Published on : Wednesday, August 9, 2017
The Ukrainian Ambassador Volodymyr Lakomov and Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) Managing Director Chaudhry Abdul Ghafoor Khan agreed to reinforce the bilateral relations and step up the tourism cooperation between the two countries.
In a meeting on Tuesday, Lakomov informed the PTDC MD that he had visited numerous places in Pakistan and found that there was a huge potential, which required proper publicity and promotion.
The Ukrainian Ambassador said that, he also visited the Gilgit-Baltistan, Lahore and Mohenjo Daro and he was impressed by the historical places in Pakistan.
He also stated that Ukraine has a number of ski resorts, where a large number of adventure tourists participate in annual ski tournaments.
He appreciated the role of Pakistan Ambassador to Ukraine Athar Abbas for promoting the tourism in Ukraine. Speaking on the occasion, the PTDC MD invited the Ukrainian envoy to visit Swat Valley, Ayubia and Nathia Gali.
Ghafoor said that in the past, tourism was a neglected sector in Pakistan, but the present government was committed to developing Pakistan into an international hub for business and tourism.
He recalled that he had visited Thailand and met the tourism police chief in order to learn from their experience and launch a similar force in Pakistan. The new government of Pakistan is now stressing in founding the country as the tourism destination, as the government is sure that if it develop the internal security, Pakistan will soon be a tourism based country.
CPEC is the future of Pakistan, which will create millions of jobs not only for the country, but also for the region, with the launch of billions of dollars worth of economic activities. They are presently focusing on Gilgit-Baltistan and soon a ski resort will be developed at Natter Valley in addition to a five-star hotel close to the river in Gilgit.
The Government of Pakistan is offering 25 acres of land in the capital city, Islamabad for the development of a tourist resort and the ongoing projects of Pakistan Tourism board, which are also available for joint ventures.