Aun Chaudhry, Advisor to the Prime Minister (PM) on Tourism and Sports, has disclosed that the federal government is in discussions with United Arab Emirates (UAE) to introduce direct flights to Skardu, a popular tourist destination in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB).
A delegation of twenty-five individuals led by Aun witnessed the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2023 in Dubai. Aun stated that direct flights between the UAE and Skardu will promote tourism in northern regions.
He stated that Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif had instructed him to increase the country’s tourism by collaborating with the private sector. He noted that because Pakistan has the potential to expand its tourism industry, the government must make it easier for tourists to visit locations like Skardu.
The PM’s advisor also praised the Pakistan Embassy in the UAE and TDAP for their efforts to assist Pakistani exhibitors in attending the event. The Pakistani ambassador to the UAE, Faisal Niaz Tirmizi, characterized Pakistan’s participation in the ATM after a lengthy hiatus as a significant step forward that will promote tourism and improve the country’s international image.
Aftab Rana, the managing director of PTDC, emphasized Pakistan’s exceptional vistas, rich culture, heritage, and diverse landscapes. At the ATM 2023, over 160 countries and 2,000 exhibitors will participate. This is the 30th iteration of the event, which is part of the 10-day Arabian Travel Week festival.