LAHORE: Provincial Minister for Education Rana Mashhood on Wednesday said that varied initiatives of Tourism and Development Corporation of Punjab (TDCP) aimed to enhance tourism helped to project positive image of the country.
Addressing a ceremony held in connection with International Tourism Day at Alhamra,he appreciated TDCP for working in accordance with the vision of Punjab government to promote tourism.
He said Punjab government was taking number of steps to provide maximum opportunities to youth so that they could excel in different walks of life.
The minister said that partnership was of high importance as it helped to meet big goals, adding that TDCP Managing Director has encouraged private sector which helped him in shaping good initiatives for tourism.
Rana Mashhood said the people sacrificed a lot in war against terrorism but with the grace of Almighty Allah the nation displayed ample resilience for success in various fields.
The minister stressed to promote optimism and urged the youth to set goals and work hard to materialize them.
“Tourists must be treated with a great hospitality so that when they go back to their country they cherish the time which they had spent in Pakistan”, he added.
Lord Mayor Colonel (retd) Mubashir Javaid Malik said, “ our country is blessed with a lot of tourism potential and its advocacy was vital to strengthen this sector”.
College of Tourism and Hotel Management (COTHM) Chief Executive Officer Ahmad Shafiq said,”Tourism is just like a face of a country”. He said that in each and every district of the country there was good potential for tourism.
He said that food plays significant role in promotion of tourism and there was a need to introduce new trends in our traditional food.
Punjab Revenue Authority Chairman Dr Raheel Ahmad Siddiqi speaking on the occasion recommended to promote book selling on streets near Anarkali and Pak Tea House for domestic tourism.
He suggested that TDCP double decker buses should be allowed to stop at Pak Tea House and book stalls for at least 15 minutes so that tourists enjoying double decker buses could also become familiar with this side of tourism as well.
Advisor to CM on Tourism Haider Ali Khan, Secretary Nayyer Iqbal, TDCP MD Ahmer Mallick, Sohail Warraich, Walled City of Lahore Authority DG Kamran Lashari, Former MD-PTDC Masood Ali Khan also spoke on the occasion.
It is pertinent to mention here that International Tourism Day was being celebrated, as in the world, under the theme “Sustainable Tourism: A tool of Development” on September 27.