Government is focused on ecotourism: Imran Khan


Islamabad: Oct 15, 2020 (TNS): Prime Minister Imran Khan has said government is focused on eco-tourism to ensure environmental conservation, while managing tourist spots in the country.

Chairing meeting of the National Coordination Committee on Tourism in Islamabad today (Thursday), he said soft image of Pakistan can only be portrayed through promotion of tourism that will also generate revenue and employment opportunities.

Imran Khan said Federal Government will provide all possible facilitation to provincial governments for development and promotion of tourism sector in the country. He said Allah Almighty has blessed Pakistan with different climatic zones and numerous untapped tourist spots.

Prime Minister’s Special Assistant for Overseas Pakistanis Syed Zulfiqar Abbas Bukhari briefed the NCC in detail about the progress on development of tourism sector. He said substantial work has been undertaken for development of religious tourism.

The SAPM informed that geo-mapping of all existing and potential tourism sites, strategies for promotion, Public Private Partnership modalities, anti-encroachment drive on tourist spots and waste disposal plans are underway. He said all provincial governments are on-board in this regard. He said incentives would be provided for import of machinery and equipment to promote hospitality sector.

Syed Zulfiqar Abbas Bukhari also presented Tourism Development Plan 2020-21 that includes Human Resource capacity building, preparation of master plan for 40 sites, seven theme parks, development of 60 new sites to ease burden on existing sites, National Standards and Certification mechanism to ensure quality services for tourists and 30 international standard feasibilities.