Tourism experts term gradual re-opening to save sector


Staff Reporter


The experts from tourism industry and academia on Tuesday proposed the gradual re-opening of potential tourism sector to save the sector from further collapse.
The speakers linked with tourism sector, donor agencies and concerned government departments said this while sharing their views with the participants during online dialogue ‘Tourism sector recovery – building back better’ organized by the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) here.
CEO Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Board of Investment (BOI) Hassan Daud, Said that despite the challenges, opportunities still exist and we are receiving a lot of interest from foreign investors to invest in tourism sites near Dir district, said a press release issued by Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) here.
Such investments can materialize quickly if we also improve our tourism-related infrastructure, he added.
“We also need to invest in boosting capacity of human resource in tourism sector,” Daud said and added that we can set up training centers for the tourism sector on public private partnership basis.
Besides, he said, we should quickly help raise integrated tourism zones in all provinces.
He said that tourism is one of the worst Covid19-hit sectors rendering huge revenue and jobs losses across Pakistan.

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