RAWALPINDI: The Motels of Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC)have been upgraded to facilitate local and foreign tourists, said Managing Director, PTDC Ch. Abdul Ghafoor.
Talking to reporter he said, the motels of PTDC has been improved as the up-gradation work has been completed. New paint and replacement of linen and napery work at all motels has been completed.
He said, now the visitors would witness fresh outlook of motels with renovated rooms with an objective to introduce Pakistani culture and tourist attractions on international level.
PTDC has been working hard to promote beautiful picnic spots situated in far-flung areas of Pakistan, especially where the private sector is shy away to invest, he added.
He said presently there were 27 motels, one hotel and four restaurants which
were operated by PTDC including Gilgit, Chitral, Saidu Sharif, Wagha, Besham, Torkham, Booni, Balakot, Astak, Miadam and Ayubia which remained open in winter and summer seasons. Similarly, Kaplu, Ramalake, Phander, Chattarplain, Kalam, Hunza, Skardu, Naran, Gupis, Mastuj, Sust are other motels of PTDC but remained closed during winter season.
There are several Tourist Information Centres to provide information, travel guide, brochures and maps to tourists for planning their holidays, he added.
To a question he said, PTDC is planning to establish tent accommodation of about 300 tents at existing facilities of PTDC motels. PTDC want to make prefabricated resorts besides tent village. In this connection, the corporation had requested PM AJK to allot land on lease at Shigar and other tourist attractive places.
“We are working to have other hotels on our panel. Besides, online booking facility is being introduced so that all tourists may avail this facility,” the MD said.
He further said, multi-national companies were also
being approached to get PTDC motels and other sites further up-gradated/beautified.
He said, PTDC was keen to promote tourism, strengthen the position of PTDC and to make performance of the corporation a role model.
Ch. Ghafoor said, various steps had been taken for promoting tourism. He said, PTDC was also striving to establish a special tourist satellite TV channel. The city tour bus service was introduced. The quality of PTDC services had also been improved considerably.
He said, the corporation was encouraging the local and foreign investors to come forward and invest in the sector.
The MD informed that efforts were being made to facilitate pilgrims coming to Pakistan to visit religious places of Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhs as religious tourism would never end.
He said that Pakistan had immense tourism potential as its rich and diverse culture was quite attractive for foreign tourists.
He said that tourism sector was picking up as the law and order situation had improved.