World Bank Looks Forward to Sponsor Tourism Projects in Pakistan
World Bank has assured its commitment to the Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) in support to promote tourist attraction in Pakistan. The bank aims to develop tourist resorts and facilities within the country by financing different projects.
World Bank delegates headed a meeting with PTDC officials on Monday to discuss the feasibility of development projects. The Bank is in support of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), besides other development projects in the country, which would serve as a well-being for more than three billion people in the region, said the PTDC Managing Director, Abdul Ghafoor.
The PTDC will structure tourist resort along the CPEC route, backed up by private investments and joint ventures to facilitate international tourism in Pakistan. As peace prevails in the country, there has been a record increase in foreign tourists as compared to previous years.
The planned projects under World Bank includes a bus terminal at Nankana Sahib, one motel each at Mohenjodaro, Baran Kalay and Hawks Bay (Karachi). There will be tourist facilitation centers in Lahore, Islamabad, Karachi, Peshawar, Quetta, Muzaffarabad and Gilgit-Baltistan.
Managing Director PTDC briefed the delegation that PTDC look forward for investment to facilitate tourism projects.
“Tourist destinations in this part of the world are worth more than any other international tourist place. All we need is a proper publicity to promote tourism in the country,” said Wouter Schalken, Delegation head & Private sector tourism expert.
We recommend the PTDC to stimulate scenic destinations of the country over national and international media channel aggressively to attract foreign tourists to Pakistan. Schalken further added.