 Kings delegation calls on tourism minister

LAHORE (PR): A meeting was held between Minister for Tourism Raja Yassir Humayon Sarfraz and executive committee of K2 Kings Tourists Association of Pakistan at Minister Block Punjab Secretariat.

Minister and Association’s Sohail Yosuf (chairman), Ali Ahmad Tahir (president), Ahmad Junaid Zaidi (secretary information) discussed the problems of bikers tourists. Some useful suggestions for promotion of tourism and support for bikers’ community were also discussed in detail. Tourism minister showed his full cooperation with the Association for supporting the promotion of tourism. He also appreciated the efforts done by the Tourists Association and especially for promotion of bikers tourism.

The association also informed the minister about a tourism event with reference to Pakistan Day on 23 March, arranged at Kund Malir beach, Makran Coastal Highway, Balochistan. In this event, tourists and bikers are coming from all over the country. The association invited the Minister at Minar-e-Pakistan in a ceremony from where bikers will depart for Kund Malir, which he accepted. The deligation of association also presented certificate of appreciation to the minister.
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Tourism force to be constituted for security of tourists in KP: Mahmood

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister, Mahmood Khan has said that tourism force will be constituted for security of tourists in the province.

He stated this while presiding over a meeting regarding promotion of tourism in province, held in Peshawar on Wednesday.

Mahmood Khan directed the authorities concerned for constitute a comprehensive plan for promotion of tourism in the province, especially in the tribal districts.

The Chief Minister also directed for identification of new tourist resorts and acquisition of land for the purpose.
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AJK to launch chopper service for promotion of tourism
Mushtaq Minhas says necessary steps are being taken for relaxation in restrictions for visit of foreign tourists, Chief secretary, information minister hold meeting with office-bearers of Pakistan Association of Tour Operators

AJK Chief Secretary Mathar Niaz Rana has said that Azad Jammu Kashmir is a state of diversified landscapes, mesmerizing sights and has potential of international tourism.

Addressing a meeting attended by Pakistan Association of Tour Operators on Saturday, he disclosed that steps are being taken for helicopter service to and from various mountainous scenic sites for the promotion of tourism.

“All the legal and constitutional responsibilities would be fulfilled for international tourists to make the job of tour operator easy,” he added.

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Tourists head to mountains

The snow covered mountains of Murree are not only showcasing beautiful scenery of snow nowadays, but have also become a point of attraction for tourists from all over Pakistan.

A huge number of tourists all across the country especially from Punjab visited Snow covered Malka-e-Kohsar, Murree on the weekend to enjoy the mesmerising spell of snowfall at its beautiful hills.

Murree is blanketed with white sheets of snow this season. Amid the new spell of snowfall, the markets and streets have come to life in Murree as people from different parts of the country started thronging to the area.

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Focus on tourism urged to generate business activities


ISLAMABAD: The government should focus on tourism as it possesses immense untapped potential to generate business activities and enhance revenue, said Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) President Ahmed Hassan Moughal.

Addressing a meeting of ICCI Tourism Committee, he said, “Tourism is one of the fast growing industries in the world with over 10% share in global GDP in 2017 and it is becoming an important source of revenue generation too,” the chamber chief outlined.

“However despite possessing most attractive tourist spots, Pakistan has been unable to capitalise on this sector for generating economic activities.”

Quoting figures, he informed that Turkey attracted 37 million foreign tourists in 2017, Italy 53 million, China 60 million and Spain 75 million.

On the other hand, Pakistan attracted only around two million foreign tourists in the same period, which reflected its unsatisfactory performance, he remarked.

Moughal revealed that as per World Tourism and Travel Council, direct contribution of tourism in Pakistan’s GDP stood at a mere 2.7%, which was not encouraging by any standards.

“Tourism contributes over 20% in GDP of many countries including Turkey,” he shared and urged the government to prioritise this vital sector, which has the potential to place the country on the path of sustainable growth.

Speaking on the occasion, ICCI Tourism Committee Chairman Muhammad Arshad Mehmood Janjua stressed the need for a new tourism policy, which facilitates private sector.

Welcoming the government’s measure of allowing on-arrival business visa facility to 66 countries, the committee members urged the government to streamline it further to facilitate foreign tourists.

“A lot of work needs to be done to improve tourism infrastructure,” they declared and requested the government to grant good incentives to the private sector to steer investment in tourism.

They were of the view that Pakistan could generate hefty revenue by diverting attention to the tourism sector.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 10th, 2019.
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