The PTDC decides to formulate the National Tourism Strategy 2021-30
Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) announced on Saturday that it will formulate a 2021-2030 National Tourism Strategy and 2021-2025 Action Plan to promote tourism in the country nationally and internationally.
The full roadmap, which was envisioned by Prime Minister Imran Khan, will be developed after all provinces, Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan, and domestic tour operators share their suggestions, sources said. well informed at the Express Tribune.
PTDC Managing Director Aftab Rana said Pakistan has some of the most beautiful places in the world. “While the public order situation in the country has improved, the confidence of foreign tourists has increased,” he added.
More developed countries have faced serious challenges posed by the pandemic, but tourism in Pakistan is booming, he said.
In the first phase, PTDC motels will be managed under a public-private partnership and the profits will be spent on new projects.
The strategy will include training PTDC employees in national and international institutions, launching updated introductory books in nearly 100 countries, electronic visa facilities for tourists from 50 countries, including China.
The CEO of PTDC said the new strategy would prove to be a revolution for the tourism sector in the country, adding that the prime minister himself would soon announce the new vision for tourism.
He said it was the first time that the private sector was included in such an initiative. He said the government is eagerly awaiting a diverse flow of tourists as Pakistan is home to many Buddhist and Sikh historical sacred sites.
“These places are open to foreign tourists and people of faith,” he said, adding that “the Kartapura corridor is a shining example”.
Earlier, the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) issued a set of guidelines for visitors and site visit planners, opening them under strict standard operating procedures (SOPs) for coronaviruses.
On May 19, the NCOC, which oversees the government’s unified strategy to stem the spread of the global pandemic, dropped several restrictions it had imposed during Eidul Fitr’s vacation earlier this month.
NCOC guidelines for the tourism industry state that only healthy people will be allowed to visit. For this, hotel and guesthouse directions must demand a negative coronavirus test report and national identity card from guests.
After June 1, hotel staff will no longer book rooms for anyone over 50 without a vaccination certificate, and after July 1, the presentation of the vaccination certificate will be mandatory for any visitor over 40 years.
Visitors would complete a health declaration form at the entrance to tourist places. Visitors would be required to carry a sufficient quantity of face masks and disinfectants. All travelers must wear masks in each tourist destination, according to the guidelines.