Zulfikar Bukhari breaks ground for five-star hotel in Chitral
PESHAWAR: National Tourism Coordination Board (NTCB) Chairman Sayed Zulfikar Abbas Bukhari Wednesday performed ground-breaking of a five-star hotel in Chitral to ensure provision of quality accommodation and dining facilities to tourists. Addressing the ground-breaking ceremony, he said the facility was being set up in collaboration with private sector to promote tourism activities in the area, a news release said. He said concerted efforts were being made to encourage private sector for its active participation in the promotion of tourism sector. The 80-room hotel, having two restaurants and a hall with 500-person sitting capacity, is being constructed by overseas Pakistani Anwar Aman, who announced to invest around Rs 5 billion in tourism sector in Pakistan. Zulfikar Bukhari, who also holds the portfolio of the Prime Minister’s Special Assistant on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development, extended his gratitude to the Pakistani diaspora for contributing in the national development. He said his government had a comprehensive plan to promote the country as customized brand across the globe. The NTCB chairman said the Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC), the premier tourism body, was gearing up to launch all the initiatives, delayed due to the closure of sector in the wake of coronavirus. The PTDC, he said, had developed 'Brand Pakistan' with the help of international experts and would launch it soon to introduce the country as a tourism brand across the world. Brand Pakistan has three main components, including brand identity development, musical score creation and interactive e-portal, he added. He said an exclusive e-portal would soon be launched to provide a world class exposure to Pakistan's tourist attractions through one click. "The portal will consist of a user-friendly interface to interact with the prospective tourists and provide them online connectivity to view Pakistan's tourist sites through virtual galleries, videos and documentaries, and avail the various available services." Zulfikar Bukhari said the government had formulated National Tourism Strategy (2020-2030), which was in the launching process. It was meant to develop a harmonized framework for the tourism sector, after taking all the stakeholders on board. It would focus on four key areas, including good governance, tourism demand and supply, jobs creation and enabling growth. He said the country was also preparing to host the 'World Tourism Forum' next year to showcase the country's tourism potential, attract investment and build Pakistan into an international brand. - APP ���������������������������������������������������������������������