Call to make tourism opportunities accessible to all

‘Eliminate terrorism to promote tourism’

Staff Reporter

Islamabad—Pakistan’s declining tourism industry has received a boost after the success of military operation Zarb-e-Azab and now tourists, both domestic and foreign, feel safe and secure while visiting this beautiful country. Pakistan’s forests, lakes, meadows, deserts and sea and its beaches offer tourists a paradise on earth and the government only needs to give incentives to the tourism industry so that country could receive more tourists and travelers who intend to discover beauty lying in Pakistan’s remote lands.
These views were expressed by speakers and participants of a World Tourism Day event celebrated at the Pakistan Youth Hostel Islamabad chapter here on Thursday. A large number of youth representatives and boarders of the Youth Hostel attended the seminar. CDA’s Tourism Officer Sadia Sarwat gave a presentation drawing the government’s attention how it can turn the otherwise dormant tourism sector of Pakistan into a booming industry. Speaking on the theme of the United Nations World Tourism Day which is celebrated every year on September 27, Amna Imran Shami, an M.Phil scholar, said the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has declared the 2016 World Tourism Day theme as “Tourism for all-promoting universal accessibility.” Everyone has the right to access leisure and tourism services on an equal basis, she read Ban Ki-moon’s message adding though almost 1.2 billion travel abroad each year yet 1 billion people around the world living with disability, along with young children seniors and persons with other access requirements still face obstacles in accessing fundamentals of travels such as clear and reliable information.

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