Peshawar: The federal government should seek Turkey’s help in promoting tourism in the country, a news source quoted Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Minister for Tourism and Youth Affairs, Muhammad Atif Khan, as saying. As per the minister, restoring KP’s archaeological and historical sites requires international support. Furthermore, he also stressed on the importance of promoting the province’s religious and cultural sites for tourism.
Speaking at the International Provincial Coordination Committee’s meeting, Khan informed that the KP government had already identified twenty new destinations for this purpose. These will be developed for attracting new tourists to the country. He further added that the provincial government is working to extend the scope of tourist destinations to the newly merged tribal districts too. He laid particular emphasis on the Suleiman Mountain Range.
Currently, a comprehensive scheme for developing twenty-five KP districts is under preparation. As such, the province has been noted for its great potential for hosting hot air balloon events. Turkey’s cooperation with the tourism sector will be helpful in this regard.
The minister pointed out that Turkey could invest in KP as the province welcomes both local-private and international investments. He said that the country’s help will be useful in training local tour operators.
The exchange of Pak-Turkish travel operators will also be useful for devising promotional tour packages. These deals will offer special discounts to visiting tourists.
Khan has also requested for opening up various airstrips and other developments to facilitate tourists in KP.
The meeting’s participants jointly appreciated the new visa policy announced by the federal government.