Islamabad—Managing Director Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) Ch. Abdul Ghafoor Khan, Wednesday, said that Tourism and Sports had a great potential to grow and bring foreign exchange and increase in tourist flow in the country. In a meeting with Managing Director Punjab Tourism Ahmer Mallick and Director General Punjab Sports Board Zulfiqar Ahmad Ghuman he said that all tourism, culture and Sports related federal and provincial departments and organizations must join hands to work together for portraying a vibrant tourist friendly image of Pakistan, which is the need of time. We must show the World the Present Government under dynamic leadership of Muhammad Nawaz Sharif is committed to develop Pakistan.
He added that during its tenure this government has provided the people of Pakistan with a network of motorways, metro bus, orange line train and the China Pakistan Economic Corridor, which is no doubt a game changer for the whole region. We are planning to develop a wild life park along the motorway with a cost of 4000 million to be jointly developed by Federal and Provincial Governments. It is our duty to support our Government in achieving the common goal of tourism development.
He further said that in addition to tourism promotion the Prime Minister has also assigned PTDC to work on preservation and restoration of historical sites in Pakistan with the help of provincial governments. He added that as per previous practice PTDC is considering participating in international tourism and travel exhibitions in collaboration with Provincial tourism organizations, airlines, hoteliers and tour operators which not only creates awareness about Pakistan but also results in increase of tourist influx to the country.
Ahmer Mallick, MD Punjab Tourism said that TDCP is playing an effective role in promotion and development of tourism in Punjab. We have developed many resorts and re-creational facilities all over the province. TDCP is also actively involved in presentation and maintenance of historical and Cultural Sites.
D.G Punjab Sports Board said that by improvement in law and order situation in the country, sports activities in Pakistan are returning to previous glory.
We intend to hold different tournaments where international players from all over the world will participate. We also look forward to PTDC, TDCP and other tourism organizations to jointly hold such activities in Pakistan.