The two-day activities of International Tourism Day 2022 concluded here on Tuesday with a colorful prize distribution ceremony organized by the Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (World Tourism Day celebrations by PTDC) on the theme of “Rethinking Tourism.”
The events concluded with the presentation of the summary recommendations formed in various sessions of the National Tourism Conference and a prize distribution ceremony for photographic and art competitions
Advisor to Prime Minister on World Tourism Day celebrations by PTDC and Sports, Awn Chaudry distributed as many as nine cash prizes and certificates to the winners of the photographic competition, including Ilyas Allaah Buksh, Yawer Talib, Amjad Imdad Rashdi, Abdul Baqi, Altaf Noori, Zulfiqar Ali, Muzamil Hussain Toori, Asif Hussain and Shahbaz Ahmed. In addition, a total of six cash prizes were given to the winners of the painting competition.
Speaking on occasion, Awn Chaudry said that the Tourism sector, which has many opportunities for job creation, is the government’s priority. Still, we must focus on those hit by the worst disaster of floods, and the nation must be united to support those facing the worst natural disaster situation.
With the efforts of federal and provincial governments and the help of the private sector, we are now on the path to progress and sustainable growth in the tourism sector in Pakistan. The recommendations in conference sessions will be shared with the Prime Minister of Pakistan for further action.
Two-day International Tourism Day 2022 included a photography competition, photo and painting exhibition, display of tourism stalls, heritage crafts exhibition, Islamabad Sightseeing tour for students and youth at PNCA and National Tourism Conference.
Various conference sessions had experts and representatives of provincial and federal governments. Related departments to discuss topics like removing bottlenecks to promote foreign tourism in Pakistan, recovery of tourism after floods and widespread rains, issues and challenges of mountaineering and trekking tourism in Pakistan, tourism development and promotion in Islamabad Capital Territory, Initiatives of provincial tourism departments for the development and promotion of Tourism.
The purpose of all these activities was to highlight the importance of tourism for boosting the economy and create awareness among the people, especially the young generation, for supporting and promoting the tourism industry and project a soft image of the country, said Aftab ur Rehman Rana, Managing Director PTDC on occasion.
He said the recommendations made during the conference are an effort to find a solution to remove bottle necks that create issues in the tourism sector. Floods not only affected people, their life, and property but also caused considerable losses to tourism, including landscapes, hotels, heritage sites, and related industries. We will try to formulate a new vision, and now we have to see how we will tackle all these issues.
Earlier, a documentary on tourism destinations, the potential of tourism in Pakistan, natural beauty, heritage, and landmarks of Pakistan was shown to the audience.
The events were organized in collaboration with partner organizations, including Serena Hotels, Hashoo Group of Hotels, Destination Hotels, Marriot Hotels, PNCA, Punjab Tourism, STFP, and COTHM.