Ten-member Chinese delegation visits PTDC

A 10-member delegation comprising tour operators from Southwest China led by President of the Chendu Overseas Travel Heyu Guan visited Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC).
General Manager, PTDC Ali Akbar Malik, Manager Human Resources Ejaz Ali, Manager Flashman’s Ashfaq Ahmed Loothar, Manager Publicity Mukhtar Ali and Deputy Manager Tour Khalid Jamil Satti warmly welcomed the delegation.
President of the Pakistan Association of Tour Operators (PATO) Syed Sajjad Hussain Shah, General Secretary Asghar Ali Pargak, President of the Sustainable Tourism Foundation, Aftab ur Rehman Rana, President of Panoramic Pakistan Tahir Imran and General Manager of Waljis Travel Irfanullah Baig also present on the occasion.
General Manager PTDC Ali Akbar Malik briefed the delegation about PTDC activities for promotion of tourism. He said that Pakistan and China’s friendly relations have been ideal for the past 70 years and they are strengthening the formation of CPEC. He said that due to this economic corridor, the world has focused on this region.
China is the top outbound tourist generating country in the world and China has also given Pakistan the status of most favorable country, so it is important that tour operators of both countries to establish links to promote tourism jointly. Pakistan is a peaceful country where tourism has a unique opportunity. The time is not far when the world will feel that Pakistan is truly a paradise. He said that along the CPEC, there are countless opportunities for investment in tourism sector from Khunjab to Gwadar.
President of the Pakistan Association of Tour Operators (PATO), Sajjad Shah said that Tourism development in collaboration with the tour operators of the two countries not only contributes to the increase in foreign exchange income, but also improvement of soft image of Pakistan internationally.
The President of the Sustainable Tourism Foundation, Aftab ur Rahman Rana, said that trade links have increased due to improvement in the road links and the increase in tourist flow has also been witnessed.
Establishment of tourism infrastructure will also help in job creation and poverty alleviation.—APP

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