To stop illegal construction activities on tourist spots, Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan has ordered the concerned headquarters to take necessary steps. The provincial government has directed the authorities to pace up the construction work on roads to tourist spots in Malakand and Hazara divisions. The Chief Minister has also ordered the concerned departments to conduct an assessment survey of all the rest houses owned by the government to hand them over to the tourism department to utilize them for the promotion of tourism.
Pakistan is rich in its tourist destinations offering a diverse range of choices for domestic and international travellers. The country is home to some of the oldest civilizations in the world, innumerable locations of scenic beauty, the world’s highest mountains, many religious and historic places, unique arts and crafts, and rich cultural heritage. The British Backpacker Society ranked Pakistan as the world’s top adventure travel destination in 2018, describing the country as “one of the friendliest countries on earth and mountain scenery that is beyond anyone’s wildest imagination.”
Pakistan’s tourism industry has the potential to boost the revenue of the economy, create thousands of jobs, develop infrastructure, and plant a sense of cultural exchange between foreigners and locals. In 2019, the total contribution of travel and tourism to Pakistan’s gross domestic product (GDP) was 5.7%. When the pandemic hit the world, the total contribution of tourism decreased to 4.4%, cutting down many employments. Recently, with some relaxation in restrictions of COVID-19, a huge influx of tourists is being witnessed in the country’s tourist spots which will help in generating business activities and job opportunities for the locals in those areas.