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Sustainable efforts for development of tourism urged.

ISLAMABAD, August 26, 2009 (Balochistan Times): Mr. Salman Javed, former Honorary Joint Secretary General, South Asia Tourism Association and past Managing Director, Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation hosted an Iftaar Dinner yesterday at a leading Islamabad restaurant. It was attended by Diplomats, prominent personalities from non-governmental bodies, UN and representatives of the electronic and print media. While thanking them, he drew the attention of the gathering towards the need for launching a drive by all segments of society for the revival of tourism sector in the country. He identified, the earthquake of 2006, and the destruction caused by the activities of miscreants in the various tourist receiving areas, as main reasons for derailment of tourism industry, which is capable of serving as an engine for eradication of poverty-the main cause of spread of destructive activities in Pakistan. He highlighted that since major composition of Pakistan s population comprises of young people, therefore, he opined that tourism being labour intensive industry, due its multiplier effects, has potential for addressing the problem of unemployment in the country, in the shortest span of time. He called for concerted efforts for skill development and informed the audience that his proposal, to consider tourism projects under the ONE UN Program, is also in the pipeline. He urged the donor agencies to assist in the capacity building in the tourism/hospitality sector, particularly in Swat/Malakand, Gilgit/Skardu and Bagh District so that by the time complete normalcy returns to these destinations-they also have built up capacity in HR, IT and in the form of upgraded infrastructure-to welcome domestic and international tourists. He urged upon all segments of society, particularly the media, to join hands and without waiting for the government, launch movement for sustainable efforts for promotion of tourism in Pakistan

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Date:Aug 26, 2009
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