ISLAMABAD, Mar 24 (PR): Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan (GB), Ch. Barjees Tahir on Monday formed a committee to prepare recommendations with regard to promotion of tourism in Pakistan.The committee, headed by Joint Secretary, Gilgit-Baltistan Council, Muhammad Ajmal Gondal will comprise representatives of Tour Operators and was also tasked to suggest actions in advance to make Pakistan’s participation more effective in international tourism events. The Minister asked to conduct more such meetings to brainstorm for betterment of the industry. The Minister was talking to a delegation of Pakistan Association of Tour Operators (PATO) which called on him here to discuss promotion of tourism industry in Pakistan as per promise he made in Berlin.
Federal Secretary, Shahidullah Baig and Joint Secretary Gilgit-Baltistan Council, Ajmal Gondal were also present in the meeting.
The Minister said strict visa policy, law and order situation and lack of national tourism policy are the main hindrances in promotion of tourism in Pakistan.
“Still we are committed to our resolve of improving lot of the country. This is why Chinese are set to invest US $ 32 billion in Pakistan,” he said.
Representatives of PATO informed the Minister about the problems being faced by foreign tourists. Ch Barjees Tahir participated in world’s largest Travel Trade Show in Berlin recently.