Pakistan, Iran to share tour packages

Muhammad Arshad

Islamabad

The Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation PTDC is likely to share tourism development plans and cheaper tour packages with the Iranian embassy to explore potential of mutual cooperation. Similarly, Iranian embassy will also try to provide maximum possible support for tourism development sector in Pakistan on PTDC’s recommendations.
In this regard, Iranian Airlines should also launch flights for Tehran and other Iranian cities from Islamabad and Lahore so that the tourists flow may increase between the two countries. However, it is imperative that Iran should also attract its citizens to Pakistan’s tourism. In this case, tour operators and embassies can play an important role by distributing tour packages of both of our countries.
This sort of consensus was evolved in a meeting between PTDC Managing Director Chaudhry Abdul Ghafoor Khan and Iranian Ambassador Mehdi Honardoost.
Both countries Pakistan and Iran are members of the Regional Cooperation for Development (RCD) and the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO).
These institutions are doing well in the region for peace and security and development projects. Every year, millions of visitors from Pakistan visit Iran for the pilgrimage of holy places. Due to the lack of direct flights, people are facing difficulties in travelling.
Khan said that the Secretariat of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) is located in Iran, and this organization holds several programs for tourism and culture every year, including food festival. I request that that in order to ensure Pakistan’s participation in such programs, the government if Iran and ECO secretariat consider sponsoring travel costs for participants.
Iranian Ambassador, Mehdi Honadoost appreciated the efforts of Managing Director PTDC for the promotion and development of tourism sector in Pakistan.

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