In the recent press conference held on Sunday, the government minister of tourism and overseas, Syed Zulfi Bukhari unveiled an interesting regarding tourism in Pakistan. He told that Pakistan is going to host the D-8 countries’ forum about tourism. Brother Muslim country Turkey is also going to participate in this meeting. Almost 1000 international visitors will participate in this forum.
Zulfi Bukhari said that there is a huge scope of tourism in Pakistan. Our wish is to introduce this potential to world especially Muslim countries. He added that for the sake of learning from their experience of tourism, we are going to invite the tourism ministers of D-8 countries.
Tourism in Pakistan had badly affected after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the USA. Terrorism threats to national security agencies were considerable. Due to hard work and proper planning, now terrorism has decreased to its lowest level in Pakistan.
Reasons – Why Pakistan to host this forum?
Pakistan is Allah’s blessed country and has a lot to offer to its national and international visitors. The industry of tourism has a lot of potential in Pakistan. It is one of those countries that are rich in minerals, mountains, rivers, green areas, deserts, picnic points, sea view, and much more.
According to a recent survey held by an organization, about 1.9 million tourists visited Pakistan. A data shared by Pakistan Tourism Development Cooperation stated, “In 2017, the number of international visitors was 10, 476, but jumped 70% to 17,823 in 2018.” In a recent couple of years, Pakistan has increased its ratio by more than 300%. According to the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), Pakistan’s tourism sector to grow to over $39.8 billion within a decade.
The region of Pakistan has been witnessed by three religions, including Buddhism, Sikhism and Hinduism. Almost 70% of sites in Pakistan’s province Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are sacred to Buddhists and Sikhs. These religious charms attract thousands of travelers to Pakistan to visit distant places. Now, Pakistan is planning to build an interfaith highway to facilitate minorities.
In order to boost tourism, Pakistan has drafted a five-year action plan for it. The present Pakistani PM Imran Khan is much serious about tourism in Pakistan and climate change. He plans to boost tourism to create millions of jobs for local people. In the first address of PM Imran Khan the nation, it was mentioned clear that Pakistan has huge tourism potential to show to the world. He said that we will promote tourism and strengthen our economy through different tourism strategies. Development of tourism facilitate different industries for example rent a car industry, hotel industry, restaurant industry.
The present government has also eased visa policy for foreign visitors to promote the positive image of Pakistan with its mesmerizing beauty.
List of top tourist attractions in Pakistan
Pakistan has a lot to offer to its national and international visitors. The listing of tourist attractions in Pakistan here is impossible. However, we have tried to list some famous attractions.
- Naltar valley
- Neelum Valley, Azad Kashmir
- Shangrila resort, Skardu
- Deosai Plains
- Lahore Fort
- Pakistan Monument
- Wagah Border
- PAF Museum
It is the list of top tourist attractions in Pakistan. If you’re a natural beauty lover or want to explore the historical places, Pakistan is the recommended country for you. The people of Pakistan are so loving and caring who are known for their hospitality worldwide.
World Tourism Forum 2021
Word Tourism Forum is an organization located in Istanbul, Turkey. The motive of this organization is to develop tourism around the world by holding annual meetings. Previously, it scheduled the conference for 2020 in Pakistan, but amid coronavirus pandemic, now it will be held in 2021. It will hold a total five-day meeting in which three days will be for the conference and two days for tourism. D-8 countries invited in this forum will share their experience about promoting tourism in their countries.
In this meeting, Tourism and Overseas minister Zulfi Bukhari added that Pakistan would build 32 new three-star and five-star hotels to accommodate international visitors. He also said that they shut down the Pakistan Tourism and Development Council (PTDC) to restructure it according to the best global practices. Zulfi added that this year, they would launch a tourism e-portal to facilitate and attract local and international tourists.