A walk was arranged by the Tourism Development Corporation of Punjab (TDCP) on Thursday to mark the World Tourism Day.
The walk started at the Lahore Stock Exchange and ended at the Lahore Arts Council (LAC) on The Mall.
Earlier, students from City School, Educators, Lahore Grammar School, the Punjab University Art and Design Department, Queen Mary College, Government Central Model School and STEP University participated in painting and photography competitions at the LAC.
Paintings were submitted by 150 students dealing with sustainable energy, environment and tourism themes.
As many as 13 paintings were selected to receive first, second and third prizes of Rs5,000, Rs4,000 and Rs3,000 each. Souvenirs were also handed out to 10 runners ups and certificates distributed amongst all 150 participants. Similar prizes were given out to winners of the photography competition.
Aiza Malik, a student of City School Ravi Campus, won the first prize in the painting competition. Malik said her painting was about sustainable energy. “It was a challenge since school teaches us painting technique, not ideas” said Malik.
This was followed by the launch of the TDCP Backpacker’s Club.
TDCP marketing manager Tahir Mehmood Rana said the Backpacker’s Club aims at encouraging students to undertake adventure tours across the country. The Backpacker’s Club was formed a few months ago and has around 10,000 members. Rana said a website (backpackers.com.pk) has also been set up.
He said the club will have executive, general and life-time members. The club will arrange eco-tours and awareness walks to encourage eco-tourism and work for the protection of historical buildings, he said.
Punjab Assembly Deputy Speaker Rana Mashhood Ahmad and Tourism Secretary Haroon Ahmad Khan were the chief guests. Later, singer Jawad Ahmad performed in a concert.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 28th, 2012.
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