2nd Consultative Workshop on National Tourism Strategy
December 26, 2019
However, it has not been properly taken care of, developed and projected internationally to attract religious tourists. He said that Chairman NTCB and SAPM Sayed Zulfikar Abbas Bukhari inaugurated the workshop and appreciated the contribution of participants in tourism sector of Pakistan. He said that the Government welcomes constructive and productive feedback of experts and private sector representatives which will be incorporated in finalizing the strategy. He said that present government under visionary leadership of PM Imran Khan, has a special focus on development and promotion of tourism. Formulation of a well coordinated tourism strategy at national level is essential to make Pakistan an attractive tourist destination. The proposed strategy will provide a roadmap for achieving the important milestones in a more organized and systematic manner.
Managing Director PTDC Syed Intikhab Alam said that draft National Tourism strategy has been developed in consultation with all major stakeholders. The PTDC plans to promptly incorporate comments and recommendations of private sector experts and NTCB members so that NTS could be launched soon. The strategy will help to realize the governments ‘vision 2030’ and uplift the tourism industry at par with international standards. He also recognized support of UNDP in organizing the workshop.
Welcome to Pakistan
From the mighty stretches of the Karakorams in the North to the vast alluvial delta of the Indus River in the South, Pakistan remains a land of high adventure and nature. Trekking, mountaineering, white water rafting, wild boar hunting, mountain and desert jeep safaris, camel and yak safaris, trout fishing and bird watching, are a few activities, which entice the adventure and nature lovers to Pakistan.
Pakistan is endowed with a rich and varied flora and fauna. High Himalayas, Karakoram and the Hindukush ranges with their alpine meadows and permanent snow line, coniferous forests down the sub-mountain scrub, the vast Indus plain merging into the great desert, the coast line and wetlands, all offer a remarkably rich variety of vegetation and associated wildlife including avifauna, both endemic and migratory. Ten of 18 mammalian orders are represented in Pakistan with species ranging from the world's smallest surviving mammals, the Mediterranean Pigmy Shrew, to the largest mammal ever known; the blue whale.
Tourism is a focused area of the present government. Several initiatives are being undertaken to garner the potential offered by the tourism industry. To develop and enhance coordination with provinces, federal ministries, and private actors, facilitate in the development of policies, strategies, framework, etc, to market and promote tourism potentials nationally and internationally; and capacity building for the provision of quality human resource, the Government has constituted the National Tourism Coordination Board (NTCB). NTCB is mandated to:
- Coordinate with provincial, national and international organizations dealing with the tourism sector.
- Market and Promote tourism potential of Pakistan.
- Facilitate the provinces in developing a regulatory framework for quality standards in the Hospitality sector.
- Coordinate national participation in tourism related international expos and events.
- Develop synergies amongst provinces and regions.
- Provide Technical assistance to provinces to develop institutions in tourism sectors.
As a part of the strategy, the NTCB formulated following thematic working groups to develop strategies and action plans in their assigned specific areas:
- Cultural, Heritage & Archaeology Tourism Working Group
- ECO Tourism Working Group
- Tourism Branding & Marketing Working Group
- Regulatory & Policy Reforms Working Group
- Religious Tourism Working Group
- Investment Promotion Working Group
- Infrastructure & Facilitation Working Group
- Adventure Tourism Working Group
- Trans Himalayan Jeep Rally Working Group