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AKTC wins Cultural Preservation Award for Shigar Fort restoration

Mr. Azam Jamil, Corporate Director Sales & Marketing, Serena Hotels receiving the award
Mr. Azam Jamil, Corporate Director Sales & Marketing, Serena Hotels receiving the award

Press Release  _ The Aga Khan Cultural Service, part of the Aga Khan Development Network, has won the award for, ‘Best for Conservation of Cultural Heritage’ at this year’s Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards for its Shigar Fort – Palace restoration project in Pakistan. 

At a ceremony hosted at World Travel Market (WTM), Docklands, London, in November, the Awards were handed out by Justin Francis, Managing Director of, organizers and founders of the Awards, and Amanda Wills, Managing Director of Virgin Holidays, headline sponsor of the Awards.

The judges said: “ The sensitive restoration of this historic building and its development as a hotel has placed the property once again at the heart of the community as a cultural and economic asset bringing employment, microenterprise opportunities, and social and cultural empowerment for men and women.” 

The hotel operations of Shigar Fort Residence are managed by Serena Hotels, Pakistan and the award was received by Mr. Azam Jamil (Corporate Director Sales & Marketing for Serena Hotels).

Launched in 2004, the Awards are run in association with partners World Travel Market, The Daily Telegraph, Geographical Magazine and BBC World News. More information on the Awards is available on and Shigar Fort is wonderfully described on pages 52-53 of the responsible tourism magazine. 

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  1. This is a great achievement. Congratulations to the management of AKTC and all those who have been associated with this historic project. Keep up the great work.

    Sultan Ahmed

  2. Indeed, it’s a great achievement. Cordial congratulations to AKCSP management, Masood Khan, Richard and especially to Shigar Fort Conservation Project Team.

  3. Winning the coveted international award for an excellent conservation work in the remotes part of the world – says it all about efforts and performance of the AKTC.

    Congratulations to the AKCSP management and each one connected with the Shigar Fort project.

    Mutabiat Shah, Islamabad

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