More than one million tourists visited northern areas of Pakistan this season

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Published: August 5, 2016
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Growth of 25% witnessed during current season, says official. PHOTO: FILE

Growth of 25% witnessed during current season, says official. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: More than one million tourists, locals and foreigners, visited the northern areas during the current season, said Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) Policy and Promotion Manager Mukhtar Ali.

“The growth in tourists visiting these areas increased by 25% as compared to last year due to measures taken by the government to improve law and order situation in those areas,” he said.

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Pakistan has great potential for adventure tourism, said Ali, adding that the country has the world’s highest mountains that are a great attraction.

He said that the country has the distinction of having five peaks above 8,000 meters each, including the second loftiest mountain, K-2.

Pakistan also has the largest glaciers on the globe outside the polar region, which offers tremendous attraction for adventurers.

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The manager revealed that the PTDC planned to further streamline facilities for tourists in various destinations and was in consultations with provinces to devise a joint strategy to improve the sector.

He said that it was a good sign that the people are visiting tourists’ points without security especially Naran, Ayubia, Swat, Gilgit and Skardu. Responding to a question, he said the PTDC has a chain of 39 motels and three restaurants, which are providing the best facilities to tourists. “We are providing international level boarding and lodging facilities,” Ali added.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 6th, 2016.

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Reader Comments (10)

  • Ali
    Aug 6, 2016 - 10:45AM

    Apart from Law & Order situation there are many other areas for improvement left in northern areas. Despite being a wide road on the way to nar an there are many small patches due to land sliding which creates bottlenecks. There are very few roadside safety barriers. The abottabad road is pathetic. Too much traffic and waste of tourist time. Need an alternate way to bypass abottabad The way to shorgran is really really bad and its a steep climb as well. The dispute between these qasim brothers over there and jeep owners monopoly dont allow the construction of road despite approved budget. It can be easily said that there is no road on the way to lalazar and saiful muluk.Recommend

  • ironMan!
    Aug 6, 2016 - 10:52AM

    If only we could do better marketing, make easier and safer access to north and provide best accommodation services, we could rule the Tourism Market. It’s a billion dollar industry!Recommend

  • AJ
    Aug 6, 2016 - 4:55PM

    It is not about tourist numbers. It is about providing them with a good experience and providing quality services which revitalise host communities and turn the economic wheel while preserving the environment. Just 100000s of tourist swarms showing up on motorcycles and Prados and rampaging through the hills and polluting them is NOT tourismRecommend

  • Parvez
    Aug 6, 2016 - 7:01PM

    My daughters family drove from Karachi all the way to the Chinese border and had a brilliant 10day vacation.Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Aug 6, 2016 - 7:07PM

    What is the ratio of local and foreigners? How much they contributed to local economy? What is their experience.? In my experience they polluted air with their gas guzzlers and traffic jams and returned with more stress.Recommend

  • Aug 6, 2016 - 7:47PM

    Dear sir. Good to know about visit of tourists level in nothern areas of Pakistan.
    I would further suggest to explore other part of Pakistan for tourists attractions. Myself doing work on similar way and generating SPORTS & LEISURE Festival in rural area to promote culture and tourists attractions. Recommend

  • imtiaz
    Aug 6, 2016 - 10:58PM

    better infrastructure is the main reason of this boom. bravo to pmln governmentRecommend

  • observer
    Aug 7, 2016 - 3:55AM

    “More than one million tourists visited northern areas of Pakistan this season”

    These are not “northern areas of Pakistan”. Pakistani constitution does not recognize them as part of Pakistan. Pakistan’s official position is that this is disputed territory.Recommend

  • shuaib
    Aug 11, 2016 - 10:18AM

    did you know how much they polluted the environment..
    i request to government of GB to limits the tourism otherwise they destroy natural scenery very quickly… Recommend

  • turbo
    Nov 11, 2016 - 2:37PM

    @shuaib:
    so this means people shouldn’t visit Switzerland as it disturbs the environment? Recommend

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