Pakistan will host the 2021 World Tourism Forum to promote the country’s tourism potential around the world, especially to the countries of the Develoging-8 bloc.
On Sunday in a press conference in Islamabad, the prime minister’s adviser on tourism and overseas Pakistani’s Syed Zulfi Bukhari, said the tourism ministers from all D-8 countries will take part in the Forum in Islamabad.
The event had actually been planned for 2020 but was delayed to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Over 1,000 foreign visitors will be expected at the five-day event.
“Pakistan has a huge tourism potential that we want to introduce to the world, especially the Muslim world,” Bukhari said, adding: “We are inviting the tourism ministers of D-8 countries, including Turkey, to learn from their experience promoting tourism.”
The World Tourism Forum is an organization dedicated to promoting tourism around the world with its base in Istanbul, Turkey.
According to Bukhari, Pakistan has drawn up a five-year action plan to increase tourism, which has been hard-hit by years of terrorism in the country after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the US.
Islamabad will launch an e-portal later this year to attract foreign and local tourists, Bukhari added.
Spectacular glory of Pakistan
Pakistan is looking forward to inviting tourists to its snow-capped peaks in the north and crystal clear waters in the south. The country has limitless opportunities to watch wildlife, sail away in the glorious Indus river, and deep-sea diving in the Arabian Sea.
Pakistan is home to the world’s second-tallest peak, K2 and six peaks over 8,000 meters tall in the northern Gilgit-Baltistan region, which borders China.
The more than 100 lakes in Pakistan jointly make up the world’s largest freshwater reservoir. Wildlife lovers can find more than 300 species of wildlife in the region including the endangered snow leopard and brown bear.
Faith Tourism in Pakistan
For centuries, Pakistan has been the home to three major faiths of the world – Buddhism, Hinduism, and Sikhism.
The muslim state hosts many pilgrimage sites dating back more than 5,000 years, not only from the three major faiths but from some prehistoric faiths including Aryan, Brahman, and ancient Iranian and Greek religions.
The northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is home to 70% of sites in Pakistan sacred to Buddhists and Sikhs.