World Tourism Day being observed today


Islamabad, Sep 27 (TNS): The World Tourism Day is being observed across the globe with the theme: “Tourism and Jobs-A Better Future For All” for this year.

Tourism has become one of the fastest growing and most important economic sectors in the world, benefiting destinations and communities worldwide.

The observation of the day is aimed to maximize tourism’s potential to create more and better jobs, especially for women and youth.

Message of President Dr Arif Alvi

The President, Dr. Arif Alvi in his message on the Tourism Day, he said significance of world’s tourism industry as a major source of employment and poverty alleviation is undeniable.

Dr Arif Alvi said tourism is a key to earning foreign exchange and an effective tool to bring diverse people close to one another, thereby promoting tolerance. Therefore, Pakistan celebrates the World Tourism Day as a nation proud of its glorious past and cultural heritage. Tourism sector plays a key role in enhancing socio-economic status of a country and uplifting the standard of life of local population.

He said the Government is fully aware of the immense tourism potential in Pakistan and is aiming to transform it into a vital industry. Pakistan is home to rich cultural heritage, most significantly Indus valley, world’s ancient civilization. We are motivated to make Pakistan an attractive tourist destination by attracting both local and foreign tourists.

Message of Prime Minister Imran Khan

In his separate message on the Day, Prime Minister Imran Khan said that Pakistan is blessed with natural beauty and has enormous opportunities of tourism. Tourism sector plays a pivotal role in socio-economic growth. It also provides an impetus for employment opportunities and promotion of entrepreneurial activities, globally.

PM Imran Khan said tourism experience provides synergies between communities having diverse cultural backgrounds. It also enables people to adapt themselves to the cutting-edge traveling facilities of modern days. Pakistan has immense potential in tourism sector. It generates economic activities, brings in valuable foreign exchange and generate investors’ interest in the tourism sector by attracting myriad foreign tourists. Influx of visitors is also correlated to law and order situation.

The Prime Minister said with the collaborated efforts of the present government and our law enforcing agencies, law and order situation in the country has remarkably improved. This has resulted in a considerable increase in number of foreign tourists in Pakistan.

He said the present Government is giving due priority to the tourism sector. The Govt is devoted to introduce policies, infrastructure development, institutional empowerment and improvement in service delivery for attracting tourists.

Message of CM Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar

Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar has said that a new tourism policy has been prepared besides giving the tourism sector a status of an industry.

In his message on World Tourism Day, he said Pakistan has great tourism potential and effective measures have been adopted to provide best facilities to tourists, along with improving tourist-spots.

Usman Buzdar said improving tourism is among the top priorities of the government and Punjab government is working to facilitate tourists as one hundred and seventy-seven rest houses have already been opened for public in Punjab.