Peshawar: To increase tourism in the region, the federal government has transferred 19 hotels from the Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) to the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Tourism Authority (KPCTA), news sources reported on March 16.
Reportedly, Director-General (DG)KPCTA Muhammad Abid Khan Wazir said that the collective efforts of the federal government and provincial government have resulted in better facilities for tourists. He also said that the government has taken tangible steps to attract investors worldwide for investment in the tourism sector. He also updated the media regarding some of the ongoing projects.
Mr Wazir said that the feasibility report of the Integrated Tourism Zones (ITZs) has been completed. He also revealed the installation of camping pods at ten more tourist spots including; Jarogo waterfall, Solatanr and Kalam valleys in Swat district, Lashkargah in Broghil, Sar Laspur in Shandur valleys Upper Chitral, Kumrat Valley in Upper Dir, Laram Top and Shahi Binshahi in Lower Dir, Lailowani in Alpuri in Shangla and Samana Top in Hangu.
Other developments include recruitment of tourism police with the officials starting work from the next tourism season after training. It was also highlighted that the development of jeep tracks in 16 districts is complete, besides additional waterfalls in six spots to attract travellers to the adventure tourism in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.