ISLAMABAD (92 News) – Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan has directed to launch a comprehensive website immediately identifying all new Tourist zones being set up and providing detailed information to the local as well as foreign tourists.
Chairing a meeting on development and promotion of Tourism in the country, he said with the development of tourist resorts and provision of required facilities, the tourism sector will receive tremendous boost.
11 Integrated Tourism Zones to be established in KP
The prime minister was informed that eleven Integrated Tourism Zones would be established in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and this model would be replicated by setting up eight zones in Punjab.
These Integrated Tourism Zones will not only serve to showcase tourist potential of Pakistan and promote tourism but will also ensure preservation of natural beauty, biodiversity, forests cover and promotion of eco-tourism at the newly established tourist resorts.
KP minister briefs draft Tourism Act 2019
Senior Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Atif Khan briefed the meeting about the draft Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Tourism Act 2019. He said under the ambit of this upcoming law exclusive jurisdiction would be clearly chalked out to avoid coordination problems and to overcome low performance capacity of organizations.
It was further informed that Private Sector will play a leading role in development of Tourism while the Government will provide an enabling environment and act as a facilitator.
Under the newly rolled out visa regime, Pakistani missions abroad will grant three-month e-visas to foreigners in 175 countries within a processing time of 7-10 working days.
He has spoken of the potential for religious tourism while highlighting the diverse topography to attract foreigners to visit the country.
The prime minister said that the country opening its doors to the world is a manifestation of a new confidence that the security situation has drastically changed and “Pakistan is now secure”.
Poverty decreased due to tourism in KP: PM
Earlier, Prime Minister Imran Khan said that the poverty has decreased due to tourism in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).
Addressing a summit, the prime minister termed that large scale poverty has been decreased only due to tourism in the KP
during the previous five years.
PM Khan said Allah has bestowed us with diverse kind of mountain scenery from Suleman, Karakoram and Himalaya heights. He said these mountain ranges have their own diverse features abundant with great vegetation, wildlife and bird life, which have no match in any part of the world.