PM launches tourism plan for Americans
“He said Pakistan offers many sites of tourist attractions like the famous Silk Route, six out of eight highest peaks of the world and the Indus Valley civilisation. He appreciated efforts of Aga Khan for building hotels and resorts in northern Pakistan.”
Overseas Pakistanis visiting country to be offered special packages
NEW YORK: Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz on Friday launched a “Destination Pakistan 2007” programme for American tourists, saying the country’s great cultural heritage and scenic beauty offered a unique blend to international tourists.
“Ranging from high snow-covered mountains in the north to vast lush fields and great resorts, the country is also a source of attraction for religious tourists,” he told a select gathering of tour operators, leading businessmen and people belonging to different walks of life.
Shaukat said, “Pakistan is a tourist destination for everyone and offers tremendous options for all.”
He said the government is promoting religious tourism and said a large number of Buddhists and Sikhs visit their religious places in the country.
He said Pakistan, situated at the crossroads of Central Asia, East Asia and South Asia, links many civilisations.
He said the government has been improving infrastructure to promote tourism to provide best possible facilities to tourists.
The prime minister asked the overseas Pakistanis and American people to make Pakistan their tourist destination. He said Pakistan offers many sites of tourist attractions like the famous Silk Route, six out of eight highest peaks of the world and the Indus Valley civilisation. He appreciated efforts of Aga Khan for building hotels and resorts in northern Pakistan.
Shaukat said Pakistan is a moderate and hospitable country and wants to share its culture, cuisine, music and art with the world.
He said that besides summer adventures in Pakistan, there are trekking options, mountaineering, rock climbing, safaris and many other natural places to see.
Earlier, Minister for Tourism Nelofar Bakhtiar said the government has planned a number of activities for the next 12 months to attract tourists from around the world.
She said special packages would be provided to overseas Pakistanis and their children for visiting to Pakistan.
The minister also highlighted various measures taken for the promotion of tourism in the country and asked the Americans and Pakistanis to visit Pakistan taking advantage of facilities and opportunities being provided during 2007.