Tourism sector can contribute more towards economic development in Pakistan: Governor

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PESHAWAR, July 16 (APP): Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor, Engr. Iqbal Zafar Jhagrra has said tourism sector is adjudged as major source of economic development across the world and even it is playing a lead role towards economic uplift of respective people in many countries.

In Pakistan too, he added, the tourism sector remained a
visible contributor for earning foreign exchange in the past
but lately law and order problems caused difficulties in
this connection.

He said this while addressing the inaugural ceremony of a
standard hotel at Naran in Kaghan Valley on Saturday.

Federal Minister for Religious Affairs and the Minority
Cohesion, Sardar Muhammad Yousaf and MNA, Mohtrama Tehmina Daultana were also present on this occasion besides a large number of entrepreneurs from hostel industry, tour operators and the local people.

The Governor while appreciating the promotion of quality
hostelling facilities in the area said, it is the most important
factor required to encourage and facilitate the tourists and
through which they are enabled to enjoy the scenic beauty of the area.

Referring to the law and order situation, the Governor
said, with successful conduct of the Zarb Azb Operation, peace has been restored in the entire country especially in FATA and now the government is heading forward to materialise its development plans on vast scales – the tourism sector also bears no exception in this respect.

It is because of the untiring and relentless efforts and
the immortal sacrifices rendered by the Jawans and officers
of Pak Army and the security forces, the Governor said, “we are having security and stability in the entire country which
resulted influx of tourists to tourism resorts as well.”

Indeed, the northern areas of beloved country, Engineer
Iqbal Zafar Jhagrra said, attract a large number of tourists
every year and their further development will add more
attractions to tourists and a big contribution to the
national exchequer.

Definitely, he said, it will prove a big source of generating employment opportunities in future too.

“I am also aware of the establishment of Kaghan Development Authority and indeed this institution of vital importance for ensuring proper utilization of available potentials deserves to be fully functionalised,” he said.
In fact, the Governor said, the Naran Township, being famous tourism resort carries great importance on many counts and with the grace of Almighty Allah, its importance will be further enhanced.

Talking on various points raised by the tour operators
and the entrepreneurs, the Governor said, Pakistan is blessed by nature with vast fertile lands and the areas having tremendous potentials for tourism development and there exists every possibility for making value addition of each and every available potential enabling it to stand amongst the
economically developed nations of the world.

He also assured them to contact the respective quarters
and resolve their specific difficulties as pinpointed on
this occasion.