Story highlights

  • Government has set up endowment fund with seed money of Rs1 billion to promote historic sites and resorts
  • Global Tourism Forum takes place four times a year in global centers to bring together tourism leaders and industry representatives
  • A Global Tourism Forum delegation headed by the president of its executive board, Bulut Bagci, called on PM Khan last week to discuss ways to promote tourism opportunities in Pakistan.
Tourism currently contributes less than one percent to Pakistan’s GDP.
Around 2.5 million tourists had visited Pakistan last year
Natural beauty, social values and environmental protection should be ensured for promotion of tourism.

Pakistan’s capital city of Islamabad will be hosting the Global Tourism Forum Leaders Meeting 2020, and over 1,000 foreign visitors will be attending the five-day event, the Dispatch News Desk (DND) news agency reported.

In this regard, a meeting was held in Islamabad on Friday between Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan and a delegation of Global Tourism Forum, led by President of the forum’s Executive Board, Bulut Bagci.

The Chairman of Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) Sayed Zulfikar Abbas Bukhari was also present at the meeting.

The Chairman of PTDC informed the participants of the meeting about the initiatives being taken to promote tourism in Pakistan.

It was decided in the meeting that Pakistan would host the Global Tourism Forum Leaders Meeting 2020 which would last for five days.

In his remarks, the prime minister said that the previous governments did not pay attention on tourism; however, the incumbent government is making all out efforts to promote tourism in the country.

The prime minister said that there is great potential in different areas of tourism in the country, which is being exploited.

Imran Khan said that eight new tourism resorts will be developed in eight coastal areas in Balochistan. He said that natural beauty, social values and environmental protection should be ensured for promotion of tourism.

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