KP govt to develop new tourists’ destinations: Minister

PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Senior Minister, Mohammad Atif Khan has said the provincial government is mulling to identify and develop new tourists’ destinations in the province.

He said that the new sites would provide employment opportunities to youth besides giving a boost to provincial economy.

Tourism plays vital role in creation of jobs and growth of economy if the existing potential in the province were explored and exploited properly, ” the senior minister noted, said a press release issued here Friday.

Atif Khan said that 60 percent of the provincial population was youth and majority of them are jobless. However, development of the tourism spots would benefit these youth and they could get good opportunities.

He said that a 10-member high-level Task Force had been constituted in a think tank meeting held in Islamabad recently, to remove bottlenecks in the way of tourism promotion and develop new tourist resorts.

He said a task force would formulate policy for access of tourists to the scenic spots and also construct and renovate tourist attractions in KP.

The Tourism Department is also devising a comprehensive strategy for the promotion of tourism in the recently merged tribal areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the senior minister added.

He said that the network of tourist policing will be expanded to other areas to provide foolproof security to the visitors to a particular place.

He said concerted efforts were being made to introduce KP as a tourism brand to the world to attract more tourists and visitors to the province.

The senior minister said that he had talked to Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi about convincing the overseas Pakistanis towards tourists’ spots. He said that local communities would be engaged in the

countries that has a large number of overseas Pakistanis.

After two or three years of these steps, overseas Pakistanis would be attracted to the tourist spots in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa that would contribute to the province revenue significantly.

The senior minister said that improving the tourism sector was not possible without the involvement of the private sector and other stakeholders.

He said that not only Kumrat would be introduced as a national park but steps would also be taken to establish archaeological park in Elam Valley.