Islamabad, March 16 (APP): Government is revamping and remodeling Tourist Information Centres of Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) and plan is to establish Tourist Facilitation Centers in Provincial Headquarters to promote tourism. Special discounted tour packages have also been introduced to encourage students, families and groups to explore the country. Besides, PTDC is reviewing National Tourism Policy and participating actively in international and domestic tourism events to attract local and foreign visitors. “A total of 28,333 foreign, 1,844,000 local tourists have visited Northern Areas during 2007-10”, official sources at PTDC told APP, here today.
Government has also increased the tourist friendly countries from 2 to 26, he said.
Underlining various steps for promotion of tourism, official said tourists of 26 countries have been granted one month validity and multiple entries for group travel through designated Tour Operators.
Pakistani Missions abroad have been authorized to grant tourist/visit visa for three months validity and stay with double entry and other, he added.
He said PTDC has tourist resorts in Northern Areas Gilgit-Baltistan were Chinnar Inn, Gilgit, PTDC Motel, Hunza, PTDC Motel, Sost (Pak-China border), K-2 Motel, Skardu,PTDC Motel, Gupis (Distt. Ghizer), PTDC Motel, Phandar (Distt. Ghizer),PTDC Motel, Stapara Lake, Skardu, PTDC Motel, Khaplu, Skardu, PTDC Motel, Astak (Gilgit-Skardu Road), PTDC Motel, Rama Lake (Astor).