QATAR: Managing Director Pakistan Tourism, Ch. Abdul Ghafoor Khan, who is on 3-day visit to Qatar on invitation of Secretary General (UNWTO) to attend official celebrations of World Tourism Day.
While addressing the event, Ch. Ghafoor said that Pakistan has now become a peaceful country which is suitable for need of every tourist. Unfortunately we became victims of international conspiracy in the past, but the situation now is completely peaceful.
He requested UNWTO to hold its events and conferences in Pakistan also, so that a positive image of Pakistan is portrayed to the world. If this international forum helps us, the world will know that Pakistan is truly a tourist paradise.
Managing Director PTDC also met his Qatari counterpart Hassan Al-Ibrahim where he said that the tourism relations between Pakistan and Qatar are needed to be further improved for which immediate steps are required to be taken. Frequency of flights between the two countries is also required to increase.
For the purpose, we may sign an agreement, through which, tourist travelling to Pakistan by Qatar Airways will allowed a special discounted air-fare. Pakistan offers a number of opportunities for medical tourism which include kidney and liver transplant, cosmetic surgery, hair transplant and open heart surgery, which are of international standards and less expensive than any other country of the world.
He added that as a result of initiatives of the present government, peace has been restored to Pakistan and it is now a completely safe tourist place. The present peaceful situation has resulted in increased foreign tourist flow to Pakistan. Due to investment friendly policies, new sectors are open and job opportunities are created. Ongoing China Pakistan Economic Corridor project has created countless opportunities for investment in tourism sector.
Qatari Tourism Chief Hassan Al-Ibrahim said that Qatar Government is ready to extend maximum possible support to Pakistan’s tourism sector. List of available tourism projects of Pakistan will be distributed amongst the potential investors in Qatar. If tour packages of Pakistan are introduce, a large number of Qatari tourist can visit Pakistan. He also expressed his willingness to visit Pakistan.