Pakistan needs to market itself as a tourist destination

Travel association official says country can benefit by promoting tourism

Our Correspondent March 19, 2016
Travel association official says country can benefit by promoting tourism. PHOTO: STOCK

LAHORE: Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Chief Executive Officer Mario Hardy said that Pakistan needs to market itself as a tourism destination as it is endowed with beautiful landscapes and other attractions.

Speaking at the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), he said that Pakistan is not as bad as it is portrayed, but it needs to highlight its soft image to the international community.

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Also present on the occasion, Tourism Development Corporation of Punjab (TDCP) Managing Director Ahmer Malik said Pakistan is making progress in the sector and measures have been taken in this regard. He said that Pakistan missions abroad were engaged in attracting tourists.

“Visits of high-powered delegations to Pakistan and international conferences in Lahore are proof that the mindset of the international community towards Pakistan is taking a positive change,” said Malik.

He said that a regional tourism conference will soon be held in Lahore, which will help highlight the tourism potential of Pakistan.

LCCI Vice President Nasir Saeed said, “The tourism industry of Pakistan has the potential to turn the country into a hub of economic activity as the total contribution of the industry in the global economy is more than $7.58 trillion.”

The Punjab government along with TDCP is taking all possible steps for the promotion of tourism in Punjab.

Saeed said that every corner of the country is worth seeing and should be glorified to attract tourists.

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The institute of tourism and hotel management being run by TDCP in Lahore has been equipped with professional management and a training course for tourist guides is also being introduced in the institute.

The LCCI official appreciated the efforts of TDCP for ensuring participation of private sector and said that it would give confidence to the business community and other stakeholders to share their views on making policy.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 19th, 2016.

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Namaste | 5 years ago | Reply It's the passport ranking of Pakistan itself That's keeping most people away. If you have a stamp of Pakistan on your passport, then you can just forget about travelling to Europe, USA or Australia without having to explain the visa officials about why did you go to Pakistan and what are your connections My sikh friends who have visited the Nanak shrine in lahore, sadly have faced the same issue despite the trip was only 12 hrs
mirestan | 5 years ago | Reply If Pakistan should transform itself in to 21st century. Pakistan can be the best destination for tourists. But Pakistani are more worried about the next world, they are living in feature. They throw filth every where contradictory to their religion for cleanliness.Poor does not mean to be dirty.
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