Pakistan has its fair share of leisurely tourism spots. However, the tourism business has stalled due to security concerns in the country.
To bring about a change, Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) in collaboration with the Pakistan Railways have agreed to arrange for a special Sada Salamat Pakistan train.
The Sada Salamat train will start its journey from Rawalpindi to reach its destination in Karachi, from December 25th.
PTDC aims to establish tourism facilities at the railways stations to attract more and more people on a daily basis. Chaudhary Abdul Ghafoor, Managing Director PTDC, added that trains are a very economical way of transport and initiatives such as these required something more affordable for the people of Pakistan.
Pakistan was ranked 113 in the World Economic Forum’s tourism report in 2009. There has been no real drive for improvement in the tourism sector in the past however, things are finally looking up.
PTDC In Khewra
PTDC is also considering setting up a Tourist Information Center (TIC) in Khewra. Ghafoor, speaking about the promotion of tourism in Pakistan said that Khewra Salt Mines are a backbone of the country’s mineral industry.
For something to be appreciated globally, its work site can be a talking point for the foreign tourists, he said. First Rock Salt festival was held earlier this year which motivated the PTDC to take such an initiative.