ISLAMABAD - The stakeholders of tourism industry, while hailing holding of ‘National Consultative Conference of 1500+Stakeholders on Pakistan Vision 2025’, have recommended for making tourism a federal subject.

“We have recommended to the government to set up Pakistan Tourism Board with an aim to promote tourism industry in the country,” said Amjad Ayub, president Pakistan Tourism Industry.

He said that they had proposed to make tourism a federal subject instead of provincial one as it would facilitate tourists a lot.

“We have also proposed to make more laws and regulations for the promoting tourism industry,” he said.

He said as compared to its neighbouring countries, the nature has bestowed Pakistan with more scenic beauty and landscapes adding that a new policy was needed to promote tourism in the country.

He appreciated government’s endeavours to hold the conference and underlined the need to continue working with the same passion and harmony for the development of the country.

Chairman Avari Hotels Ltd, Byram D. Avari said the group had recommended to take steps to maintain peace and security for promoting tourism in the country. 

“We have also requested to make special security arrangements for tourist groups visiting archaeological sites. The federal and provincial governments have been recommended to consider the option of having police in civilian clothes, he added.

He said tourism industry offered tremendous opportunity for economic development. “We have suggested that Pakistan Tourism Board should consist of members from both private and public sectors”.

“Besides, we have recommended enforcement of standards and introduction of certifications for hotels, tourist guides, transporters and tour operators to ensure quality services to domestic and foreign tourists alike”, Avari said.

Renowned mountaineer Nazir Sabir said that he was happy that a group of experts on tourism industry, having representation from both public and private sector, had been given the opportunity to give input for the promotion of tourism industry.

He expressed the hope that recommendations of the experts would be incorporated and a new tourism policy would soon be streamlined.