Govt to promote tourism by developing tourism sites: Baligh

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Education and Professional Training, Engr. Mohammad Baligh Ur Rehman on Wednesday said the government is committed for the promotion of tourism and development of tourist sites in the country.

He was addressing “World Tourism Day 2017 Seminar on “Sustainable Tourism-a Tool for Development and Photo Exhibition” organized by Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) in Rawalpindi on Wednesday.

He said the federal government has started work to revive new tourism policy as tourism is very important sector.

Baligh Ur Rehman said that peace is vital for tourism and the improved law and order situation in the country has certainly paved way for positive changes to come including a healthy influx of international visitors to Pakistan.

He noted that number of both the domestic and international tourists had increased after restoration of peace in the country.

The Federal Minister hoped that as tourism is devolved subject now, and the provinces would efficiently work for the promotion of the sector.

The government’s steps for promotion of tourism will help for gearing up our tourism industry to become a major sector of national economy in near future, he added.

He said that tourist activities would help promote the sector besides strengthening the national economy and putting country on the road to progress and development.

Balig Ur Rehman said that Pakistan provides an opportunity to the tourists to see the natural sights, ancient civilizations and experience the great diversity of culture of people of this land.

Natural beauty of Pakistan is unmatched. Pakistan is blessed with tremendous potential for the development of tourism in all four provinces, Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan. The country is blessed with a variety of terrain, climate, fauna, flora combined with rich blend of socio-cultural diversity, he added.

Earlier, President Sustainable Tourism Foundation Pakistan, Aftab-ur-Rehman Rana gave presentation on Tourism in Pakistan and Sustainable Tourism.

President Pakistan Association of Tour Operators (PAT) Syed Sajjad Hussain Shah and Member PTDC Board of Directors Irfanullah also spoke on the occasion.

Later, Federal Minister Engr. Mohammad Baligh Ur Rehman inaugurated a Photo Exhibition.