Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday (April 3) while addressing a tourism summit in Islamabad said that Pakistan offers best tourism attractions in the world ranging from beach, mountain, and desert tourism.
The prime minister said that Pakistan has virgin coastal belt in Balochistan, but it is unfortunate that our elite prefers to visit Europe and western countries instead of exploring our own tourist spots. He said Allah has bestowed us with diverse kind of mountain scenery from Suleman, Karakoram and Himalaya heights adding that these mountain ranges have their own diverse features abundant with great vegetation, wildlife and bird life, which have no match in any part of the world.
Imran Khan said Gilgit-Baltistan had immense potential for tourism and with the improved law and order there a large number of people have visited the area. He said there are dozens of beautiful areas in Pakistan like Nathia Galli, but they need to be developed. The Prime Minister, however, cautioned that tourism must be promoted with responsibility, while taking care of the environment.
He said religious tourism, especially for the adherents of Sikhism, Buddhism, and Hinduism will increase the number of tourism in the country.
Tourism in Pakistan is a growing industry. In 2010, Lonely Planet termed Pakistan as being “…tourism’s ‘next big thing’ for more years than we care to remember. [But] world media headlines [always] send things off the rails”. In 2018, the British Backpacker Society ranked Pakistan as the world’s top adventure travel destination, describing the country as “one of the friendliest countries on earth, with mountain scenery that is beyond anyone’s wildest imagination.” The country is geographically and ethnically diverse, and has a number of historical and cultural heritage sites.
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27 September, 2019